History Museum on the Square is located at 154 Park Central Square in downtown Springfield. (Photos by Shannon Cay)

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Springfieldians looking for summer volunteering opportunities will find plenty at an upcoming service fair.

More than 30 charitable and non-profit groups will be featured at the Community Service Fair, set for 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, July 13. The fair, held downtown on the Park Central Square, is part of the History Museum on the Square’s series devoted to community awareness and participation.

Each group at the fair will offer an information booth where attendees can learn about what that group does, and how volunteers can help. Students who need to rack up community service hours or others looking for chances for volunteer efforts will be able to evaluate many options.

The museum’s “Civics on the Square: Civics Summer Series” arranges monthly activities around a theme. Other events in the series focus on citizenship, leadership and legacy. It is made possible with support from the Jeanette L. Musgrave Foundation and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

Members of a Lion Scouts troop hold up donations collected for a previous History Museum on the Square event. (Photo courtesy History Museum on the Square)

Museum staffers said services are an identifying quality of a community. The upcoming fair is the first for what organizers hope will be an annual event.

“Our goal with the Community Service Fair on the Square is to bring people together and showcase the incredible work being done by local organizations.” said History Museum of the Square executive director Sean FitzGibbons. “I like to think of it as a ‘farmers market’ for nonprofit volunteerism, where community members can explore a variety of ways to get involved and make a difference throughout the year.”

Previous events in May and June focused on citizenship and meeting local leaders. The final event in the Civics Summer Series is a downtown walking tour, set for Aug. 17.

Joe Hadsall

Joe Hadsall is the education reporter for the Hauxeda. Hadsall has more than two decades of experience reporting in the Ozarks with the Joplin Globe, Christian County Headliner News and 417 Magazine. Contact him at (417) 837-3671 or jhadsall@hauxeda.com. More by Joe Hadsall