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UCLA VOLUNTEER CENTER: Volunteerism
Most of us who retire from UCLA have a plan in mind for our retirement years. One option is to volu...

Volunteerism

By {$article_source}
February 2, 2011
( UCLA Retirees' Association ) --

Most of us who retire from UCLA have a plan in mind for our retirement years. One option is to volunteer in order to “give back” to the University or the community. Not only are volunteering and performing community service priorities nationally, but they also are priorities of the University of California. Whether you are able to contribute two or ten hours per week to an organization or donate your time intermittently or seasonally, there is probably a volunteer opportunity out there for you that will match your interests and skills.

Volunteering can play a vital role in your life. It provides a way to remain part of a community and to serve in ways that help others. When you give, you get back. Consider volunteering and getting involved.

If you are available, enjoy being around people, and want to help organizations achieve their goals at a time when the use of volunteers is essential economically, check out the Volunteer Opportunities that follow. Opportunities are available that cover a wide range of interests and schedules. Currently, those listed are on the UCLA or Santa Monica/UCLA campuses, but the scope of opportunities available may be expanded. Check out the website periodically for updated information.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

UCLA Volunteer Center – Project SPELL

Are you interested in sharing your experience and knowledge with English language learners? Project SPELL, Students for Progress in English Language Learning, is a UCLA Volunteer Center initiative that will act as a support service for UCLA employees who are non-native English speakers. This program matches UCLA employee learners with UCLA-affiliated volunteer tutors to accomplish English language learning goals as expressed by the learners. In providing free, conveniently located, personalized tutoring via UCLA volunteers, we will be offering a unique program that fulfills an important need on campus.

Come be a part of this exciting new program! Volunteers must commit to two, one-hour weekly meetings with learners (totaling 16 hours of tutoring time), as well as a mandatory orientation, and two informational workshops during the quarter. For more information or to obtain a Volunteer Tutor Application, contact Sarah Torres at storres@volunteer.ucla.edu.

Dashew International Student Center

The Dashew International Students & Scholars program is a department in the Office of Student Affairs. Dashew has partnered with CouchSurfing™ Home Stays, a social network that allows individual students to contact individual staff, retirees or other members of the community to arrange home stays or visits for a day, a week or longer for some students who arrive in Los Angeles before the beginning of a term and are unable to assume residence in student housing. CouchSurfing™ provides references for the homeowners and for the students. For more information regarding CouchSurfing, you may visit their website at www.couchsurfing.org. The Dashew Center offers a variety of other programs geared toward making it easier for international students and their families to enjoy UCLA. You can help with this!

How You Can Support the Dashew Center:

You can join CouchSurfing™ to help smooth the transition for international students arriving in Los Angeles by offering to host them in your home. This network can also be used to meet international students and their families to invite them to spend special holidays or other events with you. As expressed by the program coordinator, “This is a great way to meet the students and possibly change someone’s life”.

Dashew supports various intramural sports. You could volunteer to coach a team, which include: flag-football, soccer and softball. The teams are co-ed.

The Language Circles program allows international students to network with other people on campus who speak their language. You may volunteer to coordinate or participate in a Circle.

The Conversation Partners program is different from the Language Circles. If you speak English and want to learn another language, you are paired with someone who speaks the language you want to learn…..who wants to learn English. And so on, and so on…All languages may apply.

UCLA Volunteer Center

: The Volunteer Center at UCLA opened on September 21, 2009. It steps up UCLA’s commitment to public service and positions the university as a national leader in volunteerism. The Volunteer Center fulfills a long-standing commitment by Chancellor Gene Block to enhance UCLA’s engagement in public service. For more information, go to volunteer.ucla.edu and click on “UCLA Volunteering” and/or “Community Volunteering”.

The Fowler Museum

often has several possible volunteer opportunities:
Museum Store – customer service positions assisting visitors in the store, ringing up sales, stocking shelves. Contact store manager Stella Krieger at 310-206-7004.
Long-Term Exhibitions Desk – volunteers staff a desk in the exhibition area. They provide customer service and answer general questions of museum visitors. Contact Bridget Dulong, Events Manager, at 310-825-3237 or bdulong@arts.ucla.edu.

Cotsen Institute of Archaeology (located in the Fowler Museum)

Volunteers assist in the Institute’s laboratories and are trained in needed skills, which include sorting and cataloging artifacts and computer work. Contacts are: Wendy Teeter, Curator, and Hidonee Spoonhunter, Assistant to the Curator.

They can be reached at 310-825-1864.

UCLA Health System

Although there are many volunteer opportunities at both the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital, prospective volunteers must complete both an application form and a 500-word essay. Once these documents are received and reviewed, those accepted will be invited to the next available orientation. For more detailed information, go to www.uclahealth.org and click on “Volunteer”.

The UCLA School of Law Volunteer Witness Program

provides opportunities to volunteers to serve as jurors for mock trials held in April and November/December each year. Mock trials support training for UCLA law students as they prepare to become competent lawyers. To volunteer contact Summer Rose at 310-206-1193 or at rose@law.ucla.edu.

UCLA Live

Joining the UCLA Live Volunteer Usher Corps is a great way to support your favorite arts organization, as well as see shows for free! UCLA Live recruits volunteer ushers once a year. Volunteer ushers work two shows per month during the season: they arrive 60 minutes prior to the start of the show, pass out programs, show patrons to their seats, and see the show in the process. Volunteer ushers are also eligible to receive complimentary tickets to a wide range of events throughout the season. For more information, call 310-825-3976 or e-mail ushers@arts.ucla.edu.

UCLA Design for Sharing

Volunteers assist at demonstration performances for elementary and middle school students. Most performances take place in Royce Hall on weekday mornings. Volunteers also assist in the office with mailings and lead campus tours.

Contact Theresa Willis Peters, Program Coordinator, at 310-825-7681 or at dfs@uclalive.org.

UCLA Alumni Association

Remain committed to making a positive impact in your UCLA community. The Alumni Association offers meaningful volunteer opportunities that fit your interests and schedule. Opportunities include selecting scholarship recipients, guiding students in career choices, and advocating on behalf of UCLA. To share your knowledge, meet new people and be rewarded with a fulfilling experience, go to www.UCLAlumni.net and click on “Volunteers” or e-mail volunteer@UCLAlumni.net.

I’m Going to College (IGTC) Events

Offered through Southern California school systems, the I’m Going to College program joins UCLA Athletic events with a message about the importance of higher education. Volunteers are instrumental in facilitating the success of this game day program as they guide thousands of children through educational fairs, campus tours and special attractions.

Annually, UCLA Athletics hosts 5-6 IGTC events. Go to the IGTC website for dates of events and more information: www.uclabruins.com/comm-relations/ucla-igtc-volunteer.html.

UCLA Center on Aging

The UCLA Center on Aging is looking for volunteers to present the Memory Training course at local venues. The new Memory Training course provides an innovative educational program for people with age-related memory concerns. Classes meet for four consecutive weeks, two hours each week. Volunteer trainers teach the curriculum to small groups of participants. Volunteers must be certified. Training and certification is conducted by a geriatric psychologist. Ten hours of training are required.

Please email Sherrie Goldfarb at sgoldfarb@mednet.ucla.edu or call 310-794-0676 for more information on becoming a volunteer trainer. Visit their website at: www.semel.ucla.edu.

If you are interested in participating in the Staff Retirees’ Volunteer Program you may contact John Dahl, UCLARA President, via e-mail at jdahl@ucla.edu. Get involved and volunteer!

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