The only remaining CUSO office in the Atlantic region is closing due to government budget cuts.

The office has been operating in Charlottetown since the fall of 1994. It helped recruit volunteers for community development projects around the world, and was also involved with public education.

"I'm saddened that Atlantic Canadians won't have as much as an exposure to CUSO International, although through our office in Ottawa people can still apply for overseas positions," said Marian White, the public engagement officer with CUSO International in Charlottetown.

White said many people interested in volunteering for CUSO took advantage of coming into the office for information and advice. She's concerned the office closure could have a negative impact on the number of volunteers being recruited from the Atlantic region.

A celebration of the work done by CUSO over the years is being held Saturday at 5 p.m. at Timothy's Coffee house in Charlottetown. It's a potluck supper where people are invited to bring dishes from their time living and working overseas.

The office will close March 31. An office in Vancouver is also closing.