One Bus, One Cause

One Bus, One Cause

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Using the momentum and enthusiasm for civic engagement that arises from Volunteer Day, the UCLA Volunteer Center sends a bus filled with volunteers into the community in order to address specific needs in that area.

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.

Upcoming Projects
Friday, April 25 @ 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 second year to bring the UCLA Common Book to JRWHS. Together with the brilliant students of The Writer’s Den, we’ll send a busload of love to JRWHS to work on a variety of creative writing projects and bring a Common Book for each student at the school. Cookies and lunch will be provided for all volunteers and students at JRWHS. Volunteer sign-ups are available now at the application below.

Saturday, April 26 @ 10:00-5:00 – Magnolia Elementary School

Magnolia Elementary School is a public school containing grades K-6, located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. 98% of students are Hispanic or Latino, and 100% participate in the Free or Reduced Lunch Program. 80% of students are English Learners. Despite the challenges Magnolia faces, their learning community is committed to providing a rigorous, standards-based, and well-rounded curriculum for students. They also provide extracurricular activities, including vocal music and chorus programs, an orchestra, and a mariachi program.

On April 26, a bus of excited volunteers hosted by the Volunteer Leadership Program will finish the work started at Magnolia Elementary School during UCLA Volunteer Day (learn more). Participants paint fences around the school, as well as paint a brightly filled-in stenciled map of the United States for the playground. Come help out and literally brighten the school of some incredible students!

This project is a collaboration between the Volunteer Center and the Alumni Scholars Club. The Volunteer Leadership Program gives students the opportunity to work directly with the Center by planning and leading their own community service projects in Los Angeles. Learn more this collaboration at http://volunteer.ucla.edu/alumni-scholars/.

Sign-ups for this project can be found by clicking this link.

Saturday, May 3 @ 8:00-2:00 – Watts Towers

The Watts Towers are a historic site on a national, state, and local level. The towers are 17 individual sculptures constructed by an Italian immigrant (Simon Rodia) in the early 20th century. Since their conception, the towers have provided a focal point to south central Los Angeles. The community partner maintains the grounds of this historic site to ensure that visitors can understand more of the history of Los Angeles at a beautiful and artistic landmark.

During the project, volunteers will be immersed in a hands-on beautification project on the historic Watts Tower and rewarded with a personal tour providing the history and significance of the site. Volunteers will lay down soil, allowing the Watts Towers team to plant trees, flowers, and shrubs to improve the appeal of the site. Additionally, this volunteer service will lay the ground for Watts Towers’ staff and future volunteer groups to improve the aesthetic of the site.

This project is a collaboration between the Volunteer Center and the Alumni Scholars Club. The Volunteer Leadership Program gives students the opportunity to work directly with the Center by planning and leading their own community service projects in Los Angeles. Learn more this collaboration at http://volunteer.ucla.edu/alumni-scholars/.

Sign-ups for this project can be found by clicking this link.

Saturday, May 3 @ 9:00-1:00 – Belmont Village Senior Living

Westwood Belmont Village Senior Living is situated in a residential neighborhood in the heart of Westwood along Wilshire Boulevard’s “Golden Mile.” Residents are supported by very responsive and knowledgeable staff trained in independent living, assisted living, Alzheimer’s care, and resident care services. This unique senior living environment is an individually tailored, research-based program for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Programming focuses on “mental workouts,” encompassing the six areas of cognition, and enabling residents to exercise their minds and memories every day. Belmont Village is a place where their residents can live life to the fullest.

On May 3, we will bring over a group of enthusiastic UCLA volunteers to share smiles with Belmont Village Senior Living. Volunteers will have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the seniors’ lives through interactive activities such as as cookie decorating, gardening, crafting, and more. Breakfast will be provided. Let’s make these seniors smile! Volunteer sign-ups are available now at the application below.

Sunday, May 4 @ 9:00-3:00 – Burroughs Middle School

John Burroughs Middle School is a public middle school in Hancock Park and serves the Hancock Park, Koreatown, Mid-Wilshire and Windsor Square section of Los Angeles as well as portions of Park La Brea, Brookside, and West Hollywood. The school serves about 2,300 students in grades 6-8 and is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

On Sunday, May 4th, the Volunteer Leadership Program is sending a busload of Bruin volunteers to John Burroughs Middle School to beautify empty school buildings with new murals. Participants will have the opportunity to assist in the painting of the murals and interact with students and community members.

This project is a collaboration between the Volunteer Center and the Alumni Scholars Club. The Volunteer Leadership Program gives students the opportunity to work directly with the Center by planning and leading their own community service projects in Los Angeles. Learn more this collaboration at http://volunteer.ucla.edu/alumni-scholars/.

Sign-ups for this project can be found by clicking this link.

Saturday, May 24 @ 8:00-2:00 – Operation Gratitude

In honor of Memorial Day, the UCLA Volunteer Center and UCLA Alumni from the San Fernando Valley Bruin Network will come together for the second year to share some Bruin spirit and assemble care packages at Operation Gratitude. The Van Nuys-based nonprofit organization annually sends 100,000 care packages to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed in hostile regions, to their children left behind, and to Wounded Warriors, Veterans and First Responders. The mission is to lift morale, bring a smile to a service member’s face, and express to our Armed Forces the appreciation and support of the American people. Learn more about the Volunteer Center’s on-going commitment to Operation Gratitude at http://volunteer.ucla.edu/operation-gratitude/.

This service project will include production of the care packages, labeling, letter reading and writing, running packages, re-stocking the lines, breaking down cartons, and many other tasks. Breakfast and snacks are included. Volunteers are welcome to purchase their own lunch from one of the many food trucks that will be on-site, and they give a percentage back to Operation Gratitude. Volunteer sign-ups are available now at the application below.

This project is a collaboration between the Volunteer Center and the Alumni Scholars Club. The Volunteer Leadership Program gives students the opportunity to work directly with the Center by planning and leading their own community service projects in Los Angeles. Learn more this collaboration at http://volunteer.ucla.edu/alumni-scholars/.

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