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Non-Profits Take The Spotlight At COC

COC The non-profit fair generates awareness for local organizations, and everyone wins.

College of the Canyons will host the second annual Non-Profit Fair on Sept. 16, which will offer more than 25 non-profit groups and organizations the opportunity to reach out to students and community members and explain how they can help further their non-profit causes.

"It's a great way to connect to COC students," said DaAnne Smith, Executive Director of Single Mothers Outreach.  "There are lots of single parents that are there and don't even know we exist, or even know of our services."

"In this financially difficult time, our community non-profits desperately need our involvement," said Jennifer Hauss, director of the college's service learning program, which is sponsoring the event. "Students participating in the Service Learning program are able to make their college educations more relevant by becoming involved and engaging with their community."

The service-learning program allows students to apply the concepts and theories they learn in the classroom to real-life situations and challenges through volunteering in their community.

"Education becomes more relevant," Hauss said about the program's benefits. "Students are able to network and explore career options while they enhance their grades and give back to our community."

"The College of the Canyons Fair is an excellent opportunity for us to meet local residents, business people and other non-profits, and let them know what the services and programs we provide are and how we can best serve them," said Gail Otriz, vice president of the board of directors for the Domestic Violence Center of Santa Clarita.

Laura Mayo, regional director of the Santa Clarita Valley Special Olympics says that the main focus of their involvement in the fair is to generate volunteers and coaches and they succeeded in that goal last year.

Some organizations that have already signed on to participate are Ahead With Horses, Betty Ferguson Foundation, City of Santa Clarita, Department of Child & Family Services, County of Los Angeles, Domestic Violence Center of SCV, Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles, Habitat for Humanity of San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valley, Help the Children, Project Kindle, Single Mothers Outreach, Special Olympics of the Santa Clarita Valley, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Valley Trauma Center.

The fair will be a great opportunity for all students, faculty, staff and community members to learn about our community-based, non-profit organizations' missions and volunteer opportunities.

The fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Center atrium.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information about the non-profit fair, contact Hauss at (661) 362-3422 or jennifer.hauss@canyons.edu.