Through partnerships with other non-profits and outside organizations, this program addresses a different cause and organization with each visit to expose Bruins to a sampling platter of volunteer opportunities and to pique volunteers’ interest in programs they could work with on an ongoing basis.
Operation Gratitude is a volunteer-based nonprofit organization that sends care packages to individually named troops deployed overseas, to their children left behind, and to Wounded Warriors, New Recruits, First Responders, and Veterans. To date, the organization has sent over one million care packages, a goal attained in December 2013! Operation Gratitude welcomes volunteers to come help at their facility in the Van Nuys National Guard Armory almost every weekday as well as at selected weekend events. They hope to send 150,000 care packages in this year alone!
On Saturday, August 23rd, the UCLA Volunteer Center is sending a busload of volunteers to the National Guard Armory in Van Nuys to prepare and assemble care packages for our overseas service members. Responsibilities will include assembling the packages, sorting donated items, letter reading and writings, and restocking the assembly lines. For this Assembly Day, Operation Gratitude is expecting 600 volunteers, so sign up below to help share your appreciation and be a part of this huge event! Breakfast, snacks, shirts, transportation, and fun are provided.
AIDS Walk is a walkathon fundraiser that raises money to combat the AIDS epidemic. The funds raised from AIDS Walk Los Angeles will benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), an AIDS service organization dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by HIV disease, reducing the incidence of HIV infection, and advocating for fair and effective HIV–related public policy. AIDS Walk Los Angeles makes it possible for APLA to provide urgently needed food, dental care, safe housing, and much more to people with HIV/AIDS who also face poverty, hunger, and homelessness. APLA also runs the county’s largest network of HIV prevention programs to end the epidemic in Los Angeles.
This year, the UCLA Volunteer Center, Residential Life: Leadership & Involvement, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, and the LGBT Resource Center will join forces to participate in the walk. Participants will be provided free transportation, breakfast, group registration, and more. To sign up for this special event, visit http://ucla.in/1A3ksC4.