The Epicenter

Service Opportunities & News from the Richter Center

We Did It!

Thank you, Fresno State, for your support of the Blood and Marrow Registry Drive honoring Fresno State Alum Justin Garza. We are happy to report that we surpassed our goal of 1,000 participants! In fact, 1,274 participants, including Fresno State students, employees, and community members, contributed to this cause by donating blood, joining the Be the Match national marrow registry, or both. Many lives will be positively touched thanks to the generosity of our campus.

The success of this drive would not have been possible without the support of campus and community partners and dozens of Fresno State student volunteers!

Thank You Event Sponsors & Volunteers!

Dr. Joseph I. Castro, University President

Dr. Lynnette Zelezny, Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs

Dr. Frank Lamas, Vice President for Student Affairs

Tosha Giuffrida, Interim Director of the Learning Center and Volunteer Support Coach for the Justin Garza Marrow Registry Drives

Alumni Association

ASI, Inc.

Be the Match


Central California Blood Center

Division of Student Affairs

Gibson Farm Market

Juice It Up

Kennel Bookstore

Kremen School of Education

Richter Center Student Leaders

Save Mart Center

Student Health Center

Student Involvement

Teaching Fellows

University Athletics

University Communications

University Courtyard

University Dining Services

University Police

USU Productions

Color Me Rad

Agency: Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Central Valley

Contact: Jonathan Munoz

Email/Phone: / 559.261.3667

Date: Sunday, October 26, 2014

The annual Color Me Rad 5K is returning to Woodward Park on October 26th. Sign up to run ( and use promo code RMHRAD2014 to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Central Valley.

Volunteers are also needed to make this event a success. To volunteer, contact Jonathan at the Ronald McDonald House.

Live, Learn, and Work Overseas with the Peace Corps

Information Session
Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Woodward Park Regional Library

944 East Perrin Avenue

Fresno, CA 93720

You can make a difference in the lives of others. The Peace Corps is a great way to help a community in need, immerse yourself in a new culture, learn a new language, and have the experience of a lifetime!

Peace Corps Volunteers live and work abroad for two years sharing their skills and working to make a difference in their communities. There are a wide variety of Volunteer openings in more than 60 countries.Get started by selecting countries and work area to find the right job for you at

Attend the informational session to learn more or schedule a meeting with a recruiter by contacting Bhoj Rai at or 831.207.6745.

Still Accepting Nominations for the John D. Welty Award for Excellence in Community Service

The John D. Welty Award for Excellence in Community Service is a $2,500 scholarship 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. This is the second year the scholarship is being offered.

For more information about this scholarship, including requirements and the nomination form, visit The Richter Center website.

Other Service & Educational Opportunities

Health & Wellness Fair Event Volunteers

Agency: Fresno State Pre-Medical Club

Contact: Ray Valle

Email/Phone: / 559.570.4731

Date: Saturday, September 17, 2014 | 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Volunteers will engage and interact with event attendees. This is a great event for premedical/pre-health students looking to get involved with the community!

Exhibit Docent

Agency: Henry Madden Library

Contact: Sharon Ramirez

Phone/Email: 559.278.5790 /

Dates/Times: October 18, 2014 - January 16, 2015|Monday - Thursday, 10am - 5pm | Saturday, 1 - 5pm|Sunday, 2 - 5pm.

Volunteers will serve as docents for the upcoming "Rollin Pickford: And Artist and His Collectors" exhibit in the Henry Madden Library. The show centers on the watercolors of Rollin Pickford. Being a docent entails greeting and guiding visitors who come to view the exhibition.

JA Days

Agency: Junior Acheivement

Contact: Cathy Davis

Phone/Email: 559.224.1011 /

Dates: October 22nd, November 12th, and December 18th

Volunteers will partner with Junior Achievement to deliver financial literacy programs to area youth through JA Days. Training is provided.

2 Golf Tournament Service Opportunities

Agency: Swing with the Legends Golf Tournament benefiting Inspiration Park

Contact: Jim Santos

Email/Phone: / 559.299.1223

Date: Friday, October 24, 2014 | 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Volunteers will serve as hosts during the morning welcome and throughout the event. About 16 volunteers are needed. Volunteers will receive breakfast and lunch.

Agency: First Tee of Fresno

Contact: Morgan Thomas

Email/Phone: / 559.647.6191

Date: Monday, October 27, 2014

Volunteers will setup sponsor signs on the golf course, setup of tables and chairs, sell raffle tickets, and complete a series of small tasks. About 20 volunteers are needed. The agency will provide breakfast and lunch to volunteers.

Campaign Volunteers

Agency: Blong Xiong for County Supervisor

Contact: Cherella Nicholson

Phone/Email: 559.477.7785/

Date: Ongoing until November 4, 2014

Volunteers will engage in campaigning activities including educating and talking with voters, mobilizing community groups, registering citizens to vote, phone banking, canvassing the community, assisting with large events and fundraisers, and attending campaign meetings.


Agency: Wise Old Owl

Contact: Johanna Chepernich

Phone/Email: 559.492.7889 /

Dates/Times: Ongoing commitment; Wednesdays or Thursdays, 3:30 - 5:30 pm

Volunteers will serve as tutors to children in the Lowell neighborhood throughout the semester. The volunteers will read books with children assist them with homework, and serve as role models.

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