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4 Fresno-Area Nonprofits That Need Your Help

Nov 30, 2016 08:44AM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Poverello House.

Tis the season of giving! While the weather starts getting cold and the drinks hot, the holiday spirit is officially in the air. It's important to give back to the community, and this time of year is the perfect time to do so. 

Luckily, we live in an area full of nonprofits doing good for the community that you can contribute to. Whether you are looking to donate your time or your funds, here are a few places to consider. 

San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust, Inc.

Location: 11605 Old Friant Rd, Fresno, CA 93730

Contact: (559) 248-8480


As seen in one of our recent articles, "Local Spotlight: San Joaquin River Parkway & Conservation Trust Protects The River's Resources," the River Parkway Trust is doing some amazing things within the community. They are all about wildlife preservation, and providing services and camps for the local youth. Not only that, they make it fun! 

How You Can Help: The River Parkway Trust was founded through the dedication and passion of volunteers who were concerned about development in the San Joaquin River bottom. Over the last 28 years, thousands of volunteers have donated their time and talent to programs and projects like habitat restoration, River Field Trips for children, summer camp, fundraising, advocacy, and more. Today, more than ever, volunteers play a key role in all aspects of the Trust’s mission. You're invited to explore the many opportunities available for you to join the team of individuals who are helping advance their mission of creating the San Joaquin River Parkway and connecting our community to the San Joaquin River.

In each of their focus areas, there is a need for those who want to help out occasionally and for those who can make a more long term commitment to one of our ongoing programs. Click here to learn more about how to volunteer. 

Donations are also accepted in a variety of ways. There are always projects underway you can donate to, as well as become a monthly contributor or a member. Click here to learn more about ways you can donate. 

Poverello House

Location: 412 F Street, Fresno, CA 93706

Contact:  (559) 498-6988


Poverello House provides three meals a day, 365 days a year to men, women and families along with services that improve people’s quality of life. These services include clothing distribution, emergency food bags, a medical clinic, the Men’s Resident Rehabilitation program, temporary overnight shelter for men and women, and social services for individuals seeking to end their homelessness situation. Poverello House follows Papa Mike’s philosophy: Listen with compassion, give with a warm heart and a smile.

How You Can Help: Volunteer: Poverello House welcomes anyone with a heart to serve. Because of our dedicated volunteers we are able to serve more than 1,500 meals a day. Poverello House would not be able to offer the wide variety of services it provides without the daily assistance of the wonderful volunteers. This includes: 
  • Serving meals to the homeless at breakfast, lunch or dinner
  • Helping with food preparation, such as cutting meat and vegetables
  • Sorting food items
  • Assembling bag dinners
  • Helping clean the kitchen and dining room
  • Picking up trash on the ground around the property
  • Gardening, weeding, pruning, and planting
  • Sorting clothing and canned food items in our warehouse
  • Assisting with Naomi's House chores and activities
  • Special events and projects as needed
Click here to learn more about ways to volunteer.

Donate: Poverello House gladly accepts check and cash donations. These charitable donations allow the Poverello House to provide daily life-sustaining services to the poor, hungry and homeless of the Fresno community.

Aside from a regular donation, you can choose between donating stock, planned giving, and food donations. 
Click here to learn more about ways to donate. 

NAMI Fresno

Location: 7545 N Del Mar Ave # 105, Fresno, CA 93711

Contact: (559) 224-2469


At the heart of NAMI's mission is their grassroots and the sharing of information with people with mental illness, their families, friends, mental health professionals, and the general public. 

NAMI strives to offer hope, reform and health to our American community through support, education , and advocacy efforts. Research is constantly providing us with new information about the brain and the nature of mental illnesses and, consequently, more effective treatments.  

Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Dissociative Disorders, Dual Diagnosis and Integrated Treatment of Mental Illness and Substance Abuse Disorder, Eating Disorders, Major Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Panic Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, Schizophrenia, Seasonal Affective Disorder, and Tourette's Syndrome are some of the persistent mental illnesses that affect the brain.

How You Can Help: There are many opportunities to volunteer for this fantastic program. We recently reached out to their volunteer coordinator to learn more in our article, "Cen Cali Heroes: NAMI Volunteers Offer Support for Mental Illness in the Community." Click here to learn more about volunteer opportunities. 

Donations are also always welcomed, as this program runs purely on donations and sponsors. Click here to learn more. 

Fresno Bully Rescue

Location: 8547 W Herndon Ave, Fresno, CA 93723

Contact: (559) 276-7611


Fresno Bully Rescue (FBR) is a volunteer-based, 501c3 non-profit, no-kill shelter dedicated to rescuing bully breed dogs (i.e. American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, American Bull Dogs, Bull Terriers, etc.). They are here to provide a healthy and loving temporary home while they look for forever homes for their bullies. We recently wrote an article highlighting the nonprofit and the owner, "Fresno Bully Rescue: Breaking Stereotypes One Bully at a Time."

Besides rescuing and adopting, FBR is also committed to providing educational services in the community, micro-chipping, and promoting spaying and neutering and responsible ownerships of the bully breeds. In addition, FBR is committed to advocating for the bully breeds by doing educational outreach to the high risk communities about the illegal practice of dog fighting, as well as providing mental & physical rehabilitation and training to their bully residents while in their care. 

How You Can Help: If you want to make a big difference in the lives of our bully residents, there are many ways you can get involved. They need volunteers for everything from walking the dogs to helping at adoption events. Click here to learn more. 

As a nonprofit, any donation means something as they run purely on donations and sponsorships. You can choose between becoming a monthly sponsor, sponsoring an adoption, buying some specific goods whose revenue goes towards them, and purchasing items on their wish list. And of course, there are one-time donation options, as well. Click here to learn more.