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Institute of Technology Tralee hosts Volunteer Fair

Dec 22, 2014

Institute of Technology Tralee hosts Volunteer Fair

The Institute held a very successful Volunteer Fair on Thursday Dec. 4th to coincide with International Volunteer Day on the 5th.  Louise Nagle (Career’s office), Alice Chambers (Societies Officer) and the Institute Community Engagement Steering Committee combined efforts, with the support of the Students Union (Santa, Batman and Robin), to generate a hub of activity on the day. Twenty two community organisations set up tables on the day, visiting organisations included Cura, Enable Ireland, St. John of God Services, Kerry Volunteer Centre, the Cara Centre, Kerry One World, the Red Cross, Animal Help Net Kerry and more. Organisations were very pleased with the interest from students, and in particular those who signed up on the day to volunteer. Two guest speakers presented on the day, John O’Shea (formally of Goal) on ‘The value and merits of social entrepreneurship in the context of the alleviation of the suffering of the poorest of the poor’ and Geraldine Sheehan (Kerry Volunteer Centre) ‘Identifying a positive volunteering experience’.

The Institute values and promotes the holistic education of students and encourages them to engage with their surrounding community, to reap the many benefits to be had from volunteering. A website volunteer portal is hosted on the main ITT web site, which allows community groups to submit volunteering positions which are then made available to students seeking positions. This is available at:

http://www.ittralee.ie/en/InformationAbout/Community/CommunityEngagement//

The President’s Civic Spirit Awards are annually presented to students who demonstrate civic spirit through volunteering, at the student scholarship and awards night. The Institute is one of 5 HEIs which has been selected to contribute to the development of a national volunteer database management system, which when rolled out next year, will make all island volunteering positions more accessible to all students. This is being coordinated by Campus Engage, the national HEA funded entity charged with promoting civic and community engagement amongst Higher Education Institutions in Ireland (www.campusengage.ie).