Local job fairs grew in popularity as the nation emerged from the Great Recession.

Local job fairs grew in popularity as the nation emerged from the Great Recession.

Area agencies which rely upon volunteers hope to use that concept in an effort to recruit more residents who can make a difference in their own backyard.

The Union County Volunteer Fair is scheduled to be held from 4 to 7 p.m. May 26 in the Union County Services Building, 940 London Ave., in Marysville.

The open-house style event will allow attendees to mingle with more than 15 different local agencies and learn about volunteer opportunities in the county.

"This was really an idea that came together out of brainstorming between our (emergency management agency) groups," said Jennifer Thrush, a spokeswoman for the Union County Health Department.

"We thought an open house would be a good idea," she said.

"There are residents out there who want to volunteer, but they're not sure where to start."

The volunteer fair came about during a meeting of local volunteer coordinators who were brought together by the Union County Emergency Management Agency.

Those volunteer coordinators were initially asked if existing volunteer agencies could be used in response to a disaster, Thrush said.

"There are so many worthwhile agencies in our community," Rick Roush, event planner and emergency preparedness coordinator for the Union County Health Department, said in a news release.

"Our planning committee wanted to do an open house and recruit volunteers for a number of different organizations.

"Building a strong volunteer base today will help our community recover during an emergency situation tomorrow."

The volunteer fair and volunteer coordinators meetings are the first steps in examining the possibility of pooling volunteer resources if a disaster should occur.

Residents who are currently volunteering in the community also are encouraged to attend the open house to receive appreciation for the efforts.

The event features free appetizers, drinks and desserts, Thrush said.

"It starts with your own hands and getting others in the community involved," she said.

Volunteers and volunteer agencies interested in participating in the volunteer fair, which is sponsored by Union County Healthcare Providers, should RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/UCVolunteerFair.