SAVMA Volunteer Fair
The SAVMA Volunteer Fair is an annual local recognition and recruitment event hosted during National Volunteer Appreciation Week. SAVMA invites community members out to celebrate volunteerism and learn from local nonprofit and volunteer hosting organizations promoting volunteer and community engagement opportunities. Limited amounts of volunteer gifts are available in appreciation for service to those who currently volunteer.
The event has grown every year with more community members and volunteer hosting organizations participating. In 2023, there were 700 people in attendance. Since the event occurs during the Points of Light Global Volunteer Appreciation Month, there is plenty of opportunity to promote the volunteer opportunities leading up to the event, so organizations should register as soon as possible.
Volunteer Fair Details
- Location: Reid Park Zoo
- Date: April 18, 2024
- Gates Open to the Public: 4:30PM
- Closing: 7PM
This event is part of National Volunteer Appreciation Week.
- Live music
- Crafts booth
- Zoo carousel (free)
- Food and drinks (open for purchase)
- Animal encounters
Volunteer Engagers and Organizations
SAVMA exists to support your needs as a professional, and to give you the tools you need to support your organization. This event provides a unique setting for informal volunteer recognition with live entertainment, interactive booths, animal encounters, and plenty of family friendly photo opportunities create memorable moments. Organizations that engage volunteers including nonprofits, hospices, government entities are all invited to register for a booth (requires Program Committee approval).
Welcome! Thank you for your service. If you are not yet a volunteer, thank you for your consideration. Here are a few insider tips and questions to make the most of your time with us and to get your thinking about your volunteer posting.
- Grab a map at the event. We change the map up until the last minute, so get it at the door.
- Bring address labels if you plan on filling out contact information for lots of groups. They will have prizes!
- Be sure you have special address labels that include your email address and phone number. You should have a set anyway, this is always worth having a set. They are good for kids forms, doctor forms, wedding forms, raffles, the list goes on.
- Understand what type of volunteer opportunity you want before you start. Regular, episodic, one-time, project based?
- Are you interested in group volunteering or youth volunteering? This is a special request. Write a note so the volunteer manager can follow up on your information.
- Do some values matching with your own. Sure you may want to rock the baby, but what if it is a spotted frog rescue and you are anti-frog? We all hope you aren’t, but you should know ahead of time about the values of the organization before you commit to volunteering.
- How will you fit volunteering in your current schedule?
- More than 40 booths of volunteer opportunities provide a lot of options.