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Annual Event Connects Volunteers and Non-Profits 2018

The 7th annual Volunteer Network Center, Volunteer Fair will bring together more than 50 non-profit organizations to a single location for potential volunteers to find a cause that fits them. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at Plaza de Las Cruces in conjunction with the Las Cruces Farmers and Crafts Market. The event is free to the public and free to participating non-profit organizations.

“The Las Cruces community has a long history of giving back and supporting all the wonderful non-profit work in the community,” said Ryan Steinmetz, volunteer coordinator for the City of Las Cruces. “This fair is a wonderful opportunity for both a new resident to Las Cruces who has been thinking about getting involved, or a long-time resident who may not realize some of the newer organizations that are doing great work.”The event will also be collecting dog and cat food as an on-site service project.

In addition to more than 50 organizations present to talk about their activities and volunteer needs, there is something for everyone. Last year, more than 600 people connected with community organizations. All attendees get a punch card and as they visit booths about potential volunteer opportunities, they can earn a free custard cone from Caliche’s.

For the second year, Thrivent Financial will be sponsoring “Inspire to Serve,” a project promoting volunteerism in our community by providing $250 of seed money to a participating nonprofit in support of community projects to be held during National Volunteer Week, April 14-27. Project submissions are due by 5 p.m. Thursday, March 15.

The Network Volunteer Center is the City of Las Cruces’ volunteer resource providing more than 300 volunteers to more than 30 volunteer stations across city programs. For more information, contact Ryan Steinmetz at or call 575/528-3035.