Destination Hilliard will holds its annual volunteer fair next week in an effort to increase awareness about the importance of giving back to the community, according to Christy Clark, executive director of Destination Hilliard.
The third annual event will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at the Joint Safety Services Building, 5181 Northwest Parkway. It will coincide with National Volunteer Week, April 6-12.
"The event is designed to engage more residents in our community, both adults and kids, to assist nonprofit organizations and other volunteer groups in our community," Clark said.
Organizations participating in the volunteer fair include Patches of Light, the Capital Area Humane Society, Hilliard Farm Market, Serving Our Neighbors Ministries, the Rotary Club of Hilliard, Hilliard-Ray Patch Family YMCA and the Northwest Franklin County Historical Society.
The volunteer fair also will serve as a reception to recognize four volunteers and a church for their service to the Hilliard community for the past year.
Terri Botsko will be recognized for her work with Patches of Light; Mike and Ruth Lichtensteiger and Randy Smith will be recognized for their support of the Northwest Franklin County Historical Society; and the Hilliard Presbyterian Church will be recognized for its commitment to the Hilliard Arts Council.
Hilliard City Schools Superintendent John Marschhausen is scheduled to serve as emcee of the volunteer fair.
Marschhausen will speak about the emphasis the Hilliard school district places on volunteering and serving the community as part of character development, Clark said. He also will lead the recognition ceremony for the volunteers of the year, Clark said.