19 August 2014
Your community needs your help. This was the message shared by 15 local government agencies and non-profit organizations who gathered on Aug. 16 at the Fluvanna County Library to host a volunteer fair.
Groups as diverse as Meals on Wheels and the Rivanna Master Naturalists shared space, explaining their missions and their volunteer needs to a steady stream of visitors interested in learning how they could give back to their friends and neighbors.
The needs ranged from simple – both Peaceful Passings and the Fluvanna SPCA, for instance, could use volunteer dog walkers – to more complex; Fluvanna Habitat for Humanity is looking for someone willing to act as a youth coordinator. Some of the groups require specific training and an ongoing commitment of time, such as Fluvanna Fire and Rescue; others need volunteers who simply sign up for a specific date for an hour or so, like the Fluvanna Library, which needs volunteers to read to the children on Friday mornings.
The fair was the brainchild of Cyndi Hoffman, director of the Fluvanna County Public Library, and she was pleased with the turn out. “We’ve had a good response. There has been lots of traffic in and around and hopefully lots of people are getting new volunteers.”
Every group there said that they were happy with the response, and each group had either signed up new volunteers, or had people express an interest in their mission and the services they offer.