February 02, 2012
This week, the UCLA Fund recognizes the organizers of and the participants at the UCLA Volunteer Center’s inaugural One Bus, One Cause excursion on Saturday, January 28th.
Led by 4th year International Development Studies student Rebecca Verlaque, 30 students, staff, and alums worked on a beautification project in the garden at Mark Twain Middle School in Pacific Palisades.
The Daily Bruin featured the event on the front page of its paper edition on January 30th. In its story, the Daily Bruin reported that UCLA volunteers worked on a variety of tasks in the garden, including digging out soil for new plantings, laying down mulch, and building a grape arbor.
Rebecca worked closely with Volunteer Center staff and Marianne Brown, the head gardener at Mark Twain, to identify tasks for volunteers.
One Bus, One Cause is one of many events the UCLA Volunteer Center has organized since its launch in 2009 to engage students in impactful projects that benefit communities throughout Los Angeles.
In addition, the UCLA Volunteer Center has been at the cutting edge of using the web and social media to help match students with long-term volunteer assignments off campus, as evinced by its recent selection as a finalist in the 3rd annual CLASSY awards. Funded partially by Chancellor’s Greatest Needs, the UCLA Volunteer Center plays a crucial role in enabling UCLA to fulfill the service part of its mission.
Photo Caption: UCLA students in the community painting a mural in southeast Los Angeles on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.