Local groups gather for Volunteer Fair

September 10, 2011 by

A total of 15 local groups, organizations and agencies gathered today to explain what they do and how volunteers can help. And while only a small number of people stopped by the Concordia Volunteer Fair at the Nazareth Motherhouse to find out about becoming a volunteer, organizers were generally happy with the first-ever event.

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The fair was from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and was hosted by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia. The idea for the event grew out of the Community Needs Forum, where representatives from numerous groups and organizations have talked about the continuing challenge of matching volunteers with their needs.

In addition to the displays, there were also free hot dogs, chips and beverages, and cookies made by the women at the Neighbor to Neighbor. Door prizes were donated by Nutter Mortuary. The winners of the door prizes were:

  • Haley Campbell
  • Carol McKenna
  • Sreya Kemling
  • Darlyn Kemling
  • Mary Jane Hurley
  • Dolores Landry
  • Mary Ann Lagemann
  • Nancy Nading

The organizations and agencies that took part were:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cloud, Republic and Mitchell Counties
  • Brown Grand Theatre
  • CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
  • Cloud County Health Center and the CCHC Auxiliary
  • Cloud County Museum
  • Concordia Community Garden of Hope
  • Concordia Fire Department
  • Concordia School District (USD 333)
  • Manna House of Prayer
  • National Orphan Train Complex & Museum
  • Neighbor to Neighbor
  • The North Central Kansas Chapter of the American Red Cross
  • The North Central Kansas Regional Medical Reserve Corps
  • POW Camp Concordia
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia

All the organizations continue to seek volunteers. If you’re interested in learning more, you can contact any of the groups or organizations. Or Sister Jean Rosemarynoski, who organized the Volunteer Fair, can help put you in touch with any of the groups. She can be reached at 785/243-2113, ext. 1225, or sisterjean@csjkansas.org

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