By Raquel Cevallos
East Stroudsburg University held a community service fair outside the Science and Technology Center on Sept. 21.
Students had the opportunity to meet volunteers and learn first hand about community service opportunities.
Many organizations were looking for volunteers who were willing to assist.
Volunteering for your community can make an impact and help strengthen the community.
It gives countless opportunities to become an active member, acquire life skills and knowledge on how to provide for those who need it the most.
One of the many organizations that was included in the fair was Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
This program allows volunteers to mentor a “little brother” or “little sister”, .
The volunteers can tutor them where needed, or assisting them with events around campus or in their club.
Many ESU students seemed very interested in exploring the volunteer opportunities when they stopped at this table.
Additionally, there were other organizations looking for student volunteers to help, The Women Monroe Health Center, United Way, Alternatives and the African-American Network.
Marlene Lopez, administrative assistant for the organization Alternatives explained what it is to work among her organization.
“When volunteering for us, you work more as a direct support professional, with amazing people with special needs, you receive a decent wage for being them, almost serving as a big brother/sister,” said Lopez.
Joenly Yapul, an ESU nursing major expressed her opinion on the fair.
“I love that my university gives me the opportunity to manage my time accordingly, these fairs is what I live for, as there should never be an excuse to lend a hand,” said Yapul.
Many tables offered some incentives to attract students, such as t-shirts, pens and candy.
It is great seeing many ESU students with an urge to be more proactive with the community and a passion to explore the different opportunities that are presented to them on campus.
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