Students find volunteer options
By Aaron Emerson
Editor in Chief
LCC Student Life recently held a community service fair to give students the opportunity to find volunteer options, and many took advantage.
The event, held Wednesday, Oct. 19 in the Gannon Building, featured more than a dozen non-profit organizations from the Lansing area.
Renee VanDeventer, the student organization specialist for Student Life, said there were plenty of reasons why students were interested in the fair.
“A lot of students need community service hours, either for a program they might be in or for other reasons; maybe extra credit for a class,” VanDeventer said. “This gives them a chance to do networking and reach out to different non-profit organizations in the area and find out what they do.”
One student, Victoria Mims, checked out every booth available.
“I am looking for an opportunity to just help out and help the community grow and become a better place,” Mims said.
Another student, Kimberly Driksna, was trying to find a booth that featured an organization that could help her get experience for her career path.
“For my career, I want to work with children and young people, so I’m looking to volunteer and get 100 hours or so,” Driksna said.
The community service fair did not just benefit students. It also gave organizations the chance to find volunteers. Many non-profit organizations in the area are in great need of help.
“We are always in need of volunteers because we are an organization that is pretty much 24/7 and there’s only five people on staff,” said Beth Young, the volunteer coordinator for Loaves and Fishes.
Loaves and Fishes is an emergency overnight shelter in Lansing that provides short-term housing and assistance to homeless men, women and children. They allow guests to stay for up to 30 nights and they also operate two transitional homes.
Young said they are in greatest need of volunteers to work a shift from 6 to 10 p.m. but there are other options available. Young said those interested can call (517) 482-2099.
“Every day I still see my blessing,” Young said of working with the homeless. “There’s a strong sense of community and giving back.”
Other organizations on hand at the fair included Advent House, Child and Family Charities, St. Vincent Catholic Charities, Southside Community Center, Tri-County Office on Aging, Adult Respite Services, City of Lansing Parks and Recreation, Capital Area Literacy Coalition, Impression 5, Greater Lansing Food Bank, Americorps Michigan and Beekman Therapeutic Riding Center.