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The Richter Center Ambassadors

The student group for the Jan & Bud Richter Center at Fresno State

Building the Fresno Community

During my sophomore year of college, I had a great opportunity to volunteer with an amazing organization called Habitat for Humanity. Now most people have heard of this global community benefit organization, but at the time, I didn’t know that they had a Fresno branch. When the sign-up sheet got to me, I wrote my name down and was thrilled to take part in my first experience with this organization! Continue reading “Building the Fresno Community”

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Fresno City College Asian Fest

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2017 is the year of the rooster

Each year, Fresno City College hosts an Asian Festival at the end of April. The Asian Festival will take place this Saturday, April 29th, from 9 AM – 5PM. This fun-filled event includes vendors, cultural dances, food, an Anime Car Show, and much more. I have been fortunate to volunteer for this event for the past five years. As a volunteer, I decorate an Indian Cultural Booth which showcases characteristics of the Punjabi culture. It is such a pleasure informing and exposing bystanders to India’s diversity. Parking and events are FREE for the public.

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Ambassador Mala at the Indian Village Booth

Fresno is well-known for its diversity and I am fortunate to spread awareness about other cultures. The traditional dances that take place also display the beauty of Asia. If you are available tomorrow, stop by and take part in Fresno City College’s exciting event!

 

What misconceptions do you feel people have about your culture or background? What are the benefits you envision when participating in an event, which helps you become better informed about cultural diversity?

 

~Ambassador Mala

 

 

 

The Ambassadors Celebrate National Volunteer Week 2017

Fresno State Celebrates National Volunteer Week

Presented by the Richter Center Ambassadors

April 24-28, 2017

“Fresno State National Volunteer Week is a time to celebrate Fresno State students, staff, and faculty who are engaged in service throughout the community.”

Continue reading “The Ambassadors Celebrate National Volunteer Week 2017”

Spring Into Service: The Discovery Center

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Ambassadors (from left to right): Mala Singh, Francisco Bucio, & Alejandra Prado

How do you typically search for local volunteer opportunities? The Richter Center sponsors three one-day service events throughout the year; two occur during the fall semester, while one occurs during the spring semester. On Saturday, April 29th, from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM, the Richter Center will be hosting the annual “Spring Into Service”

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Volunteers Catherine and Mala learn about the effects of magnetism as they played with the “Spinner.”

event at four different locations: Restore, Sierra Foothill Conservancy, Off the Front, and the Discovery Center.

Last semester, I was fortunate to participate in the fall event “Serving Fresno Day” at the Discovery Center. This location is dedicated to exposing the community to various aspects of science. Several students and I had the capacity to complete beautification

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Ambassador Mala adding primer to one of the main administration buildings

projects, by painting walls and planting flowers throughout the center. Additionally, we had the opportunity to tour the building and learn more about various species, ecological aspects, and physical components of science. As a science major, it was even more fascinating gaining fundamental information about science so that I can better comprehend, or explain, this material to others around.

For the April 29th “Spring Into Service” event, volunteers still have the opportunity to participate and select the Discovery Center, if they are interested in garnering more scientific concepts. Take advantage of this spring 2017 semester in order to help remodel and attract more visitors to attend the wondrous Discovery Center.

How will you spend the remainder of the semester? What leftover service opportunities do you want your clubs/organizations to take part in?

~Ambassador Mala

Service-Learning Showcase: Deadline Extended!

The Jan & Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning and the Richter Center Ambassadors are proud to present Fresno State’s first ever Service-Learning Showcase! The showcase will take place April 26th, during National Volunteer Week, from 12:00pm-2:00pm, on the USU Balcony.  The deadline to apply to be a presenter at the Service-Learning Showcase has been extended to the end of day on Thursday, April 20, 2017.
The Service-Learning Showcase celebrates Fresno State students who have completed projects in service-learning classes this year (Fall 2016 or Spring 2017) by providing them with an opportunity to share their service-learning experiences with the public.  This event features a poster exhibit where individuals and teams of students can present a poster on their experience, including the service work they completed, what they learned through the project, and how they impacted the community.  All selected presenters will be provided with a table and two chairs.  All other presentation or exhibit materials must be provided by the participants.
As a result of your participation, you will receive a certificate honoring your dedication and service work. We will award three service-learning presentations with additional certificates and prizes. Fellow students will judge your service-learning presentation on People’s Choice, Best Reflection, and Best Presentation. You can present individually or in a group.
 
Below is a list of information required in your submission:
  • Name and contact information for lead presenter
  • Name of any additional presenters
  • Service-learning course title
  • Number of service-learning hours completed with the project
  • Poster presentation title
  • Short description of what your service-learning project entailed (ex. The agency you served with and the activities you completed). 150 words max.
  • Short reflection on what you learned through this service-learning project (ex. Skills you developed, a new understanding of a course concept, a different perspective on the community, etc.). 150 words max.
  • Short reflection on how your service-learning project impacted the community (ex. Tangible changes you saw in the community or anecdotes that demonstrate how your service work made a difference).  150 words max.
The deadline to apply to present at the showcase is April 20, 2017. Submit your application online at https://goo.gl/j4BJvS.
Please direct inquiries to Richter Center Ambassador Alex Gallo at alexgallo13@mail.fresnostate.edu

Cioppino Dinner Fundraising Event

Group Cioppino
Photo Courtesy: Fresno State Rotaract Club Facebook Page

If there’s one thing I could die eating, it’s a nice hunk of crab meat. However, I think I tasted it at its finest, when I paired it with an evening of volunteering with the Fresno State Rotaract Club. Rotaract is a club affiliated with the more widely known Rotary Club, but is directed towards a younger demographic. Rotaract brings together individuals between eighteen and thirty years of age, enabling them to “exchange ideas with leaders in the community, develop leadership and professional skills, and have fun through service.” Rotaract clubs work alongside Rotary clubs internationally, and Fresno State is fortunate to have a chapter of its own. Continue reading “Cioppino Dinner Fundraising Event”

A Small Act Goes a Long Way

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Volunteers help tutor refugee families resettling in our community. More tutors are needed, check out the Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries website!

When Fresno State student, Nancy Mohamed, discovered many Syrian refugee families relocated to Turlock, CA and needed basic necessities such as clothing and toiletries, she took action by spreading the word and advocating via social media. Continue reading “A Small Act Goes a Long Way”

GR∑∑KS IN SERVICE

 

Being Greek in the United States can present a few problems. Now, I am not referring to individuals whose grandparents, parents or themselves were born in the country of Greece. I am referring to individuals who have chosen to be part of a social fraternity or sorority. There is an extensive list of multicultural fraternities and sororities, honor societies, and major related organizations that also identify themselves through the use of Greek letters, but for the purpose of this discussion, I will focus on social fraternities and sororities. Continue reading “GR∑∑KS IN SERVICE”

Be the Change

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ASB 2016 Members

For the past eight years, Alternative Spring Break has offered students a unique option to spend their spring break. This occurs by planning service projects where Fresno State students can volunteer four days during their spring vacation.   Continue reading “Be the Change”

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