Volunteer fair set

Published 9:47 am Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The Farmville Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Volunteer & Community Engagement Fair 5:30-8 p.m. Jan. 5 at the Firemen’s Sports Arena, 1328 Zion Hill Road in Farmville.

Registration for organizations is $20 and includes a 6-foot table and two chairs. Tables are limited. Food trucks will also be on site.

Civic clubs, non-profit organizations and small businesses are invited to recruit members and volunteers. People who want to volunteer or join various groups are then invited to attend the fair.

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Ellen Masters, chair of the chamber’s Leadership Farmville Committee, said the idea for the fair goes back a number of years to when she worked at Longwood University.

“I had been in Farmville for a while and saw a huge need for organizations to have volunteers,” Masters said. “I was also hearing young people say there was nothing to do, and I always felt there is stuff to do.”

While at Longwood, she created engagement fairs linking students with organizations.

Now working at Hampden-Sydney College and being a part of the chamber, Masters said there are 27 Leadership Farmville students, but she wants to convince the wider community to get involved, too.

For more information, call (434) 392-3939.

Registration can also be conducted online at http://tinyurl.com/volunteerfarmville.