The first Washington County Volunteer expo was a helpful twist on the standard job fair.
The event, held at Meritus Medical Center on Wednesday afternoon was hosted by United Way of Washigton County and connected people with their purpose.
More than 50 organizations set up informational tables to share what they were looking for from volunteers.
From large volunteer organizations like United Way and C.A.S.A to smaller historic organizations like the Doleman Black Heritage Museum, there was an option for any one looking to give back.
“We’re bringing all of the opportunities to folks and it’s right at their finger tips so they can pick and choose what they want to do,” explained Allison Dillow, director of marketing and engagement for United Way.
The expo also featured seminars to help people learn a new skill and a self-care room to help people learn how to relax after a long day of serving others.
“April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month, so it was just a great idea to recognize the volunteers who are already in our community, as well as welcome new volunteers into the fold,” said Leanne Nevels, volunteer coordinator with Court Appointed Special Advocates (C.A.S.A.).
Many say a donation of their time is rewarding.
“I’ve been very fortunate in my life and I want to be able to help others, give them opportunities and help them overcome obstacles,” explained Sid Schusterman, a volunteer who attended the expo.
Organizers say, volunteering isn’t as hard as some might think.
“People think that they have to serve a long term committment and that’s not the case. It can be a one time… a 30 minute thing, or it could be long term. You could serve on a board, you can do something that requires a lot of time,” said Dillow.
No matter how much time is dedicated, there is a difference made in the community.
The following organizations were a part of the expo and are looking for volunteers:
Hospice of Washington County
Washington County, MD, Historical Society
Shepherd’s Spring Outdoor Ministry Center
Alzheimer’s Association Western Maryland
Character Counts Washco
American Red Cross of the Greater Chesapeake Region
Parish Nursing Program
Washington County Public Schools Education Foundation
United Way of Washington County
American Cancer Society, Maryland
Hagerstown, MD Lioness
Habitat for Humanity of Washington County
The Women’s Giving Circle of Washington County
Breast Cancer Awareness–Cumberland Valley, Inc.
Community Free Clinic of Washington County
Washington County Commission on Aging, Inc.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County
Assisting Children in Need
OnTrack Washington County
Mental Health Association of Frederick County
CASA of Washington County, MD – Court Appointed Special Advocates
Fahrney Keedy Home & Village
C&O Canal Trust
It’s A Blessing to be A Blessing
Head Start of Washington County, Inc
Doleman Black Heritage Museum, Inc.
Girls on the Run of Mid & Western Maryland
STAR Equestrian Center
San Mar Treatment Foster Care
Girls Inc. of Washington County
Beacon House, Inc.
Ladders to Leaders
Friends of Tolson’s Chapel
Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital
English and More
Together With Families, Inc.
Western Maryland Hospital Center
SALT of Washington County
Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
Family Healthcare of Hagerstown
Horizon Goodwill Industries
Washington County Health Department
City of Hagerstown Department of Community & Economic Development
Washington County Community Action Council, Inc.
MCF – Maryland Coalition of Families
Hagerstown Community College
For Otis Sake Rescue, Inc.
Meritus Medical Center