GREEN BAY (NBC 26) — The Volunteer Center of Brown County hosted the fourth annual Community-wide Volunteer Expo at the KI Convention Center in Downtown Green Bay Thursday. The first round ran from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and another session will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The event hosted more than 40 local non-profits that are in need of volunteers. They shared their missions and expectations of a volunteer.
"This is a great opportunity for us to connect the community with a number of local nonprofit organizations. There will be something for everyone who attends", said Eric Sponholtz, executive director of the Volunteer Center of Brown County. "The Volunteer Expo not only benefits the nonprofit partners we work with, but also the community as a whole by people stepping up and getting involved with different missions throughout the greater Green Bay area."
Masks were required inside the center, but it didn't stop people from perusing the booths and chatting the recruiters. Chelsey Steffens is the victim advocate of the Sexual Assault Center of Family Services says she is optimistic about recruiting volunteers at the event.
"The ability to have a full functioning volunteer program is crucial to the work that we do in rehab survivors," Steffens said. "It means that anytime someone comes to the same program, a sexual assault nurse examination, or a law enforcement agency to report the incident of sexual violence, that they are not alone.
Other organizations involved included Girls of the Run Northeast WI, National Railroad Museum, Young Life Green Bay, Creative Kids Rock and many more. You can access more information on the organizations involved on their respective websites.