Many talk about wanting to help causes they are passionate about but don’t know where to start or what organizations exist in Tuolumne County.
The Tuolumne County Volunteer Fair brings people and Nonprofits together so we can make our community a better place for all.
“Since the Volunteer Fair, things in my life have just lined up” Ashley Nieves
The Tuolumne County Volunteer Fair was started by the 2018 Leadership Tuolumne County class as their class project. It was their goal to bring together local non-profits and volunteer groups with all the enthusiastic folks in Tuolumne County interested in volunteering to make our community a better place.
That first Fair was so successful, Gary Johnson, a member of that Leadership Tuolumne County class, decided it was important to keep it going. In 2019 the second Fair was held with the help of Project Feed our Kids as host. Sonora Area Foundation, who had generously sponsored the first Fair agreed to continue their support as Event Sponsor.
COVID restrictions prevented holding in-person Fairs for a time and we also held a televised-only Fair in 2021. In retrospect, this was a blessing as the Washington Fire broke out shortly before the Fair had originally been scheduled to start.
The Fair returned in earnest at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in 2023, with 75 exhibitors and over 300 attendees. This was only possible with the financial assistance of our gracious sponsor, Sonora Area Foundation. We are grateful for Sonora Area Foundation’s continued support in 2024 and their desire to bring volunteers and organizations in Tuolumne County together.
Support the Volunteer Fair
The Volunteer Fair is volunteer driven! Please contact us ahead of time if you’d like to help out.
We welcome volunteers to help on the day of the event to
- Set up
- Check-in organizations
- Help them unload
- Welcome table for attendees
- Clean up after the Fair
Sonora Area Foundation also hosts a Fund for financial donations to help cover the cost of producing the Fair.