The office of ministry and service hosted the annual CJ Service Fair in Mary, Our Lady of Victory Gymnasium the afternoon of Thursday, Sept. 18.
The Junior Service Fair is an annual in-school event that provides students with an opportunity to become involved with a local community service agency. As part of their religion curriculum, all juniors are required to complete 25 hours of community service at one location.
“We have been coming as an organization to this fair for several years,” said Jenny Hymans of Adventure Central. “We keep coming back because of the excellent volunteers that we get, the commitment to service, the enthusiasm and the hard work that CJ volunteers provide to our organization.
“[These student volunteers] really help us keep our program exciting and keep it free, which is very important to our families,” she said.
This year CJ hosted representatives from more than 30 service organizations. These organizations work daily to meet the needs of the poor, the homeless, the sick, the young and the elderly in the Dayton area.
“It’s a very positive event for the students and for our students whom they tutor,” said Jim Henry, who returned for the 13th year. Henry, a retired Dayton Public School teacher, has worked with the E.J. Brown Tutoring program at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Wilkinson Street since 2001.
“We have had very good luck with CJ students, they are wonderful and the kids love them. They think the high school kids are really cool so they fall in love with their tutors and we appreciate all the service they’ve given to us over the years. CJ students are tops,” Henry said.
Junior Graham Curry ‘16 said the fair helped him decide what he’d like to do and where he’d like to complete his 25 hours of service. “The Service Fair was very helpful in determining which choice to make. I feel that the representatives really did a good job of telling us what they did and appealing to our interests."
The junior plans to look into opportunities to tutor at Westminster or volunteer at the Stillwater Center, a home for children and adults with disabilities in Montgomery County.
Thanks to all the representatives who could be with us today to partner with our students in serving God’s people, promoting peace and working for justice.