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NMSU and United Way team up to create volunteering opportunities

New Mexico State University's College of Health and Social Services and United Way are partnering to host the first NMSU Community Service Learning Networking Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m Thursday, Sept. 29 at the Corbett Center Ballroom.

r is open to all students and faculty and promotes non-profit organizations. Students and faculty will have the opportunity to meet with staff members of over 20 organizations to get information. There will also be web-based registration that matches students with service learning opportunities.

"We hope that students and faculty will meet the staff of the different agencies and get information and hopefully they will sign up," said director of development for the College of Health and Social Services, Pearl Hawe.

Hawe said the college and United Way have had an ongoing working relationship to increase the link between the community and NMSU faculty and staff.

"The cultivation of our community strengthens people," Hawe said. "It also creates job prospects and potential opportunities for students."

The fair also promotes service learning for NMSU students. "Students will have the opportunity to work with agencies and learn while providing services," United Way Campaign and Volunteer Director Bernadine Dallago said.

Dallago gave an example of a service learning opportunity for future accountants.

"I know of one agency that is looking for volunteers to help fill out taxes for people with low income," Dallago said. "This would be a good opportunity for accounting students to work in their field and ask themselves: 'Is this truly something I want to do?'"