Written by The Business Journal Staff
Fresno State students, faculty and staff have provided more than 10 million hours of community service in the last decade, the university announced.
And for the seventh consecutive year, Fresno State contributed more than one million hours of service in the academic year, according to a Report on Service Impact by the Jan and Bud Richter Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning.
The estimated economic impact of these hours, provided by more than 40 University programs, is more than $33 million based on calculations from the Independent Sector, a national nonpartisan network of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations and professionals.
Fresno State President Joseph I. Castro commended those who served as well as Jan and Bud Richter, who gifted $3.5 million nine years ago to establish the center. The 2007 endowment kick-started then-University President John D. Welty’s goal to provide 1 million hours of service annually.
The Richters, longtime volunteers and benefactors of Fresno State, believed the center would provide students the opportunity to have enriching educational experiences while giving back to the community.
“We are grateful to the Richters for their investment in Fresno State’s service efforts and for the increased commitment to service that has resulted from that investment,” Castro said. “Fresno State’s commitment to service is a hallmark of our University and something we can all take pride in.”