An event November 18 in the CAW Student Centre will bring together local charities to discuss their activities in an effort to attract student volunteers.
“Lancers Care Charity Day” will see about 20 organizations set up information booths, says Sandra Riccio-Muglia, director of student events and programming for the centre. She says the day will mark a first for campus.
“I find students are continuously doing bake sale or fundraisers but have never met the people behind the organizations,” she says. “This will be an opportunity for them to learn amazing local charities, see how they have helped in the past and also learn ways to continue contributing in the future.”
From Windsor Pride and Transition to Betterness to Mothers Against Drunk Driving and many more, students will be able to talk to groups to find ways they can help.
Riccio-Muglia says that charity work is an excellent networking tool.
“Employers often look at your volunteer experience and when you volunteer, you extend your circle of people you've connected with along the way,” she says. “This charity day will offer a great opportunity for resume building for students who want to get out and get involved but just don’t know where to start.”
It will run 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Commons area. Besides the information fair, Shinerama volunteers will sell hotcakes to support its campaign against cystic fibrosis. Riccio-Muglia also arranged for a photo booth to raise funds for the local Movember men’s health effort. Hotcakes and instant photo prints will sell for $2 each.