The Richter Center Student Leaders

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Kids Day

Kids Day 2k16

Image from Valley Children’s Hospital.

It’s that time of year again! Mark your calendars for March 8, 2016. It is a day dedicated to the kids at Valley Children’s Hospital, also known as Kids Day. This is the 29th year that thousands of volunteers all across the Central Valley team up with Valley Children’s Hospital, The Fresno Bee, and ABC30 to sell Kids Day edition newspapers to the community. Last year over 1,400 Fresno State students, faculty, and staff participated in this event and raised over $41,000. We are hoping to do our best to exceed these numbers this year.

If you are looking for a way to get involved you can: (1) donate $1 and buy a newspaper around campus, (2) help sell papers by signing up with a student club/organization or as an individual here, or (3) Help spread the word and recruit volunteers by sharing this information with your peers.

Prepare yourself, every year the Richter Center has a friendly competition and recognizes the top-selling student organizations on campus. So the time is now! If you or your organization is interested in taking part be sure and sign up before March 1st. If you have any questions contact Madison at or 559.278.7079

I personally remember getting up early and selling newspapers for my high school a few years ago. It is always so much fun to see how energetic people can be at 5 a.m. especially for such a good cause. I cannot wait to be a part of Fresno State’s Kids Day and see the outcome we will have this year! Let’s get ready to serve, sell, and smile.

How will you contribute to Kids Day 2k16? Do you have an memories from volunteering at this event previously?

~Ambassador Nicole

Saving Lives, One Paper at a Time

Ambassadors were up  before the sun passing out papers and aprons to excited Bulldogs!
Ambassadors were up before the sun passing out papers and aprons to excited Bulldogs!

Each year, the city of Fresno puts on Kids Day as an effort to raise money for Valley Children’s Hospital. This year was a huge success; volunteers Valley-wide raised over $535,000, a new record! The Jan & Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement & Service-Learning organizes the portion of Kids Day where Fresno State students participate. Nearly 2,000 Fresno State students participated this year and raised over $44,000, which is slightly higher than last year and a substantial portion of the grand total! Numerous clubs and organizations participate in this event each year, and it has even become a competition for many of them—especially the fraternities. This year, out of all of the participating fraternities, Sigma Phi Epsilon raised the most money, over $5,000. The other top selling organization was Trabajadores de La Raza, who raised over $1,200.

Top sellers: Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and Trabajadores de La Raza!
Top sellers: Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity and Trabajadores de La Raza!

Kids Day is one of the first community service events I participated in last year, when I was a freshman at Fresno State. Coming from the small town of Hollister, California, I remember thinking how amazing it was that so many people (students and local Fresnans) dedicated so much of their day to raise money for this amazing cause. Some people even start the night before, waiting hours at a corner so that they can hold their spot for the next day. Cora Cha, Fresno State Sophomore and member of the Richter Center SERVE committee, helped organize this event at Fresno State. Cha states,

“Kids Day is much more than raising money for Valley Children’s Hospital. It’s about the unity that brings the community together for the children in the hospital. It reveals the depth of what we can accomplish when we come together and take action.”

Cha’s words represent much of how I feel about Kids Day, and I’m sure many others feel the same. That is why this is such a successful annual event. This year, my role in Kids Day was behind the scenes as I distributed newspapers with my fellow Richter Center Student Leaders to other students. Being a part of this event on both sides of the spectrum was compelling because I got to see how important every role is in order to make an event successful. Seeing both students and the Fresno community come together to raise money for the Valley Children’s Hospital further ignited my passion for volunteerism and community service. I could not be more proud to be an advocate and student leader for community service; I can only hope that even more students were influenced by Kids Day!

Ambassadors celebrate a job well done!
Richter Center Student Leaders celebrate a job well done!

What is your favorite annual event? What organization would you want to promote city-wide?

~Ambassador Alex

Register for Kids Day!

[Image Courtesy of Fresno State Kappa Kappa Gamma]
Each year, Fresno street corners are alive with people selling the “Kids Day” edition of the Fresno Bee for $1 in hopes of raising money for Valley Children’s Hospital. Last year, 1,400 Fresno State students raised more money than any other single entity (school, business, or even small cities) in the Valley with a total of over $43,000!

You too can serve the children and families of Valley Children’s by participating in this year’s Kid’s Day on Tuesday March 3, 2015. You can sell papers, spread the word, and/or buy a paper from students around campus. Hopefully, we will surpass last year and raise even more money! Be a part of this special event, serve your community, and have fun!

It’s not too late! Registration closes February 27th so don’t hesitate! Click to register!

-Ambassador Heather

Kid’s Day: Are You Ready to Serve?

Fresno State students have fun working together to raise money for Children's Hospital Central California at a previous Kid's Day.
Fresno State students have fun working together to raise money for Children’s Hospital Central California at a previous Kid’s Day.

It’s that time of year again; the flowers are in bloom, the birds are chirping, and the sun is driving away the chill of winter. The signs of the changing season are everywhere, including on the streets of Fresno where volunteers will be gathered in mass on Tuesday, March 5th armed with newspapers and friendly smiles in hopes of raising money for Children’s Hospital Central California.

It’s quite an inspiring sight to drive through Fresno on a Tuesday morning and see volunteers gladly giving their time and having a lot of fun in the process!  I highly encourage you to join your peers next Tuesday as they sell special editions of The Fresno Bee. Join the volunteers throughout the valley who will be braving the brisk morning air to stand on street corners and sell copies of the Kid’s Day newspaper.

At Fresno State, Kid’s Day is big deal. Last year, the students, staff, and faculty of the University collectively raised over $36,000 for Children’s Hospital Central California. It is absolutely extraordinary that the Fresno State community is so willing to give of their time for this worthy cause!

Richter Center Ambassadors arrive to campus at dawn to help distribute papers to student clubs and organizations who will be raising money throughout the city.  We love seeing how excited our peers are to get started selling papers and raising money and awareness for Children's Hospital Central California!
Richter Center Ambassadors arrive to campus at dawn to help distribute papers to student clubs and organizations . We love seeing how excited our peers are to get started selling papers in order to raise money and awareness for Children’s Hospital Central California!

As a Richter Center Ambassador, it is my duty to convince my peers to get involved with service and I cannot think of a more fun project than Kid’s Day; trust me, if you are looking to have a lot of fun and want to have the contentment that comes with the knowledge that you are helping kids right here in the Central Valley, this is the event for you. You don’t want to miss out!

If you are interested in volunteering, please follow this link:

Sign up today!

 -Ambassador Daniel

Anybody Can Serve: Blood Drive & Kid’s Day

“Everybody can be great.  Because anybody can serve.  You don’t have to have a college degree to serve.  You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve.  You only need a heart full of grace.  A soul generated by love.”

~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Here are a few upcoming events where YOU can serve.

Fresno State Blood Drive

When: 02/12/13 – 02/14/13
Where: Busses located at Student Union, Education Building, Maple Mall, and Engineering East Building
Times: 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Extra info: To donate you must be in good general health, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, and be at least 17 years old. Photo ID and Social Security Number are required at donor registration. Please eat a good meal and drink plenty of fluids four hours prior to donation. Donating blood is not painful and takes less than an hour. YOUR donation could save up to three lives!
For more information on blood donation, please call the Central California Blood Center at 559.224.2900.
A Fresno State student sells Kids Day papers to raise money for Children's Hospital Central California.
A Fresno State student sells Kids Day papers to raise money for Children’s Hospital Central California.

Kids Day

When: 03/05/13
Where: Throughout the Central Valley
Times: Newspapers may be sold from 6:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m.
Extra info: Join the Fresno State community in helping Children’s Hospital Central California provide health futures for all children.  Register for this annual fundraiser by visiting and select the Kid’s Day link.  Questions can be directed to Renee Delport (

Now Announcing: Kids Day, 2012!

For most Valley residents, the words “Kids Day” bring to mind images of volunteers standing on street corners, dressed in neon vests, and waving newspapers at passing cars.  For Fresno State students, Kids Day means its time to scope out a prime corner and pull out the sleeping bags.

Fresno State students sell special-edition Fresno Bee newspapers for Kids Day.

A benefit for Children’s Hospital Central California, Kids Day is one of the Valley’s largest fundraising efforts. Each year, well over 1,000 Fresno State students volunteer to sell special edition Fresno State newspapers. Competition between student organizations to sell the most papers often drives students to stake out the most popular street corners as early as the evening prior to the kickoff.

With this year being the 25th anniversary of Kids Day, we hope for record breaking sales.  So far, registration for the event has been a great success, but more volunteers are needed.

If you would like to register to participate on Tuesday, March 6th, or for more information, please click here.

– Ambassador Leah

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