“Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do…but how much love we put in that action.” -Mother Teresa
The city of Fresno and surrounding population centers in the Central Valley are home to more than one million people. If all of those people took a few hours to give back to the community that they call home, it isn’t hard to imagine the profound benefits for the region. A group of approximately 50 Fresno State student and staff volunteers were able to lead the charge for this kind of change last Saturday, November 17th, at Romain Park in downtown Fresno.
Serving Fresno Day was a chance for us as citizens of the San Joaquin Valley to show our pride in our community and do our own small part to make our home that much nicer. At our work site, the volunteers played an instrumental role in beautifying the area and instilling new life in the surrounding neighborhood; the scouring of bleachers and restrooms in the gymnasium and the digging of trenches for irrigation lines where trees will be planted proved to be wonderful projects for the volunteers. At the end of the day, there was tremendous excitement over the work that had been completed and seeing the grateful looks on the faces of the staff at Romain Park and the children that were there for a karate class made the whole day worthwhile!
If you weren’t able to join the Richter Center on November 17th for a truly wonderful opportunity to share your time and love in the community that we call home, unfortunately, you missed out! But the good news is that the Richter Center is planning on partnering with Romain for service projects in the spring, so be sure to sign-up when those dates are announced.
Ready to learn more about volunteering at Romain Park next semester? http://www.fresnostate.edu/academics/cesl/
Join the Ambassadors as we make Fresno, our home, a place full of love for all; see you in the spring!