Jan and Bud Richter Center
Spring 2022 Community Service Opportunities Fair!
Welcome to the virtual Community Service Opportunities Fair! 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
Contact: DeLaine Pereida, 559.214.6546, email@example.com
Our mission is to one day see a survivor of the diagnosis of Alzheimer's and the volunteer opportunities range from advocacy work at the legislative level to phone calls for team recruitment to day of event set up/break down and everything in between.
Contact: Mark Dtandriff, 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.
Contact: Erica Bird, 559.224.9052, email@example.com
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.
Contact: Martine Cano, 559.473.4746, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mission: Cultivate hope and healing in under resourced communities by investing in youth and families through mentoring, neighborhood programs, and local partnerships.
Volunteer Opportunities: After School Program, Mentoring, Mission Care (Urban Ministry), Events, Media/Projects.
Contact: Gordon Halstead, 559.706.7614, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Our mission at Central California Legal Services is to advance justice and empower people. Our purpose is to fight social injustice, to provide education and representation to the disadvantaged and to maintain access to the legal system.
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: Miriam Hernandez, 559.621.7529, firstname.lastname@example.org
Improve the lives of City residents by maintaining and providing outstanding service at a park site, community, or neighborhood center. Support recreation, sports, youth, seniors, educational programs and more!
Contact: Yeji Lee, 508.734.0159, email@example.com
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: Sandra Jean, 559.877.2748, firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Mission: The mission of the Creek Fire Recovery Collaborative is to assist in the long-term recovery and rebuilding of mountain and foothill communities affected by the 2020 Creek Fire. The group seeks to collaborate with many other organizations working to help communities, families, and individuals recover from this devastating fire.
Who We Are: The Creek Fire Recovery Collaborative is a Long-Term Recovery Group. The group is made up of more than 50 organizations, including nonprofits, faith-based organizations, resource conservation districts, community groups, and federal, state, and county government agencies.
The Creek Fire: The Creek Fire started on September 4, 2020 near Shaver Lake, California. It destroyed 856 structures, most of which were primary residences, and burned nearly 400,000 acres of forest. People living and working near Shaver Lake, Huntington Lake, and communities such as Big Creek, Auberry, Alder Springs, and Pine Ridge lost their homes and businesses.
We need volunteers to: • Work at special events in the mountain communities, such as resource fairs, town halls, and fun fundraising events • Work outdoors on cleanup and restoration projects • Work on fundraising, communications, and other committees • We are looking for Communications & Social Media Interns.
These are unpaid positions focusing on social media, public relations, and marketing.
Contact: Christy Gorden, 559.281.7608, email@example.com
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: Gabrielle Piceno, 559.400.7310, firstname.lastname@example.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: Kristy Sims-Jefferson, 559.237.4741, email@example.com
YFC is a non-profit organization that works within the community to bring young people closer to God and closer to each other. We do this through six different divisions, each focusing on a different aspect of the lives of today's youth. While every program or division is different, they all are rooted in our Savior Jesus Christ.
There are many opportunities to serve throughout the week with various times of the day.
Contact: Sandra Aguilar, 559.291.5078, firstname.lastname@example.org
To build girls of courage, confidence, and character.
Contact: Sven Hamilton, 559.412.5710, 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: Ashleigh Rocker Greene, 559.801.8825, firstname.lastname@example.org
Made For Them is a social enterprise dedicated to combatting Human Trafficking in the Fresno Community and support the needs of survivors.
Volunteer Internship Opportunities include: Media/Communications Internships, Event Planning Internships, Social Work Internships, Child Development Internships, Retail Internships, NonProfit Management Internships, and Social Justice Internships.
Contact: Courtney Snapp, 559.558.8068, email@example.com
We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses. We have in-person Spring Events to obtain volunteer hours.
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: Brianna Maltez, 626.223.4848 email@example.com
The Peace Corps is a 2 year service opportunity for motivated change-makers work at the grassroots level in developing nations all around the world in one of 6 sectors: Education, Health, Business, Environment, Agriculture and Youth Development.
Volunteers must be 18 years or older, and US Citizens. Each Volunteer is provided with housing, a living stipend, and upon completion of 2 years of service, $10,000. Returned Peace Corps Volunteers are also eligible for graduate level fellowships.
Contact: Justine Esparza, 559.803.7301, firstname.lastname@example.org
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte invests in communities by providing health care and education, and by expanding rights and access for all.
Contact: Yeng Her, 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, Front Office Assistant and Custodian Aide.
Contact: David Diaz, 559.261.3667, firstname.lastname@example.org
The mission of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Central Valley is to provide a “Home Away from Home” and resources to children and their families.
We are looking for volunteers to help out at our 16th annual Sporting Clays Classic fundraiser on Saturday, May 7.
Contact: Brandon Miller, 559.450.5623, email@example.com
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: Rena Failla, 559.500.0961, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tutor high school students who have low level reading and math skills.
Contact: Ian Ashby, 559.360.3970, email@example.com
The SRCD takes available technical, financial, and educational resources, whatever their source, and focus or coordinate them at the local level, to meet the present and future natural resource needs of the local land user.
Our current funding has allowed us to engage in many volunteer based, Creek Fire Recovery projects that helps landowners impacted by the Creek Fire of 2020. We do vegetation reduction work that includes hauling pre-cut vegetation to be piled and chipped, along with soil erosion mitigation.
Contact: Angel Olayo Espinoza, 559.307.1718, firstname.lastname@example.org
Traveling Stories believes through the power of reading and supporting children's literacy skills will have an impact on them to strive to reach their goals and dreams in life.
Our volunteer opportunities we currently offer is Reading Mentor (Reading with a child) and a Help Desk Volunteer (Making sure the child and volunteer are in the Google Meet Call also send text reminders using our software).
Contact: Cher Arambel, 559.696.2710, email@example.com
Since 1954, United Cerebral Palsy of Central California has provided programs to further the independence of children and adults with disabilities in the Central Valley, as well as help their families and caregivers. We provided day programs for adults with disabilities in Fresno County at our centers five days a week. We transport our students from their home sites to our facilities in buses and vans. Those vehicles require daily cleaning.
We are looking for volunteers to help us keep our fleet of vehicles clean. Volunteers should come ready to get a little dirty, so casual attire is acceptable.
Contact: Emily Bauer, 209.769.6186, firstname.lastname@example.org
WE FIGHT For the education, financial stability, and well-being of the most vulnerable members of Fresno and Madera Counties.
We are always in need of volunteers, whether it be to help us stuff emergency preparedness bags or assist local families with their taxes. Let us know your skill sets and interests and we’ll let you know what’s currently on the front burner.
Contact: Jessica Duarte, 559.353.7100, email@example.com
Valley Children’s Hospital has depended on the Central Valley’s generosity for 70 years to be able to meet the healthcare needs of Valley kids. Now more than ever, Valley Children’s Hospital needs your help!
Kids Day provides a great opportunity for students to make an impact in their community and raise much-needed funds to support Valley Children’s Hospital.
Visit our Kids Day website at www.valleychildrens.org/kidsday and find ways to participate virtually this year. From sharing our online and text to give options to signing up as an individual or team on our Peer-to-Peer platform to raise funds on your own fundraising page.
Contact: Shawna Blair, 559.278.2741, firstname.lastname@example.org
Vintage Days is one of Fresno State's oldest traditions and largest event. There will be food and games sponsored by student organizations, a Crafts Faire, live entertainment, a Kid's Zone, and much more.
Vintage Days is looking for fun and energetic volunteers to assist at the event scheduled for April 29 - May 1, 2022. This opportunity is on the Fresno State campus. You can complete many hours within one weekend. Areas that you can sign up to volunteer at are: Kid's Zone, welcome and information stations and more. If you are interested, sign up on our volunteer interest form at bit.ly/vdvolunteer2022.
Contact: Macy Pereira, 559.213.1903, email@example.com
Wayfinders is a 2-year non-degree independent living certificate program for young adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Participants of Wayfinders increase their independence by living in student apartments, participating in work experience internships, taking classes at Fresno State through Open University, and engaging with the community.
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.
Contact: Janice Mathurin, 559.374.5750 firstname.lastname@example.org
Our mission is to empower and support the community to achieve optimal health and well-being.
Community Health Administrative Associate: Providing program support including but not limited to: information resource and referral assistance; communicating with clients and collaborative partners in an office setting; data collection; development and delivery of health promotion communications materials; and front office assistance and clerical support in a safe environment.
Food Distribution Volunteers – assisting with weekly food distribution including sign-in up volunteers, assisting with set-up and clean-up, bagging and distributing food to community members, collecting and entering data, etc.
Marketing and Communications Associates (2 opportunities – AM/PM) Assisting with the following: marketing and communications efforts including - updating social media presence – Facebook, Twitter; planning/writing and managing monthly eNewsletter; draft/distribute news releases, media alerts, other stories; design flyers and marketing materials; assist with website update.
COVID Outreach & Education – Conducting COVID-19 outreach and education to increase health literacy related to COVID-19, health care system navigation and underlying, pre-existing conditions, targeting high-risk and underserved minority populations.
Contact: Brittany Silva, 559.251.4800 x 20914, email@example.com
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.