Non-Profit Fair Seeks Volunteers
COLUMBIA-The struggling economy can make it difficult to give money, or even time back to the community. Thirty-six non-profit groups held a fair Wednesday night to encourage volunteer participation. Though people may be cutting back on spending, the fair showed that giving back is not as hard as it seems.
"The purpose of the fair was to bring non-profits together with people that want to give back here in the community," fair coordinator Chris Lunn said.
First Chance For Children was one of the non-profit agencies at the fair.
"Our mission is to make sure kids are ready for school and we work with infants to three year olds to supply materials to make sure children are safe," volunteer Jack Jensen said.
It also works to ensure parents know about the importance of reading.
"We want parents to read, play and hug their children and then we also work with childcare centers to make sure they supply a quality program for the children" Jensen said.
With the struggling economy, non-profit groups have had a tough time meeting their financial needs.
"It is right now a struggle for non-profits because everything's tight for everybody," Jensen said.
But the decrease in money has led to an increase in non-profit participation.
"I think what we see is people are willing to give their time and their talents where sometimes in the past they were able to maybe give more financially. I think people are still looking for ways to serve people in the community that need help," Jensen said.
Other non-profits groups that attended the fair include Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Intersection, Rainbow House and Ronald McDonald House.