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Jan. 12, 2007

UI-Wide Volunteer Fair To Link Students, Employees With Organizations

The University of Iowa will sponsor a spring semester, campus-wide volunteer fair Wednesday, Jan. 24 to connect students, faculty and staff with local service organizations.

The fair will be held from noon to 4 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union. Nearly 70 organizations will be available to provide information and sign up volunteers.

"Our goal is to connect with our community-based organizations and to introduce as many individuals as possible to exciting volunteer opportunities and potential service learning partnerships," said Mary Mathew Wilson, coordinator of the UI Civic Engagement Program.

A substantial number of UI students, faculty members and staff participate in the local, state, national and international communities through volunteerism and service learning. The university is actively supporting the creation of service-learning courses, which help students learn course content by partnering with community organizations that address a variety of community needs.

"There are so many organizations doing great work in our communities, and so many students and others at the university who are looking for ways to contribute," said UI Executive Vice President and Provost Michael Hogan. "The Volunteer Fair is a wonderful, 'one-stop-shopping' opportunity for those people to find each other. It's great for everyone who gets involved, and we're proud to support it."

Among the organizations expected to be present at the Volunteer Fair are civic and government organizations, educational and child care organizations, art and cultural organizations, historical groups and groups that provide services to people who are poor, ill, disabled or victims of violence.

Phillip Jones, vice president for student services and dean of students, expressed enthusiasm for the fair. 

"The Volunteer Fair is an opportunity for our students and faculty members to identify how they can engage in meeting real community need through their learning goals, teaching, and research," Jones said. "We are grateful to our community partners for making it possible to inculcate the value of service among our students."

The fair is co-sponsored by the University of Iowa Student Government, the 10,000 Hours Show, the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Vice President for Student Services, the Office of Student Life and the Civic Engagement Program.

SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory 319-384-0012,; Program: Mary Mathew Wilson, 319-335-7589