The Red Barn filled with students Wednesday looking to make a difference in their community.
They came to meet representatives from various nonprofits at the Nonprofit Fair, learn about their missions and programs, and inquire about how they could get involved.
The fair, hosted by the Honors Student Council‘s service committee, is in its second year. There were 90 participating nonprofits this year, double the number from last year. Some 300 students checked in last year, and they expected even more this year, said Brooke Moody, a senior communications major who serves on the committee.
Moody helped create the fair and joined three other students in contacting nonprofits all summer long to invite them to attend. They targeted nonprofits in the area who had opportunities for students to volunteer or intern, she said.
“This is a passion project for me,” she said. “I wanted to create an opportunity for the campus community to connect with the wider community and find ways to make a difference.”
Last year, she heard one student connected with a nonprofit at the fair and ended up working there the whole year and it became a big part of her senior year.
The Honors Student Council service committee does one or two service projects a month and has an ongoing relationship with the Family Scholar House.
“I love working with them,” Moody said. “It’s been a huge part of my student experience.”
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