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Community Action Day/Service-Learning Fair Set for Feb. 2 at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Jan. 19, 2006

EAU CLAIRE — Campus and community organizations and programs will offer service opportunities to University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff, and the public during the Community Action Day and Service-Learning Fair, set for Thursday, Feb. 2.

People who wish to offer their time and efforts to area service organizations on a voluntary basis will have a chance to explore such opportunities at the event, which will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.

A number of the represented agencies provide opportunities that enable students to receive university credit or to fulfill the university's service-learning requirement through the Community Action and Lifelong Learning Program and the Service-Learning Office.

"The emphasis of Community Action Day and Service-Learning Fair is on working in the greater Chippewa Valley for the benefit of both the community and the individual volunteer," said Paula Stuettgen, student development coordinator and coordinator of the CALL program.

"Through service, the individual learns more about the community and helps fill an identifiable need," Stuettgen said. "The university places an emphasis on service to the community as a way of practicing the theories and methods learned in the classroom. Learning through action is the key."

CALL also publishes an annual directory and a bi-monthly newsletter which list service opportunities and job descriptions to help put individuals and organizations in touch with community agencies in need of volunteers. The Web site contains the most current information regarding agency listings.

For copies of publications and more information about the event, contact the Activities and Programs office, Davies Center 133, (715) 836-4833.

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