By Monica Dekany
Western Sun staff writer
On Wednesday, April 4 the Associated Students of Golden West College hosted the spring Volunteer Day, where local organizations came to campus to recruit student volunteers to help them with activities and events.
GWC and the various organizations also aimed to teach students about the importance of community service.
With more than 15 vendors in attendance, such as Family Support, the Orange County Food Bank, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the Girl Scouts of America, students had many volunteer options to choose from.
This annual event is a great opportunity for students to learn about the different ways in which they can help out in the community and gives them a way to build their student resume. The addition of community outreach can greatly increase the chance of a student’s application standing out when applying to universities.
“All the vendors today had great opportunities to offer,” said graduating GWC student Kendra Ortiz, “and I look forward to taking advantage of helping out.”
Students interested in specific fields of study, such as sociology or psychology, had many interesting organizations to explore, one such being Pathways Hospice, where volunteers can aid the elderly with daily chores, physical therapy, or just stop by to visit.
Another group is the Illumination Foundation that helps homeless families with children to find housing, health and counseling services, and career options. Chelsea Lithman, representative for the Illumination Foundation, said “This event is a great chance for us to reach out to the students to inform them of the work we do and how they can help.”