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Old 02-26-2011, 11:11 AM
 
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Hi,

I'm planning a spring break trip to Fresno during the week of March 13-19th and I am in need of some direction regarding agencies that might be good to work with. There will be a group of five people attending and their interest is in learning about public/community health.

I've been having a really tough time getting service projects lined up because I can't get people to respond to e-mails and phone calls.

Is there anybody who volunteers regularly that can recommend good agencies to work with?

Some ideas we had were to work with after school programs, food banks, soup kitchens, literacy projects, park construction projects, etc. Just anything that contributes to the health of the community. We're willing to travel a little outside of fresno if needed.

Any help you can offer will be greatly appreciated!! Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-26-2011, 11:41 AM
 
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Have you checked out Poverello House?
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Old 02-26-2011, 12:09 PM
 
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Thanks for the suggestion! I just contacted them this morning!
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Old 02-26-2011, 01:37 PM
 
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I don't know who you have already contacted but here is a list of a few possibles. There are also local organizations such as Children's Hospital and the VA who look for volunteers but they are less interested in just a few days and also require background checks.

For general volunteer opportunities check these:
Serve Fresno - Mayor Swearengin's Initiative on Volunteerism and Civic Engagement
HandsOn Central California - Be The Change!

For working with the homeless Poverello House is very good, but also try contacting:
Fresno Rescue Mission / We Believe…Building on Faith, Hope and Excellence! Since 1949
Fresno First Steps Home: Ending the cycle of homelessness

And a few other organizations:
Home - Community Food Bank
ccdof.org

If I think of more I'll post them.
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Old 02-26-2011, 01:54 PM
 
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Thanks for the suggestions!
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Old 02-27-2011, 01:51 PM
 
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Not a problem.

I just remembered you said you were travelling during spring break. Is this a group of college students?

If so, I wonder if you might get some help from Fresno State. They have a large student service learning component and community service involvement. The campus has received national awards for student community service, over 1/2 the school's students participate in programs like a student organized and operated food pantry for the poor.
http://www.facebook.com/BulldogPantry

You might contact Fresno State's Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning to see if they would be willing to help students from a different college find a place to volunteer.
http://www.csufresno.edu/cesl/
http://www.facebook.com/RichterCenter
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