Members of the North Side Health Advisory Committee decided last week that a late-April event at Ohio State University aimed at providing students with more volunteer opportunities might well be worth participating in.

Members of the North Side Health Advisory Committee decided last week that a late-April event at Ohio State University aimed at providing students with more volunteer opportunities might well be worth participating in.

OSU student volunteers have in the past handed out flyers urging residents to participate in the annual Y Walk Northland. More recently, volunteers distributed invitations to residents of the Beaumont section of Northland to attend a meeting aimed at resurrecting a civic association for the neighborhood.

"They were really good at what they did," said Mathew S. Baldwin, the Columbus Public Health employee who staffs the committee's meetings. "They were very conscientious. They did it with a really, really positive attitude."

Baldwin told committee members that he is in the process of seeing if the volunteer group might be available to once again pass out flyers for the May 19 walking event and health fair, and wound up with an invitation to participate in the April 27 "Pay It Forward" service fair on the west plaza of the Ohio Union.

"We plan to have booths set up for each agency so students can learn about service opportunities and to give agencies like yours the opportunity to recruit volunteers," Ricardo E. Pena, site liaison for Pay It Forward at the Ohio Union, wrote in a Feb. 20 email to Baldwin. "We would love for you to partner with us this year as we aim to increase students' involvement in their community."

The invitation was just offered preliminarily, Baldwin said at the committee meeting, with more details and a formal offer to come at the end of March. "It could be good for our individual organizations and it could be good for the kids, as well," he said.

"I can see us having a table there," committee co-chair Scott Dowling said.