Special to The Standard
SCUGOG: High school students in search of community hours are encouraged to attend Change the World’s first volunteer fair. The event will be held April 25th, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Scugog Public Library.
The volunteer fair part of the Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge and is ran through the 'Change The World' campaign, which has been in Durham for the last three years.
The Ontario Youth Volunteer Challenge is part of a government funded program to incentivise high school students to get their 40 hours of volunteer service.
Change The World Coordinator, Macleod Roy said, “One of the problems we face is, a lot of students don’t really know how to volunteer or where to find the opportunities and this fair is one way to do that.”
The fair will have 14 different organizations at individual booths, providing information about their volunteer opportunities.
Some of the organizations included are: Scugog Shores Museum, Community Care Durham, Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Durham, Port Perry Place, Victim Services Durham Region, CDCD, and Durham Farm Connections.
Macleod says, volunteering is a good way for young people to build relationships and get a broader sense of what’s happening in their community.
“Any youth that volunteers, gets to see a different side of the community and build relationships,” he said. “Those sorts of things can actually transition to work, down the road, and have a beneficial effect on their relationships as a whole.”
Finding work can be a little easier for people with lots of extra volunteer hours. For people applying to entry level jobs, with equal credentials, the applicant with more volunteer hours will likely be hired over someone with just the minimum 40, according to Macleod.
Volunteering doesn’t just help people become more qualified for potential jobs, it also makes a positive impact on the community.
MacLeod’s cousin was volunteering with the United way, packing bags with lunches for less fortunate people in the area. “The next day she saw a kid in elementary school with one of those bags,” Macleod said. “So she was able to see it was just outside her doorstep.”
For Macleod’s cousin, this reinforced just how much of a positive impact volunteering can make for people in the community.
To find out about volunteering opportunities and how to make a positive impact, come to the volunteer fair. Macleod says everyone is welcome to attend.
The fair will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., on April 25th, inside the Rotary Room in the Scugog Public Library, located on 231 Water St, Port