Community Service Fair Encourages Volunteering

By Michelle Costanza

Community Service Fair Encourages Volunteering

November 1, 2012 Updated Nov 2, 2012 at 12:07 AM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Over 60 organizations and non-profits came together Friday evening to encourage local residents to get involved in the community.

The fourth-annual Community Service Fair was held at the Binghamton University Downtown Center. The event was organized by the BU College of Community and Public Affairs, the Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce, and the United Way of Broome County.

Over a hundred people attended throughout the evening, browsing tables and scanning pamphlets.

The event was targeted at young professionals. Organizers hoped to attract students who were graduating and going into the workforce, as well as community members who would like to get involved in their community.

One Binghamton University student noted an added bonus.

"As a student, I've known a lot of other students who have gotten internships from these organizations just networking and talking to them," said senior Chelsea Reome.

The fair stressed the importance of volunteering and donating time to good causes.

There was no shortage of organizations present, some of which included United Way, Habitat for Humanity, Catholic Charities, and The American Red Cross.

A mixer was held after the fair which provided live entertainment, drinks, and appetizers.

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