Since 1919, Easter Seals has supplied families and individuals with disabilities across the country with the services and resources they need, from physical rehabilitation to job training. In 2003, the nationwide organization established its Walk With Me events, and since then, more than 150,000 people have participated in the annual fundraising effort. That push has helped generate more than $30 million in support of families at Easter Seals.
On September 27, the Easter Seals of Central California will host Fresno's leg of Walk With Me at Sierra Vista Mall. There, participants can join the nationwide effort by partaking in a two-mile fun walk or a 5K run. Either way, everyone in attendance can have some fun thanks to interactive activities, food, and a special show starring puppets who aren't yet jaded by Hollywood's glamor. Additionally, a community-wide resource fair will be on hand to promote local organizations and resources that serve special needs families and individuals.
The dedicated employees and volunteers at Community Food Bank work with 180 partner agencies—ranging from schools and community centers to places of faith—in an effort to combat the high level of food insecurity throughout Fresno, Madera, and Kings Counties. Operating out of a 50,000-square-foot distribution center, the team delivers more than 22 million pounds of food each year, including 12 million pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables, to clients in the community experiencing food hardship. The staff and volunteers also train their partner agencies on nutrition, food safety, and the effects of hunger to increase the impact of their work in the community. Every month, 160,000 clients get to enjoy nutritious meals thanks to programs such as Nutrition on Wheels, a mobile kitchen, and the BackPack Program, which provides weekend meals to children who may not have a stable source of food at home.
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ProImage Video’s technicians stop time in its tracks—or at least its effects on physical videotapes. Home movies captured on film degrade over time, diminishing their picture quality and potentially becoming unwatchable, should the tape break. Manning a bank of specialized equipment, the technicians transfer to DVD discs every second of footage from nine different types of tape sources, including VHS and 8mm. The discs do not deteriorate, which means that as the years pass, clients can share their videos with their children, their children’s children, and their children's children's robotic overlords. Should clients need to preserve an audio recording, technicians stand ready to transfer audio cassette recordings to CD.
The aestheticians at Madison Mohrr Skin Care specialize in spa treatments for women's faces and bodies. Though male patrons are welcome to attend in the company of a spouse or significant other, beauty specialists direct their skills toward administering facials, waxes, and homeopathic treatments to patrons with two X chromosomes or Scrabble pieces. The beauty specialists prove their dedication to creating a stress-free oasis by setting up each service with an appointment, which guarantees that each client receives the unhurried, personalized attention typically reserved for slow-motion tickle fights. Outside of her skincare business, Madison Mohrr - who recently celebrated 25 years of being cancer free - works with breast cancer awareness groups in Fresno.
In the spirit of giving that accompanies the Yuletide, the Arthritis Foundation's Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis raises funds to thwart the leading cause of disability with holiday-themed 5Ks across the United States. Whether they're sprinting, jogging, moseying, or steering an imaginary fleet of reindeer, every contestant does their part by joining the race and sharing in the spirit of the season. Jingle bells are supplied to accessorize shoestrings, and participants are encouraged to don their jolliest holiday apparel as they race for a worthy cause. Postrace festivities include a meeting with Santa and Rudolph, an elf village filled with arts and crafts, and a jingle-bell boutique with wares from local vendors.
Public land is a vital part of any community. It provides a space for people to explore nature and engage in physical activity. It also protects local wildlife in a habitat that cannot be breached. The San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust fills all of these needs along a stretch of the gentle San Joaquin River. At this park, locals can hike along a nature trail and spot native birds or canoe downstream and learn about the issues affecting the water. Summer camps give kids an opportunity to be expressive and inquisitive outside with hands-on activities, crafts, and canoeing. Sycamore Island, similarly, recreates that camp experience for adults with wildlife trails, fishing excursions, and picnicking under the Sycamore and Oak trees that aren't already claimed by mischievous fairy-folk.