Williston Park residents explore opportunities at volunteer fair

April 4, 2017 by  

At the end of March, residents of Williston Park and the surrounding area had a chance to meet and greet with a variety of nonprofit organizations, during the first ever Great Neck Volunteer Fair.

Trustees of the Village of Great Neck Plaza, the AARP Livable Communities Program, and the Great Neck Plaza Citizens Advisory Committee put together the event. Several dozen interested volunteers attended, and 10 non-profits had tables set up during the event.

Communities that want to get residents more involved can use flyers to spread the word about opportunities and events taking place.

The idea for the volunteer fair came about during a monthly meeting of the AARP. As Jack Kott, the volunteer coordinator for the North Hempstead AARP, told the Island Now:

“[The organizers] were talking at one of our monthly meetings about getting the community more involved, bringing the community out, because seniors become so isolated in a lot of ways.”

The nonprofits that attended the fair were not solely dedicated to the needs of seniors. For example, the Great Neck Historical Society had a table and was looking for people to help out with research, developing an app, and putting together a coloring book.

Other organizations at the fair included the Gold Coast Arts Center, COPAY Inc., Great Neck Social Center, and the Vigilant Fire Company. The hope is that the fair will become an annual event.