Connors State College hosted a free service fair at the Muskogee West campus in an effort to increase volunteerism and awareness of the many services offered to those in need. Nineteen community organizations attended the event to talk to students and the public about volunteer opportunities.
“When I was a student I was in a situation where I needed a lot of assistance,” said Becky Rayborn, library technician and event coordinator. “Many of these service organizations were a big part of my life at that time. I wondered how many others had been in the same situation and maybe didn’t know where they could find help.”
Participating vendors included the American Red Cross, Cherokee Nation Child Care Resource Center, CSC Muskogee Difference Healthcare Scholarship and Eastern Oklahoma Healthcare Coalition, CSC Student Support Services, Department of Human Services, Department of Human Services Child Support Services, Golden Rule, Green Country Mental Health Services, Muskogee Head Start, Indian Capital Vo-tech, Infant Supply Closet, Kibois, McCoys, Muskogee County Transit, Pregnancy Resource Center, River Cross Hospice, Volunteers of America Oklahoma, Women in Safe Home, Inc., and Workforce Oklahoma.
“Many of the organizations that came today are funded mainly through donations. Those groups need volunteers so that the money they do receive can be used to assist those in need,” said Rayborn. “Volunteering also helps the ones who volunteer as it can teach them discipline and how to appreciate what they have. And in some cases volunteering could bring out a passion in a person for a particular area of service or maybe even a career.”
The event was well attended and attendees left with a wide variety of information.
“I was amazed at how excited all these service organizations were about this fair,” said Rayborn. “They came ready to serve. They wanted to help in any way they could. All of them have a passion for helping people become successes in life. There was a fantastic feeling of caring in the room.”