The Duke Volunteer Fair is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year by bringing about 50 organizations to Duke campus.
Duke students, staff and faculty are invited to stop by Penn Pavilion on Sept. 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., to learn about community volunteer opportunities as well as talk with representatives from a variety of local nonprofits and Duke student organizations. The Duke Community Service Center and Triangle Nonprofit & Volunteer Leadership Center host the event.
“Duke is part of Durham,” said Domoniqúe Redmond, assistant director of programs for the Duke Community Service Center. “We need to make sure we’re engaged and supportive of one another. This is a way for Duke students and employees to figure out how their interests and skills can align with volunteerism.”
The American Red Cross, which is currently raising money and coordinating supplies for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Texas, will be one of the fair participants on Sept. 7. Jeffrey Isaacson, a volunteer specialist with the American Red Cross, said his organization also works with the American Red Cross student organization at Duke throughout the year to sponsor blood drives and provide emergency preparedness education.
Isaacson said there are a variety of ways students and employees can volunteer with the American Red Cross, to include delivering boxes of donated blood to hospitals, helping with disaster relief efforts, and teaching disaster preparedness and coping skills to children.
“We’re right in Duke’s backyard, so just partnering with the whole community at Duke is great and helps us build our capacity,” Isaacson said. “We’re volunteer-led.”
Here are some of the organizations scheduled to participate in the fair:
Students and employees are encouraged to walk or take the bus to the event, but parking will be available in the Bryan Center Parking Garage for $2 per hour. Penn Pavilion is located off Union Drive and Towerview Road, adjacent to the Bryan Center on Duke West Campus.