Public Service Fair connects campus to community

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By Becca Kronebusch

2016 Public Service FairFinding and connecting with local organizations is the first step in making a meaningful difference in the community. The 18th annual Public Service Fair, set for 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20 in the Pit, will help the UNC community do just that. More than 35 organizations will table in the Pit to share information with students, faculty and staff interested in getting involved in the community.

“UNC is enthusiastic about giving Tar Heels an easy way to serve in and with the community,” said Heather Sieber, a senior exercise and sport science major from Winchester, Virginia who is helping to organize the event. “Seeing people find their passion with an organization and connect with the community in such a meaningful way is what this fair is all about.”

Organizations participating this year include Piedmont Wildlife Center, the American Red Cross, Carolina Swim Clinic, Inter-Faith Council and The Arc of the Triangle. “There really is something for everyone,” Sieber added. “This year’s fair features organizations that address a wide variety of issues, from homelessness, hunger and mental health to the environment, hospice and aging.”

Susan Chandler, assistant director of volunteer services for The Arc, added, “Today’s students are the tolerant teachers, doctors, lawyers and business people of tomorrow. There is nothing more important than connecting and engaging our youth. Participating in UNC’s Public Service Fair puts us in direct contact with that audience so that we can directly engage students in our efforts.”

Hunger Lunch will also join these organizations in the Pit, selling all-you-can-eat beans, rice and cornbread for $5.

Each day, members of the Carolina community go above and beyond engaging in public service on campus, in the community and beyond. The Public Service Fair, organized by the Carolina Center for Public Service and Student Government, makes organizations accessible to students, faculty and staff.