Inspiring chil­dren to explore cre­ative writing. Vol­un­teering at home­less shel­ters. Expanding health edu­ca­tion in local high schools.

These are only a few of the oppor­tu­ni­ties that stu­dents inter­ested in lending a hand in their com­mu­nity can dis­cover at today’s Spring Vol­un­teer Fair, which will include rep­re­sen­ta­tives from more than 60 campus orga­ni­za­tions and non­profits in the Greater Boston Area.

The fair — which is held at the start of each fall and spring semester — will be hosted by Northeastern’s Center of Com­mu­nity Ser­vice in the Curry Stu­dent Center Indoor Quad from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Vol­un­teering offers North­eastern stu­dents an oppor­tu­nity to really become a member of the Boston com­mu­nity,” said Sara de Ritter, asso­ciate director of ser­vice and com­mu­nity part­ner­ships in the Center of Com­mu­nity Ser­vice. “It allows stu­dents to under­stand the chal­lenges and the assets of living in an urban envi­ron­ment while taking direct action.”

The Center of Com­mu­nity Ser­vice sup­ports Northeastern’s long tra­di­tion of ser­vice to the com­mu­nity and com­mit­ment to civic engage­ment. In the 2010–2011 aca­d­emic year, 3,350 North­eastern stu­dents com­pleted more than 171,000 hours of service.

The center offers a range of other pro­grams through which stu­dents can address crit­ical needs in com­mu­ni­ties in Boston and around the world. These include Alter­na­tive Spring Break and nuSERVES, in which incoming first-​​year stu­dents par­tic­i­pate in neigh­bor­hood ser­vice projects. The Husky Vol­un­teer Team is one of the center’s newest and most-​​popular ini­tia­tives, enabling stu­dents to partner with a com­mu­nity orga­ni­za­tion for at least one semester.