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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.


The Community Service Opportunities Fair is hosted bi-annually by the Richter Center. For information on the next in-person Community Service Opportunities Fair, please visit Our Events page. 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 , Just Serve 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 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?

When researching and speaking with community organizations:

  • Visit their website to learn more about the agency mission and services.

Follow the “5 P’s” by being:

  • Prompt: Start researching and contacting sites right away. Don’t procrastinate.

If you have questions or need individual assistance in identifying service opportunities, please email

Website: American Heart Association

Contact: Chariya Newton, 559.650.4008,

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.

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Contact: Lizette Ray, 559.326.4495,

We build hope, strength and joy for those impacted by cancer through creative experience and a place of reflection and renewal in the Art of Life Healing Garden.


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Contact: Mark Standriff, 559.621.8626,

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: Better Business Bureau

Contact: Liliya Rudan, 559.803.9645,

Help Develop and Execute Marketing Campaigns.
Digital Marketing.
Event Coordinating & Attending. 
Data Quality.

Website: Breaking the Chains

Contact: Jennifer Duarte, 559.492.1566,

Opportunities: Admin, case manager assistant, transportation, events.

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Contact: Kimberly Hughes, 559.225.9300,

The mission of Boys2Men Girls2Women is to keep kids:

  1. in school,
  2. off drugs,
  3. out of gangs, and
  4. teen pregnancy prevention.  

We serve at-risk youth 4-18, by providing afterschool programs, tutoring and mentoring. 


Contact: Erica Bird, 559.224.9052,

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 during the distributions. Our food distributions are on select Saturday mornings often twice a month.

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Contact: 559.473.4746,

Care Fresno is a Christian non-profit with a mission of cultivating hope and healing in under-resourced communities in Fresno.  We run after-school programs to build mentoring relationships with children in neighborhoods.  Our goal has been to help decrease crime by forming these relationships.  Our after-school programs consist of mindfulness time, homework time, Bible studies, a healthy snack, outdoor games and activities, and arts and crafts.  
We are in need of volunteers that love working with children and want to serve their community.  Our volunteers make this program possible!  As a volunteer, you would get to be a mentor to children and make a difference in their lives.  

Website: Catholic Charities

Contact: Virginia Mendoza, 559.237.0851,

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,

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.


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Contact: Montez Brooks, 559.570.1266,

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 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,

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: Erin Adams, 559.939.8262,

The Mission of the Central Sierra Historical Society(CSHS)and Museum of the Sierra is to provide cultural and educational experiences to deepen the understanding of the human and natural history of the central Sierra region. The CSHS is a museum without walls inspiring future generations to nurture a healthy and resilient forest and community. 

The Museum of the Sierra in Shaver Lake is seeking volunteers from Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning to aid with student field trips. The museum focuses on the history of the Sierra Nevada with an emphasis on natural resources. The following is a list of some of the museum exhibits: geology of the Sierra, logging and forestry practices, railroads, development of hydroelectricity, Native Americans, early settlers such as sheep and cattle ranchers, and the native plants and animals of the area. We would like Fresno State volunteers to lead groups of students through the various indoor and outdoor exhibits.  Volunteers will be trained and provided with simple one-page information which could be shared with the visiting students. We have several field trips scheduled for the month of May 2024 and more are scheduled daily. 

Find More Information Here

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Contact: Christy Seeber, 559.825.0020,

The mission of the Justice Coalition is to partner with the church and the community to prevent human trafficking through education, partnership, and outreach. Through our presentations, classes, and trainings, we educate all sectors of the community to increase understanding of the realities of human trafficking and empower people to create change. Our youth advocacy program connects with vulnerable youth, offering support and education to keep them from being exploited. Through our outreach programs, we connect with those currently engaged in sex work and involved in trafficking in order to meet needs and offer belonging. 



Contact: Ashley Flowers, 559.237.2961 x 184,

Centro La Familia Advocacy Services was founded in 1972 after a group of students from the Chicano studies class at Fresno City College realized that many families seeking services by the Department of Social Services were being turned away due to the language barrier and the complexity of government forms. Over the last five decades our organization ahs grown into a multi-service agency that offers social service and education programs in both rural and urban areas of Fresno County. Our mission is to provide services that empower and support families and individuals in our culturally diverse community.

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Contact: Andrea De Zubria, 559.824.1083,

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a climate change organization that exists to create the political will for a livable world by enabling individual breakthroughs in the exercise of personal and political power.

Volunteers write letters, make phone calls, prepare and give presentations, staff information tables and host special events to inform their members of Congress and the public about the impacts of climate change and the need for effective bipartisan climate legislation.


Contact: Alan Fry,

Raise money to help veterans in need and to serve the community in various capacities.


Contact: Jim Pryce, 559.229.3561,

We are a non-profit counseling agency working with children ages 2-18.  We have a variety of volunteer opportunities at CYS.  One program allows for volunteers to work directly with caregivers and clients by explaining to them what type of victim services are available to them in California.  If services are wanted by the family the volunteer will then assist in filling out applications for assistance with the family.  The volunteer will then provide case management services by following up with the family to be sure they are not running into any difficulties.  Volunteers are also a valued member of our team by assisting in sanitizing and organizing toys that are used throughout the day by the many therapists who see clients, as well as, preparing intake paperwork for the all new clients.  

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Contact: Yeji Lee, 508.734.0159,

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! 

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.


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Contact: Rowell Reyes, 559.367.3529,

The Downtown Fresno Partnership's mission is to improve and promote economic well-being of downtown Fresno through the operation of a management district and related activities. 

We have multiple major events throughout the year and we seek support from enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to help execute these events. Events include: Valley Ag Day, Market on Kern Farmer's Market, Around the Block block parties, Fiestas Patrias, Open Street Events, Downtown Christmas Parade, Great American Clean-up. 

At these events, volunteers will: help setup event, run booths, clean-up, tear down, traffic coordination, guest greeting, etc. 

Additionally, we also have an ambassador program which promotes a clean and green downtown. We seek support from volunteers to help at specific clean up events for trash pick up and beautification.

Volunteers help us build bigger and better events for the downtown communtiy.


Contact: Laura Hernandez, 559.676.5469,

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 

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.

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Contact: Jacquelyn Pearson, 559.492.7190,

Our Mission at Evangel Home is:
- To serve women and children in crisis.
- To meet their basic physical needs.
- To promote personal development and responsibility.
- To encourage spiritual growth.
- To uphold and honor Jesus Christ in all we do.

Our Vision: A home where the cycle of crisis ends, where lives are reconciled to Jesus Christ, where families and relationships are restored and where the future holds hope for the next generation.

Evangel Home is a shelter for single women and mothers with children. Our programs include the Crisis Home 30-day emergency shelter, Cross Roads 9-month residential program, and Community Connection transitional program for Cross Roads graduates. Please see the accompanying graphic for more information on each program.

After an initial screening with our Community Coordinator, we would love for qualified community members to come alongside our Evangel Home community to support with receptionist duties, meal preparation, childcare, various maintenance projects, and more.


Contact: Andrea Ricci, 661.619.0031,

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. 

ENP volunteer opportunities


Exceptional Parents Unlimited guides and strengthens children and families with unique needs through early intervention and supportive services that cultivate hope and resilience. Families are the safe place for children with unique needs to find love, belonging, guidance, and support. 

EPU's volunteer opportunities range from community service outreach to early child development volunteers. Please see the EPU flyer with more information and give Carrie Ann a call if you have any questions.

Find More Information Here  


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Contact: Jessica Colin, 559.732.1970 x 6005,

Family Services is a non-profit organization that provides a variety of services to help children, adults, and families heal from violence and thrive in healthy relationships in the community of Tulare County.  

Their programs include:
-Karen's House, domestic violence shelter
-Rape Crisis Center
-Legal Advocacy
-Supportive Housing
-Counseling Services 
-Violence & Abuse Intervention
-& more!

Volunteer Opportunities:
-Crisis Counselor, Domestic Violence
-Crisis Counselor, Sexual Violence
-Distribution Help 
-Community Outreach
-Special Events


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Contact: Elaine Smith, 510.379.8600,

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,

Providing service to youth and families impacted by justice and welfare systems within Fresno County.


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The Fresno Animal Center was built by the City of Fresno to provide state-mandated animal control services. The Center provides temporary kennels for Fresno's homeless pet population while they wait to be reclaimed by their owners, or if abandoned, adopted into a forever home.

We are looking for volunteers 18 years or older who want to make a difference in our lifesaving capacity and enrich the lives of shelter animals.

We need help with: walking dogs, office assistance, cleaning, enrichment, laundry, and dishes.


Contact: Nydia Hernandez, 559.387.6462,

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. 

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Contact: Lori Hunter, 559.777.4031,

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

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Contact: Sarah Bradbury, 559.251.5533,

Our mission is to ignite curiosity and imagination in Central Valley youth by providing hands-on STEAM experiences. We have 3 categories of volunteering:

1. 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.  

2. 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.
3. Administration is more office based: 
Marketing - Survey teachers & guests, Take pictures & videos, create social media content, videos, flyers, posters, signage, etc. 
IT - website management, office support, etc. 
Committee Member - Current committees include Events, Exhibit, Membership, and Cafè Scientifique.

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Contact: Tashon Smallwood, 559.263.1996,

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.

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Contact: Salim Syoufi, 559.487.1500,

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,

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!Youth for Christ image

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Contact: Christopher DeLeon, 559.485.1416,

Fresno Metro Ministry is a multicultural, multi-faith, cross-sector community organization that is "Learning, Connecting and Engaging to achieve healthy people and healthy places. With over a 50-year history of community action, we continue our work with residents to advocate for positive change in the community and institutional systems and policies.

We have several volunteer opportunities throughout the year with the following programs:
Community Gardens: Come volunteer with us to help us maintain community gardens in Fresno. Volunteer days are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Summer Schedule: 8am-11pm, Winter schedule 2-5pm. Contact us for the location and details!
Cooking Matters: Volunteer to assist us with hosting cooking classes at community centers around Fresno. Contact us for more information on dates of classes. 
Gleaning: Help us recover food from fruit trees and donate it to the food bank to help feed families in need. Gleaning dates and times vary. 

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Contact: Hillary Rodriguez, 562.674.7256,

The California Climate Action Corps at Fresno State is an organization focused on enhancing environmental sustainability and education on campus. Our mission includes diverting food waste from landfills via composting, minimizing water consumption and promoting plant biodiversity by replacing turf with indigenous plants, and educating about climate change and environmental stewardship through interactive events.  

We are excited to offer the following volunteer opportunities:

Compost Program: Volunteers in this program play a crucial role in waste management. Volunteers assist in collecting food scraps from the dining hall, Juice It Up, and the student cupboard. They then transport these scraps to the green waste yard, where they help to proccess the organic waste. Volunteers will learn basic composting skills, including how to balance green and brown materials and the importance of moisture and aeration in the composting process. Volunteers will use hand tools to turn compost piles, aiding in the transformation of food waste into nutrient-rich soil. This hands-on experience is not only a contribution to the campus's sustainability but also an educational opportunity in effective composting techniques.

Grass Removal and Planting Events: Volunteers participating in these events will be actively involved in enhancing campus biodiversity and promoting water conservation. They will work as part of a team, using hand tools to  remove grass and prepare the ground for new plantings. Furthermore, volunteers will learn about the selection and planting of indigenous plants, understanding the benefits of native vegetation in creating a sustainable and biodiverse landscape. These activities offer practical experience in landscaping and an opportunity to contribute to a greener campus environment.

Both opportunities are ideal for those interested in hands-on environmental work and learning about practical ways to increase sustainability both on-campus and within their communities.


Contact: Paula Hanlon, 800.490.8653,

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.

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Contact: Lester Moon, 559.625.3822,

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,

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, Flower Power, Thrift Stores, Special Events. Find more information here.



Contact: Anna Ferreira, 559.686.9772,

Hope Horizon Mental Health (HHMH) is a non-profit mental health clinic that provides mental health services throughout Tulare County. No family should have to suffer through the effects of mental health issues. Through school-based mental health, individual and group therapy, we strive to create an environment where children and families can thrive.  Our services included mental health assessments, individual therapy, family therapy, group therapy, psychiatry, case management, Sexual Abuse Treatment (SAT), equine therapy, Full-Service Partnership (FSP) services, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Building Bridges Perinatal Wellness, and so much more! 

To provide children and families compassionate, culturally sensitive mental health services that nurture hope, strengths, and healthy relationships at home, school and in the community.

That children and families are happy, healthy, and empowered to achieve their highest potential; becoming self-reliant, accomplished, and able to determine and shape the future.

We were founded in 1971 as a children's mental health clinic and in the years since we have expanded the range of services we provide as well as the populations we serve. Because of this, we recently changed our name from Tulare Youth Service Bureau (TYSB) to Hope Horizon Mental Health. We have already done work with a marketing company who created our new logo and website, but there will be continued marketing opportunities including updating our flyers and creating new marketing materials, creating a PSA-type video to share around the County, planning an open house event, and planning a first annual fundraiser. We don't have a dedicated marketing person at this time and are excited about students having the opportunity to partner with our admin team and utilize their knowledge and skills. 

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Contact: Todd Waldner, 

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.

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Contact: Shannon Escobedo, 559.549.4673,

We provide a safe haven for any sick, injured, abused, and or abandoned pet in need of immediate care. Many animals are misunderstood and or unwanted due to their medical condition, temperament, and or financial need. We service California's Fresno and Madera counties by assisting with the homeless pet population by rescuing and rehoming the pets that cross our path.

We need volunteers to help with transport of pets to vet visits and adoption events, cleaning and socializing at our shelter, and taking photos and videos of our pets for social media, Petfinder, and our website. We also need help uploading pet vaccination records to their files, creating pet profiles on Petfinder and Adopt a Pet, managing/creating content for our social media accounts, and creating opportunities for off site adoption events. 



Contact: Savino Perico, 559.415.7213,

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, sperico@kcao.orf or (559) 415-7213.   

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Contact: Megan Powers, 559.237.5567 x 124,

Kings Water Alliance is our non-profit program whose mission is to provide rural residents with safe drinking water solutions. We offer free well tests to see if residents 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 (food banks, resources fairs, etc.) in Fresno, Kings, or Tulare County by giving out our flyers and telling them about our free community resources. Volunteers must find their own transportation to and from events. All volunteers will receive a KWA volunteer hat and go through volunteer orientation training. 


Website: MAPS

Contact: Paige Olson, 559.278.2811,

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.  

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Contact: Jennifer Lor, 559.487.1323,

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: Marissa Arredondo, 559.797.7582,

Martin Park exists to improve children’s lives in inner-city Fresno. In addition to high-quality after-school programming, we provide spiritual growth and family empowerment in a safe and secure environment. We walk alongside youth in the healing, creating generational transformation of communities through positive relationships, restoring dignity and purpose— igniting their full potential.

We have mentorship opportunities at our two afterschool program sites, M, T, W,& F, from 2:30-5:30 pm. 
Every Saturday, you can come coach or lead an art activity at our Saturday Sports from 10 am-2 pm
On Thursdays, we give out food to the community from 10 am-2 pm
Every month, we have a community event taking place typically on a Saturday.

*All volunteers need to go through the Livescan process free of charge in order to volunteer with children.

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Contact: Jasmine Rivas, 559.785.2600,

Mothers Against Drunk Driving is more than just mothers. We're fathers, sisters, brothers, families, and friends. We're truly a grassroots organization, made up of people like you who care about making an impact in Central Valley to keep your loved ones safe. Create a future of No More Victims®.

Inspire youth, train parents or mobilize community activities to prevent underage drinking and reduce alcohol access to youth. Learn more about our underage prevention programs. Support community events and increase community awareness through outreach efforts.



Contact: Mike Slayden,

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: Kerry Carmichael, 510.309.8398,

The Peace Corps, a U.S. federal government agency, is an international service network of volunteers, community members, host country partners, and staff who are driven by the agency’s mission of world peace and friendship. At the invitation of governments around the world, Peace Corps volunteers work alongside community members on locally prioritized projects in the sectors of education, health, the environment, agriculture, community economic development, and youth development. Through service, members of the Peace Corps network develop transferable skills and hone intercultural competencies that position them to be the next generation of global leaders.  

Benefits of service include round-trip air transportation, monthly living stipend, comprehensive medical/dental insurance, $10,000 upon completion of service, graduate school fellowship opportunities, and federal government hiring benefits.  Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 240,000 Americans have served in 142 countries worldwide. For more information, visit  

Volunteer openings:


Contact: Volunteer Services,

Mission: Planned Parenthood Mar Monte invests in communities by providing health care and education, and by expanding rights and access for all.

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte (PPMM) is the largest Planned Parenthood affiliate in the U.S., providing medical and education services to nearly 300,000 people annually at 34 health center locations in mid-California and northern Nevada.

Health services include birth control, emergency contraception, pregnancy testing, prenatal care, abortion, adult general care, breast and cervical cancer screening, pediatrics and well-baby care as well as testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, HIV testing, and sterilization.

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! 

Once you sign up, you’ll begin receiving email newsletters from our team about volunteer needs!

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Contact: Mary Sosa, 559.498.6988,

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:

Clothing Closet Volunteer

Kitchen & Meal Services Volunteer

Papa Mike's Cafe Support





Contact: Dale Anderson, 559.338.3216,

Project Survival’s Cat Haven is a 501c3 non-profit conservation facility dedicated to the preservation of wild cats. It specializes in education and is engaged in both captive and range country conservation. It is this link to the conservation of cats in their native habitat which makes the work of the Cat Haven especially meaningful.

Volunteers are the backbone of a non-profit organization. Cat Haven is no exception. With the constant incurrence of expenses, it is important to gain the support of our community in promoting the success of our facility. Our work must be top-notch. That means our volunteers will be asked to learn new things, do uncomfortable tasks, and work intensely to foster an atmosphere that is educational, efficient, clean, and safe. We want to present a welcoming day adventure for everyone involved.

Volunteering at the Cat Haven is all about teaching and working with the public. It is an excellent opportunity to be involved with the conservation of wild cats. It also provides work experience and an introduction to the jobs associated with a zoological facility.

The Cat Haven relies on volunteers to assist with the educational goals of the facility as well as cover routine duties like manning the gift shop. Prospective volunteers should enjoy working with people and come prepared to learn and disseminate information with enthusiasm.

Some specific volunteer roles, include but are not limited to, Docent, Zookeeper, Landscaper/Gardener, Painter, Welder, Handyman.

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Contact: Karina Olaguez, 559.342.8619,

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: Melvis Mendoza, 559.507.1384,

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.



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Contact: Mary Jane Galviso, 559.528.0107,

The mission of the Rural Communities Resource Center (RCRC) is to fight rural poverty by revitalizing the local economy of rural communities through the creation of farmer- and worker-cooperatives. RCRC is a community-based, community-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Our board is 100% people-of-color who live and/or work in our rural communities. RCRC's membership is predominantly immigrant primarily from Mexico and the Philippines. We are agricultural workers, small family farmers and low-wage workers. RCRC's office is located on a 20 acre working farm in the town of Orosi in northern Tulare County. We currently operate the following four-4 programs:

1)  FILIPINO FARMERS COOPERATIVE: A project to address economic insecurity within the agricultural
sector & to ensure the survival of the last remaining Filipino farming community in the United States.
VOLUNTEERS: Help in the upcoming planting season, assist the cooperative's CSA to plan its 2024 market season in the Central Valley, Los Angeles & the San Francisco Bay Area, work with coop farmers to learn & establish a basic accounting & bookkeeping system (FFC currently operates on a cash-market system), help improve the computer skills of its farmers, social media outreach and sales.
2) FOOD, OUR RIGHT! PANTRY (FOR!): A project to address food insecurity & hunger in rural areas.
FOR distributes free food commodities for rural residents year-round. Currently, FOR! is only able to operate 2x a month. This does not need the meet the needs of our rural residents, particularly during the winter season when so many people are out-of-work. 
VOLUNTEERS: FOR! needs help during its food distribution, assistance in locating & securing additional sources of food donations, social media outreach.

3) COMMUNITY OPPORTUNITIES SERVICE (COS): A project addressing social injustice, mass incarceration & the economic/political inequities impacting rural communities. RCRC operates the Community Opportunities Service (COS) program in cooperation with the Tulare County Court Referral Bureau and cooperating Probation Departments. RCRC has provided hundreds of rural residents the opportunity to complete community service hours in lieu of serving jail-time or paying heavy court fines. 
VOLUNTEERS: COS needs help in setting-up a story-telling program for participants to share their experiences with the court system, immigration authorities, their previous incarceration experience or those of family members and/or friends, creating a presentation on how to create a worker-cooperative based on life experiences, skills and dreams unfulfilled, social media outreach.

4) Farm Animal Sanctuary: A project to improve the quality of rural life and promote animal welfare & husbandry. The abandonment, abuse and neglect of animals, particularly dogs, is a widespread and chronic problem throughout rural communities. RCRC works closely with the Tulare County Animal Services and other rescue groups to care for the many dogs & puppies found abandoned along irrigation ditches and country roads. 
VOLUNTEERS: Spring is around the corner! This means lots more puppies, kitties, lambs & baby goats. FAS needs help to feed, tend and care for both birthing mothers & babies, assistance in securing donations to feed & care for rescues & farm animals, social media outreach.

The Rural Communities Resource Center was a AARP Capacity-Building grant to create safe streets and roads in our rural communities.
VOLUNTEERS: Bring residents together to identify unsafe and dangerous road & streets conditions, the need for sidewalks, crosswalks and raised beds. Help to determine ways to calm traffic by ending speeding and other dangerous vehicular patterns. Assist rural communities to secure the support & cooperation of those government agencies responsible for the upkeep, maintenance and improvement of the infrastructure of our rural communities within unincorporated areas of the county.




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Contact: Gaby Martinez,

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.


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Contact:  Brandon Miller, 559.450.5261,

Saint Agnes Medical Centers is looking for Volunteers who can help in the following departments:

  • Patient Escort
  • Cardiac Rehab
  • Spiritual Care
  • Gift Shop

Shifts are typically 3 hours and run from anytime in the early morning to the evening. We can work around school schedules.



Contact: Faith Martin, 559.478.4848,

Our mission is to create and grow a North American Japanese Garden that engages and inspires. 

Volunteer Opportunities include: 

  • Becoming a docent and improving your communication skills by give tours of our garden or our bonsai garden.
  • Get your hands dirty by coming out every 3rd Saturday of each month for landscape volunteering.
  • Work with experienced gardeners every Wednesday and learn how to maintain a garden.
  • Volunteer at any of our upcoming events. 


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Contact: Allyson Brooks, 209.742.5556,

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. 


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Contact: Megan Tatum, 559.900.7110,

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. 


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Website: Step Up Tutoring

Contact: Erin King, 805.991.7039,

Step Up Tutoring is seeking volunteers to provide virtual tutoring to 3rd-6th grade students in California. Currently, there are 200+ students on the waiting list for a tutor. All tutoring takes place virtually! Join us as a volunteer tutor today and help close the opportunity gap. 

Step Up Tutoring’s mission is to drive student success by providing virtual high-impact tutoring and mentorship to elementary and middle school students in under-resourced communities. We recruit, train, and support mission-driven high-value tutors to provide individualized academic support and boost habits of success. By combining an innovative human capital solution with the effective use of technology, we provide a scalable and cost-effective tutoring model that drives meaningful academic gains, builds student confidence, and fosters positive relationships for students and tutors alike. Ultimately, we envision a world where all young people have the support they need to learn, develop, and access their dreams.

Meet with your student 1:1 a minimum of twice a week and use a research-backed online math curriculum tailored to students' individual needs
Act as a resource and mentor, to impact their academic career, gain a meaningful relationship, and get us another step closer to equity in the education system.

Must be 18 or over
Must reside in the US
Mandatory background check
Once matched with a student, we ask that you commit to tutoring your student for at least 90 minutes per week at regular time slots, for a minimum of 3 months 
Access to the internet and to a computer or tablet with a camera and microphone
Passion for the Step Up Tutoring mission

To apply, please visit: Application

​Flexible schedule with weekday hours 
Professional growth and development opportunities
Opportunities for additional coaching, learning, and career exploration
Learn new skills! All training, and materials provided
Make a positive impact on a student’s life


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Contact: Beth Caffrey, 559.443.9124,

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. 


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Contact: Gerry Bill, 559.341.2254,

The mission of the Eco Village Project of Fresno is to provide safe, sanitary, dignified and uplifting housing for the homeless in an environmentally sustainable manner.  Our current demonstration project is at the Dakota EcoGarden, 2231 W Dakota in Fresno.  We have been in operation for ten years and have provided temporary housing for 130 people during that time.  We typically house twelve people at a time, mostly in tent shelters, but also in tiny-house style shelters designed by world-famous architect Arthur Dyson, based here in Fresno. His belief is that for housing to be uplifting, it has to be attractive, interesting, even unusual.  His designs are never ordinary. See the photo of one of the structures.
Our volunteer opportunities for the Spring Semester fall into three categories:

1. We will be beginning work on a new Dyson-designed structure, and will welcome volunteers to help with the construction.  No experience is necessary, as there will be on-the-job training.
2.  In early spring we will be planting our summer garden in our twelve garden beds in the back.  We use a lot of volunteers to maintain the garden.  On the morning of the second Saturday of every month we invite community volunteers to work alongside the residents in doing garden work, followed by a pancake feed for everyone.
3.  We use some volunteers as tutors, working one-on-one with residents to help them develop computer skills, apply online for jobs and/or housing, create resumes, etc.



 Junior League of Fresno invite to join


Contact: Kylie Nesgis, 559.240.5853,

The Junior League of Fresno is an organization of women whose mission is to advance women’s leadership for meaningful community impact through volunteer action, collaboration, and training. We value Diversity, Collaboration, Community, Empowerment, Leadership, Respect, and Service. 

Junior League of Fresno is committed to developing the next generation of female civic leaders in the Central Valley. Whether their leadership is in the boardroom, classroom, courtroom, or conference room, Junior League values and understands the importance of providing women with opportunities to prepare for leadership through community service and leadership training. Junior League of Fresno is part of an international organization of more 125,000 women across 4 countries, in 295 communities.

Our current volunteer opportunities include setting up for our events, serving our guests at the events, and cleaning up after our events. 

If you are interested in joining the Junior League of Fresno, here are the multitude of benefits:
 - Develop your leadership skills. JLF offers members a variety of leadership training opportunities.
 - Make an impact in the community. JLF volunteers support local nonprofits in a variety of hands-on opportunities.
 - Meet like-minded women. JLF is composed of about 80 members with diverse backgrounds, interests, and professions and connections.  
 - Build lasting relationships. JLF connects members through volunteering, committee work, and social events.

The Junior League of Fresno Eligibility Requirements:
Applicants must be 21 at the time they sign the Membership Agreement to be eligible for membership.



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Contact: Sarah Muzquiz, 559.281.5674,

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.


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Contact: Nicholas Butler, Sr., 559.473.7332,

Our Mission is to mentor Central Valley youth, breaking down barriers to opportunity, while empowering them to reach their full potential and inspiring them to make a positive impact in their communities. We will provide emotional support with positive reinforcement and promote effort in an inclusive learning environment. If we can keep youth off of the streets through various educational programs and sports. As a community, we can help keep our youth in school and create success in their lives. We have volunteer opportunities for individuals looking to tutor, mentor and/or coach. 



Contact: Emily Acosta,

USGBC Central California is looking for event volunteers that help with community outreach during tabling events and bike rodeos. Our volunteers engage Community members with information and resources on climate change solutions. Volunteers will have to attend a volunteer orientation to be ready to serve.



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Contact: Linda Jean Voth, 559.417.7504,

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,

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: Janet Sabbatini, 559.353.5222,

Volunteers are at the very heart of Valley Children’s Hospital, providing crucial support services to patients, families and staff. Each year Valley Children’s volunteers generously donate their time and energy to support our mission to provide high quality comprehensive health care to children regardless of their ability to pay, and to continuously improve the health and well-being of children. 

Due to our extensive training and dedication to quality, all Hospital volunteers are asked to make a six-month commitment on a weekly or biweekly basis (eight hours a month). We offer flexible scheduling and will work with you to determine a schedule that meets your needs, as well as ours.  
If you are unable to make a six-month commitment, you might be interested in being one of George's Helpers. George's Helpers are community volunteers who assist with supervised events and activities for Valley Children's. We created George's Helpers to provide opportunities for people who are interested in volunteering for Valley Children's but cannot make the 6-month commitment we ask of our regular volunteers, as they need or want to make a short volunteer commitment for classes, scholarships, etc.  

George's Helpers can volunteer for a maximum of 50 hours per year, but there is no minimum commitment.


Contact: Jada Beacom, 559.278.0224,

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 are connected with students in the Wayfinders program to create a meaningful impact.

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.

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Contact: Pastor Robin, 559.224.1947,

We strive to love alike, even if we don’t always think alike.

Like John Wesley, our namesake and founder of the United Methodist Church, we understand Scripture in the context of experience, tradition and reason.  We never park our brains at the door.  We believe in rolling down justice, being a part of creating a world governed not by might, power and judgment, but rather by love, mercy and grace. As United Methodists, we live by three simple rules: Rule #1.  Do no harm. Rule #2.  Do good. Rule #3. Stay in love with God.

Today we declare that all persons are individuals of sacred worth. 

Here at Wesley, we offer second chances, forgiveness and hopefully a friendly, supportive presence.  Or at least, that’s our goal. Wherever you are, this is holy ground!

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Contact: Chrlens Shields, 559.251.4800 x 20914,

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.



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Contact: Jim Horton or Viktoria Paris, 559.349.7581, or

The mission of the Zachary Horton Foundation:

We aim to break stigma of addiction by offering love, hope and acceptance to individuals and families suffering from this disease. We accomplish this through education, outreach, support and scholarships.

Volunteer Opportunities:
1)  We deliver care packages to 17 Sober Living Homes in the Fresno/Clovis area every month. The preparation of these packages and delivery means the world to these young people working on their recovery.
2)  We are in need of a tech savvy individual to answer basic computer issues. Assistance with website management and social media interface are also strong needs.
3)  We have an information booth and present at many events and venues in the Fresno/Clovis area.  Help setting up and taking down the booth along with providing support and manning the booth.
4)  Basic administrative support such as data entry, correspondence, volunteer organization, etc.