A local church is recruiting non-profit organizations for its volunteer fair next month.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is hosting a JustServe Community Volunteer Fair on June 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. after a successful fair in Clemmons last month.
The event, planned for a Saturday, will take place in the church building located at 162 Temple Lane, near the intersection of U.S. 601 and Old U.S. 601.
JustServe is an effort started by the Mormon Church a couple of years ago, said Victor Zamora, public relations specialist for the Mount Airy church. It gives non-profits a chance to reach out to folks who might be interested in giving back to their communities.
However, it’s not just Mormons, he noted. Many churches have been involved in other events across the country. JustServe even planned a fair that was hosted at someone else’s church. And even though the fair will take place in a house of worship, he said this is all about the non-profits, so that his group will not have a missionary there trying to recruit anyone.
A JustServe Community Volunteer Fair held in Clemmons on April 21 drew more than 20 local non-profit organizations and more than 150 interested volunteers, noted Zamora.
”The fair will be fun for the entire family,” he said. “There will be door prizes, food, face painting, entertainment and a cake walk. All are invited to attend.”
“The purpose of this fair is to help raise awareness about the variety of volunteer opportunities and needs in our community, and to encourage community members and families to volunteer with organizations of their choice,” he said.
“We will have representatives from community non-profit organizations at the fair to share information about their purposes, missions and volunteer needs. Interested volunteers will have an opportunity to interact face to face with these organizations and to sign up for service opportunities that meet their interests and schedules.”
Zamora said he wasn’t involved in organizing the Clemmons event, but jumped on board when JustServe created a regional committee to plan additional events around the area.
There is zero financial commitment to the non-profits, he pointed out. They just need to show up with their handouts, posters and other information about what they do.
Kimberly Perry, director of public affairs in the Piedmont region, is chairing the JustServe committee.
She said non-profit groups with whom she has already working on this fair include the Surry Children’s Center, Surry/Stokes Friends of Youth, Hospice and Palliative CareCenter (which has locations in Winston-Salem and Walnut Cove), Face the World (an educational exchange program) and the N.C. chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Those interested in joining as exhibitors can contact Perry at [email protected] or (336) 403-7473 to register.
Zamora said he would love to see this grow in future years so that the fair needs a bigger venue.
“We are also introducing www.justserve.org at the fair, a website that allows non-profit organizations all over the country in need of volunteers to connect with people in their communities who want to volunteer. JustServe users can also connect through JustServe’s electronic device app.”
According to the website, the app is available to download at both the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Reach Jeff at 415-4692.