November 3, 2011 5:43 AM
The Making a Difference Service Fair, part of Make a Difference Week at Tulane, was held on McAlister Way outside the Lavin-Bernick Center last week (Oct. 27). Hosted by the Tulane Center for Public Service, the fair provided an opportunity for students to speak with representatives from nonprofit and local service organizations to learn about how they can get involved with public service.
“It’s like a ‘one-stop shop’ for all things community-service related,” said junior Kelly Smith. As a team captain for the American Cancer Society’s ‘Relay for Life,’ Smith attended the fair to gain support for her relay cause. She also looked around to find more ways to get connected with other community groups. The HandsOn New Orleans table sparked Smith’s interest when she learned of the group’s easygoing sign-up schedule, which appealed to the self-admitted “hectically busy and overbooked” student.
Senior Colin Kemper spoke to Lafayette Academy Charter School officials. Kemper said, “There are so many more opportunities than I ever knew existed. This is a perfect way for me to find an organization that I am actually interested in to fulfill my service-learning requirement.” Like Kemper, other students were just as pleasantly surprised at the wide array of service organizations available for their involvement.
As Tulane students all around the fair smiled and enthusiastically chatted with the representatives, it was clear that the Making a Difference Service Fair succeeded in giving students, no matter what their purpose for attending, an opportunity to get involved. Finding a way to give back had never looked so much fun.
Julia Gautreaux is a sophomore communication major.
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