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Kids' volunteer opportunities abound at local fair

Published: Monday, April 7, 2014 4:27 p.m. CDT

DeKalb County KEYS (Keep Engaging Youth to Succeed) and Kishwaukee United Way will host the third annual Care or Be Square Youth & Family Volunteer Fair for DeKalb County middle and high school youth and families from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Hopkins Park Terrace Room.

Youth who volunteer are more likely to do well in school, graduate, vote and be philanthropic, according to the UCLA/Higher Education Institute. In addition, young people who volunteer just one hour a week are 50 percent less likely to abuse drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, or engage in destructive behavior, according to the Search Institute.

The fair is designed to facilitate volunteer connections and help ignite the volunteer spirit. It is intended to educate students and families about the opportunities that exist locally to complement youth interests and promote volunteerism.

Last year, more than 20 local organizations were on hand to talk about the various volunteer opportunities available. Pay-It-Forward House volunteer coordinators Marge Johnson and Dixie Zander said they were pleased with the event’s organization and with the number of students and parents who attended.

New this year, volunteer mentors will be on hand to answer questions about why they volunteer and how it has made a difference in their lives.

For more information, including vendor registration forms, call Mary Hess at 815-756-8501, ext 111.

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