Posted at: 09/18/2013 11:51 AM
Updated at: 09/19/2013 10:05 AM
By: Brittany Falkers
Volunteering is a great way for college students to make a real connection to the community where they live and learn. That is why the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) hosted its Community Involvement Fair Wednesday on campus.
UMD's Office of Civic Engagement sponsors this fair which brings students and volunteer organizations together to connect about opportunities in the area. Community Volunteer Coordinator Seth Currier says it's a win-win for both parties.
"Community organizations are able to make that connection as well, because many of our organizations need volunteers," he said.
The goal is to give students real-world experience by being active and involved in the area. Many of the volunteer opportunities allow students to take what they're learning from a text book and in the classroom and bring it out in the field.
"This is them getting out there, getting their hands dirty and meeting real needs by gaining experience that they're able to use on their resumes," Currier said. "But they're also able to have for their own personal development."