Orga­ni­za­tions from across Boston will be at North­eastern today for the Center of Com­mu­nity Ser­vice’s Vol­un­teer Fair, an annual event that con­nects stu­dents with oppor­tu­ni­ties to help the com­mu­nity.

More than 70 orga­ni­za­tions from North­eastern and its sur­rounding com­mu­ni­ties will be on Krentzman Quad from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., said Andrew Olson, Northeastern’s assis­tant director of com­mu­nity ser­vice pro­grams and events.

This year’s lineup of out­side orga­ni­za­tions seeking vol­un­teers includes the Rox­bury YMCA, Big Brothers Big Sis­ters, City Year Boston, Boston Rescue Mis­sion, ABCD South End Neigh­bor­hood Action Pro­gram, Boston Part­ners in Edu­ca­tion and the Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers.

Vol­un­teer fairs are held at the start of each fall and spring semester. In the event of rain, the fair will be held in the Curry Stu­dent Center’s Indoor Quad. 

The Center of Com­mu­nity Ser­vice sup­ports Northeastern’s long tra­di­tion of ser­vice to the com­mu­nity and com­mit­ment to civic engage­ment.

Pro­grams run by Northeastern’s Center for Com­mu­nity Ser­vice include:

  • Alternative Spring Breaks, which allow students to use their week off from classes during the spring semester to address a critical social issue such as affordable housing, disaster relief or youth education. Students explore the culture and history of the area, participate in orientation programs, build leadership skills and develop strong bonds with other team members.
  • The Husky Volunteer Team, one of the Center of Community Service’s newest programs, which partners teams of three to five students with a community organization for at least one semester. 
  • The Civic Engagement Program, a yearlong program that provides student scholars with the tools and resources to succeed as community leaders. Students work in the Stony Brook neighborhoods of the Fenway, Mission Hill, Roxbury and the South End on projects such as after-school tutoring and enrichment, mentoring, youth outreach and education, college access and youth leadership development.
  • The Honors Outreach Program, which gives students in the University Honors Program opportunities to serve the neighborhoods and communities that surround Northeastern.