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Service Opportunities & News from the Richter Center

Alternative Spring Break 2014 Recap - It Was Amazing! #ASBethechange

Alternative Spring Break

Give. Plan. Lead. Join.

The Richter Center is now recruiting student-leaders for the 2014-2015 academic year.

GIVE opportunities for service as a Richter Center Ambassador

PLAN volunteer events with the SERVE (Service Experience with Richter Volunteer Events) Committee

LEAD reflection and discussion with the Richter Center Reflection Facilitators (ReFs)


Visit to review position descriptions and to download the program application. Applications are due on Friday, April 25th at 12:00 PM. You can also direct inquiries to Renee Delport ( or Mellissa Jessen-Hiser (mjessen@csufresno) or by calling 559.278.7079.

Spring 2014 Personal Hygiene Drive to Benefit Area Homeless

Fresno State's Sociology Club is hosting a Personal Hygiene Drive collecting invaluable items for the area's homeless population. On Saturday, May 3rd, the club will conduct a distribution of these items. You can help by making a donation or volunteering your time to assist with the distribution. To get involved, contact Sociology Club President, Crystal Ramirez (

Personal Hygiene Drive Wish-List

  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Sunscreen
  • Toilet paper
  • Sanitizer
  • Tissues
  • Deoderant
  • Feminine products

Other Volunteer & Service Opportunities

Mediator Appreciation Day

Agency: Fresno State Mediator Mentors

Contact: Christina Cassinerio-Wilson


Date/Time: Thursday, May 29; 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Volunteers are needed to serve as tour guides of 40-60 elementary and middle school students and adults. Tour maps will be provided well in advanced of the date. This map will be routed with some key terms that may be used to describe buildings, areas of use, and activities on campus.

The Investiture of President Castro

Agency: Office of the President, Fresno State

Contact: Amanda Banks


Number of volunteers needed: Approximately 20

Date/Time: Saturday, May 10, 2014 / 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Volunteers are needed to assist and direct guests and the investiture of Dr. Castro and picnic, both at the Save Mart Center. Volunteers will receive a Fresno State t-shirt.

25th Annual Relay for Life of Fresno

Agency: American Cancer Society

Contact: Evelyn Marmolejo or Lisa Bonilla

Phone: 559.942.6118 or 559.720.1732

Dates/Times: Friday, May 2 from 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM; Saturday, May 3 all day and night; Sunday, May 4 from 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Volunteers are needed to help set-up on Friday, May 2nd. On May 3rd, volunteers will help with registration, placing luminaria's on the track, the Kid's Zone, and various areas throughout the event. Sunday, May 4th will consist of tear-down activities.

iServe Volunteer Program

Agency: USDA Farm Service Agency

Contact: Juan Alvarez


Number of positions available: 2

Dates: June 2014 - August 2014

Application Deadline: April 28, 2014

The USDA Hispanic Serving Institutions National Program (HSINP) is recruiting two students for the iServe Volunteer Program, an unpaid-learning program, at the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Fresno, CA. The program allows college students to gain professional experience with the USDA that complements their education. iServe volunteers will be paired with a mentor in the same line of professional work being performed; and will receive a letter of recommendation upon successful completion of the service term.

Students will work with experienced Fresno FSA program technicians, learning the various farm bill programs administered by Fresno FSA. In addition, volunteers will assist in the new farm bill programs producer information meetings; and work with County Executive Director (CED) in learning management skills, budgeting, and program delivery planning and execution.

Contact the agency for application details.

Multiple Opportunities with Fresno Veterans Home

Agency: Veterans Home of California-Fresno

Contact: Wendy White

Phone/Email: 559.493.4250 /

Date/Time: Ongoing commitment

See below for details on various individual opportunities. Group projects are also available; contact Volunteer Coordinator fore more details. All long-term volunteers must submit an application and complete a clearing process consisting of the following requirements; 1) two TB tests or chest X-Ray, 2) one physical exam, 3) live scan (computerized fingerprints and background check), which will be scheduled through Human Resource Department of VHC-F and will be completed at the contracted facilities. Please consult with Volunteer Services Coordinator.

Open Gym Attendant @ Wellness Center

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (

No specific skills required. Monitor participants, notify any issues to staff, remind residents to complete agreement/liability forms/sign in. Prep and clean room/music/equipment as needed.

Book switcher

Once or twice a month on weekdays during normal office hours, 2 hours per session. Switching books from one building to another. Need to be able to push/pull heavy book cart.

One to one Open Office/internet Instruction

Fridays at 3pm or other weekdays during normal office hours, once a week or less. Give one to one instruction on Open Office Software or internet usage per residents’ request. Need knowledge in Open office software (similar to MS office) and internet explorer, Skype. Require patience and creativity to provide needed instruction for senior computer users in different levels/abilities.

Special Event Decorator

Once or Twice a month. During normal office hours. Create special event decorations or help decorate some areas. Need creativity and love of arts & crafts. Instruction for the decoration making will be given by the Activity Staff.

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