October 17, 2018 at 3:43 pm

Work That Matters Fair Featured Nelsonville Music Festival, Buckeye Ranch and More

By Richard Morris

Twenty-five different organizations were in attendance, offering opportunities for non-profit work both local and abroad. at the Ohio University non-profit and service fair, Work That Matters, on Oct. 10.

Work That Matters was designed for students across a wide range of life and career considerations: be it social work, education in underfunded communities, or even event planning.

One of the representatives I spoke with was Chloe Musick, who was offering internship and volunteer opportunities at Stuart’s Opera House in local Nelsonville, Ohio. She pointed out students looking to broaden their arts education, event planning skills, or experience in marketing as ideal candidates for application. Furthermore, she expressed a great deal of enthusiasm for internship opportunities available for next year’s Nelsonville Music Festival, which this past summer included famous acts such as George Clinton and The Decemberists.

“It’s a great opportunity to involve yourself in the local community,” she said, “while also enjoying the simple pleasures of live music.”

Kaelyn Thomas, meanwhile, represented Buckeye Ranch, an organization dedicated to providing mental health services to children and young adults across the state.  Its services extend to a number of different areas, including foster care, intervention for families in difficult positions, and counseling for struggling youth.

Though Buckeye Ranch made a strong impression for its deeply humanitarian purpose, it was only one of a number of organizations tirelessly dedicated to social work.  The Manna Project International, for instance, provides students with an opportunity to travel abroad and dedicate themselves to aiding conditions in Central and South America.  Teach for America is a non-profit dedicated to ending educational inequity through the employment of teachers in underfunded areas, both rural and urban. New Horizons has dedicated itself to mental health services in nearby Fairfield County.

All around, Work That Matters provided a number of unmissable opportunities for students across a wide range of majors and interests. It is a rewarding experience in itself to speak to those who have dedicated their lives to careers that are in the business of putting others before themselves. I would recommend any student to keep an eye out for next year’s non-profit and service fair.

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