Volunteer fair to be held at Jackson library on Jan. 18

JACKSON — To celebrate the legacy of public service inspired by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Jackson library, 2 Jackson Drive, will host a Day of Service Volunteer Fair for the entire community to enjoy and to give back.

On Jan. 18, Martin Luther King Day, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., representatives of community service organizations will present information about the volunteer work they do and collect donated items to be distributed to those in need.

All are invited to attend the event and receive information about various organizations while speaking with the representatives. Guests will also have the opportunity to enjoy presentations, entertainment, and activities for the entire family.

Throughout the day, teen volunteers will share crafts and stories, make and give away balloon animals, and paint faces. Activities will include the following and more:

• 11 a.m. — Macaroni Anne Cheeze, a friendly clown, will present her program for children and families, “The Jester Has Lost His Jingle.”

• Noon — The American Red Cross will discuss safe hand-washing for children and disaster preparedness for individuals.

• 1 p.m. — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County mentoring programs will be discussed.

• 1:30 p.m. — CONTACT of Ocean and Monmouth counties volunteer phone hotline operators program.

• 2:30 p.m. — Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity affordable housing mission video presentation.

• 3 p.m. — Cornerstone Presbyterian Ministry will host a deaf sign language presentation.

Donations of clothing and nonperishable foods will be accepted for Cornerstone Presbyterian Church Emergency Relief; gently used household items will be collected for Habitat for Humanity; canned and nonperishable foods will be accepted for Jackson Women of Today Food Pantry; and board games, books and school supply donations will be accepted for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean County.

Other organizations will also have representatives at the library to share information and discuss service opportunities.

This Jan. 18 event is free and open to the public. Registration is required for the 11 a.m. clown program only; all other activities are drop-in, no registration required. Register in person, by phone at 732-928- 4400, or at www.theoceancountylibrary.org.