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Expo to help connect community to non-profits

Edith Wharton once wrote, "There are two ways of spreading light - to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it." She is talking about the equality of giver and receiver and the mutual benefits gained when we help each other.

That's the basis for the first-annual Resource Connections Expo on Thursday, Feb. 25, at the Morris National Guard Armory.

The expo is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Meet the people who work in the non-profit sector, inquire about how to access a service in a time of need, find a volunteer opportunity, or just spend an evening out with friends and family while getting to know your community resources.

On-site child care will be provided by Morris Area High School students.

Dinner will be served for the duration of the event at no charge. On the menu are ham and scalloped potatoes.

Stevens Traverse Grant Public Health will provide free H1N1 flu vaccines in the form of shots and nasal spray.

Participating organizations will have door prizes and give-aways available.

Free-will offerings will also be accepted, with the funds used for future community events and a portion donated to Haiti earthquake relief through Feed My Starving Children.

The idea for the expo started with a red T-shirt. Worn by members of the General Federation of Women's Clubs (GFWC), these "It's a Volunteer Thing" T-shirts stirred interest at the first-annual Unity Day event last year at the Common Cup in Morris. Upon learning that the GFWC is the largest volunteer women's organization in the world and it could help other organizations, the idea to collaborate was born.

Since then, a summit of non-profit organizations in the county has been held, drawing in about 80 people to share ideas, and deciding on priorities. The expo is the first of these priorities.