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Northampton group seeks to pair young professionals, nonprofits at Wednesday fair

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The Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity is one of the 20 local nonprofits that will be seeking new board members at the nonpforit fair. Here Scott Poirier, RP Johnson Building Supply team leader for "Build It Forward," straightens a slowly-growing wall at a Habitat for Humanity project home in Franklin.

GAZETTE FILE PHOTO The Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity is one of the 20 local nonprofits that will be seeking new board members at the nonpforit fair. Here Scott Poirier, RP Johnson Building Supply team leader for "Build It Forward," straightens a slowly-growing wall at a Habitat for Humanity project home in Franklin. Purchase photo reprints »

Organizers said there is an untapped wealth of young, passionate and talented professionals who are looking to offer their expertise and energy to local organizations. Representatives of more than 20 nonprofits will be on hand to offer information on joining their boards.

The event welcomes both experienced board members and those interested in working on a board for the first time.

The fair will feature nonprofits in various industries, including the Academy of Music, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Center for New Americans, Community Enterprises, Cutchins Programs, International Language Institute, Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity, the Veterans Education Project, and WGBY.

The Northampton Area Young Professionals is an organization comprised of employees from some of the region’s top businesses and nonprofits. Their membership base is as diverse as the Northampton area, with self-employed entrepreneurs, hospital staff, college students, nonprofit executives, lawyers, bankers and many more. The association is an affiliate group of the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce with a mission to develop opportunities for the next generation of the Northampton area’s business leaders.

The nonprofit board fair will be held Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Smith College Conference Center. It is free and open to the public.

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