Megan Richardson, a volunteer with Pampered Pets Animal Rescue, holds a rescued bunny at an adoption event. PPAR is one of 25 nonprofit organizations that will be at the Mason Volunteer Fair on Oct. 22 at the Mason Community Center. Photo credit/Feay Coleman
This Saturday is Make a Difference Day — the largest day of volunteering in the country.
Want to help, but don’t know where to start? Try the Mason Community Center.
The center will host the first Mason Volunteer Fair from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22.
Longtime Mason volunteer Laurie Mitroff organized the event after seeing area nonprofit organizations wrestle with an increasing need for volunteers amidst a growing need for services.
“I’ve seen the needs getting greater and greater especially over this past year,” said Mitroff, who volunteers with Mason schools, the Mason Food Pantry and as a Warren County child advocate.
Twenty-five organizations will attend the event, offering information on the services they provide and ways in which volunteers can support their efforts.
Mitroff said she researched the needs of the community so as to offer a wide range of volunteer opportunities suitable for youth, adults and senior citizens.
Participating groups include military support, animal rescue, homeless and hunger, health and safety, schools and other charitable organizations. Some of the participating groups include:
Hoxworth Blood Center will have its mobile donor bus parked outside to collect blood donations. Call 513-558-1280 to schedule a donation.
“Not only are you providing a service to someone when you volunteer, but you get a sense of well being out of it. It’s a win-win,” said Mitroff.
An open house and fall festival is being held on the same day at the Mason Community Center at 6050 Mason-Montgomery Road. All events are free and open to the public.
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