LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A local expo hosted a number of Lafayette nonprofits for community members to learn about.
“We had an amazing turnout today. What a great way to get the community involved in all of these nonprofits,” said Lucia Vela of Security Federal Savings Bank.
On May 12, 2022, Leadership Lafayette and the Security Federal Savings Bank hosted the Ninth Annual Volunteer Expo at the River City Community Center. There, more than 50 local non-profit organizations were present in the hope of finding their ideal volunteer partner. It was the first time in two years since the start of the pandemic that the event had returned in person, and attendance was everything they had hoped for.
“Oh my God, we feel fabulous. We’re so excited. This is actually the ninth time we’ve engaged volunteers in our community. But this is only the seventh time we’ve been able to be in person because for the past few years, you know, there’s been this little pandemic, so we’re thrilled to be back here at the River City Community Center and to have such a wonderful community response,” said Kitty Campbell, Lafayette Executive Director. Leadership.
What makes this exhibition unique, according to the organizers, is the camaraderie between the organizations.
“In many other communities, voluntary organizations view each other as adversaries. But that’s certainly not the case here in Lafayette,” said River City Community Center Acting Director Paul Kenneson.
“Volunteers from the organizations were willing to stand up and walk with them and make presentations to other volunteer organizations. It was great,” said Nathan Hedrick, Lafayette’s leadership project manager.
Julia Snipes, director of marketing for the Security Federal Savings Bank, said that for her, the decision to help sponsor this event was personal.
“Six years ago I was part of Class 46 with Leadership Lafayette and enjoyed it very much. They needed a sponsor for this flagship event. What better way than to connect volunteers in our community who don’t know not really what to do, to those nonprofits that have this need right now?”
Scott Greeson, Chairman of the Board of Leadership Lafayette, said he was proud that the two-hour event achieved his organization’s primary goal.
“Leadership Lafayette is always about teaching service leadership. And so today you saw a group of people in our community serving one another and learning ways to improve their service to voluntary organizations. is really what we are about.”
The organizations said the need for volunteers is great, so anyone willing to give their time would be greatly appreciated.
If you want to learn more about how you can get involved with the organizations featured at the expo, click HERE.