Traffic filled the student commons at the Blaine campus of Minnesota School of Business (MSB), as the campus welcomed 15 organizations to the second annual volunteer fair on March 7. The groups were there to share volunteer opportunities and information about their organizations. The event was organized by MSB’s career services department.
According to Melissa Young, associate director of career services, the Volunteer Fair allowed for great interaction between students and area organizations with volunteer positions available.
“Since there were opportunities available for all fields, the event was a great way for students to learn about organizations within their field and how they could help within the community while building up their resumes at the same time,” said Young. “It was a fun event!”
Nicole Etter, career services coordinator, added, “Volunteering is not only good for our community, but is also a great way for students to gain experience. Volunteerism looks great on a resume, and can lead to future possible employment opportunities.”
Organizations in attendance included:
- Alexandra House
- Big Brothers, Big Sisters
- Bundles of Love
- Blaine Parks and Recreation
- Dress for Success
- Feed My Starving Children
- Memorial Blood Centers
- Minnesota Department of Transportation
- National Kidney Foundation
- Project for Pride
- United Way
Organizations that attended had a good experience meeting with students and spreading information about their volunteer opportunities.
“We always appreciate the opportunity to participate in MSB’s volunteer fair,” said Tom Godfrey, Program Supervisor of Blaine Parks
and Recreation. “The partnership we have established with the campus has been a great one, and we appreciate all they do with volunteering and supporting our many community events. Without volunteers, it would make it more difficult to put on quality events for the community.”
Julie Kresh, MSB’s service learning coordinator, said, “Volunteering is so incredibly important. It’s a great way to gain experience, network with community members, and set yourself apart from the rest of the bunch. Employers are increasingly looking for community minded and socially responsible candidates to add to their teams. What better way to demonstrate your commitment to the community, than to volunteer?”
Did you know that Globe University/MSB offers a Community Service scholarship? Students who participate in community service can apply for one of two $2,000 scholarships that are awarded per quarter to qualifying applicants. The scholarships provide tuition assistance to selected students. For additional information on the scholarship, see a member of the financial aid team.