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BC Students Lend a Hand

More than 50 students and curiosity seekers wanting to make a difference gathered for the "Volunteer Extravaganza" recently. Sponsored by the SFA, the "Volunteer Extravaganza" offered a variety of opportunities for students to help out the community and make a difference.

Students check out various booths at the Volunteer Extravaganza, sponsored by the SFA.

The organizations featured at the "Extravaganza" included HEAL; Habitat for Humanity; People Who Care; Micah 6; Teen Mentoring; Adopt-A-Grandparent; One on One Tutoring; Berea Buddies and First Book of Madison County. All of the programs benefit Berea and the surrounding communities, including Richmond and Lexington. Many give aid to families with low incomes, the elderly, teens, and environmental issues.

These organizations were on hand to promote their ideas and missions to students and to recruit students for volunteer opportunities. For Ken Johnson, a freshman here at Berea, Habitat for Humanity was of particular interest. He said, "I like to work with my hands and I like the idea of physical labor, and I know that people need a place to live, thatís one of the basic needs everyone has, and sometimes you just canít afford it." Johnson goes on to say, "The ability to afford your own house, and not be in debt for it, is really a gift in its own and Iíd be glad to provide that for them."

Groups featured in the ďExtravaganzaĒ are looking for volunteers with such basic qualities as compassion and interest in helping the community. David Coffman, chair of the "First Book" committee, a group that provides free books to children, commented, "Iím looking for people who are committed to literacy, and care about getting kids their first books, to be on community advisory boards to help decide what organizations actually get the books. So I need people like that, community members specifically are what Iím looking for, but also students, education majors, people like that. I also need volunteers for fundraising."

Even though the "Volunteer Extravaganza" is over, there is still time to sign up or apply to be a volunteer with the SFA organizations. More information can be provided by contacting CELTS at (859) 985-3935, or emailing Betty Hibler at

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