Jan and Bud Richter Center
Community Service Opportunities
This year's Fall Community Service Opportunities Fair was held on August 31st from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM in front of the Kennel Bookstore. There were over 65 non-profit agencies in attendance. If you have any questions, please contact Trisha Studt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below you will find information on over two dozen 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 email@example.com 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?
- If you are doing any service hours in-person you should view the COVID-19 training here.
- 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 is 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: American Heart Association
Contact: Chariya Newton, 559.650.4008, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
Opportunities: Admin, case manager assistant, transportation, events.
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: Christy Gorden, 559.281.7608, firstname.lastname@example.org
Elder Paws Senior Dog Foundation strives to encourage pet retention by covering essential vet care costs allowing dogs six years and older to stay at home with their humans rather than being surrendered to Central Valley kill shelters. Volunteer opportunities include: Weekly phone support, Social Media, Donation Box Collecting, Computer Services, Board Member, Fundraising, and more!
Contact: Andrea Ricci, 661.619.0031, andrea @everyneighborhood.org
Every Neighborhood Partnership equips you to serve in schools and neighborhoods. There are opportunities to volunteer at Saturday Sports, a Saturday morning recreation time with kids, or as a Literacy Mentor, working with kids on sight words.
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: Maria Martin, 559.722.6949, email@example.com
Providing service to youth and families impacted by justice and welfare systems within Fresno County.
Contact: Nydia Hernandez, 559.387.6462, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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: Kristy Jefferson, 559.237.4741, email@example.com
YFC reaches young people everywhere, working together 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 prayer and the Word of God, passion for sharing the love of Christ and commitment to social involvement.
Volunteer Opportunities: Middle/High School Campuses, Martial Arts/Art Program, Group Homes, Juvenile Halls in Fresno and Madera
Contact: Sasha Cristobal, 559.470.67318, firstname.lastname@example.org
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: 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: Savino Perico, 559.415.7213, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or (559) 415-7213.
Contact: Megan Powers, 559.237.5567 x 124, email@example.com
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: Mariah Walton, 559.799.9525, firstname.lastname@example.org
We are a non-profit organization that raises money in support of Valley Children's Healthcare (VCH). We host the Holiday Home Tour (December 2nd) and all money raised goes directly to VCH. We are looking for volunteers to help staff our homes from 9am - 4 pm on 12/2/22. Varying shifts are available.
Contact: Courtney Snapp, 559.558.8068, email@example.com
We grant the wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses.
Fall 2022 Trophy Cup Volunteer Link: https://bit.ly/trophycupvolunteerlink2022
Spring 2023 we have Gala of Wishes Set up Friday, January 27th please email Cortney if interested
Contact: Paige Olson, 559.278.2811, firstname.lastname@example.org
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: Mike Slayden, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Sign up for the newsletter using this link: https://www.weareplannedparenthood.org/onlineactions/JIZSD2sEJEKtzX7TBArNqw2_gl=1*u3ml2t*_ga*MTcyMjc4NjM1OS4xNjU5NDY4Mjky*_gid*NDUyNDYwNTg3LjE2NjE1NDAzOTU.*_gac*Q2p3S0NBanczcUdZQmhCU0Vpd0FjblRSTG9Ud2VrQnhJbGZ5dUtERUNZelRiTjA4R0J6QzA1Ump3SHJCajVQTU51TE9IMmRwb1B4bmZSb0NJeUVRQXZEX0J3RS4xNjYxNTQwNzE1.
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 email@example.com
Contact: Nathaniel Schench, 559.498.6988, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Clean-Up Crew role is done on Friday and Wednesday mornings and the volunteers serving will: - Walk the perimeter of our campus and neighboring community as a group - Remove trash along our sidewalks and roads
Volunteers in Kitchen and Meal Services will help us: -Prepare meals (cut vegetables, mix ingredients, season meats, etc.) -Assemble sack lunches -Serve during mealtimes -Pass out drinks and utensils -Assist in kitchen cleanup
Our weekly clothing distribution provides a respectful environment for anyone to receive their choice of clothing items. We ensure all items are presentable and sorted accordingly. Volunteers in Clothing Distribution / Set-Up will: -Fold Pants -Match shoes and socks -Hang shirts -Sort miscellaneous items -Sweep and tidy up clothing warehouse -Assist clients in finding clothing items (only on Tuesdays and Thursdays)
For a group of people, we can also have them prepare food bags from the Donation Warehouse to give out to clients. Volunteers in the warehouse will grab food and nonfood items from a list and prepare them to give away.
Contact: Karina Olaguez, 559.342.8619, email@example.com
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: 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: Sarah Muzquiz, 559.281.5674, firstname.lastname@example.org
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: Laura Groomis, 559.499.8698, email@example.com
USGBC Central California's mission is to engage San Joaquin Valley communities in the transformational development and promotion of ecologically healthy built environments. We work on projects related to green buildings and active transportation.
We have several volunteer opportunities: Circle V Volunteer Days: we host monthly volunteer days at Circle V, the future site of an indigenous and environmental resource center located at the San Joaquin River. Volunteers help with sign in, event logistics, yard work and maintenance of the property. Community event volunteers: support our team during events in the Fresno area with community engagement, including greeting event attendees, creating a positive and friendly atmosphere, engaging event attendees in activities provided, sharing info about upcoming events if applicable.
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.