Community Service Fair Showcases Civic Opportunities

The Student Government Association hosted a Community Service Fair Tuesday, dedicated to civic involvement on Ramapo’s campus and in the surrounding community. First-year attendees were awarded First Year Student Challenge points, and all attendees were awarded co-curricular transcript points upon swiping in.

Several student-run organizations, including Alpha Phi Omega (APO) and Ramapo Habitat for Humanity, tabled at the fair. The event exposed attendees to new service opportunities.

“Alpha Phi Omega is a co-ed Community Service Fraternity organized to provide community service, leadership development and social opportunities for college students,” said junior Jonathan Lopes, Public Relations Chair and Treasurer of the organization. 

APO promoted an upcoming project scheduled for this Friday, a 4-H Fair in Morris County. 

“APO pledges and members will be assisting in cleaning and re-arranging,” Lopes said.

Ramapo’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity is new this year and was also represented at the fair by its young leadership.

“The new Habitat chapter is looking to help our surrounding communities in building homes for those who don’t have the ability to do so themselves,” said freshman Jorden Edwards, president of Ramapo’s Habitat for Humanity. “Also, we plan on raising awareness of the Habitat for Humanity organization throughout the Ramapo campus.”

Additionally, it helped service-oriented organizations gain interest and new members from the student body. 

“The Community Service Fair helped the new club gain over 73 new members, not including the 31 current members,” Edwards said. “The fair gave the Ramapo Habitat for Humanity the perfect boost it needed to get started.”

Donna Elazar, Secretary of Service in SGA, organized the event with SGA and the Community and Civic Engagement Center. 

“The event went really well. It had an excellent student turn out with over 300 attendees,” Elazar said. “Next semester, I have plans to increase opportunities and tables, to make the fair stronger and better. I also would like to incorporate the SGA Service Committee to help plan the spring event.”