5th Annual Love to Volunteer Fair
On February 12, Waukee High School (WHS) will host its fifth annual Love to Volunteer Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair will host up to 40 local non-profit organizations. WHS students will be invited to attend the fair and visit with the attending nonprofits to learn about possible volunteer and Silver Cord opportunities.
The fair is organized by the Waukee Silver Cord and School to Work Programs. Students serving on the Silver Cord Advisory Board will also help plan and volunteer at the event. The purpose of the Waukee Silver Cord Program, led by Casey Condon-Yu, is to instill within the students the importance of community service and encourage students to be accountable for investing in their own education and in the community on a regular basis during their high school years. The silver cord is worn at the graduation ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of students who actively participated in community service during their time at WHS.
“I feel good about the fact that we have created positive relationships with multiple organizations within the community. A majority of the non-profit organizations at the Love to Volunteer Fair have attended for many years. Each and every one of them serves an important purpose,” Condon-Yu said.
Junior Ian Coon is currently serving in his second year on the Silver Cord Advisory Board. “To me, the fair is important because it shows students the imminent community surrounding us needs their involvement, time and talent. We all get wrapped up in our own small group of friends and distance ourselves from the news because it seems to only show the negative situations in the world today. Consequently, we forget about the great organizations nearby that need our help to do amazing, positive things,” Coon said.
The goal of this event is to bring students and local non-profit organizations together. It’s an opportunity to learn about the community, organizations and get involved.
“Don’t think of volunteering as an obligation. Do it because you love it and inspire others to find that passion you have for helping others. Kindness is contagious and it does not take much before you can see its effects,” Coon said.