The Social Media Internship Program offers students an opportunity to be creative and experiment with social media in promoting civic engagement with the UCLA Volunteer Center. Interns assist with expansion of the web space and reach out to students on campus, developing skills in areas such as communication, technology, group collaboration, and community outreach. Working together with the Web & Social Media Strategist, the interns help construct a conversational calendar to assist with online outreach and a robust blog series that includes topics such as “A Day in the Life of a Volunteer,” “Videos on Volunteerism,” and infographics.
The UCLA Volunteer Center teaches a four-week summer course for the College Summer Institute to explore social media and social networking, learn how social media is changing the nature of human interaction, and what this means for volunteerism. The Center presents an action plan on how best to communicate, market, and mobilize student volunteers using these new tools.
In June 2011, in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Peace Corps and to honor our commencement speaker, Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams, the UCLA Volunteer Center provided the College with 139 student leaders who were recognized for their leadership in service at Commencement 2011. These students carried the flag of a country where the Peace Corps has served and pledged life-long community engagement.
Working with the Community Service Commission and The Giving Spirit, a non-profit dedicated to providing aid to Los Angeles’ homeless community, the UCLA Volunteer Center provides leadership and coordination for the assembly of 5,000 backpacks to be distributed to the homeless during the winter season.
Transportation & Parking Services and the UCLA Volunteer Center partner together in the fall to collect food for the UCLA Food Closet and the LA Food Bank. This annual event provides food for homeless/hungry UCLA students and members of the local Los Angeles community.
This annual dinner provides a warm meal and food to take home during the long weekend for up to 100 homeless/hungry UCLA students and their families. Partners include ASUCLA, Swipes for the Homeless, and the Community Programs Office (CPO).
Working in conjunction with the Office of Residental Life (ORL), this winter volunteer fair is designed as a follow-up to Volunteer Day to reignite interest in volunteerism and service in the residence hall community by providing inspiring speakers and information booths.
Working with the Community Service Commission and the Office of Residental Life (ORL), the UCLA Volunteer Center hosts a dinner with professionals from the non-profit industry to provide networking for students to learn about careers in the non-profit sector, post-graduate opportunities, firsthand experiences from professionals, and community engagement.