NORTH CANTON  The North Canton Public Library partnered with Rotary Club of North Canton and Character Counts North Canton to host a community service fair Sept. 30 aimed at assisting community members in finding a volunteer or service opportunity.

Sixteen organizations joined to educate the community about what their organization does and how they can help by volunteering their time and talents. In addition to the Rotary Club and Character Counts North Canton, organizations attending included:

- Hoover High School National Honor Society

- North Canton Public Library Teen Advisory Board

- North Canton Lions

- Friends of the Little Art Gallery

- North Canton Community Garden

- North Canton Chamber of Commerce

- North Canton Heritage Society

- New Work City

- Quota Club of Canton

- North Canton Playhouse

- Hoover Historical Center

- Meals on Wheels

- North Canton YMCA


"We have over 750 patrons use the library daily and we thought it would be a good way to introduce the community to these organizations that are always looking for volunteers," said library Director and Rotary Club President Sandi Lang. "It’s also a way to spotlight the different groups and what they do to help the community. Plus, we held a networking event before opening to the public so that the groups could get to know each other so that they can refer services," she said.

The library was also accepting donations for the Wheels for Wags program from Meals on Wheels and for the Domestic Violence Project. The Wheels for Wags program accepts donations of pet food for pets belonging to those who receive hot meals daily from Meals on Wheels.

One of the organizations was SAFY. The group has eight divisions in Ohio and has sites in six other states. The group offers Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) services and places youth in need of treatment-level care in a supportive family environment.

"We are always looking for volunteers to help support our families and for donations of supplies for the kids," said Becky McCullough. "We are also looking for partners to help provide nights out for the kids."

Mark DeChellis and Dennis Huffman were talking to people about joining the Rotary Club of North Canton. They are both past presidents and governors of the Rotary.

"We’ve been able to talk to a couple of dozen people this morning about all of the good works done by the Rotary," Huffman said.

The North Canton chapter has 30 members. Worldwide, the Rotary has 1.2 million members and has clubs in 165 countries. Rotary’s main objective is service in the community, in the workplace and throughout the world.

Lang said hosting this kind of event has become part of the library’s commitment to social responsibility and its ongoing program Meet the Need.

"Many people are unaware of all the good works these organizations do in the community. We hosted a Community Service Fair a few years ago and we had great community support for the event so we thought we would bring it back this year," Lang said.