This week, people across America will celebrate the spirit of service during National Volunteer Week. As President Obama noted about the event last year:
“Our lives are made richer, our communities are drawn closer, and our country is forged stronger by the dedication and generous spirit of volunteers.”
The occasion provides a fitting opportunity for me to thank all of you in the Bruin family—students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends—who give selflessly of your time and energy on behalf of UCLA. As volunteers, you enrich our campus immeasurably and, in turn, elevate our capacity to serve California and the nation. Volunteer activities are directly responsible for ensuring access for deserving students and the excellence of our research and teaching, and for fueling our collective ambition to build a second century for UCLA that outshines even our remarkable first.
Volunteerism is ingrained in UCLA’s DNA. It is one of our defining characteristics. Our spirit of service is evident in ways large and small—from our UCLA Volunteer Center to simple, singular acts that help improve life in Los Angeles. I am constantly inspired by the depth and extent of your commitment.
For your continued service and the many important achievements it will make possible in the years to come: Thank you.
Gene D. Block