Nonprofit Opportunities Abound
More than 40 nonprofit organizations visit NDSU to get students involved
Published: Monday, January 27, 2014
Updated: Monday, January 27, 2014 18:01
Students looking to make a difference in their community were in luck on Thursday.
NDSU’s Volunteer Network, in partnership with First Link, held their annual Nonprofit Opportunity Fair in the Memorial Union.
Dozens of students talked with representatives from organizations, some to fulfill scholarship requirements or find internships, while others were there just to volunteer their time.
“We like to connect students to the community through service,” said Volunteer Network student coordinator Katie Worral.
Many of the opportunities students are presented with lead to internships or jobs, she added.
Junior Delaney Freer said she was on the hunt for an internship. The public relations and advertising major said a couple of organizations stood out to her including the Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons and the Fargo Park District.
Her friend, senior journalism major Callie King, was on the hunt for volunteer opportunities and said the fair was a good way to meet people and build relationships.
“I think it’s good for the students; everyone is really helpful,” Freer said.
Freer said she tried finding an internship online, but her efforts were unsuccessful, so she came to the fair looking for opportunities.
Caroline McGuire from the Great Plains Food Bank said their organization relies heavily on volunteers, and as the only food bank in the state, their need for volunteers is always increasing.
“As the intake increases, the volunteer intake needs to increase, too,” McGuire said.
She said the fair helps organizations like hers spread the word about all of the opportunities in the Fargo-Moorhead community.
Morgan Bossman, Program Specialist for Girl Scouts Dakota Horizons, said they are always on the lookout for volunteer troop leaders and volunteers for events.
But it’s not all about cookies, camps and crafts for the organization.
The biggest reason they look to students at NDSU is because the girls love college students, Bossman said.
She said they also try to connect with different campus clubs and organization to have members come and interact with the troops.
“I think (the fair) is really important because I don’t think a lot of students know what’s out there,” Bossman said.
Students still looking for volunteer opportunities can contact the Volunteer Network at NDSU.email@example.com, by phone at 701-231-1055 or by stopping by the Student Activities Office in Room 120 in the Memorial Union.