Fair at Belknap Mill seeks to connect young professionals with volunteer opportunities

LACONIA — The first Fusion NH non-profit fair was held yesterday at the Belknap Mill as a way to let people know what non-profits are doing around the Lakes Region and how they can help their efforts through volunteer work.

The initiative grew from a state program known as Stay Work Play and Fushion NH's mission is to keep young people in New Hampshire and to education them on the numerous opportunities available to them, according to their Website.

Nearly 20 non-profits as diverse at Rich Velasquez Youth Sports Equipment Foundation to the Belknap Economic Development Council had booths set up and provided information for those who cam to the four-hour fair.

"We want to remind people of the non-profits in the area and encourage people to volunteer or sign up to be board members," said Beth San Souci, the head of Fusion.

She said the fair, which they hope will become an annual event, is to make people aware of how many non-profit agencies there are and how they are helping to make people's lives better.

She also said the fair is a way of attracting new and younger residents of the area to come and to volunteer their time.

"Our focus is on the next generation of leaders," she said.

Also represented yesterday were Faith, Hope and Love, PICK or People Investing in Community and Kids; Hands Across the Table, Lakes Region Community Services, Leadership Lakes Region; the N.H. Humane Society; the Greater Lakes Region Child Advocacy Center; the Circle program, Prescott Farm; the New Horizons Band; the Laconia historical and Museum Society, Kiwanis; and the Network for Educational Opportunity.


Cutline (Belknap Mill Fusion) About 20 local non-profit agencies represented by about 40 of their volunteers held the first Fusion non-profit fair at the Belknap Mill yesterday.