University hosts Community Volunteer Fair 2011

June 11 / 62

More than a thousand students and staff explored opportunities to work as volunteers at the University’s 2011 Community Volunteer Fair.

The annual event gave staff and students the chance to talk to representatives from many different organisations and discuss their many options for working in the not-for-profit sector nationally and internationally.

Student Volunteering Coordinator Ali Kassem said the fair was a platform for students and staff to connect with organisations and form relationships, while also providing a gateway for community organisations to connect with the University.

Mr Kassem said it “profiled volunteering to students in and staff in a big way".

“The University has thousands of students who are engaged in the community one way or another, many through volunteer work,” he said. 

This year, Professor Phillip Batterham welcomed representatives from guest organisations to the University. 

Professor Batterham said the event had two benefits: It encouraged students to be concerned and informed global citizens, and reflected the University’s deep commitment to improving lives and engaging with the wider community. 

This year’s fair saw more than 60 not-for-profit organisations attend, including several University student volunteering organisations, and introduced many new groups from the not-for-profit sector to the University. 

Community organisation representatives also attended a morning tea with senior staff to further the University’s relationship with community groups and strengthen ties between the many different not-for-profits in Melbourne. 


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