The Epicenter

Service Opportunities & News from the Richter Center

Donate Blood and Register to be a Marrow Donor

The Central California Blood Center and The Richter Center encourage you to help save up to three lives by donating blood at the third blood drive of 2013-14 academic year! The blood drive kicks-off on Tuesday, February 11, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Residence Dining Hall, East Room. The drive will continue on Wednesday, February 12 and Thursday, February 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For the convenience of all, there will be four donation locations on Wednesday and Thursday: blood mobiles will be parked at University Student Union, Kremen School of Education Building, Engineering East, and the Maple Mall.

Interested parties can also register to be marrow donors, for free, thanks to a generous sponsorship from Nu Alpha Kappa Fraternity, Inc. To join the marrow registry, donors must visit the Residence Dining Hall location on Tuesday or the University Student Union location on Wednesday/Thursday.

All donors will receive a t-shirt and special coupons.

To donate you must be in good general 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.

For more information on blood donation, visit the Central California Blood Center or call the organization at 559.224.2900.

Kids Day Registration is Now Open!

Kids Day is one of the valley’s largest and most visible special events to benefit Children’s Hospital Central California. Thousands of volunteers throughout the valley help by selling a special “Kids Day” edition of the Fresno Bee for one-dollar. Last year over 1,200 Fresno State students, faculty, and staff helped to do their part by raising more than $37,000! Since its beginning, Kids Day has raised over $4 million for Children's Hospital Central California.

Please join us to help the children and families that are served by the hospital. Faculty, students and staff can help in three ways: (1) volunteer to sell papers, (2) help recruit other volunteers by sharing information on this event with friends, students and colleagues and (3) buy the papers from those around campus!

Visit the Richter Center website to register today!

For questions or more information, please contact Renee Delport in the Richter Center at 559.278.7063 or by email to

We look forward to your support on Tuesday, March 4th!

Spring Community Service Opportunities Fair Recap

Words of Inspiration

At last week's Community Service Opportunities Fair, hundreds of students identified ways to make an impact. Reflecting back on the event in the context of today's quote, I can't help thinking that Fresno State students have a whole lot of heart!

Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they have the heart. – Elizabeth Andrew

In what ways do you plan to make an impact on your community? Share your thoughts with with us by posting to or tweet @richtercenter using #fresnostateserves.

Other Volunteer & Service Opportunities

AmeriCorps VISTA Member

Agency: First 5 Fresno County

Craigslist JobPost:

Times: 1-year full-time professional position; May graduates are invited to apply

The member will work within the Sustainability Project and The Children’s Movement in First 5 Fresno. The Sustainability Project focuses on increasing organizational effectiveness and impact through delivery of skill development around leadership, and adaptive organizational behaviors via workshops and coaching sessions. The Children’s Movement builds a community voice for all children across all sectors of the community through outreach, recruitment, and advocacy. The member will support the outreach/recruitment, capacity building, and leadership development within both projects. The member will work closely with First 5 staff, professional consultants, and other stakeholders.

Girl Scouting Around the World Event Support

Agency: Girl Scouts of Central California South

Contact: Brenetta Sadakov

Phone/Email: 559.291.5078 ext. 132 /

Number of volunteers needed: 50

Date: Saturday, February 22nd; 8:30 am - 4:00 pm (multiple shifts)

Girl Scouting Around the World helps celebrate diversity through interactive exhibits, music, dance, and storytelling. Volunteers will help set-up/clean-up, assist children with activities, maintain security, and serve as escorts.

Girl Scout Cookie Shipment Support

Agency: Girl Scouts of Central California South

Contact: Brenetta Sadakov

Email: 559.291.5078 ext. 132 /

Number of volunteers needed: 20 - 50

Dates: February 21 - 24

Volunteers will load and unload boxes of girl scout cookies and assist with organizing orders. Heavy-lifting required. Multiple volunteers shifts and service sites are available.

Feb. 21, 2 - 4 pm - Girl Scout Council Office on West Shaw

Feb. 21, 3 - 9 pm - Fresno Fairgrounds

Feb. 23, 9:30a - 3:30p - locations in Fresno, Bakersfield, and Visalia

Feb. 24, 8 - 10 am - Girl Scout Council Office on West Shaw

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