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Date/Time
Date(s) - 03/30/2023
3:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Location
Mother Lode Fairgrounds

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Tuolumne County Volunteer Fair, set to take place on Thursday, March 30th 2023, from 3:30-6:30pm at the Motherlode Fairgrounds. The Volunteer Fair is a free, impactful event to connect local community organizations, agencies and social service groups with residents who want to contribute volunteer hours in Tuolumne County.

As in years past, the event is being generously sponsored by Sonora Area Foundation and hosted by the Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce. New to joining the effort as host this year is Blue Zones Project – Tuolumne County, a community-led health and well-being initiative that launched in Tuolumne County in April 2022.

According to research, volunteering can add years to your life through creating meaningful connection in community, utilizing one’s skills, and creating positive feelings about where you live and work. Volunteer fairs link community needs with volunteer interests, helping provide people with opportunities to live their purpose.

“Tuolumne County is a beautiful community where small-town America still resonates brightly. Let’s focus on healthy community connections as we recover from the pandemic by donating our time and energy to this worthwhile cause,” said Tyler Summersett, Blue Zones Project Tuolumne County Executive Director.

Communities across the US experienced a drop in volunteerism during the pandemic. The Volunteer Fair planning committee is excited to help re-introduce productive and helpful ways residents can invest in the community, meet neighbors, make new friends, and keep the fabric of our area strong.

The Volunteer Fair was first organized by the Leadership Tuolumne County Class of 2017-2018. Gary Johnson, long time Director of the Volunteer Fair commented, “After seeing the positive value the

Volunteer Fair’s had in our community, I am excited to keep it going once again. We hope to have different age groups to volunteer, including grade school students who are accompanied by a parent, high school, and college students, who are looking to add volunteerism to their resume, all the way through our wonderful senior citizens. Bringing our nonprofit organizations and willing volunteers together, in the same place at the same time, makes for an amazing event”.

The Volunteer Fair event will showcase community agencies, organizations and service clubs who are looking for volunteers and members. All are invited to participate for free and encouraged to sign up! To register as a participating organization please send your name, phone number, organization’s name, and email address to tuolumnecountyvolunteerfair@gmail.com.

To learn more about local volunteer opportunities and register to attend the event please visit http://www.tcvfair.org/.

About Love Tuolumne County:

Love Tuolumne County is a city partner with Love Our Cities, an organization founded in 2009 to address problems in cities that great volunteers could help solve. Since its inception, Love Our Cities has garnered over 100 city-partners and brought together 248,000 volunteers who have donated over A MILLION volunteer hours; with a value of over $33.5 million dollars in service (independensector.org)!! Love Tuolumne County’s mission is to promote community-wide volunteerism through collaboration among leaders.

Love Tuolumne’s second County-wide volunteer day was held in 2022 and was a great success with over 450 Volunteers coming out to support 30+ community projects! Over 95% of Volunteers said they’d “do it again!” We’d love to have you join us on the weekend of April 29/30, 2023!!

About Blue Zones Project:

Blue Zones Project® is a community-led well-being improvement initiative designed to make healthy choices easier through permanent changes to a city’s environment, policy, and social networks. Established in 2010, Blue Zones Project is based on research by Dan Buettner, a National Geographic Fellow and New York Times bestselling author who identified five cultures of the world—or blue zones —with the highest concentration of people living to 100 years or older. Blue Zones Project incorporates Buettner’s findings and works with cities to implement policies and programs that will move a community toward optimal health and well-being. Currently, 71 communities across North America have joined Blue Zones Project, impacting more than 4.5 million citizens. The population health solution includes Albert Lea, Minnesota; the city of Fort Worth, Texas; Corry, Pennsylvania; Brevard, North Carolina; Walla Walla Valley, Washington; and communities in California, Iowa, Southwest Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Wisconsin. Blue Zones Project is a partnership between Blue Zones, LLC, and Sharecare, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHCR) For more information, visit bluezonesproject.com.

Blue Zones Project® is brought to Tuolumne County through an innovative sponsorship with Adventist Health and Blue Zones, LLC. Adventist Health is a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 80 communities on the West Coast and Hawaii, as well as others across the U.S. through its Blue Zones® organization, a pioneer in taking a systemic and environmental approach to improving the health of entire cities and communities. Through this work and other initiatives, Adventist Health is leading a 21st century well-being transformation movement.

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