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Stirpe’s Volunteer Fair attracts promising help for local non-profits

Assemblyman Al Stirpe and his office manager, Linda Locito, look over some paperwork during the first (and hopefully annual) Volunteer Fair held May 16 at Great Northern Mall in Clay.

Assemblyman Al Stirpe and his office manager, Linda Locito, look over some paperwork during the first (and hopefully annual) Volunteer Fair held May 16 at Great Northern Mall in Clay.

— Need something to do this summer?

More than 30 local not-for-profits set up booths last week to recruit volunteers at the first of what is hoped to be an annual Volunteer Fair, sponsored by 127th District Assemblyman Al Stirpe (D-Cicero). The event was held at Great Northern Mall in Clay.

“We’ve heard a lot of sad stories about how it’s so tough to get volunteers because people are so busy these days,” Stirpe said.

Among the organizations seeking to secure help was the Liverpool-based Humane Association of CNY. The no-kill, not-for-profit animal shelter finds loving homes for its animals; mainly cats and dogs with the occasional birds and rabbits. A wide range of volunteer responsibilities include anything from dog walking to fundraising, general maintenance of the shelter to transportation.

“We’re running into the same kind of situation everybody else is running into,” which is a shortage of help, said Executive Director Christine McNeely. If you’re a pet lover and want to learn more about existing opportunities at the society, check out thehumaneassociationofcny.org or call 457-8762.

Other not-for-profits seeking help and located in the northern suburbs of Syracuse include Cicero Historical Society, Clay Historical Society, North Syracuse-Liverpool Lions Club/Lioness Club, Moyers Corners Fire Department, the Gregory J. Harris Military Courtesy Room, Friends of Main Street School, VIPS Cicero, and the Cicero, North Syracuse and Clay fire departments. Sunshine Horses, an all-volunteer organization that specializes in retraining and rehoming retired horses was also represented; the group is holding an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday June 8 at Little Apple Horse Farm, 1777 County Route 12 in Central Square.

Syracuse-based groups also in attendance and actively seeking volunteers are AARP, WCNY, the Newland Center, Catholic Charities, On Point for College, Vera House, Youth Power!, Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Alzheimer’s Association, Van Duyn Home and Hospital, Meals on Wheels, Chadwick Residence, Salvation Army, VA Medical Center, Planned Parenthood, Americorps and the Rescue Mission. Representatives for Wanderers' Rest, an animal shelter in Canastota, were also present.

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