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Bud Richter Week of Service

The Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning invites you to help us remember and honor Elmer “Bud” Richter by engaging in service during the week of November 12 - 19, 2022.  

On November 13, 2007 our center was established thanks to the generous pledge of $3.5 million from Dr. and Mrs. Richter. November 13th is also World Kindness Day, which reflects the motto that the Richters tried to live their lives by, “Do unto others as you would have done unto you.” 

In January of 2021, Bud passed away and the impact he has had on Fresno State and our community cannot be overstated. He directly and indirectly touched thousands of lives and transformed our community and campus in many, many ways. 

We invite you to help us honor Bud through service during the second annual Bud Richter Week of Service!  Several service events are planned as part of this week-long celebration of giving back. 

Name of Event: Bud Richter Week of Service

Dates: November 12 - 19, 2022

How to Participate: Several local organizations are participating in the 2nd Annual Bud Richter Week of Service. The various organizations and details are listed below. Simply select a service event and sign up with the link provided.

Name of Event: Bulldog Pantry Food Distribution
Organization: Bulldog Pantry and Fresno State
Date/Time: Saturday, November 12th 7:45AM-12PM
Sign Up Link: Link here.

Name of Event: Deutsch Cactus Garden Beautification 
Organization: Fresno Discovery Center
Date/Time: Saturday November 19th, 2022, 9AM-1PM
Please email: dom.ortiz@fresnodiscoverycenter.org to sign up!

Name of Event: Annual Thanks for Giving Chrysanthemum Sale

Organization: Family Services of Tulare County

Date/Time: November 16, 2022, 8AM-12PM

Please email: lorene.mendoza@fstc.net

Information: Volunteers will help with the annual fundraiser event. Volunteers are needed to help with setting up and organizing orders for delivery. Lunch will be provided for volunteers.

Name of Event: FIRM Thanksgiving Event 
Organization: Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries (FIRM)
Date/Time: Saturday, November 19th 12PM - 7PM
Sign Up Link: Link here
Information: FIRM hosts an Annual Thanksgiving Event on Campus for the community. During the event we will have a bounce house, interactive games/activities, sports, learning about our different cultures and American Thanksgiving Traditions.

  1. Support needed in Pre-Event set up / Stations / Decorations.
  2. During the event Support / Celebrate with the community and serve their needs during the event.
  3. Post event cleaning.

Name of Event: Food Bank Distribution Center Assistance
Organization: Central California Food Bank
Date/Time: Monday, November 14th - Friday, November 18th; shift times vary
Sign Up Link: Link here
Information: Volunteers will be packing meals on our assembly line or sorting donations on our new pack line for distribution to our community.

Name of Event: Fresno State Blood Drive
Organization: Central California Blood Center and Fresno State
Date/Time: Tuesday, November 15th from 10AM-4PM, and Wednesday, November 16th from 10AM-7PM at Memorial Gardens and Residence Dining Hall 
Sign Up Link: Link here

Name of Event: Hinds Hospice Thrift Store
Organization: Hinds Hospice Thrift Store
Date/Time: Saturday 11/12, Monday 11/14, Wednesday 11/16, Saturday 11/19; shift times vary
Sign Up Link: Link here
Information: Our thrift stores are a great way to give back as they help support programs we offer the community through our Center for Grief & Healing, like our Angel Babies and Circle of Friends programs.
The project location is at our Hinds Hospice Clovis Thrift Store (115 Shaw Ave, Clovis, CA 93612) new Shaw & Minnewawa. Volunteers will help with sorting donations, merchandising, and other tasks to help the store prepare for the holiday season. To sign-up please complete the online form.

Name of Event: Light the Night - Central Valley/Fresno
Organization: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Date/Time: Saturday November 12, 2022, 11:30-4, 4:30-7:30, 7:30-9:30
Sign Up Link: Link here
Information: Our annual Light the Night event will be held on this day and we are looking for volunteers to help with set up, tear down, and various other tasks in between. We hope you can join us! You can fill out the google form with your information and what tasks you'd like to help with. Thank you!
 

Name of Event: Scout Island Tree Planting and Restoration
Organization: Scout Island and Fresno State
Date/Time: Saturday, November 19th 8AM-12PM
Sign Up Link: Link here
 

Name of Event: Stone Soup Science Day
Organization: Stone Soup and Fresno State
Date/Time: Saturday, November 12th 8AM-12PM
Sign Up Link: Link here
 

Name of Event: Fresno State + Tree Fresno Tree Planting 
Organization: Tree Fresno and Fresno State
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 16th at 9:00AM
Sign Up Link: Link here
Information: Volunteers will help plant 75 trees along Maple Avenue, between Barstow and Bullard.  Training, tools, and all other materials will be provided.

Name of Event: Family Open Day & Volunteer Opportunity at Circle V
Organization: USGBC Central California Chapter
Date(s)/Time: November 16, 2 PM - 5 PM, November 19 & 30, 9 AM - 11 AM
Sign Up Link: Link here
Information: Volunteers will assist with mulch distribution, garden maintenance and bench installation

Fall 2022 Semester

August 31, 2022 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

In front of the Kennel Bookstore

Students at Community Service Opportunities Fair

The Fall Community Service Opportunities Fair, open to students, faculty and staff, will feature over 65 community and campus agencies sharing volunteer, internship, and job opportunities. Students are able to personally meet with representatives from local community benefit organizations to learn about volunteer opportunities that can assist in fulfilling service-learning requirements. A sampling of agencies that have participated in past events include: American Cancer Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Central CA Blood Center, Children's Hospital Central California, Fresno Fire Department, and Sierra Foothill Conservancy. Please see additional service opportunities here.

Blood Drive: Benefiting the Central California Blood Center

September 13 3:30 P.M. -7:30 P.M. Residence Dining Hall
September 14 9:00 A.M. -6:00 P.M. USU 312 and Memorial Garden 
September 15 10:00 A.M. -4:00 P.M. USU 312 and Memorial Garden 

Blood Donation Locations: https://www.donateblood.org/donor-center-hours/

To donate blood 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. YOUR donation could save up to three lives!

For more information on blood donation, please call the Central California Blood Center at 559-389-5433.

Blood mobile on Fresno State campus

Blood Drive: Benefiting the Central California Blood Center

November 15 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M. 
November 16 10:00 A.M.-7:00 P.M. 

Blood Donation Locations:

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. YOUR donation could save up to three lives!

For more information on blood donation, please call the Central California Blood Center at 559-389-5433.

Make a Difference Day is a national event encompassing the most comprehensive nation-wide day of helping others. Fresno State partners with local community benefit organizations to complete tangible, long-lasting projects that benefit the community.

Fresno State students, faculty, staff, and alumni are encouraged to volunteer and work with our community partners to benefit the community. A sampling of past service projects completed during this event include refurbishment and beautification projects at Woodward Park with Fresno PARCs and at Rotary Storyland and Playland, building of hiking trails with Sierra Foothill Conservancy, and gleaning with the Fresno Food Recovery Network. 

Volunteers may participate individually or as a group. Each volunteer is required to register and complete the appropriate waiver forms. Specific instructions will be given to volunteers once they have registered. Volunteers will receive lunch following their service work.

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Registration will open in October, sites TBD. 

Students help clean up at Storyland

Fresno State volunteers will observe the national service event, Family Serve Day, by participating locally in Serving Fresno Day. Volunteers will have the opportunity to complete service projects with local community benefit organizations. Check back in the fall for more information about our partners for this event.

Don't miss out on your chance to leave your lasting mark on the Fresno community!

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Registration will open in October, sites TBD. 

Spring 2023 Semester

February 1, 2023

10:00 A.M.- 1:00 P.M. 

Location TBD

When students partner with local community benefit organizations a unique opportunity arises for students to develop a better understanding of the comprehensive needs that exist in the community. These partnerships provide students with valuable learning experiences and community agencies with a valuable pool of potential volunteers, interns, and even employees. During the Community Service Opportunities Fair students will have the opportunity to learn about volunteer, service-learning, internship and career opportunities offered through area community benefit organizations. 

Benefiting the Central California Blood Center 

February 1 9:00 A.M.-6:00 P.M.
February 2 10:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M. 

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. YOUR donation could save up to three lives!

For more information on blood donation, please call the Central California Blood Center at 559-389-5433.

Benefiting the Central California Blood Center 

March 29 9:00 A.M. -6:00 P.M. 
March 30 10:00 A.M. -4:00 P.M. 

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. YOUR donation could save up to three lives!

For more information on blood donation, please call the Central California Blood Center at 559-389-5433.

Fresno State volunteers will participate in a one-day service event, serving local community benefit organizations. Volunteers will complete service projects in the community. 

Don't miss out on your chance to leave your lasting mark on the Fresno community!

Saturday, April 15, 2023

For more information about the events listed on this page or to volunteer contact the Richter Center: 559.278.7079.