"This is probably one of the largest ones we've had," said Will Brewster, Killeen's director of volunteer services.
"It's both an orientation and a recruitment. (Students) get an overview of what it means to be a volunteer."
attributed the upsurge in volunteer interest in part to people who are out of work or looking to transition into a new career.
"In a down economy, a lot of people are looking for new skills - maybe a different job," he
"Volunteering with an organization is a great way to add skills."
also attributed the rise in participants to local colleges requiring a community service component, as well as area social service agencies requiring their clients to perform a certain number of community service hours a week.
Although registration for Saturday's class is closed, Brewster
taking names of people who wish to attend the next training session in April.
"We can provide (prospective volunteers) with information on area agencies and route them into the next class," he