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Community Action Fair to Be Held Sept. 11 at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: Aug. 25, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — Volunteer opportunities, internships and careers in the common good will be showcased at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Community Action and Service-Learning Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 11 in the Council Fire Room of Davies Center.

The fair is sponsored by the Center for Service-Learning and the University Centers' Community Action and Lifelong Learning program. The goal of the event is to provide students with the opportunity to explore service-learning, volunteer opportunities and internships in the region's nonprofit sector.

"The fair, with its emphasis on service, reflects an important part of UW-Eau Claire's efforts to support community engagement, one of the goals of the university's strategic plan," said Paula Stuettgen, coordinator of the CALL program.

Many of the represented agencies provide opportunities that enable student volunteers to receive credit or to fulfill the university's service-learning requirement. Internships and career opportunities offered by local, state and federal agencies and nonprofit organizations are also highlighted at the event.

"I like to tell students to find out what they have a passion for in life and then find a way to pursue it in service to others," said Donald Mowry, director of the Center for Service-Learning. "The Community Action and Service-Learning Fair brings together a multitude of possibilities to consider."

Agencies and organizations will distribute information about their missions at the fair, and their representatives will be on hand to speak with students about volunteer opportunities, internships and careers in the common good. A series of speakers will be scheduled from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Menomonie Room to discuss job opportunities with local community agencies as well as Americorps, Vista and Jumpstart.

CALL publishes an online directory and bi-monthly newsletter that list service opportunities and job descriptions to help put individuals and organizations in touch with community agencies in need of volunteers. The CALL program's Web site contains the most current information regarding agency listings. The Center for Service-Learning maintains a listing of projects that fulfill the university's service-learning requirement.

For more information about the Community Action and Service-Learning Fair, contact the Center for Service-Learning at 715-836-4649 or the CALL office at 715-836-4803.

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