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Service Opportunities & News from the Richter Center

Save the Date for the Community Service Opportunities Fair

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Satellite Student Union

The Richter Center hosts the 12th annual Spring Community Service Opportunities Fair on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Satellite Student Union.

Over 50 community benefit organizations will share information about volunteer opportunities, service-learning, and internships. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend the fair and "shop" for the service experience that best matches their interests. The fair is a great way for students to learn about various community issues, how those issues are being addressed, and ways individual volunteers can be involved.

For more information please contact Trisha Studt at 278-7079.

Save a Life - Donate Blood!

Feburary 3 - 5, 2015

The First blood drive of the semester kicks-off on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at the Residence Dining Hall at 4:30 PM. The drive will continue February 4 - 5, 2015 from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM at blood mobiles located in front of the University Student Union, Maple Mall and the Kremen Education Building.

You can support this event by:

  • Donate blood during the drive
  • Sign-up individually or as an organization to host a shift
  • Sign-up individual or as an organization to promote, market, and spread the word about the event

To donate you must be in good general health, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, and be at least 17 years old. Photo ID and Social Security Number are required at donor registration. Please eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluids four hours prior to donation. Donating blood is not painful and takes less than an hour.

For more information on blood donation, visit the Central California Blood Center or call the organization at 559.224.2900. For more information on volunteering at the event, contact Bianca Mancilla at the Richter Center ( or 559.278.7063).

Save the Date for Kids Day 2015

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Kid’s Day is one the valley’s largest and most visible special events to benefit Valley Children's Hospital. Last year over 1,400 Fresno State students participated in Kids Day and raised over $43,480.00!

Each year a friendly competition is held to recognize the top-selling organizations. If your club or organization would like to take part in helping the children and families that are served by Valley Children’s Hospital, sign-up today! Early sign-ups are being taken now!

For more information and to register to participate please contact Bianca Mancilla in the Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning at 278-7063 or email

We look forward to your support on Tuesday, March 3rd!

Now Recruiting: Camp Kesem Counselors

Application Deadline: January 30, 2015

Volunteers are needed to make an impact in the lives of children affected by a parent's cancer. Volunteers will serve as camp counselors for one week (August 9 - 14, 2015) at the YMCA Camps Sequoia Lake. All counselors will receive extensive training over the course of the spring semester on how to support these children. Visit to apply. For more information, contact

Other Service & Educational Opportunities

Girl Expo Event Volunteer

Agency: Girl Scouts Central California South

Contact: Angelique Chavez

Phone/Email: 559.291.5078 ext. 130 /

Date: Saturday, January 24, 2015 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Volunteers will share their interests (example science, outdoor crafts, healthy lifestyle) with young girls attending the event.

Fresno/Madera Homeless Point-in-Time Survey Volunteers

Agency: Fresno Madera Continuum of Care

Contacts: Gabriela McNiel (Fresno) / Gabriela Salazar (Madera)

Phone: 559.970.8477 (Fresno) / 559.664.8212 (Madera)

Email: (Fresno) / (Madera)

Volunteer Registration Link:

Dates: Trainings: January 19, 20, 23, & 24 | Event: January 27 & 28, 2015

Each year, the Fresno Madera Continuum of Care (FCMoC) conducts a survey of homeless persons in sheltered and unsheltered locations. Volunteers are needed to conduct surveys and record results. FMCoC and its partners are working to end chronic and Veteran homelessness by 2016. This annual survey is key to reaching this goal.

Mediator Mentor

Organization: Mediator Mentors

Contact: Karen DeVoogd

Date: Ongoing commitment

Informational Meeting: Friday, January 23, 2015 | 4:00 - 6:00 PM | ED 10

Mediator Mentors engages Fresno State students in service with peer mediation programs at local elementary schools. Students are asked to commit to the program for the semester and receive training to complete their projects. Attend the informational meeting on January 23 to learn more.

Event Volunteer

Event: Amici del Poverello Valentine Card Party benefitting the Poverello House

Agency: Amici del Poverello Guild

Contact: Mary Lou Cancio

Phone/Email: 559.291.8375 /

Date: Saturday, February 7, 2015 | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Volunteers will help serve beverages and assist participants at this card/party luncheon benefiting the Poverello House.

Volunteer Training with The First Tee of Fresno

Organization: The First Tee of Fresno

Contact: Ryan Castanet

Phone/Email: 559.277.9565 /
Date: February 7, 2014 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Registration Link:

The First Tee of Fresno provides young people with character-building and life skills lessons using golf as the platform. Attend the volunteer training to learn more about the organization and be trained to serve as a volunteer. The event will include hands-on training activities, and reviewing the organization's mission, vision, and teaching philosophy.

Classroom Volunteers

Sites: Lowell Elementary, Greenberg Elementary, Washington Elementary

Contact: See below for contact information for each site
Date: Ongoing commitment, Spring semester

Volunteers are needed to serve as classroom support for teachers. Candidates must complete an application, undergo a background check, have a TB test, participate in an interview, attend orientation/training, and make a semester-long commitment. Contact the coordinators below for more information and to apply.

Lowell Elementary

Contact: Cindy Sanchez

Phone: 559.457.3020 ext. 71277


Greenberg Elementary

Contact: Ashley Schauer

Phone: 559.253.6550


Washington Elementary (in Selma)

Contact: Alicia Macias

Phone: 559.898.6720


Food Distribution Volunteers

Agency: Salvation Army with Clovis Rotary

Contact: Stan Simonian

Phone: 559.307.2052

Dates: 1st Tuesday of every month; 8:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Volunteers will help package and distribute food to Clovis families at the Salvation Army on Barstow (between Minewawa and Pollasky). About 3 - 4 volunteers are needed for each distribution.

Off the Front Volunteers

Organization: Off the Front

Date: Ongoing commitment

Several ongoing service opportunities are available through Off the Front. If one of these positions interests you, contact the organization to get started.

Classroom Volunteer

These volunteers facilitate the organization's "Earn a Bike" program in a 4th grade classroom. Volunteers commit at least one-hour per week to help students reach their goals of earning a bike. Students earn points (900 are needed to earn a bike) for completing a packet of activities, their reading and math grades, and classroom behavior/participation.

Bike Repair Volunteer

Off the Front offers a Bike Repair Program on most Saturdays (between February and April) at seven partnering elementary schools. Tools and parts are provided for volunteers to help perform maintenance on bikes for the neighborhood.

Active Commute Volunteer

Off the Front incentivizes students to walk/bike to school by rewarding them with "Off the Front Money" that can be spent in a special prize store. Volunteers will help set-up and run the prize stores.

Pentathlon and Iron Chef Volunteers

Event: Pentathlon Adventure and Team Iron Chef

Agency: Fresno County Office of Education

Contact: Charles Clancy

Phone/Email: 559.443.4831 /

Date: Saturday, April 26, 2014 | 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Over 100 volunteers are needed to help with event set-up, directing participants, team registration, and supervising stations like Shuttle Run Sprint Challenge, Survivor Adventure Obstacle Course, Fast Fuel Interval Activity, Pylo-Mid Adventure Obstacle Course, and Weighted Sled Pull.

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