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Thursday, October 21, 1999
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MVP's career fair opens door to volunteering

By Kimberly D. Jones
Daily Cougar Staff

Numerous volunteer agencies gave UH students an opportunity to make a difference in the community at the annual Work for a Change Volunteer and Career Fair, held Wednesday in the University Center.

The event, at which the agencies handed out brochures and talked with interested students, was sponsored by the Metropolitan Volunteer Program, the campus office that helps students find volunteer positions in the Houston area.


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(From left) Roslynn Pettigrew and Charlotte Schillaci of Neighborhood Centers Inc. maintain an information booth while English junior Damien Montgomery, and business management junior Alvin Lee get informaation on the group. Neighborhood Centers was one of the volunteer organizations that attended the Metropolitan Volunteer Program's volunteer fair Wednesday.

Some agencies that attended were Kid Care Inc., Best Buddies, the DePelchin Children's Center and Partners 5 West.

"That goal of the fair was to familiarize UH students with volunteer agencies in Houston and to provide the agencies with volunteer recruitment," said junior computer-aided design major and MVP office assistant Ify Okpalagu.

"We want students to know that there is life away from UH and there are people out there who really need their help," she said.

Students who attended the fair said they appreciated MVP's efforts. Business junior Jerry Jones took the opportunity to sign up with two agencies.

"The representatives were friendly and informative, and I was very impressed with the variety of volunteer opportunities presented," Jones said. "They offered everything from starvation to recreation."

There was a wide range of opportunities at the fair, ranging from organizations that provide food for the hungry to summer camp programs.

Jerald Bass, a senior hotel and restaurant management major, said he enjoyed the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center's information best.

"I liked them most because they informed us that we could be involved with more than just the usual blood donation drives -- like helping out with customer service, clerical duties and even driving," Bass said. He added that the blood center's representative said job opportunities were available for volunteers.

The MVP works almost 400 volunteer organizations in Greater Houston and encourages students to volunteer in the area of their choice. Participating groups deal with issues ranging from health, hunger and homelessness to education, environment and animal safety.

For more information on the MVP, call Keniqua Coney at (713) 743-5200.
 

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