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Barbara Lombardo of Saratoga Springs, NY, is a journalism adjunct at University at Albany and retired executive editor of The Saratogian, The Record and the Community News. Follow her on Twitter @Barb_Lombardo.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Be a volunteer: Find out how on Monday, Nov. 22

Want to find out how to make this an even better place to live by being a volunteer? Want to learn about the many opportunities for volunteerism in our community?
I hope you'll stop by the Saratoga Hilton (the hotel attached to the City Center) between 1 and 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22 for the Volunteer Fair.
Representatives from groups that touch many areas of interest will have tables set up to explain what they do and ways in which you can become involved. It's a great idea for some one-stop shopping about volunteer opportunities. Interested in the arts? Issues about aging? Education, youth, heath, history, museums, human services, recreation? Animals? People with disabilities? Land preservation? All of those and more will be represented.
So many of the great things happen in the Saratoga area are the result of volunteers. Volunteering is such a rewarding and painless way to give back to your community. It's a great way to meet new people. And, since you're selecting your areas of interest, it's fun.
All you have to do is your most valuable commodity -- time --as much as you can work into the rest of your life.
Spread the word to others who might participate.
The Volunteer Fair is yet another program sponsored by the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce that focuses on encouraging people to make a difference through volunteerism. For more information, call 584-3255.


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