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April 19, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU plans volunteer fair linking students, non-profits

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -For those with spare time on their hands and a desire to help others this summer, the Black Action Society at Slippery Rock University will host a "The Glory of Giving Back Volunteer Fair," from noon to 2 p.m., April 23, designed to link volunteers with regional non-profit organizations needing help.

"This is the second year we have hosted the event, and its size has doubled," said Laura Carroll, assistant director in SRU's Office of Multicultural Development.

The fair will give SRU students the chance to talk with representatives of various non-profit organizations and line up unpaid internships or summer volunteer work, Carroll said.

Organizations signed up to participate include:

Lawrence County Conservation District, where volunteers help with tree plantings, litter cleanup projects, community conservation projects, environmental education programs, district events, office aid and equipment operations;

Girls Hope, a voluntary residential program that intervenes and cares for children in distress before they are in crisis;

Crisis Center of Lawrence County, a domestic violence emergency shelter and sexual assault provider;

Senator John Heinz History Center, the largest history museum in Pennsylvania and the oldest volunteer cultural institution in Pittsburgh;

Glade Run Lutheran Services, which serves children ages 6 to 21 through a residential treatment facility, group homes and private school;

Hospice Compassus, which affirms the belief it is important to make every moment of life as meaningful as possible, from the first days of a life-limiting illness to the last;

Butler County Humane Society, a non-profit animal shelter serving the Butler community;

Beaver County Association for the Blind, which offers a wide range of services for people who are blind or visually impaired;

Center of Life, a faith-based community empowerment organization that serves residents in the greater Hazelwood neighborhood of Pittsburgh;

Faith in Action, which builds a healthy spirit, mind and body based on Christian principles and improves the quality of life for children, individuals and families in the Quaker Valley, Moon Area, Cornell and Ambridge Area school districts; and

Grane Hospice, which provides a higher level of hospice care through a low patient-to-nurse ratio.

The Center for Student Involvement and Leadership and the Office of Career Education and Development are co-sponsoring the event.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.