Students get involved at Volunteer Fair

By Matthew Saunders

Cal Poly Pomona students gathered in University Park on Oct. 21 for the Center for Community Engagement’s Volunteer Fair, an event dedicated to giving back to the community.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Broncos visited different booths, looking at all of the organizations raising awareness for their causes.

“A lot of planning went into this event,” said Judy Zhoul, a representative for the Center for Community Engagement. “The [center] interviews many non-profit organizations over the summer for the fair.”

Through U-Hour, the event had many student, staff and faculty visitors.

“I originally came to the Volunteer Fair with friends just to kill time in between classes,” said Brian Vasquez, a first-year international business and marketing student. “There were many interesting booths, but the ones that caught my eye were Feed the Homeless and Fairplex.”

Non-profit organizations set up booths in hopes of recruiting new volunteers for their causes. Many booths gave out promotional items and pamphlets that outlined their goals and mission statement.

One of the many organizations at the fair was Fairplex. Their main objective was to raise awareness for their volunteer tutoring and special events positions.

“We want as many students as possible to work in the community and get involved,” said Nena Hernandez, a representative for Fairplex.

“Fairplex has been coming back to CPP’s Volunteer Fair for some time now. Our team has roughly over 300 volunteers that help us with the special events and learning center.”

Many of the organizations at the fair wanted CPP students to get engaged in their community. A handful of the organizations focused on helping the poor and homeless.

“I found the booths for Help For Homeless and City Of Pomona interesting,” said Liya Huang, a first year hospitality management student. “Both of these organizations are trying to help people and make them happy, and to me, that’s what I think volunteering is all about. Volunteering is about helping other people and helping each other. I’m glad the fair took place today, since the organizations will give opportunities and experience to all the students that sign up.”

Admissions and Outreach were also giving tours to prospective students, and stopped by the fair to show them a part of campus life. The fair gave prospective Broncos a chance to witness current CPP students taking an interest in philanthropic work and be inspired.

Broncos who are interested in volunteering but were not able to make it to the fair can check CPP’s Center For Community Engagement webpage for current volunteering opportunities.

Volunteer Fair

Gabrielle Penaranda / The Poly Post

Volunteer Fair

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