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Service Opportunities & News from the Richter Center

Richter Center News & Events

A Big Thank You for the Community Service Opportunities Fair's Success!

Thank you to all who've participated in the Community Service Opportunities Fair—community partners, students, faculty, staff, and many more! The Taste of Service was a great success, something we've never done in past service fairs. We hope this event has inspired many of you to become more involved in our local community. We look forward to see you all again in the spring!

1st Blood & Bone Marrow Drive of the Academic Year

All donors will receive a BOGO voucher to the 2015 Big Fresno Fair & FREE Commemorative T-shirt!

Tuesday–Thursday | September 15–17, 2015

  • Tuesday, 4:30–7:30pm, University Courtyard
  • Wednesday & Thursday, 10:00am–4:00pm, University Student Union & Maple Mall

To donate blood you must be in good 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. YOUR donation could save up to three lives!

For more information on blood donation, please call the Central California Blood Center at (559) 389-5433.

Fresno State Opportunities

Peer Mentors for Wayfinders

Are you interested in making a positive change in someone's life? Becoming a PeerMentor at Wayfinder at Fresno State is the perfect opportunity. Wayfinders is a program for students with an intellectual disability. In the role of a peer mentor, you will be matched to a Wayfinders student with similar interests and will support them integrating onto campus and into the community through a mixture of social activities.

If you are interested in being a Peer Mentor, please contact Wayfinders Activities Coordinator, Ryan Wilson, at, 559-278-0390, or come by the Wayfinders Office located in Kremen Education Building room 151 to pick up an application.

Mediator Mentors

Would you like to get involved with an important conflict-resolution project at a school site? Do you have 2–3 lunch hours open each week? If so, then the Mediator Mentors is a project for you! You will be partnered at a school helping students with their peer mediation program. You will learn mediation skills and gain program development experience. A modest stipend is available for your travel costs.

If you're interested, then attend the informational meeting on Tuesday, September 15th from 2–4:00 p.m. in the Kremen Education Building, Room 215.

For additional information, visit their website. Questions? Email Christina Cassinerio-Wilson at or Karen DeVoogd at

Other Service & Educational Opportunities

Walk to End Alzheimer's

Saturday, September 12, 2015 | 8:00 AM
Fresno State Maple Mall

5241 N. Maple Ave.

Fresno, CA 93740

Join the Walk to End Alzheimer's in Fresno on September 12, 2015 to bring awareness and raise funds for the care, support, & research of the nation's sixth-leading cause of death.

Learn more by visiting the Alzheimer's Association website.

Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures 2013

Volunteer for VA Central California Health Care System

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Volunteer for the Community Food Bank

The Community Food Bank provides food for 280,000 people each month, amounting to approximately 38 million pounds of food distributed. In order to continue their great work, they need volunteers!

Volunteers are needed for an array of tasks:

  • Saturday Sort Days: helping prepare food for distribution by sorting, bagging, and labeling
  • Distribution Center Volunteering: sorting food donations, repackaging bulk foods, sorting produce, and bagging/boxing food
  • Drought Food Relief Distributions: handing out emergency food boxes, produce, and registering participants in drought-affected communities
  • Office Assistance Volunteering: filing, organizing, data entry, and mailings
  • Special Events

For more information or to sign up to volunteer, please contact Sarah Pedelty by phone at (559) 237-3663 ext. 106 or by email at

Volunteer for a Fresno County Library

Not only is the library a source of endless knowledge, but also a space for great volunteer work! Volunteers derive personal growth and fulfillment as they contribute their time and skills to meet the learning and information needs of the public the library serves. Friendship, education, recognition, and genuine satisfaction in a job well done are among the rewards of volunteering. Volunteers are the heart of the Fresno County Public Library system.

They're currently in need of:

  • an infant/toddler storyteller
  • teen and college student tutors
  • computer coaches

For more information, contact the Volunteer Services Office at (559) 600-9230 or via email at

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