Experience the CJ Junior Service Fair

Take a photo tour around the tables and displays at CJ's Junior Service Fair, held in the gym Friday, Sept. 21, during homeroom. The fair is organized each year by the office of ministry and service to help students find local agencies where they can complete the 25 hours of community service required by all junior religion classes.

Thanks to representatives from 19 different Dayton-area service agencies who gave up part of their day to talk and meet with CJ students.

  • Rebecca DeLong with St. Vincent de Paul outlines a few service opportunities for one CJ junior. The organization, located on Edwin C. Moses Boulevard, "assists the homeless and impoverished by sharing God’s love by providing emergency shelter, transitional housing, food, clothing, household items, and guidance to leading a self-sufficient life," according to its Web site.
  • Liz Kelly with Dayton Habitat for Humanity, headquarted on Linden Avenue, hammers home the opportunities available for CJ students to work with her ogranization. According to its mission statement, the Christian non-profit organization helps ensure "that there are decent and affordable homes in safe communities where families can live and grow." Volunteers can expect to get hands on, building and renovating houses in the area.
  • The United Rehabilitation Services (URS) of Greater Dayton was represented Friday afternoon by Diane Osman, volunteer coordinator. The Miami Valley organization has provided individualized client services for children and adults with special needs for more than 50 years. URS, fondly known for hosting the annual Rubber Duck Regatta on the Great Miami River, is located just north of Needmore Road on Old Troy Pike.
  • Elaine Bonner, the director of parenting education at the Dayton Life Resource Centre on North Findlay Street, discussed ways to get involved with the local pro-life group. The Centre encompasses programming such as Dayton Right to Life, the Greater Dayton Pro-Life Education Foundation, the Stork's Nest Emergency Baby Pantry, the Abstinence Resource Centre, and more, which promote the sanctity of life.
  • Jim Marks of the Suicide Prevention Center addressed a group of students huddled around his table in the gym. The center works to provide hotlines, support groups, and training programs for those in need. Volunteers (18 and older) may apply to answer the center's 24-hour crisis prevention hotline. Non-crisis line volunteers are also needed to assist at events, including the Make a Difference... Save a Life 5K Race/Walk.
  • Cathy Guerrant with Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley (CSSMV) returned to the Junior Service Fair again this school year to find student-volunteers interested in serving at their three area locations. CSSMV, an agency of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, operates within the guiding values of faith, service and charity to strengthen the futures of individuals and families in need. The organization also has affiliations with the United Way of Greater Dayton.

Including those listed above, representatives from the following organizations were also in attendance:

  • Adventure Central
  • AIM for the Handicapped
  • Aullwood Audubon Center & Farm
  • Clubhouse/Dreambuilders Group
  • Dakota Center, Inc.
  • Grandview Hospital
  • Hospice of Dayton
  • Mercy Siena Retirement Community
  • Montgomery County Stillwater Center
  • 10 Wilmington Place
  • The Glen at St. Joseph
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church Tutoring Program
  • YWCA of Dayton

Other organizations with which juniors may find service opportunities include:

  • Bethany Village
  • City of Kettering
  • Engelwood Manor
  • Life Enrichment Center
  • Good Neighbor House
  • Humane Society of Greater Dayton
  • Resident Home Assocation