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UCLA Volunteer Center

On Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, the UCLA & USC Volunteer Centers collaborated to organize a city-wide service day, Serve LA 2022.

The UCLA Volunteer Center’s inaugural event, UCLA Volunteer Day, has become a cornerstone of the UCLA experience. It is one of the university’s largest community service events and occurs during True Bruin Welcome. This year, we teamed up with USC to expand and bring you Serve LA.

New freshmen and transfer students joined together with continuing undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and community members to participate in a wide range of community service projects across Los Angeles and the globe. Volunteers participated at 45+ community partner sites providing critical service work, beautification, and support at food banks, parks, shelters, senior centers, schools, veterans’ facilities, and various other community organizations.

For the past 20 years, UCLA and USC have supported civic engagement through the work of our students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and community members. Annually, the UCLA and USC communities provide service throughout Los Angeles county, the country, and the world. Project sites vary but always include schools, food banks, parks, shelters, veterans’ facilities, and neighborhood centers. Since their inception, the UCLA and USC Volunteer Centers have logged over 644,000 service hours, engaged over 120,000 student volunteers, and collaborated with over 850 community partners.

Project Sites

Thank you to all our sites for hosting projects! Check out our interactive map to learn more about the different organizations that we partnered with for Serve LA 2022!

FAQs

How do I register to volunteer? 

  • Registration is now open. Registration is required for all volunteers. Sign up to volunteer for a specific site in your area by navigating to the registration form, which will be linked at the bottom of each project site page. Registered volunteers will receive additional email information about their project in September. 

When can I register to volunteer? 

Where will volunteers serve during Serve LA? 

  • During Serve LA, Bruins and Trojans will provide service in-person with our community partners, including but not limited to causes related to sustainability, hunger, homelessness, and the support of children. 

Will Serve LA be an in-person or virtual event? 

  • Serve LA will be an in-person event.

How will Serve LA stay COVID Safe? 

  • Serve LA will follow all current UCLA COVID requirements at each site, which may include requiring all participants to be masked, vaccinated and/or COVID tested.  For more information about UCLA and COVID requirements, please visit;  UCLA COVID-19 Resources - Coronavirus information for the campus community. Each site may have its own additional requirements around COVID. Please select the site page to see its specific Covid-19 restrictions.

Who can participate in Serve LA? 

  • General volunteer roles are open to all members of the UCLA and USC communities which includes all students, staff, alumni, faculty, retirees, family and local community members. **Please note, all volunteers must comply with UCLA COVID requirement at each site.**

Why doesn't a project site show up on the registration form?

  • If a project site is missing from the drop-down list in the registration form, that particular project site has reached full capacity. 

Will there be a Serve LA waiver? 

  • Yes, waivers will be required for all in-person events 

What should volunteers wear and bring to Serve LA? 

  • We encourage all of our volunteers to wear blue and gold, cardinal and gold, or UCLA and USC gear. Specific information depending on the project site will be sent to all registrants. Bring sunglasses, a reusable water bottle, hats, sunscreen (if outside), and close toed shoes.  

How can volunteers get involved in service after Serve LA?                         

Can I donate to Serve LA or the UCLA Volunteer Center? 

  • Help support the Volunteer Center and Volunteer Day by giving to UCLA.  If you are interested donating, please give at giving.ucla.edu

Who should I contact for any specific questions related to Serve LA?