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.
Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center (CSERC) protects and defends more than two million acres of natural spaces across the northern Yosemite region. The organization’s staff works to reduce clear cutting, road construction, and pollution to ensure that the forest, water, and meadow wilderness areas remain pristine. Apart from educational outreach to schools and communities, the staff gets its hands dirty sampling the water quality in forest streams and surveying meadows to locate areas of environmental damage. CSERC also sponsors restoration projects for meadows and streams, maintains remote camera stations to detect rare wildlife species, and works to find solutions to difficult environmental issues.