Gathering will help nonprofits get exposure, new volunteers from students and public.
The desire to help others and to contribute to a greater
good is especially strong amongst the college-aged. But while thinking big is
admirable, sometimes it is best to start small – and not too far from
More than 30 local non-profit groups and organizations will
attend the College of the Canyons Non-Profit Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sept. 17 to reach out to students and community members to explain how they can
help further their non-profit causes.
notoriously understaffed and under-funded, so this gives them a great
opportunity to reach out and show all of us how we can get involved in our
community and give of our time and talents,” said Jennifer Hauss, director of
the college’s service learning program, which is sponsoring the event.
The Service Learning program allows students to apply the
concepts and theories they learn in the classroom to real life situations and
challenges through volunteering in their community.
“Education becomes more relevant,” said Hauss about the
program’s benefits. “Students are able to network and explore career options all
while enhancing their grades and giving back to our community.”
Some organizations that have already signed on to attend are
Ahead with Horses, City of Santa Clarita, Domestic Violence Center of SCV,
Habitat for Humanity, Heads Up Therapy on Horseback, LETMESAIL, Hunger Defense
Fund, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Special Olympics of the Santa
Although the fair is specifically meant for service-learning
students, it will also be a great opportunity for all students, faculty, staff
and community members to learn about our community-based, non-profit organizations’
missions and volunteer opportunities.
“At this point in the semester, students are choosing
organizations with which to do their academic service-learning projects,” said
Hauss. “This will give them the opportunity to meet face-to-face with
representatives from these organizations, learn more about them, and ask
The fair will be held in the outdoor area between the college’s
Administration building and the Student
Center on the Valencia
campus. Admission is free and open to the public.
For more information about the non-profit fair, call Hauss
at (661) 362-3422. For more information about the service learning program,
visit the college’s website at www.canyons.edu.