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Higgins, ReNU Niagara announce LiveNF volunteer fair

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Tue, Mar 10th 2015 10:00 am

New event designed to match volunteers with local organizations, encourage community engagement

Congressman Brian Higgins and Niagara University's ReNU Niagara program announced the 2015 LiveNF volunteer fair, an event to connect local residents interested in civic engagement with volunteer-driven organizations doing good work in the Niagara Falls community.

"Great things can happen when individuals take their own unique talents and community pride and invest them in something positive," Higgins said. "We are seeing the momentum build in Niagara Falls and can grow that even further when people engage through community service in our neighborhoods."

"Service to one's community is a critical component of the Vincentian tradition of Niagara University," said Tom Lowe, director of ReNU Niagara, Niagara University's community outreach arm. "It is in that spirit that we present the LiveNF volunteer fair as an opportunity for Niagara Falls residents to engage in the great work of a diverse crop of community organizations."

The first LiveNF volunteer fair will take place from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, at the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute, 28 Old Falls St. The event is free and open to the public. Dozens of organizations will be on hand to share what they do and explain how to get involved. Potential volunteers can fill out a brief questionnaire and be matched with organizations that fit interest areas and availability.

The Corporation for National and Community Service stated that, in 2013, New York state ranked 50th among the 50 states and Washington, D.C., for the percentage of residents who volunteered (19.7 percent of residents participated in civic engagement activities). Residents contributed 403.5 million hours and more than $9 billion of service, but the numbers show the few are carrying the many. CNCS is encouraging more individuals "to help meet the critical needs of their neighbors and communities."

Interested organizations can visit www.niagara.edu/renu to register or call Lowe at 716-205-0287 for more information.

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