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Service Opportunities & News from the Richter Center

Embark on a Service-Learning Adventure: Fiji 2016

Applications Due: Friday, April 24th at 3:00 PM

Project Dates: December 29, 2015 - January 11, 2016

The Program participants will embark on a rewarding service-learning project in the beautiful beach-front village of Naboutini, Fiji. Fresno State will partner with Madventurer, an international service organization, to work on rural community development. Students

will contribute to the village by working with the local community members on construction, public health and youth service projects. This is a multicultural, international trip, with participants immersing themselves in local culture, food, village accommodations,

and daily life in Fiji. There will be opportunities for excursions and cultural immersion experiences such as waterfall trips, horseback riding, learning traditional

dances, and more.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  • Develop an understanding and a value of the importance of service and differing cultures
  • Acquire insight into the life of villagers in Fiji through cultural immersion, experiences and activities
  • Learn about the best practices of global service and travel.


Program Price: $3,500 (Grants of approximately $800 available for matriculated Fresno State students. Other fundraising is anticipated, which should significantly lower student’s out-of-pocket expense. )

Due to the physical nature of the trip, very basic accommodations, and rough terrain it is highly recommended that you be in excellent health.

Deadline to apply is April 24, 2015. Learn more and download the application at For more information, contact Sarah Whitley,, 559.278.2275 or Division of Continuing and Global Education, 559.278.0333.

Transform Lives. Become a Richter Center Student Leader!

Applications Due: Friday, April 24th at 12:00 PM

The Richter Center is currently recruiting student leaders for the 2015-2016 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 an Informational Meeting on Wednesday, April 15th at 5:00 PM in the USU Pavilion.

The three programs include:

  • Richter Center Ambassadors: Ambassadors nurture and promote Fresno State’s culture of service.
  • Reflection Facilitators (ReFs): ReFs facilitate discussions at one-day service events to help students make meaning from their experience.
  • SERVE Committee: The SERVE Committee plans one-day service events to help students get involved with the community.

Visit to review position descriptions and to download the program application. Applications are due on Friday, April 24th at 12:00 PM.

You can also direct inquiries to Renee Delport ( or Mellissa Jessen-Hiser (mjessen@csufresno) or by calling 559.278.7079.

Represent the Peace Corps at Fresno State

Application Deadline: Thursday, April 30th

The Peace Corps is recruiting interns to serve as "Campus Ambassadors" representing the agency on college campuses. These students will share information on the Peace Corps through social media, identify and connect with diverse student groups to connect them with Peace Corps activities, connect students with Peace Corps recruiters, and organize events and activities like movie screenings.

The Peace Corps is a federal agency that promotes world peace and friendship through cultural exchange. Peace Corps Volunteers travel to one of over 60 countries across the glove, living and working hand-in-hand with local leaders to address the most pressing issues in their communities. As a Peace Corps Campus Ambassador, you can help your peers become involved in this exciting program.

Learn more and apply at or contact

10 Months of Service with City Year!

Application Deadline: April 30, 2015

City Year partners with schools to bridge the gap in high-poverty communities between the support that students actually need and what their schools are designed and resourced to provide. In doing so, they’re helping to increase graduation rates across the country and changing the lives of the students they serve. Visit to learn more about City Year’s mission, strategy, impact, and about the many benefits that come with your City Year service.

As a City Year corps member, you will commit 10 months of service working side-by-side with fellow corps members to provide individual attention to students who can achieve even more with your help. By focusing efforts in 3rd-9th grade, City Year provides a continuum of care so students who need help receive multiple, consecutive years of interventions and support.

Other Service & Educational Opportunities

Event Volunteer

Agency: Fresno Barrios Unidos

Event: The 9th Annual Noche En El Barrio

Contact: Angelica Garcia

Phone/Email: 559.453.9662 /
Dates/Times: Saturday, April 25th | 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Volunteers will provide general event support. Contact agency representative for more information.

Volunteer Researcher

Agency: Valley Children's Hospital

Contact: Collee Aldrich

Phone/Email: 559.353.5222 /
Dates/Times: April 26 - May 2, 2015 | 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM

Valley Children's Hospital is launching a research project to track foot traffic coming into the hospital in order to advance their customer service. Volunteers will be scheduled for short shifts during the days/times listed above at several of the hospital's entrances.

Event Volunteers

Agency: American Cancer Society

Event: Relay for Life

Contact: Evelyn Marmolejo

Phone/Email: 559.942.6118 /
Dates/Times: May 1 (12PM - 8PM); May 2 (All day - 24 hour event); May 3 (6AM - 11AM)

Volunteers on May 1 and 3 will assist with event set-up and clean up. On May 2nd, Volunteers will help with registration, Kids Zone activities, participant support, refreshments, and much more.

Event Volunteer

Event Name: Century Elementary School Carnival

Agency: Century Elementary PTC Board

Contact: Julie Coleman

Email/Phone: / 602.327.8367

Date/Time: May 1, 2015 | 3:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Volunteers will provide support at this carnival in areas like set-up/clean up, supporting event activities, and assisting event participants.

Volunteer Director

Agency: iCAN TRI Youth Triathlon

Contact: Todd Waldner

Phone: 559.905.9473

Date/Time: Ongoing commitment leading up to event on July 19th

The Volunteer Director is responsible for recruiting and organizing volunteers to facilitate the event. Some responsibilities include attending Race Committee meetings, recruiting volunteers, training/orienting volunteers, organizing and set-up for the event, and attending post-event debrief.

Volunteer Store Clerk

Agency: Habitat for Humanity Fresno County ReStore

Contact: 559.917.3978 /

Dates: Ongoing Commitment

Volunteers will stock shelves, move product, clean and/or assemble items, organize, assist customers and donors. Volunteers can set their own schedules within the hours of store operation: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday - Saturday.

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