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Participants volunteer themselves, and have the opportunity to encourage others in your congregation to become volunteers.
Explain that the fair can help match people with particular gifts with an organization or group that needs help. Consider offering refreshments and having participants set up and serve. Business cards, flyers, brochures, and/or sign-up sheets should all be part of the display. Remember, that this may be an ideal opportunity for getting volunteers for various needs in your congregation, such as helping with mailings or child care.
At the close of your fair, facilitate organizations to follow up with interested volunteers. Publicly thank the organizations that were present; you might report in your congregational newsletter or on your website how many organizations attended the service fair and how many people signed up to volunteer with a service organization.
If participants have limited mobility or abilities, pair them with an adult at a table. If some participants are unavailable for the fair day, consider asking them to sign "thank you" notes after the fair to send to organizations and groups that were present.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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