Partner Programs

Alternative Spring Break

The Alternative Spring Break program at Fresno State began in 2009 as a partnership between the Richter Center and USU Productions.   This program provides students with an opportunity to engage in a community service project with a team of their peers during the spring break period.  Past service projects have included working with children in Southwest Fresno served by the Fresno Street Saints and building and restoration projects at Rotary Storyland and Playland

Recruitment for program participants takes place during the early spring semester.  Contact Shawna Blair, USU Productions Advisor, at 559.278.2741 to be placed on a mailing list to receive more information about this program.  You can also find more information on the program’s Facebook page.

Community Service Scholarship Program

Since 1990, with support from the Radin Foundation, Fresno State has offered the Community Service Scholarship Program (CSSP) to students.  This program is available to students who provide 150 hours of service to participating non-profit organizations, public schools, or government organizations.  In exchange for service, the student earns a $1,500 scholarship and three-units of academic credit.  CSSP is administered by Career Services.  For more information, including program guidelines and requirements, visit the Career Services website or contact Aleta Wolfe by calling 559.278.2381.

The Humanics Program at Fresno State

The Humanics Program at Fresno State is a certificate program offering Fresno State students specialized training in nonprofit management and leadership. The Humanics program works with hundreds of community benefit organizations or CBOs in the region to prepare students and community members to strengthen and lead such agencies. The interdisciplinary certificate in nonprofit management and leadership requires 19-23 units, including 300 hours of field experience with a nonprofit organization.  Visit Fresno State’s Humanics certificate program website for more information.

Richter Center Reflection Facilitators Program (ReFs)  

The Reflection Facilitators Program was designed to give students volunteering at one-day service events a richer, more meaningful experience through the opportunity of participating in student led reflection activities.   Student volunteers serving as ReFs undergo intensive training to acquire the skills to plan and lead reflection activities at campus sponsored service events.  If you are interested in serving as a Reflection Facilitator, contact Renee Delport or Mellissa Jessen in the Richter Center by calling 559.278.7079.

Scholars in Service Program

The Scholars in Service Program, previously known as the Scholars Service Grant Program or SSG, will launch in the fall of 2012.  This program will provide students with an opportunity to enhance their academic study with civic engagement opportunities in the the community.  Participating students will complete 90 hours of service, per semester, with an approved service site and earn up to a $1,000 grant in return.  This program will be administered by the Richter Center.  Visit the program webpages for details on eligibility, requirements, and the application process.  

S.E.R.V.E. Committee

The S.E.R.V.E. Committee (Service Experience with Richter Volunteer Events) was developed to provide leadership opportunities to students interested in planning, promoting, and leading the University’s one-day service events: Make A Difference Day, Serving Fresno Day, and Spring Green.  Students on the committee commit to participating for an entire academic year with recruitment taking place during the spring semester.  For information on the committee, contact Renee Delport, Richter Center Events and Special Projects Coordinator at 559.278.7063 or by email to