New College’s history of volunteerism dates almost to its inception. In 1969, students volunteered to teach in “protest schools” set up by residents in Sarasota’s Newtown community to fight the city’s proposed closure of their local school.
More recently, New College volunteers have continued their support of long-running tutoring programs at Newtown’s Robert L. Taylor Community Center, lent a hand at various Habitat for Humanity projects, and taught ESL classes for the Sarasota County Literacy Council.
Students will have the chance to continue that tradition of service Feb. 12 during the spring semester’s Volunteer Fair, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. outside the Hamilton Classroom Building. Representatives from at least 10 local organizations will be there to answer questions and get students involved.
VISTA Volunteer Coordinator Jada McNeill says the act of volunteering is a vital piece of the New College experience. “It’s really important that we connect to the community,” she explained. Those connections benefit Sarasota and Manatee counties, but New College reaps benefits, too. “Everything from increasing donations to places like our food pantry, to securing internships and even jobs,” for students, McNeill said.
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