Here’s an idea for a New Year Resolution: make service a top priority this year and go out and volunteer! It is the first week of Winter Quarter 2012 here at UCLA, and we have quite a few events this January to help you start off the new year on a strong note. Read below for what the UCLA Volunteer Center and campus partners have in store for the UCLA community.
If you’re looking to make a commitment to service, or if you’re looking for quick way to get involved for a day and learn what this “volunteer” thing is all about, you won’t want to miss out on the following opportunities. Take a look at the list below to plan ahead:
- January 16, 2012 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
The UCLA Volunteer Center is teaming up with City Year Los Angeles for the 5th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 16th from 8:00am-3:00pm. There are 50 open volunteer positions for UCLA community members – students, alumni, staff, faculty, parents, and friends. Spots are filling up quickly, so sign up now!
- January 17-18, 2012 – CSC-SWC Winter Volunteer Fair on the Hill
Held on the Hill, the Fair exposes students to community service and health opportunities within the USAC Community Service Commission and USAC Student Welfare Commission. Featuring student group performances, exhibits of student involvement, and giveaways from the Volunteer Center and ASUCLA, the Fair hopes to highlight some of the ways in which students are contributing to their campus and their communities, and how anyone interested can get involved.
- January 19, 2012 – Power of One Conference
New, intermediate, and expert leaders like yourself are invited to explore the Power of One – one person, group, community, or world. Hear from current student leaders and experts in the field; and get a chance to connect with UCLA and community groups that are looking for inspired leaders who are ready to take the next step in civic engagement. Sponsored by the UCLA Volunteer Center and the Office of Residential Life.
- January 28, 2012 – One Bus, One Cause: Mark Twain School Garden
For several decades, the garden at Mark Twain Middle School has been key component of the school’s educational program and community. Students work in the garden during recess, lunch, and designated classes, and are highly enthusiastic about this special space. However, there are some tasks that they do not have the time or ability to tackle. On January 28th, UCLA volunteers will revamp the garden as part of UCLA’s first ever “One Bus, One Cause” event. Volunteers will create a space for a small auditorium, redesign and replant garden beds, remove weeds and debris, construct arbors to line pathways, and sort seeds, among other tasks. The time spent in the garden will be invaluable- not only for the students at Mark Twain Middle School, but for volunteers who will get to give back through this UCLA Volunteer Center flagship event!
- February 7, 2012 – Non-profit Networking Night
Hosted by the USAC Community Service Commission, Volunteer Center, Career Center, and the Office of Residential Life, this night brings students and non-profit professionals together, providing Bruins with an opportunity to learn about job opportunities in the non-profit sector and gain general life advice about working in the field. Students will have the chance to network with a variety of nonprofit professionals and to engage in deeper conservation in an intimate setting.
- February 11, 2012 – One Bus, One Cause: Angelus Senior Center
Fifty UCLA volunteers will assist Angelus Plaza residents and community seniors in the computer lab. The volunteers will work one-on-one with the seniors and provide handy tips for accessing the Internet, email, Social Security, Metro schedules, health and wellness topics, online shopping Websites, Mapquest and Google. Keep an eye on our One Bus, One Cause page for more information as we approach this date.
We will post more information regarding each of these events as it gets closer. In the meantime, stay connected with us via Facebook and Twitter to learn more about what’s going on in the world of volunteerism.