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.
Saturday, April 25 @ 9:00 – 3:00 – Bellflower Bike Trail
Bellflower Bike Trail Beautification Project: The Bellflower Pedestrian and Bicycle Trail (signed: Bellflower Bike Trail) is a 2.3 mile blacktop multipurpose rail trail, which was dedicated in November 2009. It follows the Right of Way of the old Pacific Electric Railway (the Red Cars) across Bellflower. The trail begins at the Ruth R. Caruthers Park and Bellflower Skate Park on the banks of the San Gabriel River. It ends on Lakewood Boulevard at Paseo Street at the border of the City of Paramount. The trail has two five foot striped bike lanes and a four foot pedestrian lane. The trail is well signed and well lighted with attractive street lights the length of the trail. The Bellflower Bike Trail is well utilized by the community.
Volunteers from the UCLA Volunteer Center and California State Assemblymember Cristina Garcia’s office will be performing a Bellflower Bike Trail Beautification Project on April 25th. Volunteers will be painting the light poles, performing litter abatement, pulling weeds, and raking the planters on the south side. They may also be spreading mulch. The Bellflower Volunteer Center is excited to partner with the UCLA Volunteer Center and Assemblymember Garcia in the worthy project!
Sunday, May 3 @ 12:00-6:00 – Paseo del Rey Elementary School
Paseo del Rey Natural Science Magnet first opened its doors in 1962 and started as a small, neighborhood school. Over the past 50 years, it has grown into a Natural Science Magnet with a diverse student population from the greater Los Angeles area. Teachers, parents, students and alumni, as well as the local residents and business community, have enthusiastically supported Paseo. This support has provided the students at Paseo with opportunities for greater academic excellence and cultural diversity, without losing the personal caring, nurturing, safety, and intimacy of a neighborhood school.
On May 3, volunteers will be assisting with school’s annual Paseo Island Festival. This is Paseo del Rey’s biggest event and fundraiser of the year – a fair with an Island theme. There are food, games, entertainment (music and dancers), and a silent auction. Volunteers will assist with collecting tickets and staffing the game booths, jump houses, and food booths. All volunteers will be provided with vouchers for a meal from the Festival. Snacks, supplies, and transportation are provided; sign up below to save your seat on the bus!
Friday, May 8 @ 10:00-2:00 – John R. Wooden High School
The mission of John R. Wooden High School is to provide students with an alternative learning environment that enables them to develop the skills necessary to become responsible members of society. Their vision, in partnership with the community, is to provide a dynamic learning approach that promotes self-esteem, mutual respect, and global awareness in preparing each individual to be a lifelong learner. JRWHS is named after UCLA’s Coach Wooden, and it is a California Model Continuation High School.
The UCLA Volunteer Center and the First Year Experience office are partnering for the third year to bring the UCLA Common Book to JRWHS. Together with the brilliant students of The Writer’s Den, Facing Project, and UCLA Recreation, we will send a busload of love to JRWHS to work on a variety of creative writing projects, bring a Common Book for each student at the school, and play some baseball. Snacks, lunch, supplies, and transportation are provided; sign up below to save your seat on the bus!