Vol­un­teer Fair set for Jan. 21 in Amity

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What is a Vol­un­teer Fair? Quite sim­ply, it’s a way of con­nect­ing good peo­ple with good causes.

Per­haps you are look­ing for vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties, seek­ing to learn new skills or con­nect with oth­ers? Or per­haps it is your res­o­lu­tion to make a dif­fer­ence in the new year and strengthen your com­mu­nity?

Or per­haps your lo­cal non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion is in need of vol­un­teers? Are they the back­bone of your mis­sion? Do you need them to thrive?

Peo­ple from both per­spec­tives are in­vited to the Vol­un­teer Fair Mon­day, Jan. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., hosted by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Rt. 662, Dou­glassville. The date is Martin Luther King Jr. Day; a na­tion-wide day of ser­vice.

“The event will host a va­ri­ety of non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions, con­ve­niently lo­cated all in one

place,” said Jim Trout, or­ga­nizer and com­mit­tee chair­per­son. “The event is for any­one who’s thought about vol­un­teer­ing and would like to learn more about lo­cal causes and ways to sup­port them. It is our goal to make the process of vol­un­teer­ing con­ve­nient — which will re­sult in a good match - ul­ti­mately be­ing more re­ward­ing and more ful­fill­ing for all in­volved.”

More than 30 non­profit agen­cies from Berks County will be on site, with a rep­re­sen­ta­tive on hand to meet with and to talk with. At­ten­dees will dis­cover op­por­tu­ni­ties that match their in­ter­ests, time and abil­i­ties.

The event is com­pletely free — there is no fee for non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions to par­tic­i­pate, and there is no en­trance fee for at­ten­dees. At­ten­dees will have the chance to win dozens of door prizes and re­ceive give-aways from the par­tic­i­pat­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions. Vol­un­teers from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will pro­vide a com­pli­men­tary light lunch.

This is the third year for the event.

To date, the fol­low­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions will be in at­ten­dance: Amity Her­itage So­ci­ety, Amity Town­ship Li­ons Club, An­i­mal Res­cue League of Berks County, Berks En­core, Blazer Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion, Boone Area Li­brary, Boy­er­town Area Multi-Ser­vice, Cole­brook­dale Rail­road, Daniel Boone Home­stead, Daniel Boone Op­ti­mists, Di­akon Vol­un­teer Home Care, Earl Town­ship His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety, Ge­neal­ogy of Berks County, Miller-Key­stone Blood Cen­ter, Mono­cacy Hill Con­ser­va­tion As­so­ci­a­tion, Safe Berks, Shady Hol­low As­sisted Rid­ing, TriCounty Ac­tive Adult Cen­ter, TriCounty SCORE, and Woman’s Club of Birds­boro.

This event is open to the pub­lic and will be held in the Fel­low­ship Hall of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 548 Old Swede Road (Rt. 662), Dou­glassville. More in­for­ma­tion can be found on the church web­site ww.stpauls­dou­glassville. com or by call­ing Jim Trout at 610-451-1846 or Pas­tor Greg Frey at (610) 385-6616.

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