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Volunteer Expo hopes to connect charities with volunteers

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - It's a way to feel good, help others and often, it requires nothing but your time.

Picking a place to volunteer can be difficult, until now.

About fifty area organizations are coming together so you can learn and ask questions.

"We know there are a ton of opportunities for volunteers, but there's never really been a place for volunteers to go and do a one-stop shop," Kaylynn Stahlbusch of the Aging and Disability Resource Center says.

That changes on April 15th.

"We're able to put everyone into one big venue, a known venue, Hobb's, for people to just come and see what's available for them," Stahlbusch says.

It's called the Volunteer Expo and its mission: connect those who want to help with organizations that need it.

"It is open to anyone who wants to give back the Chippewa Valley and just doesn't know where to start. This will be the perfect place for them to figure out where to start. It could be a group. It could be the 4-H leader coming to check it out for their group. It could be a family who likes to do things together," Roberta Kostka of Catholic Charities says.

And anyone with an hour or two to spare can come too.

"We're really hoping volunteers can come and get involved once a week, once a day, once or twice a year. It really is fitting to your schedule," Stahlbusch says.

Whether your passion is for pets, people or the planet, the Volunteer Expo has something for you.

"All of the different vendors vary, it's not like there's going to be ten people the same there. The Meals on Wheels, Aging and Disability Center will be there. Girl Scouts of America will be there, Special Olympics, the Food Bank," Kostka says.

"It will be everything across the board. We've got people from Habitat, people from the pet shelter; we've got just about everything there. If there's something you're interested in, or something you're not sure you'd be interested in, it's probably going to be there for you to ask questions and see how you can get involved," Stahlbusch says.

The volunteer expo is April 15th at Hobbs Ice Arena in Eau Claire. The event is open during two different time frames to get the most people possible through the doors. Those times are 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

If you're interested in stopping by, organizers would like you to pre-register, although you can attend without doing so.

If you're unable to attend the event, the Chippewa Valley Volunteer Coordinators Association is available to answer your questions and their Facebook page has an updated list of area events that need volunteers.

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