On Monday, November 12, 2012, a bus full of Bruins volunteered their time at the Veterans Home of West Los Angeles. The volunteers were able to hear speeches from volunteer speakers, as well as Executive Director of Volunteer Los Angeles Nancy Olson and UCLA alum Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa! Volunteers were broken into several groups to plant trees, mulch and water the gardens, and build above-ground planter boxes for disabled veterans to use from their wheelchairs. Some volunteers were even able to speak to veterans who showed their appreciation for the time spent on this day, affirming that their service was worthwhile. This was a great way for Bruins to get involved and give back to both the community and to veterans!
Below are some pictures from the successful day of service, as well as our Mayor reacquainting himself with the eight clap!
Bruins and other volunteers smiling for the camera at the Veterans Home of West Los Angeles.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Bruin alum, making a speech thanking the volunteers for their day of service. The Mayor also went on to thank the veterans for all that they have done for our country.
Bruins getting ready to garden on this beautiful Monday.
UCLA student and Social Media and Marketing Intern at the Volunteer Center, Kimberlie Liang, featured with a veteran who thanked her for her service.
A Bruin finishing up some final details on a planter’s box that the volunteers built themselves!
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Bruin alum, showing his UCLA spirit by partaking in the eight clap!
If you’re interested in giving back to our veterans, this was not your only chance! Keep an eye out for more on the Volunteer Center’s collaboration with Operation Gratitude, a program that sends US troops letters detailing our appreciation for their service. More information on how to get involved is available on our Operation Gratitude page!
Alexandra Stubbs is a second year pre-economics major and a Social Media and Marketing Intern at the Volunteer Center. If you would like to contribute to the Volunteer Center blog, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.