Making Matches

The recent Montgomery County Volunteer Fair gave local residents a chance to learn about 24 county agencies and organizations. Potential volunteers gathered Saturday at the Boys & Girls Club of Montgomery County to see if any of the opportunities met their personal passions and skill sets.

Cheryl Farr of Pam’s Promise said finding volunteers is not always easy, but volunteers are the lifeblood of many local organizations.

“A volunteer has to like people,” Farr said. “Most of the organizations have multiple needs that require multiple skills and a heart for people.”

Farr said last year’s volunteer fair paid off for her non-for-profit, which helps the county’s homeless.

“We were able to sign up volunteers last year and we even got our gutters cleaned,” Farr said.

Gary Vierck, director of the Linden Depot Museum, manned a booth at the fair. He said the train museum is always looking for help.

“Volunteers are so important, and we can never have enough,” Vierck said. “This fair is a wonderful idea and we have already signed up a new supporting member.”

Crawfordsville resident Keely Taylor, a current class member of the Montgomery County Leadership Academy, stopped at several of the booths.

“The Leadership Academy told us about the fair so I wanted to come check it out,” Taylor said. “This is a great place to learn about a lot of groups and what they do. I am interested in looking at the possibilities available and I am looking to get involved.”

Animal Welfare League President Mike Reidy was manning his organization’s booth. He said several potential volunteers had stopped at the booth for information.

Attendees were eligible for door prize drawings throughout the event. Also there were drinks and donuts available.

The event was sponsored by the Montgomery County Community Foundation, Youth Service Bureau and the Boys & Girls Club of Montgomery County.