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Service Opportunities & News from the Richter Center

Spring into Service is a one-day service event scheduled for Saturday, March 22nd from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM. Volunteers can choose to serve at one of three community locations:

  • The El Dorado Park Neighborhood west of Bulldog Stadium with Associated Students, Inc (ASI)/Building Neighborhood Capacity Program (BNCP),
  • Woodward Park with Fresno PARCs, or
  • Fresno State

Volunteers participating with ASI/BNCP will complete various projects in the El Dorado Park Neighborhood including refurbishment of basketball courts and the public restroom, tree planting, irrigation and grass planting, and more. Projects with Fresno PARCS will include beautification of the group activity area at Woodward Park. Volunteers at the Fresno State campus can expect to assist with tree and shrub planting and other landscaping projects.

All volunteers are required to register on the Richter Center events webpage. Scroll down to the Registration Forms heading and select Spring into Service.

Volunteer space is limited and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. For questions please contact Renee Delport by email to or call 559.278.7063.

Leave Your Mark - Apply to Serve Your Peers at Fresno State!

  • Fresno State's Student Involvement Center is currently recruiting for 2014-15 leadership positions including: Campus Involvement Ambassadors, USU Board of Directors, USU Productions, and Vintage Days. You can make a direct impact on your college experience and that of your peers as a leader in one of these programs. Pick-up a program application from USU, Room 306.

  • Applications are due Wednesday, March 19, 2014.

  • Attend an information session in the library, room 2108 to find out more.
    • Wed. March 12 @ 7PM
    • Thu. March 13 @ 1PM
    • Mon. March 17 @ 5PM
    • Tue. March 18 @ 10AM

    Other Volunteer & Service Opportunities

    2014 FUSD Tournament of Technology

    Agency: Fresno Unified School District

    Contact: Jeremy Ward

    Phone/Email: 559.457.2640 /

    Number of volunteers needed: 30

    Dates/Times: March 11 from 5:30 - 8:30; March 18, 5:30 - 7:30 and March 22, 9am - ?

    The annual "Tournament of Technology" requires over 60 volunteer judges to make this competition possible for 500 middle school students. 30 judges score pre-submitted items at the "main" event (3/11/14) and 35 judges score the "live" event (3/22/14 with a training on 3/18/14). Volunteers can choose to judge one event or both.

    In all, 12 events will compose the tournament, including: (Design Events) 3-d Printed Bridge, 3-d Printed Car Race, Info Graphic, Video Game Design, (Robotics Events) Battle Bot, Block Bot, Robo Rally, Line Follower, (Video Production Events) Video Blockbuster, Video Newscast, Video Adverstisement, and Video PSA.

    The Lisa Project

    Agency: Collaborative of several community agencies

    Contact: Monte Jewell


    Volunteer Application:

    Date/Time: April 2 - 30, 2014 / Tues - Fri, 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM; Sat - Sun, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    The Lisa Project is a free, interactive child abuse awareness exhibit which gives the visitor a unique opportunity to follow the experience of an abused child through fear, shame, and helplessness. However, the exhibit will also bring greater awareness and understanding about the importance of early intervention and protection of vulnerable children and families, offering hope and courage in the midst of darkness.

    The Lisa Project in Fresno is hosted by Central Unified School District, Fresno County Office of Education, First 5 Fresno County, Community Medical Centers, and a diverse collaborative of community partners dedicated to protecting children and strengthening families.

    To volunteer, complete the application at the link listed above.

    "Sweet Celebration" Spring Carnival

    Agency: Bud Rank Elementary

    Contact: Stacie Mueller

    Phone/Email: 559.903.3907 /

    Date/Time: April 4, 2014 / 8:30 AM - 10:00 PM

    Volunteers are needed for set-up (game booths, vendor alley, and decorations); running game booths; and clean-up (folding tables, general clean-up). Those who volunteer for a 4 hour shift will receive a free meal.

    Annual Spring Clean-Up & Yard Sale

    Agency: Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Central Valley

    Contact: Jonathan Munoz

    Phone/Email: 559.261.3667 /

    Date/Time: April 5, 2014 / 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Volunteers are needed to assist with house chores, stocking food pantries, and set-up and operation of the yard sale. A BBQ lunch will be offered to all volunteers.

    Military Child Appreciation Ball

    Agency: Child & Youth Program California National Guard

    Contact: Savon Parker

    Phone/Email: 559.347.5818 /

    Date/Time: April 26, 2014 / 5:00 - 9:00 PM

    Volunteers are currently being recruited for this event. Volunteer on your own or with your club/organization. Planning committee members are also needed.

    Grant Writing Assistance

    Agency: Helping Our Own Destiny (HOOD)

    Contact: Paul Copeland

    Phone/Email: 559.681.9005 /

    Date/Time: At least a semester-long commitment

    HOOD operates prevention programs for at-risk youth by providing services that school districts usually cannot (i.e. vocational training, career planning, cultural awareness, family and community connections, etc.). On March 10th, HOOD will launch a new after-school program consisting of tutoring, homework assistance, computer training, GED courses, and more.

    Volunteers will help prepare grant applications for mini-grants from organizations like Target, Walmart, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and others. Volunteers do not need grant writing experience, but should have good writing skills.

    Emergency Volunteer Center Cadre

    Agency: HandsOn Central California

    Contact: Tami Valle-Gonzalez

    Phone/Email: 559.237.3101 /

    Date/Time: Ongoing commitment

    Emergency Volunteer Centers (EVC) are specific locations where disaster volunteers can efficiently and effectively be deployed. An EVC is staffed by skilled, trained volunteers capable of screening, interviewing and referring prospective volunteers in a professional manner. An EVC Cadre member is trained to assist HandsON Central California staff in running an EVC when disaster strikes.

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