FIRM’s ministry offers a variety of opportunities for volunteers to serve, either as individuals or with a group. Throughout the year, we connect with local youth groups and volunteer groups as well as individuals who help with projects like working with youth in our after-school program, working in local community gardens, or special one-day outreaches. In addition, individuals can also help with a variety of tasks like seasonal cleaning, filing, assembling mailings, occasional graphic design and more. Please call or e-mail Zack Darrah to get more information, offer your skills or to set up a time for you or your group to volunteer.
Some volunteer opportunities are seasonal, and can be tailored especially for groups who come from outside of Fresno for a Mission Trip:
FIRM Family Festivals: Every summer, volunteer groups from all over the city, state, and country come join us to celebrate FIRM Family Festivals which is essentially a Vacation Bible School. You can shower love on kids in one of Fresno’s poorest neighborhoods, through games, music, crafts, Bible stories and/or activities. The Summerset Apartment community across the street from FIRM houses families that speak Lao, Hmong, Thai, Cambodian, Vietnamese and English. Your group will love this multicultural, multilingual experience. Groups from Fresno are especially encouraged to join us any and all days of festival. Dates of summer festivals can be arranged with interested groups.
FIRM Community Christmas Party: Every Christmas, FIRM staff, and many FIRM supporters come together with volunteer groups, to tell the Christmas story, share some Christmas sweets, and give away presents to local families in need. Prior to the actual party, volunteers are always needed to collect, wrap and sort gifts. This event regularly draws over 500 community residents who come to celebrate!
Spring Break: If you are interested in volunteering over spring break, you can celebrate a smaller-scale outreach event with the neighborhood families. The kids love to play with new friends at any time of the year! Volunteer groups can adapt their outreaches based on time available, and focused on the interests of the group.
Project-Based: FIRM has MANY project-based volunteer opportunities. Help maintain the facility and grounds of the campus, paint a mural in the community room, help update one of the rooms on campus, or work on one of FIRM’s ever-evolving list of projects! This is a perfect option for short-term volunteers, service learning and one-day service days.
Interns: FIRM hosts several interns every year! Intern in our Family Literacy Program, mental-health programs, youth program, in the office or design your own internship experience! We guarantee a unique and meaningful internship that will help anyone understand what it means to serve the refugee community in Fresno. Internships are offered throughout the entire year for students or anyone wanting to grow their skills, increase their impact and gain valuable experience. Interested interns should contact Program Manager, Lucky Siphongsay for more information.