Volunteer Expo moves to new site with new event

OAK PARK HEIGHTS — United Way of Washington County-East and Community Thread have joined again this year for the 4th Annual Volunteer Expo from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 27 in the Stillwater Area High School cafeteria.
The Volunteer Expo gives the community a one-stop location to learn about different volunteer opportunities. With more than 30 organizations at last year’s event, there was a volunteer opportunity for everyone.  Community Thread and UWWC-E believe it’s important to get the community together and give everyone the opportunity to learn more about getting involved.
Included in this year’s Volunteer Expo is a “Stuff the Bus” campaign. Community members are asked to donate school supplies including, but not limited to, notebooks, both wide and college ruled; 12- or 24-packs of No. 2 pencils; 24-packs of Crayola crayons; 8-pack Crayola washable markers; glue sticks; fun folders; backpacks and graphing calculators. School supplies will be collected and donated to schools for children in need.
“It’s important for each student to start the school year off right with the correct school supplies,” said UWWC-E executive director Angie Lien. “We couldn’t think of a better way to promote the volunteer expo than with an added ‘Stuff the Bus’ campaign.”
“We are thrilled to host this year’s volunteer expo at Stillwater Area High School. The location is central to our community and it’s a great place to host an event of this size and nature,” said Community Thread executive director Valerie Jones. “We are expecting an increase in attendance and hope to connect even more organizations and volunteers for the good of our community.”
With 6 percent of Washington County living in poverty, it can be difficult for many residents to make ends meet. By providing students the materials they need for school, UWWC-E and Community Thread are making an effort to close the gap and make sure every student has a fair chance to flourish..