Third Annual Outreach Fair is a Success

 

The Third Annual Community Outreach Fair was held in October 2012, hosted by the Communications and Community Outreach Office. The Outreach Fair provides an opportunity for members of the Laboratory community to learn about the outreach programs currently underway. Its ultimate purpose is to facilitate volunteerism throughout the Laboratory.

Outreach Fair table Outreach Fair table

The 2012 fair featured 23 outreach groups including Marshallese outreach, Science on Saturday, classroom outreach, Troop Support, Society of Women Engineers, the New Employee Network, Scouting at Lincoln Laboratory, the Hispanic and Latino Network, robotics, hiking outreach, teacher and student outreach, and walk-a-thons benefiting various charities.

Outreach Fair table Outreach Fair table

Dave Granchelli, manager of the Communications and Community Outreach Office, said, "This fair also provides a way to contact people who can help start a new outreach program. Each year, we receive several new ideas for outreach programs just by talking to attendees and hearing their thoughts on a possible outreach project."

A new installment for the 2012 fair was the addition of Crafts for a Cause, selling homemade crafts, the profits of which go to a charity present at the fair. Crafts included paintings, greeting cards, jewelry, homemade candy, ceramics, and ornaments. Also new to the lineup this year was entertainment provided by Alloy, a band made up of Laboratory employees. All attendees enjoyed visiting with the outreach groups and listening to music while eating free snacks.

Outreach Fair craft table Outreach Fair band

The 2013 fair will be held in September and will be sure to include some new and exciting additions. "Our goal is to make the fair a little different every year, so there's always a reason to attend, even if you've attended in previous years," said Granchelli.  However, one item that does return from year to year is raffles and giveaways. The 2012 fair offered more than 15 raffle prizes, including gift certificates to local restaurants, movie tickets, free desserts, museum tickets, and a cash certificate from MITFCU. "The giveaways add a special dimension and energy to the outreach fair every year," said Granchelli, "but we also hope to get new people interested in helping with both new and current outreach projects." Be sure to visit the next outreach fair where you can help yourself and others!

 

Posted April 2013

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