Wondering how you can help? Volunteer fair on Saturday will give you some ideas

If you have ever wanted to volunteer your time and talents but didn’t know where to go, you are lucky because now you can do “one stop shopping” this Saturday to find your answers.

Saturday, Oct. 26, is National Make a Difference Day, and the 15th annual Volunteer Opportunities Fair has a new place and time this year. It will be in the Aberdeen Eagles at 208 W. Market St. from 9 a.m. to noon.

Forty local organizations that depend on volunteers will be represented by people sitting at tables with displays. You can talk with these representatives who will give you pamphlets that explain how to volunteer with their organizations. Feel free to ask questions! At that time you can sign up to volunteer with them, or you can just take home the information and call them later.

Students who need community service hours for graduation or adults who are looking for fun and interesting ways to give back to their community will find many options. Whether you like working with adults, children, animals, or inanimate objects, these organizations would love to see you at the fair.

Pat Anderson of Grays Harbor Radio will be broadcasting live on KXRO, KDUX, and KIX during the fair. He’ll interview the representatives, so if you can’t make it to the Aberdeen Eagles, be sure to listen to those radio stations to learn about the 40 organizations.

The Polson Museum will be selling raffle tickets for their 2013 Honda CR-Z Sport Hybrid, and Harbors Home Health and Hospice will also have raffle tickets for their beautiful quilt. In addition, United Way’s Coat and Blanket Drive is going on, so there will be a box for you donate your gently used or new coats and blankets. There is a huge need for shoes this year, so please bring in NEW children’s shoes also.

Several folks have made this fair possible. A big thank you goes to the Aberdeen Eagles for donating the space. Grays Harbor Radio, Jodesha Broadcasting and The Daily World help promote the fair, Greater Grays Harbor contributes the mailing and the forms, and Angela Endres and Sandie Carmen create the posters and signs. The Dollar Tree helped supply the tablecloths. Stafford Creek Corrections Center’s Inside/Out Group prints the Volunteer Opportunities in Grays Harbor brochures which will be available during the fair. Inside the brochure you’ll find over 100 local organizations with their contact information and needs for volunteers. It’s a handy guide to keep year-round.

Come learn more about these organizations: 7th Street Theatre, Aberdeen Eagles, Aberdeen Rotary Business Week, ALF Suicide & Bereavement Group, ARC of Grays Harbor, Beyond Survival, Cancer Resource Center, Children’s Advocacy Center, Chillz Youth Hangout, Coastal Interpretive Center, Dispute Resolution Center of Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties, Domestic Violence Center, Driftwood Players, Fostering Together, Friends of Makarenko Park, Friends of Schafer &Lake Sylvia, Friends of Stewart Park, Friendship House, G.H. Community Network, G.H. Health & Rehab Center, G.H. Sheriff’s VIP’s, G.H. Trails Project, G.H. Youth Center of Catholic Community Services, Greater Grays Harbor, Inc., Habitat for Humanity, Harbors Home Health & Hospice, Hoquiam Police Department’s Crime Watch, Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, Master Gardeners, National Alliance for Mental Illness, Our Aberdeen, P.A.W.S., Polson Museum, Salvation Army, Senior Companion Program, Union Gospel House, United Way of Grays Harbor, WA State Parks, WA State Parks Foundation, and YMCA of Grays Harbor.

If you have any questions about the Volunteer Opportunities Fair, contact Betsy Seidel at 533-5968. See you at the Aberdeen Eagles from nine to noon on Saturday!