MARQUETTE – Northern Michigan University will host the inaugural Volunteer and Community Involvement Expo from 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the Great Lakes Rooms of the University Center. Participants will have the opportunity to talk with representatives of local and regional organizations whose programs and services depend on the work of volunteers.
“One thing that we’ve heard from employers is that, when reviewing resumÃ©s for prospective employees, they look for involvement in the community. We wanted to give people the opportunity to take advantage of that,” said John Frick, director of the JOBSearch Center at NMU. “We hope to make this an annual event, because not only does it give organizations a chance to recruit, it also gives our students and community members a chance to work on their nonacademic skills, such as interpersonal and networking skills. We want them to look at community involvement as an experience that will have long-term benefits for them, and all they have to do is give a little bit of their time here and there.”
About 30 local organizations will participate, including The Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum, the YMCA and Bay Cliff Health Camp. Those who are interested in volunteering but cannot attend the expo are encouraged to contact the JOBSearch Center at 227-2800 for more information.