The Epicenter

Service Opportunities & News from the Richter Center

Fresno State Nationally Recognized for Service

This month, Fresno State received national recognition for its commitment to service through the 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll program. Since 2006, the Corporation for National and Community Service has hosted the honor roll in order to recognize higher education institutions committed to community service.


Fresno State has been named to the honor roll, every year, since the start of the program. This year, Fresno State's efforts were recognized in two categories - the general community service category and the education service category.


Since 2008, Fresno State has documented over 1 million hours of service to the community on an annual basis. The honor roll recognition celebrates this commitment to enhancing student education by engaging with the community.


Such achievements would not be possible without the tireless efforts of our students, faculty, and staff. Thank you, Fresno State, for your continued service. We celebrate you!


Read more about the award here: http://www.fresnostatenews.com/2014/12/university-receives-federal-recognition-for-community-service/

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 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 bmancilla@csufresno.edu.


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

Other Service & Educational Opportunities

Assessment Intern

Organization: Resources for Independence Central Valley (RICV)

Contact: Robert Hand

Email: bhand@ricv.org
Date: Ongoing commitment


RICV is working to develop a measurement process based on impact. Interns will help develop and implement the measurement systems and potential impact accreditation criteria that will have a national impact.

Home Fire Preparedness Volunteer

Organization: American Red Cross

Contact: Elizabeth Barragan

Email: elizabeth.barragan@redcross.org
Date: Ongoing commitment

Volunteer Registration Link: https://volunteerconnection.redcross.org/?nd=form__3640


Volunteers will educate residents on the importance of smoke alarms and promote the free smoke alarm installation service; help residents develop a fire escape plan and complete a fire-safety checklist; and install smoke alarms, replace batteries, and teach residents how to test and maintain smoke alarms.

Mediator Mentor

Organization: Mediator Mentors

Contact: Karen DeVoogd

Email: kdevoogd@csufresno.edu
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.

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

Email: cindy.sanchez1@fresnounified.edu


Greenberg Elementary

Contact: Ashley Schauer

Phone: 559.253.6550

Email: ashley.schauer@fresnounified.edu


Washington Elementary (in Selma)

Contact: Alicia Macias

Phone: 559.898.6720

Email: amacias@selma.k12.ca.us

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. The next distribution is scheduled for January 6, 2015.

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: info@poverellohouse.org (Fresno) / gsandoval@maderacap.org (Madera)

Volunteer Registration Link: http://tinyurl.com/FMCoCPITregistration

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.

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