A unique component of the work of FIRM has been the rich culture of community events which started over 20 years ago. These events regularly draw anywhere from 700-1,000 people from the diverse refugee community in Fresno and hundreds of volunteers donate their time to ensure that they run smoothly. We work very hard to provide great events for the community that are culturally competent and that meet needs of the wider community we serve. Some of our regular community events include:
Annual Summer Carnival
The Summer Carnival was once called the Family Festival and has continued to grow into one of FIRM’s premier events. This event provides backpacks and school supplies for children in grades K-8, cultural entertainment, carnival rides, inflatables, food, face painting, back-to-school haircuts and MUCH more. This event is regularly hosted at the end of each summer in late July or early August. You do NOT want to miss out on this amazing time together!
Community Christmas Event
The FIRM Community Christmas event has been held since FIRM’s inception in 1994. This event brings together the community to celebrate this wonderful time of year! Through a partnership with Toys 4 Tots, churches in the community and other organizations, this event provides a brand new wrapped gift for every child that attends! In 2016, FIRM distributed over 750 toys at this event. The Community Christmas event also features arts and crafts for kids, food, music, hot cocoa, pictures with Santa, a winter clothes/blanket distribution and much more. This event is typically held the 3rd Saturday of December. Please come join us this year!
Many Other Events Throughout The Year
FIRM has also added many great community events throughout the calendar such as a Laotian New Year Celebration (April), Family Trunk-or-Treat (October), Quarterly Cultural Sports Days, film screenings and more! We hope you will join us on our campus to enjoy one of the many community events at FIRM! For more information or if you are interested in volunteering at one of these events, please contact Lucky Siphongsay, FIRM Program Manager.