This year’s National Volunteer Week takes place during Week 2 – April 6-12, 2014 – and as always, the UCLA Volunteer Center wants to appreciate YOU! Volunteer Appreciation Week celebrates and recognizes the people and organizations participating in community service efforts that make a difference in communities across Greater Los Angeles.
The narrative of giving back is a part of UCLA’s identity. Students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni contribute countless hours each year to volunteer projects taking place in local communities. From mentoring to building school gardens, the myriad ways that Bruins make a difference are as diverse as the backgrounds of the volunteers themselves.
All Bruins are invited to participate in Volunteer Appreciation Week at UCLA by signing up for a service project, joining the Center as a Fellow, Intern, or SPELL tutor, sharing a volunteer experience on the Volunteer Center’s social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), wearing a service related t-shirt around Bruin Plaza on Thursday, April 10 to receive a complimentary gift of appreciation, or through any of the below activities.
Saturday, April 5 & Sunday, April 6
Dance Marathon 2014 at UCLA
The Pediatric AIDS Coalition at UCLA (PAC) is hosting the 13th annual Dance Marathon over the weekend. This monumental weekend will feature campus unity, entertainment, energy, and education; dancers, moralers, and volunteers will stand for a cause for the kids and for a cure. For 26 hours, Bruins will literally take a stand against pediatric HIV/AIDS, and Volunteer Center volunteers will be in attendance to support and dance. Look for Volunteer Center Fellows giving out inspirational stickers and other goodies!
Monday, April 7
UCLA Blood & Platelet Center
Heroes come in all types. Donate blood today. Bruins, we encourage you to donate blood at one of the UCLA Blood & Platelet Center’s two locations (Ackerman Union & 1045 Gayley in the Westwood Village). Help to provide an adequate and safe supply of blood for UCLA patients. Even if you can’t donate that day, make an appointment on Monday to give at a time that works for you.
Tuesday, April 8
An Evening with Father Boyle
On Tuesday, Father Boyle, author as well as founder and director of Homeboy Industries, will speak at the De Neve Auditorium at 7pm. His talk is entitled “Barking to the Choir: Now Entering the Kinship of God.” For twenty-five years, Fr. Greg has run Homeboy Industries, the largest gang-intervention program in the country. He’s a terrific, inspiring speaker, and if you’ve never heard him (or even if you have!), this night is NOT TO BE MISSED! The talk is free and pay-parking is available on campus at nearby Parking Structure DD. Learn more at the Community Service Commission’s Facebook event.
Wednesday, April 9
Common Book Collection at the John Wooden Center
Still holding on to a UCLA Common Book? Donate yours at the John Wooden Center lobby on Wednesday (or Thursday at the event below) in order to have it donated to John R. Wooden High School when we visit on Friday, April 25. Learn more about the Wooden High visit or sign-up to join us; visit https://volunteer.ucla.edu/one-bus-one-cause/. Thank you to UCLA’s First Year Experience, Office of Residential Life, Recreation, and Writer’s Den for their support.
Thursday, April 10
Bruin Plaza Service Celebration
Wear your service-themed shirt to Bruin Plaza between 10am – 2pm to receive a token of appreciation from the Volunteer Center for your service. Any community service shirt will do – and bring your smile, because we’d like to take a picture of you to place on social media to promote your service organization. In addition, various service organizations such as the Community Service Commission (CSC), Community Programs Office (CPO), People Assisting The Homeless (PATH), Westwood Village Improvement Association (WVIA), Coaching Corps UCLA, and others will be tabling in Bruin Plaza with us about all the ways you can get involved right now! We will also have a number of service projects available – letter writing to troops and veterans with Operation Gratitude, hygiene kit assembly with PATH, and bookmark making for schoolchildren.
Friday, April 11
Operation Gratitude Letter Writing
The purpose of an Operation Gratitude letter is to let members of the military know that their service is appreciated. You can help UCLA honor those who serve by writing a letter or organizing a group writing event. Operation Gratitude has sent over 600,000 care packages since 2003, and UCLA is the first large-scale university the organization has paired with to increase these efforts. Find one of our 12 on-campus boxes to write and send your letter!
Saturday, April 12
One Bus, One Cause: UCLA Lab School
On Saturday, the Volunteer Leadership Program is sending a dedicated bunch of volunteers to revitalize the creek that runs through UCLA and the UCLA Lab School. Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a day outdoors preserving nature and continuing the efforts of the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation, which has been maintaining the creek over the past several years. Many have seen the Creek’s potential impact on the students’ lives and its significance in UCLA history. This project will be completed in collaboration with Lab School representatives and will allow many volunteers who may be new to environmental projects to make a difference!
- All week: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA AT UCLA) is proud to continue its service for the West Los Angeles and UCLA community by providing free income tax assistance and consultation for our service recipients. Visit their website to book an appointment or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- All week: The Students of Color for Public Health are hosting a full week’s worth of lectures and activities to celebrate National Public Health Week from April 6 – 11. Join them for various events like biking, emergency preparedness training, mental and social well-being through the arts, yoga, and more!
- All week: Interested in working with youth? Love public health? Want to help raise awareness for HIV/AIDS? Apply to be an AIDS Ambassador! Join us in the fight against HIV/AIDS by educating high school students in the Los Angeles area. Apply online by 11:59PM on April 11th to email@example.com. Selected applicants will be notified by April 13th for an interview during Week 3. The AIDS Ambassadors at UCLA and their partners, the UCLA AIDS Institute and the UCLA Art | Global Health Center, are committed to the global eradication of HIV/AIDS transmission. Thinking globally and acting locally, the AIDS Ambassadors at UCLA focus on peer education, empowerment, and providing accessible, anonymous HIV/AIDS testing to UCLA and its surrounding community.
- All week: CHAMPs at UCLA visits the Angelina Apartment Complex twice a week to provide academic and social support for at-risk kids and teens. We are entirely student-run, so volunteers will have the opportunity to help run a nonprofit, lead lessons and field trips, and make a difference in the lives of kids and teens. If you are interested in applying to be a volunteer or director, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. “CHAMPs is the best thing I’ve done at UCLA. The kids, teens, and college volunteers create a welcoming environment and give me something to look forward to every week. I am able to make a real impact while having a great time.” -Eli, a CHAMPs volunteer
- April 8: Chicanos/Latinos for Community Medicine (CCM) at UCLA is selling pupusas on Tuesday at 6pm so Bruins can satisfy their cravings without venturing far from UCLA. For $5, you can get 2 pupusas and a drink, or for $2.50 you can get 1 pupusa, all while helping CCM fulfill its mission to promote and develop a communication network for pre-health students and to serve underserved communities.
- April 8-10: The Clothesline Project works to raise awareness about sexual and domestic violence. Every year, they hang up shirts bearing anonymous personal messages from survivors of rape, incest, domestic violence, and hate crimes. Some shirts are angry, some sad, some forgiving, but every shirt is a real story: A way to speak out and fight back against this silent crime. In addition to viewing the t-shirts in Schoenberg & Perloff Quads from 9am-4pm, survivors can come to the display to make their own t-shirt that will be hung up on the line. For more information, email email@example.com.
- April 10: Join The Clothesline Project for a night of speakers, performers, and to hear a survivor speak out to help survivors reclaim the night that they lost to sexual violence. The event will take place from 7-9pm in Perloff Quad.
- April 10: Amigos de UCLA is hosting a fundraiser at Veggie Grill on Thursday from 5-9pm. 50% of your purchase will be donated to Amigos, and all you have to do is mention the fundraiser and they will take care of the rest! Proceeds from this event go to fund star reader prizes, snacks, materials, and transportation for the socio-economically disadvantaged children that Amigos de UCLA serves. If you have any comments, questions, or concerns, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- April 10: Conversation with an Expert will be hosted by UCLA Alumni Affairs and Government & Community Relations about the second largest city in the United States by population. Los Angeles is home to nearly 4 million people in the city, and more than 9 million in the county. While the country struggles with immigration reform, Los Angeles is at the epicenter of thought on the nexus between education, immigration and the future of workforce development in the United States. Learn more about the speakers and RSVP by April 8. For more information, email email@example.com.
- April 10: Tri Delta is hosting their annual Pancake Breakfast to benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital from 9pm-2am outside of the Lambda Chi Alpha house. Tickets are $5 at the door and $5 pre-sale (shorter line) for a stack of pancakes. 4 different flavors are available: vanilla, plain, chocolate chip, and banana. All proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, an amazing hospital founded in 1962 that is dedicated to the treatment of children’s catastrophic diseases, primarily cancer.