Southwestern Community College is bringing local nonprofits and dedicated volunteers together in hopes of bettering local communities. SCC Cares, a college committee and club co-chaired by Amanda Allen, works to facilitate, support and recognize community service done by members of SCC students, staff and faculty.
As part of that mission, SCC Cares has been working to host the first annual Volunteer Fair on Tuesday, Feb. 24, with a snow date of March 3. The event, which will be held in the Burrell Conference Center on the Jackson County Campus from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., will feature a dozen organizations from Macon, Jackson, and Swain counties, as well as the Qualla Boundary.
SCC Cares began planning the event in hopes of encouraging volunteerism and helping non-profits, government agencies and groups find volunteers. "Non-profits are at a critical point right now; a lot of them have the highest amount of clients they've ever seen paired with some of the lowest budgets," said Allen. "Volunteers are the best way to continue providing great service at low cost to our communities."