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Students learn about opportunities to help within community

Volunteer Fair brings in many organizations

9/5/2012
By Amanda Heersink | University Communications

DENVER - Every day there is an opportunity to help someone in need, and every semester the Experiential Learning Center (ELC) and Student Life put together a volunteer fair to bring some of those needs to students' attention.
 
This semester there were more than 50 organizations on hand to education students on the opportunities available. 
 
It is always hard to gauge how many students are doing volunteer work. However, Nelson Rodriquez, Community Engagement Coordinator for the ELC, said, “We just want to give students an opportunity to learn about organizations and then make their own choice.” 
 
Rodriquez added, “There is such a wide variety of organizations here this semester; everything from women’s rights to the environment.”
 
In addition to the different organizations, there were also multiple food trucks and a live DJ playing music. 
 
This fair was the biggest one for the campus with many new organizations coming out. Rodriquez said, “It is very exciting to have all of these new opportunities as well as some of the standard ones we always have.” 
 
This year the fair was held in the Tivoli Commons, which attracted more students passing through. In past years the fair took place in the North Classroom Atrium. Some of the most popular booths included the Butterfly Pavilion, the Children’s Museum and the Denver Public Library.
 
“I’m definitely looking forward to learning about the different opportunities here,” said Emily Sanchez, an undecided sophomore. “I’m glad they are all in one location as well. It makes it less overwhelming and easier to decide where I want to spend my time.”

(Photo: Students gather at the Butterfly Pavilion booth to look at different bugs.)

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