Civic duty -- a responsibility for all citizens -- includes not only political participation, but community action, which will be promoted at the Campus-Community Service Fair from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, in the Fort Hays Ballroom at Fort Hays State University's Memorial Union.
The Community Service Fair is an attempt to match up students and faculty looking for greater community involvement with community agencies who can use the help. It is also a chance for students, faculty and citizens to become aware of and involved in the numerous civic opportunities that exist in Hays.
Refreshments will be served and free parking will be available in the lot west of the union.
Local non-profit and service organizations will be available to promote volunteer and service-learning opportunities at the event, which is sponsored by FHSU Center for Civic Leadership; Pi Sigma Alpha, FHSU?s Political Science Honorary Society; The American Democracy Project; and Tigers-In-Service, FHSU's student community-service liaison.
"Communities with strong levels of individual involvement are more apt to identify and solve problems, creating a local society that is active and ever-improving," said Christie Brungardt, chair of FHSU's Service-Learning Committee and an instructor of leadership studies.
"The Community Service Fair is a way to increase the value of Hays' own 'social capital,' which is a term for a community's ability to effectively address social issues," she said.
Donating time and energy through volunteerism and service-learning, which is becoming involved as part of a course requirement, are two aspects of social capital, said Brungardt. Information on both will be available at the Campus-Community Service Fair.
At the same time, Brungardt said, the sponsoring agencies for the fair are using it as an opportunity to begin building a data base of community agencies. Agencies that wish to be listed can contact Brungardt at the number listed below and can reserve a table at the fair at the same time.
To reserve a table at the fair or for more information, contact Brungardt at
628-4773, or Michael Berges, Pi Sigma Alpha president, at 628-0331.