Volunteer Fair at Red Lodge High School

Tuesday, Nov. 7 was the third annual Volunteer Fair at Red Lodge High School, a chance for students to meet with over 15 local nonprofits. Principal Rex Ternan said the reason for the day was threefold: “To provide an opportunity for students to sign up as a volunteer for credit going towards their 20 credit community service requirement; to inspire the spirit of volunteering and community service”, and last, “maybe it’s an area of interest for going into this field.”
Freshman Tristan Hoven liked Rotary Club. He said of the day, “It’s pretty fun.” He liked the idea of helping others locally.
The interests ranged from trails, to wilderness, to fire rescue and art. The emphasis was wide open for dreams, ambitions and fun. Jael Kampfe had a large pad near a bowl of candy with the broad challenge, “Candy for your thoughts: If you could take action or give time to make something better what would it be?” Students then took a piece of candy and wrote down their answers. Some responses included “soccer fields and coaches”, “more trails”, “youth activities” and “bike paths”. This emphasis on the outdoors is not unusual here at the foot of the Beartooths with nonprofits at the Fair including the Beartooth Recreational Trails Association, the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation and Eagle Mount skiing. Other interests included Donna Ritter representing the Carbon County Arts Guild appealing to creative types or those who just enjoyed promoting community art. Travis Burdick informed students about domestic violence services for DSVS (Domestic Sexual Violence Services). Kristen Hollum and Rue Freeman enticed students with all the goings on of student volunteering for the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation. Lily Fouts promoted the Food Kitchen feeding hungry families and said, “We’ve had a lot of volunteers today! We did a food drive recently and had great response!”
The positive leadership of the nonprofits appeared to drive the students to help others. They seemed amazed at all the different opportunities that Red Lodge has to offer.
Student Marlyn McJunkin was excited about volunteering her time to the Carnegie Library. It seemed to be a natural fit. “I am good with kids!” she explained.
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