Feb 17, 2019

Fresno State sets record for community service hours

Fresno State students, faculty and staff contributed more than one million hours of community service for the sixth straight year and set a school record in the process.

The university accumulated 1,324,843 hours of service for the 2014-15 academic year.

More than 14,000 volunteers spent time serving local community organizations and events.

The Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning led the community service efforts.

“The real impact is seen in the lives of students who serve and the lives of those their service touches,” said Chris Fiorentino, director of the center. “Research shows that Fresno State students who are involved in service during their undergraduate years have greater academic and career success when compared to their non-serving peers.”

Some of the organization’s volunteers served included: Jumpstart Fresno, Central California Blood Center, Mediator Mentors, Reading and Beyond, Bulldog Pantry and Alternative Spring Break.

The 2016 academic year’s efforts will kick-off with the annual Community Service Opportunities Fair on Sept. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the Kennel Bookstore.

“Each year we set out to build on the momentum we have established and I am confident we will once again surpass one million hours of service in the upcoming academic year,” Fiorentino said.

Over 70 agencies will be on hand to share information with students about service opportunities.

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