Gahanna residents might find an organization that aligns with their interests during the inaugural Get Involved Gahanna Volunteer Fair organized by Visit Gahanna.
The event will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 15, at Creekside Plaza, 117 Mill St., coinciding with Sundays in the Park, a new, family-friendly activity that Gahanna Parks and Recreation has organized.
Laurie Jadwin, Visit Gahanna executive director, said more than a dozen Gahanna service and nonprofit organizations plan to participate in the fair.
"Gahanna is a generous and giving community, and we are grateful to have so many organizations with members who share their time and talents for the benefit of our city," she said. "It is equally clear that many residents want to be more involved. For the past year, Visit Gahanna has been working to organize an event that would create an opportunity for residents to learn more about all of the ways they can become more involved in our city, and to find an organization that aligns with their interests and passions."
Jadwin said the event will operate much like a job fair, with each organization having a table and sharing information about what they do for Gahanna and why, as well as how residents can become involved.
There is no cost for an organization to participate, and the event is free to the public.
Zac Guthrie, parks and community-services supervisor, said the Sundays in the Park activity is a reschedule from July, when it was postponed because of inclement weather.
"It's a family series at Creekside that includes a variety of entertainment, games and activities," Guthrie said. "A bunch of community groups are there with free activities or games. There will be face-painters, a prize wheel and interactive games for families."
He said the program will have a pirate theme and feature an inflatable pirate ship.
"All games will be pirate-themed," Guthrie said. "We have parks and rec games, a strolling entertainer clown, magic and balloons. There will be free kayak and paddle-boat rides."
He said the band Endless Recess will play covers of children's music.
Between the volunteer fair and Sundays in the Park, Guthrie said, he expects between 20 to 30 vendors and nonprofits will be represented.
"They will highlight their organizations and opportunities to volunteer with their groups," he said.