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Student Service Fair Attracts Community Ambassadors at East Carolina University!
Nothing could be finer than to be at East Carolina in August! As an East Carolina University alumna, I found it to be a great honor and privilege to take part in the Volunteer Service Learning Center’s Annual Service Fair which took part in conjunction with the “Get a Clue” event that is held at the beginning of each academic school year in the heart of campus. This event is designed to bring awareness to new and returning students concerning the agencies and organizations that are on campus and in the surrounding community. The March of Dimes NC Preconception Health Campaign was one of 50 vendors that took part in the service fair along with countless others who filled the University yard with tables, tents, giveaways and much more.
I took this opportunity to distribute multivitamins and preconception health promotion materials, and to discuss various health topics with students. I also wanted to recruit Community Ambassadors (CA). The CA program is a basic health promotion program that targets community groups with the folic acid message. These students will be trained to go out and effectively present to their peers and the greater community about the importance of taking a daily multivitamin with folic acid. This population is perfect for such an effort because of their age, energy and interest.
I was also able to connect with student groups at the Service Fair. I met with a group on campus called the Preconception Educating Pirates (PEP), who have signed on to assist me with coordinating the CA trainings and promoting our other programs on campus. In addition, I have received several calls and emails from students, both male and female, who are looking for volunteer opportunities with the March of Dimes. This event proved to be a success for all of us!
I am looking forward to working with the students at East Carolina. We are planning to conduct CA trainings in the next month and I am optimistic that these students will meet their goals and the requirements of the program. If you would like more information about the CA program and how you can be involved contact your Regional Coordinator today!
-- Rovonda Freeman, MA