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Sign up for Make A Difference Day!

The Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning is asking all faculty, staff, students, and alumni to participate in and help spread the word about Make a Difference Day! Make a Difference Day is a national community service event encompassing the most comprehensive nationwide day of helping others. It is a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors.

Locally, Fresno State volunteers will have the opportunity to volunteer at either the Sierra Foothill Conservancy to build a trail or at Fresno State to plant trees. Volunteers may participate individually or as a group.

To register for Make a Difference Day, click here!

National Student Day

Look for our Richter Center Ambassadors and their Picture the Change photo booth!
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Fresno State Opportunities

Nominations for 2015 John D. Welty Award for Excellence in Community Service

Nominations for the 2015 John D. Welty Award for Excellence in Community Service are now being taken! The awards comes with a $2,500 scholarship and is provided to a student who exemplifies the commitment to service that John Welty championed during his 22 years as President of California State University, Fresno.

In order to be eligible for the award, student must be regularly enrolled, in good academic standing, and meets other university scholarship requirements. More specifically, candidates must have completed a minimum of 150 accredited service hours in the last 12 months. This service can be in combination over multiple semesters and/or different sources. Nominations are due Friday, October 16th.

To obtain more information about how to nominate yourself or someone you know for the Welty Award, email Chris Fiorentino at

Volunteers for Stellar Science

The Natural Science Club will be hosting "Stellar Science" on October 16th and 23rd, 2015 from 8am to 12pm and will be held at Fresno State's Downing Planetarium Museum. Stellar Science is designed for middle school children who will learn about basic topics in biology, chemistry, earth science, math, and physics through hands-on engaging activities. All activities are tied to the content standards for these grade levels and are easy to facilitate. They are currently in need of volunteers so that we can continue to provide this event to our community youth attending middle schools.

If you're interested in volunteering, click here!

For more information, contact the Science and Math Education Center (SMEC) office at 278-5173 or stop by their office at Science I, Rm 101.

DZ Hop Philanthropy

The Delta Zeta Sorority will be hosting a fundraiser for the Starkey Hearing Foundation and Silent Gardens in Fresno. The Starkey Hearing Foundation travels the globe to provide hearing aids for the less fortunate, while Silent Garden brings information to parents of deaf children in the Central Valley.

Where: Delta Zeta Sorority House | 5337 N. Millbrook Ave. Fresno, CA 93710

When: October 9 & 10 | 10am–10pm

Tickets: Presale $5 | At the door: $7

Other Service & Educational Opportunities

Volunteers for Fresno Unified School District

Fresno Unified has expanded its volunteer opportunities being offered to 12 school sites because of the success in volunteer participation and the impact on its students. They are looking for volunteers for this semester. Teachers are very enthusiastic about the extra help!

If you're interested in volunteering for Fresno Unified, contact Cindy Sanchez by phone at (559) 457-3020 or by email at

5 Cans= FREE Admission to Big Fresno Fair

On October 15th, The Big Fresno Fair will be having their 7th Annual Save Mart & FoodMaxx "Feed the Need" Community Food Drive! On this day ONLY, bring 5 or more canned food or other non-perishable food items per person between 11am–8pm & receive FREE admission into the Fair!
All food is donated to the Community Food Bank & The Salvation Army who provides emergency food assistance to nearly 500,000 people living in poverty in Fresno, Madera, Kings, and Kern counties.

For more information, click here!

Volunteers for Halloween Safe Night Out

On Friday October 30th, the West Fresno Family Resource Center (WFFRC) is holding a safe night out from 4–7p.m. They are in need of volunteers setup prior to the event and during the night itself.

If you're interested in volunteering, contact WFFRC at (559) 621-2967.

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