On Friday, March 24 the Paddock Mall opened its doors to several organizations and businesses that are currently looking for workers or volunteers.

Businesses like Francesca’s and Buckle were stationed outside of their locations in the mall, handing out information regarding the positions they are hiring for. Meanwhile, the several organizations that had tables set up around the mall were looking for volunteers and internships.

Victoria Colleli, director of Disability Services at CF, tending to the Access Services booth at the Career Expo.

“We’ve gotten a lot of interests from people wanting to tutor,” said Summer Gill, executive director of the Marion County Literacy Council. “We’re always looking for tutors, so even if we get one out of today it’ll be worth it.”

Organizations like Habitat for Humanity were also at the expo seeking out volunteers for their different projects. These projects include their Project Patriot campaign, which focuses on providing housing for veterans without proper shelter.

Habitat for Humanity’s booth at the Career Expo.

Vice President of CF’s regional campuses, Dr. Vernon Lawter, was also at the expo to advertise the Citrus campus and the Levy campus, which is opening later this year.

“Our purpose of being here today is to showcase what we have to offer students in Citrus and Levy county branch campuses,” Lawter said.

Renee Proctor, a staff assistant of student services at CF, was also there to inform the public about the counseling opportunities CF offers. Of these counseling opportunities is CF’s PREP Club, which was made to assist students with emotional challenges with achieving their goals.

Renee Proctor representing the Counseling Department for CF at the Career Expo.

The Marion County Children’s Alliance was also at the expo, looking to spread awareness about the different programs they run to support children in every situation in Marion County. Christine Sandy, the workshop coordinator for MCCA, discussed how they are also seeking out young interns to run their social media sites.

“We’re here to get our vision and mission out to the community,” Sandy said. “Our type of volunteer isn’t like an office volunteer. Our volunteer is more of a project volunteer. We could always use volunteers for things like our back to school drive.”

United Way’s Strong Families Program was at the expo, looking to advertise their program as well as find people interested in becoming a mentor for the program.

Munroe Regional Medical Center was at the expo looking for both volunteers and workers. You can find all the positions they are hiring on their website at http://www.munroeregional.com/munroe-regional-medical-center/employment.aspx.

Along with paid positions, MRMC is always looking for more volunteers; specifically, student volunteers.

“We love to have student volunteers,” said Judy Peacock, manager of volunteering and senior services at MRMC. “It’s a great resource and learning opportunity for anyone whose interested.”

Steven Motush and Daniel Phillips from the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches.

In case you missed this year’s Career Expo, a list of the businesses and organizations hiring and looking for volunteers are listed below.

Businesses Hiring:
– Buckle (Paddock Mall)
– Francesca’s (Paddock Mall)
– Home Depot
– Florida Department of Corrections
– Munroe Regional Medical Center

Organizations looking for volunteers:
– United Way
> Strong Families
> Reading Pals
– Kimberley’s Center for Child Protection
– Marion County Literacy Council
– Marion County Children’s Alliance
– Munro Regional Medical Center
– Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches
– Habitat for Humanity

Story and photos by: Delaney VanNest

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