March 3, 2020
Center for Engagement and Community Development to host inaugural Community Engagement Opportunities Fair
Submitted by Donna Schenck-Hamlin
The Center for Engagement and Community Development and Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy will host the Community Engagement Opportunities Fair from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19, in the K-State Student Union courtyard.
Whether it is caring for abandoned animals awaiting adoption, filming high school sporting events, tutoring English, advancing educational equity, preserving natural and historic sites, mentoring children and teens, working in the arts community, helping overcome mental and physical insecurities, working with elderly community members, or simply repairing and managing bicycles, Manhattan needs you! In addition to volunteer opportunities, this event seeks to connect students with available internship opportunities within the community.
This gathering provides a venue for K-State students to find the right focus for their passion and effort as they join Manhattan organizations that are seeking volunteers and interns. Community experience is a valuable reinforcement to the on-campus education we receive and builds capacity for both the student and the organization. Through this relationship, we have an opportunity to apply our skills and knowledge in a meaningful way to improve our robust community.
The Community Engagement Opportunities Fair is a call to action for students and organizations to advance civic engagement by establishing and building mutually beneficial relationships. Mark your calendar, save the date, or take whatever measures necessary to join us in this opportunity!
These organizations each provide an essential service to the Manhattan community and face significant challenges in providing these services. Although this is not a complete listing, it is representative of the organizations that will be present:
Meadowlark Senior Living Community
The Flint Hills Volunteer Center
Riley County Historical Museum
Boys and Girls Club of Manhattan
UFM Community Learning Center
Pawnee Mental Health
Green Apple Bikes
T. Russell Reitz Regional Animal Shelter
Riley County Humane Society
Habitat for Humanity
The Talent Consortium
Manhattan Alliance for Peace and Justice
MHK Music Scene
Food and Farm Council
Prairiewood Retreat and Preserve
USD 383 representatives from English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Families In Transition (FIT), and Athletics.