The Epicenter

Service Opportunities & News from the Richter Center

Give. Plan. Lead. Join.

The Richter Center is now recruiting student-leaders for the 2014-2015 academic year. Learn more about the three available programs, the application and selection process, and have the opportunity to meet current Richter Center student-leaders at a Recruitment Mixer on Wednesday, April 9th at 5:00 PM in USU 312/314.

The three programs include:

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)


If you are interested in learning more about any of these opportunities please consider attending the mixer on Wednesday, April 9th at 5:00 PM in USU 312/314.

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.

The University Student Volunteer of the Year Award

Nomination deadline: Thursday, April 10, 2014

Don't forget to nominate an outstanding student volunteer for the annual University Student Volunteer of the Year Award. Learn more and download the official nomination form from the Richter Center website.

A Summer of Service in Yosemite

Yosemite Conservancy has summer volunteer positions available. Volunteers spend a month in the park assisting visitors and sharing their love of Yosemite. Most volunteers work approximately 30 hours per week with time off to explore and enjoy the park.

All Yosemite volunteers receive online and onsite training. They enjoy free entrance into the park and camping at group campsites in Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne Meadows, or Wawona. A thirty percent discount on books and educational materials sold at Yosemite Conservancy bookstores and discounts from the park concessionaire in various locations are also provided.

The Yosemite Conservancy works to restore trails, protect wildlife through scientific research and habitat restoration, and offers outdoor programs that provide visitors with unique ways to connect with the park. It has funded over 300 projects through over $60 million in grants in areas including trail and habitat restoration, wildlife protection, education, volunteering, and the production of award winning books and DVDs.

Program Benefits Include:

  • Being an important part of the Conservancy’s contribution to the park’s projects and programs
  • Gaining inside Yosemite knowledge provided by the National Park Service
  • Joining the camaraderie of camping and working together with like-minded volunteers
  • Contributing to the enjoyment of national and international park visitors
  • Savoring early morning serenity and starry night splendor

Available Opportunities

Yosemite Valley

May: April 28­–May 27

August: July 31–September 2

September: 2–September 30


May: April 29–May 28

July: June 30–August 1

August: August 1–September 3

September: September 3–September 30

Tuolumne Meadows

June/July: June 12–July 15

August/September: August 19–21

Apply today, by visiting the Yosemite Conservancy website and completing the "Visitor Information Volunteer Registration Form."

Other Volunteer & Service Opportunities

Fresno State Earth Day

Agency: Fresno State Sustainability Project

Contact: Jillian Millares


Number of volunteers needed: 40

Registration website:

Date/Time: Friday, April 4; 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Volunteers will assist with resource recovery stations, hold signs, "float" to different stations as needed, and more.

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.

Walk MS

Agency: National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Contact: Fotini Alfieris

Phone/Email: 559.439.2154 /

Date: April 11-12, 2014

Volunteers are needed to help set-up on Friday, April 11, 2014. On April 12th, volunteers have the opportunity to serve in various positions, including greeter, route support, driver, rest stop, professional (i.e. massage therapist, musician, medical support), photography, finish line celebration, set-up, or tear down.

Environmental Action & Advocacy

Agency: Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District

Contact: Kristine Johnson

Phone/Email: 559.456.3292 /

Date/Time: April 12, 2014; 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM; 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Ahwahnee Middle School (8:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Volunteers will train and organize middle school students to mark storm drains with "No dumping" signs. There is also an opportunity to participate in pre-service presentations on general education about clean stormwater and the marking program.

Chaffee Zoo: Party for the Planet (9:00 AM - 6:00 PM)

Volunteers will support the Flood Control booth and provide visitors with information on local environmental and conservation issues.

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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