At Chapman University, community engagement is not just a buzzword; it’s a way of life. The university’s dedication to creating a culture of service and social responsibility is apparent from the students’ first days on campus, starting with a Volunteer Fair held in September in the Attallah Piazza.

During this year’s Volunteer Fair, organized by Chapman’s Office of Community Relations, students took advantage of the opportunity to connect with dozens of local non-profit organizations. They spoke with representatives about their organizations and explored volunteer opportunities that resonated with their interests, values and career aspirations.

Organizations in attendance at the event included Assistance League, Project Access, Youth Centers of Orange, OC Food Bank, Orange Home Grown, CASA and more. The fair organizers hope that by connecting students with organizations that share their commitment to community service, they can ignite a sense of purpose and active involvement in local philanthropic initiatives.

“Volunteerism is a reciprocal act. Volunteers gain invaluable experiences, develop new skills, and form lasting connections within their communities,” said James Gerrard, community relations manager.