Genesee Community College Hosts First Annual CARE Fair

If you ever wanted to volunteer but weren’t sure where to start, Genesee Community College’s CARE Fair will give you a place to begin contributing. On April 10th from 12-2 PM in the College Forum, agencies in the Genesee, Livingston, Orleans, and Wyoming county region will showcase the opportunities that exist for volunteer and service work.

“So many times we hear: If I only knew where I could serve,” said Marie Iglesias-Cardinale, Associate Professor of English and Chair of the Service Learning Committee. “We hope the CARE Fair will show students, faculty, and staff where they can go to volunteer or get service.”

The CARE Fair will mimic Genesee Community College’s annual college fair, when other colleges visit and distribute information with tables, food, discussion, posters, and literature. At this event, however, the focus will be on local agencies sharing their need for volunteers.

Some of the agencies who will attend include Genesee County Mental Health Services, Genesee Orleans Planned Parenthood, Wyoming County Office of the Aging, and Rape Crisis Services of Livingston County.

The event is sponsored by Genesee Community College’s service learning committee, CARE, which stands for Commitment, Action, and Reflection in Education. The committee’s mission is to promote excellence in teaching and learning through the integration of academic study with active community service.

Students will be exhibiting current service learning projects throughout the CARE Fair, such as genograms (family trees) where they have found similarities between themselves and their ancestors. This assignment helps students see a genetic connection and its impact on society.

“We hope this event will help people see how each one of us has the opportunity to make a difference in our community,” Iglesias-Cardinale said.

For more information about the CARE Fair, or to register your organization for a table, contact Iglesias-Cardinale at (585) 343-0055 x6275 or micardinale@genesee.edu.
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