Voulenteer Fair Brings 23 Non-Profits to Campus

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Voulenteer Fair Brings 23 Non-Profits to Campus

Maricela Tapia, volunteer and training coordinator of grad alternatives, recruits a possible future volunteer at the volunteer fair, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020.

Maricela Tapia, volunteer and training coordinator of grad alternatives, recruits a possible future volunteer at the volunteer fair, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020.

Photo by: Natalie Gallegos

Maricela Tapia, volunteer and training coordinator of grad alternatives, recruits a possible future volunteer at the volunteer fair, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020.

Photo by: Natalie Gallegos

Photo by: Natalie Gallegos

Maricela Tapia, volunteer and training coordinator of grad alternatives, recruits a possible future volunteer at the volunteer fair, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020.

Story By: Natalie Gallegos, Reporter

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The Volunteer Fair was held Tuesday, January 28 in the cafeteria with 23 non-profit organizations and recruiters participating.

  • Fresno Unified District Mentoring Opportunities is an organization that gives K-12 students opportunities with academic help and builds a positive relationship with mentors. Volunteers are to mentor and engage in activities such as playing sports, games, reading, and doing artwork for one hour a week during the academic school year. “It’s important to give back. To feel satisfaction that you can make a difference” said Judy Reynoso, FUSD Mentor and Student Facilitator.
  • Tree Fresno is a non-profit organization planting drought tolerant trees all around the San Joaquin Valley. Located in Fresno, Tulare, Kings Canyon, and Madera County, Tree Fresno’s main goal is to plant more trees with the help of community members and volunteers. 
  • The Alzheimer’s Association strives to raise awareness for those diagnosed with Dementia. This organization works towards raising funds to invest in research for a cure.Volunteer’s will have the opportunity to participate in team recruitment, planning committee, and help out in the annual ‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’.
  • Grid Alternatives is a solar installation organization working to install affordable solar panels in people’s homes, who may be at a disadvantage installing due to cost.Volunteers will have the opportunity to help with hands on experience by installing solar, along with training. No experience is needed and this may benefit anyone interested in a similar career path.
  • The Central Food Bank has a mission to alleviate food insecurity and provide food for children, adults, and seniors. This organization is always looking for volunteers in the distribution center who can help pack meal boxes, provide food donations, and participate in fundraising. “It’s [volunteering] just a great way to give back to the community and just seeing what’s the need out there and making sure that, you know, we’re here to help people.” said Volunteer Manager of Central Food Bank, Jobelle Duka.
  • Fresno Center for Nonviolence dedicated to Peace and Social Justice brings information to people in the community and teaches them how to get information in ways that are not through major media. A major goal is to promote peace and love, rather than violence and hate. Volunteers will be able to educate others about topics they might not know of, help put on films that are often controversial, welcome community members  in and seating them.
  • Dakota EcoVillage/EcoGarden is an organization that works to help homeless individuals find jobs and help them off the streets. Volunteer work includes gardening and construction work. 
  • American Red Cross is an organization helping families prepare for any possible disasters and emergencies. This organization has a variety of different volunteer types such as, Disaster Action Team Volunteers, Development Volunteers, Community Volunteer Leaders, and more. Opportunities include, fundraising, recruiting community members, attending events, and informing others about being prepared for any type of emergency.
  • Habitat for Humanity’s mission is to bring people together, helping build homes, communities and hope. Their main goal is to help people achieve safe and decent shelter at an affordable cost. Volunteer work includes group opportunities such as, construction process, painting home, community cleanup, outreach events.

“When you volunteer, you are educating yourself about the organization you’re volunteering for,” said Angela Price, President of Fresno Center for Nonviolence.