CAS inspires commitment to community service
After a successful trial run last year, Community Action and Service renewed the school-wide service fair for a second time on Nov. 9. Many of the 16 organizations that presented at last year’s fair encouraged students to participate in a diverse spread of service opportunities. Focused on inspiring students to enjoy and commit to service, Community Action and Service (CAS) planned the event with a wide array of student interests in mind.
“We hope that students will find an organization or some type or community service that interests them, and take action! Last year we noticed a lot of people making great connections with organizations, however, many students did not follow up with the organizations. Hopefully students in all grades this year will not only find an organization, but commit to volunteering with them,” said CAS member, Annie Kristal.
For the freshman and junior classes who do not have a mandatory service requirement, CAS hopes the service fair will promote interest in and commitment to service.
“We know that committing during the school year can be difficult, so we recommend volunteering over breaks, whether it be over the summer, winter break, or long weekends. Also find common interests with your friends, and commit to volunteer with them. It makes community service a lot more fun when you are volunteering with friends or family,” said Kristal.
The service fair is also aimed towards tackling the issue of high school students feeling as if community service is an obligatory assignment. The sophomore and senior classes have community service requirements built into their curriculum, and CAS hopes to make their experience enjoyable.
“While our hope is that each student will leave the service fair committed to participate in some sort of service in the following months, we at least hope every student is exposed to more service opportunities in our community,” said Kristal.
Profiles of the organizations present at the service fair are available below.