EAST BRUNSWICK, NJEast Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) looks to connect area residents with non-profit groups at a special volunteer fair on Thursday, June 29 at 6 pm.

“Our customers regularly ask us for information about non-profits that are looking for volunteers,” said Melissa Hozik, Adult Programming Librarian. “This event is a great way to connect would-be volunteers with organizations that need help.”

According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, there are approximately 1,576,296 volunteers in New Jersey, who donated the equivalent of $5.1 billion worth of service to their communities.

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Organizations participating in the volunteer fair include the Arc of Middlesex County, Crisis Room at Aldersgate UMC, Disability Allies, East Brunswick Arts Commission, East Brunswick Department of Aging (Senior Center), East Brunswick Friends of the Environmental Commission, East Brunswick Friends of the Library, East Brunswick Human Relations Council, East Brunswick Municipal Alliance, East Brunswick Museum, East Brunswick Public Library Foundation, East Brunswick Rescue Squad, Fast Break Basketball, Furry Angels: Bright & Beautiful Therapy Dogs, Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey - East Brunswick Service Unit, Golden Bear Chargers, Jersey Cares, Jewish Family Services of Middlesex County, Karma Cat + Zen Dog Rescue Society, Literacy New Jersey - Middlesex Programs, New Beginnings Animal Rescue, Playhouse 22, Relay for Life and St. Bartholomew's Football & Cheer.

The volunteer fair is part of the library’s summer reading theme of “Build A Better World.” Throughout the summer, the library has several programs about civic engagement, including weekly TED Talk screenings and discussions, and a park clean-up on Saturday, July 29.

The volunteer fair is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.ebpl.org.