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Students crowd around the ASI booth during the community service opportunities fair, Sep. 2, 2015. Students got to spin the wheel for their chance to win a prize.

Volunteer opportunities abound for students at fair

The 23rd annual Community Service Opportunities Fair was held in the Memorial Court on Wednesday to provide students information on volunteer opportunities from more than 70 agencies.

The event featured the Taste of Service tent, a place where students were allowed to complete on-the-spot service activities such as joining the registry for Be the Match marrow program and drawing encouraging art for The Art of Life Cancer Foundation.

Trisha Studt, the community partnerships coordinator, said the event is held twice a year, once at the beginning of the fall semester and once at the beginning of the spring semester.

“I actually think this is really good, because every year there is a variety of opportunities that I could go to,” said Brenda Navarro, a business management major.

The event gives students the opportunity to meet with different nonprofit agencies, allowing them to become informed about the possibility of volunteering for the agency of their choice.

Agencies such as the Central California Blood Center, the Lock it Up Project and the Bulldog Pantry were a part of the information fair.

Studt said most students do volunteer service because they are required to do so for  a class. However, she believes it is a good way for them to also gain new skills while helping the Valley community in need.

“It’s a great way to network,” Studt added. “It’s a great way to have some references.

“When you graduate you can say, ‘I worked with this agency, I worked with this person and have some people that they can call.’ So, I think it’s a great experience you can get outside of the classroom.”