OSCEOLA COUNTY — Individuals looking to get involved for a greater purpose may find exactly what they are looking for during the first Osceola County Volunteer Expo.

The free event is open to the public and will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 7, at the community building within the Osceola County 4-H FFA Fairgrounds. The expo is hosted by members of the Osceola Leadership Summit class of 2014.

"What we're trying to do is connect individuals in Osceola County with organizations within the county who need volunteers," said summit member Jennifer Armstrong. "We want to help out as much as possible and we want those resources to be right at the fingertips of those who attend."

Almost 30 service organizations will be in attendance, including the Great Start Parent Coalition, Our Brother's Keeper, Spectrum Health, Osceola County Commission on Aging, The Salvation Army, Department of Human Services, Lions Club and more. Door prizes and refreshments also will be offered throughout the evening.

"We're blown away by the number of organizations who are helping us make this a success," Armstrong said.

Each organization is looking for volunteers who have a variety of passions and skill sets. All ages are needed, including teens. The group hopes to make the expo an annual event and keep it growing each year to make it better for both the organizations and families looking to get involved.

"We're really excited to see how many people do have an interest in volunteering," Armstrong said. "It's really a win-win situation for everyone."

For more information, contact Chastity Eads at (231) 592-9605 or at cholmquist@moisd.org.