Batavia Chamber of Commerce Hosts Inaugural Volunteer Fair

The Batavia Chamber of Commerce hosted its first Volunteer Fair, featuring over 30 organizations offering opportunities for adults and children. The event aimed to address the need for local volunteers in the Tri-City area, attracting attendees seeking to give back to the community.

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Batavia Chamber of Commerce Hosts Inaugural Volunteer Fair

Batavia Chamber of Commerce Hosts Inaugural Volunteer Fair

The Batavia Chamber of Commerce organized its first-ever Volunteer Fair on Thursday at the Batavia Public Library, featuring over 30 organizations offering volunteer opportunities for adults and children. The event, which ran from 2 pm to 7 pm to accommodate varying schedules, aimed to address the need for local volunteers in the Tri-City area.

Margaret Perreault, president and CEO of the Batavia Chamber of Commerce, emphasized the importance of the event, stating,"We have about 35 organizations, and there is so much need. "The fair attracted attendees like Susan Kraus, a recent retiree who expressed her desire to give back to the community. "I want to use my time to help others as well as relax and travel,"Kraus said, adding,"I think everybody has the responsibility to give back. If everybody did that, the world would be a better place."

Why this matters: Thisevent highlights the critical role that volunteers play in supporting local communities and the importance of fostering a culture of volunteerism. By providing a platform for organizations and individuals to connect, the Batavia Chamber of Commerce is helping to address social issues and improve the overall quality of life in the Tri-City area.

Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke welcomed attendees and highlighted the potential impact of the city's growing population on volunteer engagement. "You've got that many new people living here, and they want to get involved in something and want to know about a club or a project or whatever," Schielke said.

The participating organizations offered a wide range of volunteer opportunities, including supporting veterans with psychological issues, driving seniors to doctor appointments, voter registration with the League of Women Voters, animal shelter work, pet farm and Fabyan Gardens volunteering, and cancer patient support and food packing.

Attendees like Eileen Gutierrez, another recent retiree, expressed interest in specific opportunities such as volunteering at a pet farm and Fabyan Gardens. Jeslyn White, who has previous volunteer experience, appreciated the welcoming atmosphere and variety of opportunities presented at the fair.

The Batavia Chamber of Commerce's inaugural Volunteer Fair successfully connected local organizations with potential volunteers, addressing a critical need in the Tri-City area. With over 30 participating organizations and a diverse array of volunteer opportunities, the event provided a platform for community members to engage in meaningful service and make a positive impact in their local area.