Shelf Life: Huntington Library to Host Volunteer Fair

 Huntington Public Library will host a Great Giveback Volunteer Fair on Oct. 19.

Those interested can speak with representatives from the Huntington Community First Aid Squad (HCFAS), Huntington Historical Society, Huntington Hospital, Island Harvest Food Bank, Literacy Suffolk, Volunteers for Wildlife, the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site, and more organizations that have volunteer opportunities.

“The fair offers an opportunity for adults and teens to meet with representatives from over 25 organizations,” said HPL head of adult programming, Lisa Gulino.  Those representatives will be available to discuss their work, as well as to let potential volunteers know what they are looking for. Each hosted table will have brochures, applications, and sign-up sheets. There will also be some event-wide giveaways. 

This is the first time HPL is hosting a volunteer fair. When first announced, a great number of organizations expressed interest in participating. “More than our space could accommodate,” she said. Depending on the event’s turnout, the library will consider expanding and repeating it in the future.

The Great Giveback Volunteer Fair aims to bring people together. “The library wants to support these organizations in the good work they do and help community members discover the rewards of giving back,” said Gulino. “We hope to facilitate a match made in heaven!”  

While the organizations represented at the fair are primarily looking for adult volunteers, several are looking for teens and children, too. 

A directory of organizations participating in the Great Giveback Volunteer Fair is now available at the library and online through this link.

Upcoming Huntington Events

  • October 11, Whoopi Goldberg Book Talk and Signing: Actress, comedian, and TV personality Whoopi Goldberg will speak about and sign her new book, The Unqualified Hostess, at Book Revue. The event will begin at 7 PM.
  • October 12, Aging in Place Panel: Half Hollow Hills Community Library will lead a discussion to identify innovations in housing, wellness, services, and care-giving for adults who plan to stay in their homes as they age. The panel will run from 10 AM to 11:30 AM at the library’s temporary location at Chestnut Hill Elementary School. Registration is requested, but not required.
  • October 14, Long Island Writers Guild: Join other writers at Book Revue for its monthly writing workshop. The two-hour workshop is free and open to all. The workshop begins at 7 PM; all levels and genres welcome.
  • October 20, Amateur Writers of Long Island: Join writers of all genres and abilities in the back room of Panera in Huntington Village from 1-6 PM to give and receive feedback.

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