In October, the Neil Squire Society’s Atlantic Region participated in the University of New Brunswick’s (new window) Annual Volunteer Fair. During this event, local and national non-profits were brought together to promote their organizations to the campus community and connect with students seeking volunteer positions.
Volunteering (new window) is an empowering experience that opens doors and prepares individuals for future employment opportunities. This is also something that the Neil Squire Society (new window) strives to do every day in our programs and services. As an organization that recognizes the value of volunteerism, the Neil Squire Society was thrilled to be part of this event.
Heather Hughes and Danielle Wylie represented the Neil Squire Society at the University of New Brunswick Volunteer Fair. It was a great opportunity for our organization to truly engage people in what we do. In total, twenty-two students visited the Neil Squire Society booth and were informed about the Neil Squire Society’s programs and services. They were also told about potential volunteer opportunities within our organization. Three areas for volunteering were communicated including working as a tutor in the Computer Comfort Program, managing and recruiting other volunteers, and preparing for special events. Immediately following the fair, our Fredericton office began receiving résumés of individuals interested in volunteering their time with our organization.
Not only was this event a great chance for us to recruit volunteers and talk about what we do, it was also an excellent networking opportunity. Heather and Danielle were able to connect with at least five other not-for-profit groups serving the Fredericton (new window) region. Relationships, both old and new, were cultivated at this event. Heather and Danielle even had the pleasure of meeting a family member of a former participant who went out of his way to stop by the Neil Squire booth. He wanted to share the success of his niece who had participated in one of our programs years ago and is now employed with the Government of New Brunswick. (new window)
As the Neil Squire Society’s Atlantic Region continues to follow-up on the many connections made during University of New Brunswick’s Annual Volunteer Fair, it is still yet to be seen how many doors will be opened as a result of our participation in this event.