WCU hosts Service Learning Fair Feb. 8

Western Carolina University is hosting the second annual Community Service Learning Fair on Thursday, Feb. 8, to help students, faculty and staff as well as members of the community become more aware of service opportunities in the region. The free, three-hour fair begins at 11 a.m. in the University Center Grandroom.

WCU’s Service Learning Department works with more than 90 organizations in the region, and organizations that will have displays at the fair include those that provide services in the areas of children and youth, elderly care, anti-violence, recreation, food and hunger, animals, disability, environmental concerns, government, housing and legal issues. Community partners planning to attend include Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society, Jackson County Habitat for Humanity, REACH of Macon County, and Watershed Association of the Tuckaseigee River.

The mission of the Service Learning Department at Western Carolina University is to promote service learning as a special form of experiential education whereby students engage in organized activities designed to enhance their intellectual, social and personal development while meeting community needs. Approximately 400 students participated in at least one service learning project last fall.

For more information about the second annual Community Service Learning Fair, contact Kathy Sims, assistant director of service learning, at (828) 227-7184 or ksims@email.wcu.edu.