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Martin Luther King Day of Service Volunteer Recruitment Fair

10 area nonprofit organizations banded together today in Joplin to recognize serving others.
JOPLIN, MO.--- Local agencies honor Martin Luther King's Day of Service by recruiting area volunteers. 10 area nonprofit organizations banded together today in Joplin to recognize serving others. It was part of a Martin Luther King Day of Service project.

"This year I thought to hold a volunteer recruitment fair because we need more volunteers," said Shelly Goerz, Retired Senior Volunteer Program Coordinator. 

Shelly Goerz says hundreds of people are needed to lend a hand in the area.

"Meals on Wheels would not be able to get delivered without volunteers. Women in crisis may not be able to get help if they don't have volunteers," said Goerz. 

A wide variety of agenices were on hand to meet with prospective volunteers. Among those were Habitat for Humanity, Joplin schools, wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center, and Joplin NALA. 

"We rely on volunteers to do the tutoring, to run the classes, to help us with our fundraising," said Dorothy Fulks, Joplin NALA Read Volunteer. 

Dorothy Fulks was at the fair to spread the word about Joplin NALA's work in the community. For her, this day means doing something different.  

"It just reminds us to get out of ourselves and to get out and do the thing that may be difficult, that may be out of our comfort zone," said Fulks. 

The fair was a way to remember a man who was a great advocate for service.

"One of his more famous quotes ends with "what are we doing for others?" So it's very important on this day that we remember the service he gave, and for us to step forward," said Fulks. 

If you didn't get a chance to make it to today's fair but would like to volunteer, you can contact the Independent Living Center.
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