Volunteers Flock to Kidsmatter Fair

The Kidsmatter Youth and Family Volunteer Fair brought out hundreds of potential volunteers to the Naperville Municipal Center.

Youths from elementary school through college came out to have a look at the different volunteer opportunities available in the area.

“We really wanted to check it out and see what was happening because it’s a really good opportunity for us to sign up for new and different things,” said Ella King, an 11-year old volunteer who was there with her mother Keri. “And it’s also a great way for us to meet new people and join other communities as well.”

Thirty-three different nonprofits set up booths to talk about the opportunities their organizations provide. Places like the Morton Arboretum and Naper Settlement were joined by new groups like Powerminds – a free tutoring service created by Neuqua Valley High School students.

“Tonight [we’re] just getting the word out, but also getting a lot of volunteers because right now we’re a bit short on volunteers – we could use more of those,” said Arnav Bedi, Powerminds founder and a junior at Neuqua. “And also students, if they need help with tutoring, they can sign up.”

The fair even got a visit from Mayor Steve Chirico, who stopped by to say how happy he was to see the spirit of volunteerism in Naperville’s youth.

Kidsmatter CEO Kamala Martinez estimated 350-400 volunteers came through the fair.

Naperville News 17’s Casey Krajewski reports.

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