Imagine the Possibilities
If you have not heard of the Imagine the Possibilities Career Expo, ask an eighth grader what it's all about.
On October 1, 2, and 3, more than 7,200 eighth graders from 75 schools in 17 Northeast Mississippi counties converged on BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo for this annual interactive expo. Students explored career opportunities in 18 career pathways via hands-on experiences and conversations with professionals in each field. The annual event is made possible by the Toyota Wellspring Education Fund and CREATE Foundation.
No event such as this one can possibly take place without numerous volunteers - both on the front lines and behind the scenes. Some volunteers take vacation time from work in order to help at this expo every year.
In addition to the vendors at each booth, volunteers assisted with greeting students, handing out bags, monitoring for safety issues, checking vendors in, setting up and taking down displays, and keeping things running smoothly at the food tent. A special shout-out goes to the volunteers who directed traffic in the parking lot - making sure the buses parked in the right locations, giving instructions to the students and chaperones, and ensuring everyone's safety between buses and buildings. That job is demanding enough, but add in 100-degree weather, and you have a whole new ballgame!
Thank you to all the vendors, the volunteers, and the staff at CREATE Foundation for another outstanding Career Expo!
FEATURED VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
United Way of NEMS is looking for community impact volunteers. These volunteers will read and rate program grant proposals and provide periodic oversight once the grant is awarded. Applicants need to have content expertise in academic success, health/wellness, or family stability. For more information and to apply, click here.
Northeast Mississippi Habitat for Humanity has four build days coming up. No skills are required; you will be taught what you need to know. For information about shifts and to sign up, click on the date of the build:
The Autism Center of North Mississippi needs volunteers to help with childcare on the 4th Monday of each month. While parents meet with their support group, volunteers keep the children engaged with activities.The meeting is from 6:00-7:00 pm. Click here for more information and to sign up.