September 20, 2011
Join Chancellor Block and Speaker of the CA State Assembly, John Perez for UCLA’s third annual Volunteer Day on September 20, 2011 at Breed Street Elementary. This year, nearly 6,800 incoming freshmen and transfer students will be deployed to 27 locations throughout the City of Los Angeles. An additional 660 UCLA staff members, faculty, alumni, upperclassmen and other volunteers are helping to organize and oversee the effort at elementary, middle and high schools, at parks, shelters, a senior center, a food bank and a Veterans Affairs site.
Projects will include major painting, distribution of food and school supplies, restoration of nature trails, refurbishing of gardens and removal of fire hazards. Volunteers will also assist seniors and veterans and, at schools, engage in college-preparatory mentoring.
The following elected officials will participate in Volunteer Day to welcome and convey the importance of civic engagement to our Bruin Volunteers:
Speaker John Perez- Breed Street Elementary
Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield- Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies
Councilman Ed Reyes- Magnolia Elementary School & Vista Hermosa Park
Councilman Richard Alarcon- Pacoima Middle School
Councilman Tom LaBonge- Griffith Park
There will also be field representatives from several local, state, and federal offices on site to take part in the service projects.
Volunteer Day is part of Chancellor Block’s major initiative to expand UCLA’s already strong tradition of service. The goal is to make UCLA a national leader in volunteerism and encourage UCLA students, faculty, staff and alumni to make a lifelong commitment to helping others. More than half of UCLA’s undergraduates participate in some form of community service, from tutoring young people and combating poverty and homelessness to providing legal, social, medical and educational assistance. For more information on Volunteer Day, please visit the UCLA Volunteer Center, an online gateway for civic participation available to all Bruins, past and present.