Jan and Bud Richter Center
Community Service Opportunities Fair
Our community ties are strong because we believe this region can thrive when the community
and University work as one. That’s why we show our commitment to the community by
partnering with local organizations and spreading Fresno State pride across the Valley.
Community Service Opportunities Fair
Our community ties are strong because we believe this region can thrive when the community and University work as one. That’s why we show our commitment to the community by partnering with local organizations and spreading Fresno State pride across the Valley.
The Community Service Opportunities Fair is hosted bi-annually by the Richter Center. The fair is both an in-person and online opportunity for students and local community benefit organizations to come together in a mutually beneficial way.
Below you will find information about community benefit organizations that are currently seeking volunteers. While this list includes a diverse array of service opportunities, there are hundreds of additional organizations in our area, around the state and across the nation that are in need of assistance from dedicated, skilled volunteers like you. Additional sources of information on service opportunities include Serve Fresno, HandsOn Central California, California Volunteers and Volunteer Match. The Richter Center staff can also provide more personalized assistance if the resources on this page do not meet your needs. Please email Trisha Studt at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional assistance.
Please start by looking at the first tab below, "Students: Start Here!", where you will find helpful hints for your search.
As you prepare to investigate and select a community service opportunity, consider:
- Your personal goals and any applicable course requirements?
- Do you prefer a virtual, in-person, or hybrid service experience?
- What community issue(s) do you care about?
- Are there individual or group availability/scheduling limitations?
When researching and speaking with community organizations:
- Visit their website to learn more about the agency mission and services.
- Ask about potential volunteer opportunities, including suggesting ideas or projects related to your course goals or personal interests/skills.
- What requirements, orientation, and training are expected of students?
- What is the application process?
- Is there a specific schedule you will need to follow?
- Who would be your primary site supervisor/point of contact?
- Be clear about your class requirements, individual goals, and availability.
Follow the “5 P’s” by being:
- Prompt: Start researching and contacting sites right away. Don’t procrastinate.
- Prepared: Have a clear plan for introducing yourself, including who you are, why you are contacting the agency, and what questions you have for them.
- Patient: Agencies are often understaffed and overworked, so they may not be able to return your call or email as quickly as you think they should.
- Persistent: Even though you need to be patient, you can follow up on your own if you don’t hear back from the agency a day or two after your initial message.
- Polite: Always be polite! Let them know you realize they are busy, but that you are very interested in talking to them about serving at their agency.
If you have questions or need individual assistance in identifying service opportunities, please email email@example.com
Website: American Heart Association
Contact: Chariya Newton, 559.650.4008, firstname.lastname@example.org
To be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. We have multiple in-person events throughout the year. We are needing volunteers to help with day-of event logistics: set-up, clean-up, registration, donor support, etc.
Contact: Mark Standriff, 559.621.8626, email@example.com
Beautify Fresno is Mayor Dyer’s initiative to improve the City of Fresno’s “curb appeal” through the coordinated delivery of existing City resources to eliminate trash, graffiti, and blight, and by creating community-based cleanup and beautification projects.
The Mayor’s vision was to create a new department with a singular focus – a sustainable, city-wide effort to clean Fresno’s neighborhoods, streets, and highways by partnering with local organizations, non-profits, churches, and service organizations, and individuals in the community to beautify, recycle, educate, and empower residents to make Fresno a cleaner, greener, more beautiful place to live, work and play.
Website: Breaking the Chains
Contact: Jennifer Duarte, 559.492.1566, firstname.lastname@example.org
Opportunities: Admin, case manager assistant, transportation, events.
Contact: Kimberly Hughes, 559.225.9300, email@example.com
The mission of Boys2Men Girls2Women is to keep kids:
- in school,
- off drugs,
- out of gangs, and
- teen pregnancy prevention.
We serve at-risk youth 4-18, by providing afterschool programs, tutoring and mentoring.
Contact: Erica Bird, 559.224.9052, firstname.lastname@example.org
We are a student run food pantry seeking to:
-Provide food to students and families in need.
-Engage students through volunteering.
-Provide resources and materials in partnerships with other non-profits.
-Maintain sustainability through donations and community partnerships.
In doing so we aspire to help the community one neighbor at a time. Very few of our volunteer options are virtual. The majority are helping to set up our distributions and to help duringthe distributions. Our food distributions are on select Saturday mornings.
Website: Catholic Charities
Contact: Virginia Mendoza, 559.237.0851, email@example.com
Catholic Charities Diocese of Fresno is a Community Benefit Organization serving the needs of those in crisis with sites in Fresno, Merced and Bakersfield. We are the first responders in helping our neighbors with food, clothing and other basic necessities regardless of age, race or beliefs. Hunger extends far beyond our brick and mortar sites. Thanks to our supporters we are able to fulfill our mission to serve all those in need throughout the 35,239 square miles within the Diocese of Fresno.
Contact: Gordon Halstead, 559.706.7614, firstname.lastname@example.org
Provide a safe and abundant blood supply for the hospitals and patients we serve in the Central valley.
Opportunities: Canteen Volunteer, Blood Drive Volunteer, Reminder Phone Call Volunteer.
Contact: Montez Brooks, 559.570.1266, email@example.com
Know Your Rights Web Series – Virtual Bilingual Recording.
We are searching for bilingual law students who can translate the content and present via audio only in their second language. The Know Your Rights web series will be a 40-topic series launched on the CCLS YouTube channel. Each presentation will be 5-10 minutes with a PowerPoint slide. The slides have been created and presented in English. We only need auto recordings in languages other than English. Topics include immigration relief, public benefits access, tenant’s rights, guardianship, domestic violence restraining orders, bankruptcy.
If you are interested in presenting a topic, please email Montez Brooks at firstname.lastname@example.org with your resume. Estimated time for each topic is one (1) hour. More information can be found here.
Contact: Linda Stolling, 559.223.7722 x 124, email@example.com
Our mission is to provide protection, placement, and education to ensure responsible animal care.
We have volunteer opportunities that include animal care, adoptions assistance, community ambassador and marketing opportunities, children's programs assistance, office work, grounds and facilities work, fundraising, clinic assistance and much more.
Contact: Chin Vang, 559.237.2961, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact directly for service opportunities.
Contact: Alan Fry, email@example.com
Raise money to help veterans in need and to serve the community in various capacities.
Contact: Yeji Lee, 508.734.0159, firstname.lastname@example.org
We are currently seeking undergraduate/postgraduate/grad students to volunteer virtually as mentors for K-12 students, particularly those with limited access to educational resources. If you’d like to connect with a student, please consider signing up to be a mentor at bit.ly/coved-mentor-signup!
Mentors serve not only as a source of academic support, but as role models for the student they work with. This will provide an opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to students who have trouble accessing learning materials and mentorship.
Contact: Laura Hernandez, 559.676.5469, email@example.com
EAH Housing About Us EAH Housing is an non-profit affordable housing organization that was established in 1968 that serves over 25,000 individuals in the western United States, including low-income seniors, veterans, families, individuals with special needs and those at risk of homelessness. To learn more information about who we are, please visit EAHHousing.org
Resident Services: Our StayWell resident programs thrive with the assistance of volunteers and work of our Resident service Coordinators within the following areas: Monthly Pantry distributions, community events, holiday celebrations, after school program support, and community outreaching.
This is a great opportunity to learn new skills, gain hands-on experience & support local community projects. Volunteer positions are available at our Fresno and Selma locations.
Contact: Andrea Ricci, 661.619.0031, firstname.lastname@example.org
Every Neighborhood Partnership equips you to serve in elementary schools either with our Saturday Sports program or the Literacy Mentor program.
The Saturday Sports program you would volunteer for two-hours on Saturday mornings
in a group mentoring setting with students at elementary school site campuses.
The Literacy Mentoring program you would volunteer in classrooms at least 1-2 hours per week, working with students one-on-one on their foundational reading skills- in either Kinder-2nd grade or 3rd-6th grade.
Contact: Kimberly Majors, 559.229.2000, email@example.com
MISSION EPU guides and strengthens children and families with unique needs through supportive services that cultivate hope and resilience.
Contact: Lorene Mendoza, 559.732.1970, firstname.lastname@example.org
Our mission is to help children, adults, and families heal from violence and thrive in healthy relationships.
Contact: Elaine Smith, 510.379.8600, email@example.com
Our mission is to Promote the sustainability and legacy of Black farmers as well as sprout the next generation of small farmers. To Document and disseminate farm history to advance the public's understanding of the important roles of Black farmers. To Improve the access to urban food markets including schools, restaurants, and individual consumers for Black and other underserved farmers.
Contact: Maria Martin, 559.722.6949, firstname.lastname@example.org
Providing service to youth and families impacted by justice and welfare systems within Fresno County.
Contact: Nydia Hernandez, 559.387.6462, email@example.com
We transform communities by empowering youth and families through education, wellness, and advocacy. We are inclusive, respectful, and appreciative of the youth and families we serve. We offer a program specific to youth who would like to volunteer. We also offer program for youth interested in advocacy and policy change.
Contact: Lori Hunter, 559.777.4031, firstname.lastname@example.org
Since our inception in 1919, the mission of the Fresno County Historical Society has been to engage, inform and educate the public through the collection, preservation and interpretation of the stories, images and resources of our unique region in order to better understand our past and help shape our future.
Volunteer opportunities include: Tour Docent, Event Volunteer, Membership Outreach, Community Outreach, Education Volunteer, Administration Volunteer
Contact: Stephanie Barajas, 559.251.5533, email@example.com
Our mission is to ignite curiosity and imagination in Central Valley youth by providing hands-on STEAM experiences. We have 3 categories of volunteering:
- Floor Staff interact with guests: -Docent - give tours, develop and/or lead STEAM activities - Science Center Assistant - greet guests, support center staff, clean exhibits and buildings - Educator Assistant - assist with STEAM activities, classes, or field trips at the Center or off-site at schools or events - Event Staff - assist in planning, organizing, set up, facilitating, and/or clean up of events. Behind the Scenes deals with outdoor and/or maintenance tasks:
- Building & Exhibit Maintenance - repairing and/or maintaining buildings & Exhibits - Landscaping - gardening, weeding, weed whacking, pruning, Cactus Garden Maintenance, etc. - Animal Care - cleaning enclosures, prepping meals, handling animals, animal presentations NOTE: Not everyone who signs up will have the opportunity to be placed in this role. Volunteers will be eligible to apply for this role after their probationary review.
- Administration is more office based: - Marketing - Survey teachers, guests, etc. - Take pictures & videos, create social media content, videos, flyers, posters, signage, etc. - IT - website management, office support, etc. - Committee Member - Events, Exhibit, Membership, Cafe Scientifique.
Contact: Tashon Smallwood, 559.263.1996, firstname.lastname@example.org
Head Start 0 to 5 is a federally funded community-based program for income eligible pregnant women and children ages birth to five, inclusive of children with disabilities. We provide comprehensive child development and family support services, including education, social, emotional, health, nutrition, family support, and disability services. Head Start 0 to 5 is committed to building strong children and families. Our goals are: to promote healthy prenatal outcomes for pregnant women to enhance the development of children ages birth to five to promote healthy family functioning.
Contact: Salim Syoufi, 559.487.1500, email@example.com
FIRM exists to build communities of hope with New Americans. Our staff and communities speak many languages, including Arabic, Dari, Hmong, Khmer, Lao, Pashto, Russian, Spanish,Thai, and Ukrainian.
Students can volunteer with a number of programs at FIRM:
- Family Literacy Center (M, W, F: 10am to 2pm) a child+adult drop in early literacy program
- ESL tutoring for adults (Flexible hours)
- Homework help for children (afternoons)
- Transportation assistance for new arrivals (mornings)
- Childcare for ESL Classes (parents remain on site) (T, Th, mornings)
- Set up and tear-down for FIRM donation days (monthly)
- Special Events (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, World Refugee Day, etc.)
Contact: Lauryn Fifer, 559.433.5087, firstname.lastname@example.org
YFC is a movement that reaches young people everywhere with the hope of Christ. We work with the local church and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to the Word of God and prayer, passion for sharing the love of Christ, and commitment to social involvement. Join the movement of ministry leaders who are passionate about introducing 11-19 year olds to Jesus. We’re not looking for perfect people or superstars; just those who are willing to listen well, to be themselves, and to be present in a young person’s life. Volunteers serve 1-2 hours per week, are vetted and receive training.
Volunteer opportunities are to follow: We serve on a combined number of 23 middle school and high school lunch time clubs created by us called Campus Life. We go into 32 boy and girl group homes in the Fresno Madera area called group life and share the gospel, mentor, and build relationships. We also go into the Fresno and Madera juvenile detention facilities to share Christ and be the light/mentor to teens who are in jail. Here at the downtown office we have a group called 701 that offers kickboxing classes, workout classes, and art therapy classes to any youth. as a non-profit we hold annual fundraisers that can always use the help of volunteers to do set-up, registration tables, hospitality, tear down, and event specifc needs. Some fundraisers are the Frozen 5k run in May, and a Golf tournament in April!
Contact: Sasha Cristobal, 559.470.67318, email@example.com
Looking for a way to impact the lives of girl in your community? Girl Scouts offers a variety of volunteer opportunities. Whether you can give a few hours, a few weeks, or a few months, volunteering with Girl Scouts is flexible and fun. We have volunteer opportunities from office assisting to volunteering at our fun event.
Contact: Lester Moon, 559.625.3822, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hands in the Community of Tulare and Kings County is a volunteer driven organization that serves those in need. Our objective is to assist people in becoming self-sufficient and, more specifically, to strengthen the ability of individuals and families to care for themselves. We assist with access to services towards improved care and well-being. The majority of those we serve are low-income, children, families, disabled, at-risk youth, and elderly. Since 2009, we've helped over 6,500 families.
Contact: Sven Hamilton, 559.317.6016, email@example.com
The mission of Hinds Hospice is to uphold the dignity and ease the suffering of the terminally ill while supporting their loved ones and those who are grieving. Opportunities: Hospice Home Patient Care, Circle of Friends, Thrift Stores, Special Events. Find more information here.
Contact: Todd Waldner, firstname.lastname@example.org
We are a Youth and Junior triathlon club, introducing young people between the ages of 6-18 to the sport of triathlon. We also have a high performance traveling junior team. We are seeking athletes/coaches that have experience with swimming, cycling or running. We are also looking for someone who would help us organize a Triathlon Skills Camp at Fresno State. We would also like to look at the possibilities of restarting the FSU Triathlon Club.
Contact: Erin Webb, 559.227.5664, email@example.com
At Joni and Friends, we envision a world where every person living with a disability finds hope, dignity, and their place in the body of Christ. Are you interested in serving families living with disability? Are you looking for an opportunity to give back during Spring break? Join us for Family Retreat, a 5-day camp experience from April 2-7 at Wonder Valley Ranch Resort and provide one-on-one support to a family living with disability. You get the opportunity to support an individual living with disability or their sibling throughout the day in fun, accessible activities, while the parents are provided opportunities for rest and refreshment from the daily reality of disability all in a Christ-centered environment. This is an overnight camp and there is a $650 fee to cover food and lodging. Scholarships and fundraising platforms are available to help cover the cost.
Contact: Savino Perico, 559.415.7213, firstname.lastname@example.org
Working as a team, KCAO will seek and provide programs that develop self-sufficiency in individuals, families, and communities within Kings County. KCAO is looking for interns to assist with social media, preschool centers, crisis support services, and to do research on poverty. KCAO is located in Kings county about 45 minutes from Fresno. The internship opportunities are available virtual or in person. More information can be found here.
For more information please reach out to Savino Perico, email@example.com or (559) 415-7213.
Contact: Megan Powers, 559.237.5567 x 124, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kings Water Alliance is our non-profit program whose mission is to provide rural residents in the area with safe drinking water solutions. We offer free well tests to see if they have unsafe levels of nitrate in their drinking water. If their test results show unsafe levels of nitrate, we provide free bottled water deliveries their homes. We need volunteers to connect with residents at different community events by giving out our flyers and telling them about our free community resource.
Contact: Paige Olson, 559.278.2811, email@example.com
Through the MAPS program students who experience challenges with executive functioning, in particular those students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, are offered mentoring and support specifically in the areas of college transition, academic goals, and campus life. We are looking for empathetic and energetic student volunteers to mentor our MAPS students. This is a great opportunity to enhance your resume and gain experience working with diverse populations.
For more information, click here.
Contact: Jennifer Lor, 559.487.1323, firstname.lastname@example.org
Marjaree Mason Center is Fresno County's only dedicated provider of domestic violence shelter and support services, including education for victims and youth. Marjaree Mason Center supports and empowers adults and their children affected by domestic violence, while striving to prevent and end the cycle of abuse through education and advocacy.
Contact: Jasmine Rivas, 559.785.2600, email@example.com
At Mothers Against Drunk Driving, we’re focused on one goal: ending impaired driving for good. Since our founding, we've served as a lifeline for thousands of victims and survivors, and drunk driving fatalities have been cut in half — but we refuse to stop there. Together, we can end this 100% preventable crime. EMPOWER TOMORROW’S DRIVERS Inspire youth, train parents or mobilize community activities to prevent underage drinking and reduce alcohol access to youth.
Contact: Mike Slayden, firstname.lastname@example.org
Helping prepare for bike builds, Bike Unboxing & Bike Building (mid-late April/early May), potential Bike Repairs - these are all hands on opportunities - no experience required.
Contact: Justine Esparza, email@example.com
The first step to become a PPMM volunteer is to sign up for the monthly Volunteer Newsletter, which has information about local volunteer needs. Since we have limited volunteer roles available this will ensure students can apply for a role that suits your interests and availability.
Once you sign up you’ll begin receiving email newsletters from our team about volunteer needs. Using the links in the newsletter, you can then apply for different opportunities and RSVP for events. Additional processing is required for most volunteer roles. Processing can include an application, a phone interview, a reference check, a background check, and online or in-person training, or other, depending on the role. We will walk you through the vetting process once you sign up.
Interested students can also look at the PP Mar Monte Volunteer webpage for current needs: https://www.weareplannedparenthood.org/a/volunteer-opportunities
One of the best ways for students to get involved in their community is by starting or joining a Planned Parenthood Generation Action college campus chapter! If you’re interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Nathaniel Schench, 559.498.6988, email@example.com
Believing in the dignity of every person, at Poverello House we work to enrich the lives and spirits of all who pass our way by stewarding the resources made available to us through providential and community support.
Below are current volunteer opportunities:
Kitchen & Meal Services Volunteer
Contact: Karina Olaguez, 559.342.8619, firstname.lastname@example.org
The mission of Reading and Beyond is to empower children and families to achieve productive, self-reliant lives. We have several in-person volunteer opportunities at our sites.
Opportunities includes, Preschool Teacher Aide, Afterschool Aide, Computer Lab Assistant, and Front Office Assistant
Contact: Jaguar Bennett, 559.355.9154, email@example.com
Every March, the Rogue Festival produces a two-week festival of theater, music, dance, comedy, spoken word performance, magic, and other performances too strange to describe in multiple venues in Fresno's Tower District. We're a non-curated (we take all performers, no questions asked) and non-juried (no one decides what's good or bad) festival where anything goes, making the Rogue Festival the most wild and freewheeling cultural event in the Central Valley. Every year, we need volunteers to staff our box offices and venues. We use need volunteers to take tickets, set up stages, lights, and sound equipment, and manage venues. Working the Rogue Festival is the most fun and intense two weeks of your life, and our volunteers come back year after year for the unique Rogue Festival experience.
Contact: Brandon Miller, 559.450.5623, firstname.lastname@example.org
We have opportunities for volunteers to sit with patients who are on hospice and keep them company, read to them, watch tv with them and give the family a chance to get out for a couple of hours.
Contact: Faith Martin, 559.478.4848, email@example.com
Our mission is to create and grow a North American Japanese Garden that engages and inspires. Volunteer Opportunities include landscaping on the 3rd Saturday of every month, weekly Wednesday gardening, working in the bonsai garden helping with basic tree tending/landscaping, train to become a docent in our garden and bonsai area, and lastly volunteer with us for our upcoming events!
Contact: Allyson Brooks, 209.742.5556, firstname.lastname@example.org
SFC Mission Statement The grasslands, foothills, and forests between Yosemite and Kings Canyon National Parks provide land for farms and ranches, a home for native plants and wildlife, and a source of clean water. Sierra Foothill Conservancy honors our natural and cultural heritage by protecting these resources and ensuring that present and future generations will continue to experience and enjoy the land in this region.
Volunteer opportunities include trail work, fence building and repair, plantings, invasive species removal, assisting with youth field trips, and assisting with hikes.
Contact: Megan Tatum, 559.900.7110, email@example.com
The Birdie Lou Counseling Center is the first counseling center opened by the Sierra Meadows Foundation nonprofit organization. We provide entirely free mental health services to our community, prioritizing those with low income and without insurance. We are always looking for volunteers to help us with general office tasks, prescreening new clients, social media, business development, fundraiser planning, and other important tasks that help us continue to serve our community.
Contact: Beth Caffrey, 559.443.9124, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cat House on the Kings is California's largest no-cage, no-kill, lifetime cat sanctuary and adoption center. Our mission is to place rescued cats and kittens into loving, permanent homes; to provide a safe, happy and healthy home for unwanted cats and kittens in a unique, no-cage facility; to prevent pet overpopulation through spaying and neutering; and to educate the public about responsible pet ownership. Come to The Cat House and help us care for the cats! The Cat House couldn't operate without our wonderful volunteers, and we always need more! We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities and try to match each person's skills with the activities they most enjoy. Opportunities include fostering, adoption support, daily kitten care, greeter, etc.
Contact: Sarah Muzquiz, 559.281.5674, email@example.com
The specific purpose of this corporation is to provide equine centered education, training, rescue,rehabilitation and adoption of at risk horses while at the same time, using this activity and process as a means of delivering equine based therapy to those persons suffering from traumatic stress, social anxieties, and emotional disorders.
We have several volunteer opportunities. Ranch hand, handling horses and miniature donkeys, event support, promotions and marketing.
Contact: Alexis Valadez, 559.630.4696, firstname.lastname@example.org
Our mission is to engage San Joaquin Valley communities in the transformational development and promotion of ecologically healthy built environments. Service opportunities would be volunteering at Circle V to maintain the property and helping in outreach events.
Contact: Linda Jean Voth, 559.417.7504, email@example.com
Community Food Pantry once a month that feeds 180+ families - volunteer opportunities available midweek assisting with organizing food, packing grocery bags and other prep work. The 3rd Saturday morning of each month we need volunteers to assist with handing out and loading groceries into cars of recipients.
Contact: 559.225.6100 x 5006, firstname.lastname@example.org
A Central California Health Care System depends on the goodwill of donors and volunteers who want to give something back to America's heroes. Volunteers provide much-needed help throughout the health care system and make patients' experiences more enjoyable. A wide range of volunteer opportunities are available, and each volunteer's talents are closely matched with one of our assignments. For more information, click here.
Contact: Macy Pereira, 559.213.1903, email@example.com
There are exciting opportunities for students at Fresno State to get involved in this program. We are currently accepting applications for Peer Mentors. Peer Mentors is a program where Fresno State students would work with the students in the Wayfinders program.
Peer Mentors are volunteers who can help improve Wayfinders student outcomes related to: Motivation and self-esteem Friendship Communication and assertiveness skills Problem-solving and decision making Conflict resolution Coping and Adjusting Resiliency
For more information, click here.
Contact: Chrlens Shields, 559.251.4800 x 20914, firstname.lastname@example.org
WestCare, a family of tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, provides a wide spectrum of health and human services in both residential and outpatient environments.
Our services include substance abuse and addiction treatment, homeless and runaway shelters, domestic violence treatment and prevention, and mental health programs. These services are available to adults, children, adolescents, and families; we specialize in helping people traditionally considered difficult to treat, such as those who are indigent, have multiple disorders, or are involved with the criminal justice system.