They cook dinner. They are the voice on the other end of the phone when you need to talk to someone when life gets overwhelming. They walk dogs. They sort clothes. They teach about how to protect the environment. They fight fires. These people lead two lives. Day to day they are lawyers, teachers, nurses, librarians, retirees, and students. They are also volunteers. They give their own time to help make the community a better place. They help out by cooking meals in a soup kitchen, bringing meals to those who can no longer cook for themselves, giving love to animals who have been cruelly treated. The spirit of volunteerism is a positive force. Volunteers quietly go about living their lives and help to change the lives of others.
On Saturday March 1, 2014 the Port Jefferson Free Library hosted a Community Service Fair. Over twenty local organizations attended the event. They brought information about the various volunteer opportunities that their organizations offer. The groups featured a variety of options for all ages and many interests. Over 250 people visited the Library to explore ways to be of service. (To see the complete list of participants please click on the PDF.)
The enthusiasm displayed by all who attended, both the public and the groups, was a pleasure to witness. It was the Library’s privilege to host an event where agencies and potential volunteers could meet.