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Springfield residents looking for summer volunteer opportunities will find them at the upcoming service fair.

More than 30 charitable and nonprofit groups will be represented at the Community Service Fair, which will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 13. The fair will be held downtown in Park Central Square and is part of the History Museum on the Square’s series dedicated to community awareness and community involvement.

Each group at the fair will have an information booth where visitors can learn what the group does and how volunteers can help. Students who need to accumulate community service hours or others looking for volunteer opportunities can explore many options.

The museum’s Civics on the Square: Civics Summer Series organizes monthly activities around a specific theme. Other events in the series focus on citizenship, leadership and legacy. It is made possible with support from the Jeanette L. Musgrave Foundation and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

Members of a Lion Scouts group hold up donations collected for a previous History Museum on the Square event. (Photo courtesy of History Museum on the Square)

Museum officials said service is a hallmark of a community. The upcoming fair is the first in what organizers hope will be an annual event.

“Our goal with the Community Service Fair on the Square is to bring people together and showcase the incredible work of local organizations,” said Sean FitzGibbons, executive director of the History Museum of the Square. “I like to think of it as a ‘farmers’ market’ for community volunteerism, where community members can explore different ways to get involved and make a difference year-round.”

Previous events in May and June have focused on civic spirit and meeting with local leaders. The final event in the Civics Summer Series is a walking tour of the city, scheduled for August 17.

Joe Hadsall

Joe Hadsall is an education reporter for the Springfield Daily Citizen. Hadsall has more than twenty years of experience as an Ozarks reporter for the Joplin Globe, Christian County Headliner News and 417 Magazine. Reach him at (417) 837-3671 or [email protected]. More from Joe Hadsall