Volunteer Village highlights many ways to serve the community

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volunteer village long beach city collegeIn celebration of National Volunteer Week, Long Beach City College will host a Spring Volunteer Village on Wednesday, April 21 from 3 to 7 p.m.

The event provides potential volunteers an opportunity to interview nonprofitorganizations and public agencies to find a volunteer placement that matches their time, talents and interests.

More than 50 Greater Long Beach community organizations will have representatives available to speak with potential volunteers and provide information about their programs and how volunteers can help further the organizations work.

Volunteer Village aims to make it easier for the public to find their perfect volunteer placement in a one-stop shopping event. Everyone–students, adults, retirees, families and corporate employees—with an interest in volunteering is invited to attend Volunteer Village and all ages are welcome.  Building on the national initiative, United We Serve, and gearing up for the Summer of Service, Volunteer Village will provide access to opportunities for everyone to serve. On September 11, 2009, the first National Day of Service and Remembrance was held. This year Volunteer Village will work with community partners to raise the level of participation in the 2010 Day of Service to make a difference.

Last year Long Beach City College, documented more than 31,700 hours of student community service. Long Beach Unified School District Service Learning Students provided 340,000 hours of community service. Older adults of Greater Long Beach contributed over 200,000 hours of service to this community. Volunteer Village seeks to expand opportunities for those who wish to serve.

Volunteer Village is a free event that is open to the public and easily accessible from the designated parking lots at the corner of East Carson Street and Clark Avenue. The parking cost is only $1.

Spring Volunteer Village will take place on Wednesday, April 21 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in  the Viking Lounge on the LBCC Liberal Arts Campus, 4901 East Carson Street, Long Beach. For general information, contact Diane Johnson at (562) 506-2801 or email at djohnson@alpertjcc.org.

Volunteer Village is organized by the Greater Long Beach Directors of Volunteers, an affinity group convened by the Long Beach Nonprofit Partnership.  Event co-sponsors are Long Beach Nonprofit Partnership, Long Beach Unified School District and Viking Volunteer Center, Long Beach City College.

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