DCU Volunteer Fair 2017

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DCU Volunteer Fair 2017

14/11/2017

The 9th Annual DCU Volunteer Fair was held on 28th September 2017 at DCU Sports Hall with the largest ever number of exhibitors. Over 50 community based and voluntary organisations, DCU Units and Clubs and Societies attended to promote their engagement and volunteering opportunities for students. Around 500 students and staff visited the Fair throughout the day to discover opportunities suitable to their interests, time commitment and future career.

Local and national organisations attending the Fair included Barretstown, Peter McVerry Trust, Fighting Words and Inner City Helping Homeless while for students interested in overseas volunteering, there was an opportunity to connect with organisations such as Nurture Africa, Hope Foundation, GOAL and Global Brigades.  Key representatives also included numerous DCU charitable and civic societies including SUAS, Enactus, Raising and Giving (RAG) and HeadstARTS to name a few.

Throughout the day, DCU students were encouraged to register on studentvolunteer.ie – an online platform connecting student volunteers with community organisations. With hundreds of opportunities currently available in Dublin and nationally, studentvolunteer.ie is an excellent starting point for any student wishing to make a difference through volunteering.

The DCU Volunteer Fair was organised by DCU in the Community, with the assistance and support of of DCU Students’ Union and DCU Interfaith Centre. Student Volunteer Coordinator Ruth Lynam extended thanks to everyone who helped with the running of the event, acknowledging that “the success of the day was due to all those who partook in the Fair”. She went on to say; “It was an honour to host our annual Volunteer Fair here in DCU for the range of inspiring organisations, who by sharing their important causes and their incredible stories open not only the eyes of DCU students but a vast amount of doors to them also via volunteering opportunities”

Siobhán Nic Thaidhg Vice President for Engagement & Development said:” This is a great opportunity for DCU students to engage with the community and play a part in its development. It is also a great way for students to enhance their knowledge of the world about them”

Ronnie Munck, Head of Civic Engagement at DCU, for his part, declared this ‘the best Volunteering Fair yet’ and thanked all the organisers. He also commented: “DCU will continue to build opportunities for its students to engage in volunteering from whatever basis they may wish to do so”

With the new DCU Strategic Plan 2017 – 2022 Talent, Discovery, and Transformation emphasising student engagement as one of the key goals, DCU Volunteer hope to grow the awareness of the benefits of volunteering and increase the number of DCU students participating in volunteering activities. Volunteering events planned for 2017/2018 academic year include a Volunteer Appreciation Day, International Day of the Volunteer, and a drop-in volunteering clinic.

The first of these events is to take place next week in the form of Adopt A Street, a DCU lead project that involves volunteering students venturing out to the local areas surrounding the various campuses to clear up leaves, litter and help them get to know the community and vice versa. The event will take place on Wednesday the 22nd of November during the DCU SU weekly Wellness Wednesday which promotes healthy, sustainable living and self care and will be in conjunction with The Green Committee.

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Contact: volunteer@dcu.ie

Ruth Lynam, Student Volunteer Coordinator - Email: ruth.lynam@dcu.ie

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