Volunteer Fair coming to Brickworks on March 6
Posted February 28, 2022 at 9:44 am by Jeff Arnim
More than 25 local organizations seeking volunteers are expected to take part in San Juan Island’s Volunteer Fair, held this coming Sunday, March 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Brickworks.
Sponsored by the San Juan Island Service Scholarship, Island Grown in the San Juans, and Brickworks, the event will give potential volunteers the chance to connect with nonprofits and other organizations that need their help more than ever.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, “Most in-person volunteering came to a standstill over the last two years,” says Tanja Williamson, the Volunteer Fair coordinator and President of the San Juan Island Service Scholarship. “I hear from friends at other nonprofits how they’re also looking for volunteers. Without community participation, I’m afraid we’ll start to see great resources fold.”
As a leader of a local nonprofit, Tanja understands the challenge well. The organization’s scholarship requires recipients to complete at least 80 hours of qualified volunteer work, but COVID limitations have made it difficult for students to reach that mark.
The limitations haven’t only affected students. “I keep hearing about all the new people that have moved to the island,” Tanja says. “This is a great opportunity for those folks to connect with, and contribute to, their new home.”
The organizations planning to attend the Volunteer Fair cover a broad range of interests, from the Family Resource Center and the Animal Protection Society to the San Juan Community Theatre, the San Juan Island Library, the Kaigani Canoe Voyaging Society, and the National Park Service.
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