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.
Looking for ways to participate with One Bus, One Cause? Here are a few ideas:
Sunday, February 21, 2016 – Operation Gratitude – 7:00 am to 12:00 pm
Operation Gratitude is a volunteer-run organization which sends care packages filled with snacks, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items, plus personal letters of appreciation, to New Recruits, Veterans, First Responders, Wounded Warriors, Care Givers and to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed overseas. Since its creation, Operation Gratitude has sent over 1.3 million care packages. The Volunteer Center regularly partners with the organization to contribute about 3,000 hand-written letters from Bruins in care packages each year.
On February 21, One Bus, One Cause volunteers will assist with registration at Operation Gratitude’s care package Assembly Day. In addition, volunteers will participate in the assembly of packages, preparation of materials, and creation of paracord bracelets, among other tasks.
Sunday, February 28, 2016 – Food Forward – 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
The mission of Food Forward is to rescue fresh local produce that would otherwise go to waste, connecting this abundance with people in need, and inspiring others to do the same. By recovering excess fruits and vegetables from private properties, public spaces, farmers and wholesale markets, and partnering with direct-service agencies, Food Forward provides food to over 100,000 individuals per month. On this One Bus, One Cause project, Bruin volunteers will visit Franklin Canyon Orange Grove to harvest oranges, which will then be delivered to local organizations for distribution.
Friday, May 6, 2016 – John R. Wooden High School – 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
John R. Wooden High School is a credit recovery high school located in Reseda. The school, named after Coach John R. Wooden, aims to help students get on track to getting their high school diplomas, offering them an alternative learning environment which enables them to become responsible members of society. This One Bus, One Cause is a partnership with UCLA First Year Experience and the Common Book program. Volunteers will participate in interactive activities with JRWHS students; all activities will include themes found in this year’s UCLA Common Book, Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist. More information is coming soon, but sign up now to reserve your seat on the bus!