UCLA volunteers at 50 sites to provide almost $1 million worth of service

Monday, Sept. 19, more than 7,000 Bruins will participate in UCLA’s 8th annual Volunteer Day

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UCLA’s eighth annual Volunteer Day, a cornerstone of the UCLA experience and the nation’s largest community participation event for new students, will take place Monday, Sept. 19. Before classes even start, more than 7,200 volunteers, including more than 6,500 incoming freshmen and transfer students, will lend a hand at 50 different community locations in all 15 Los Angeles City Council districts.

Every UCLA student begins their college experience not with classes but with service — at schools, veteran’s centers, food banks, parks, homeless shelters, retirement homes and more. Volunteerism is part of the essence of being a Bruin, and for new students who are not from Los Angeles, one of their first tastes of the city is serving the community. Volunteer Day is a call to action that inspires many Bruins to volunteer year-round with the UCLA Volunteer Center.

The roughly 40,000 hours of community service provided on Volunteer Day and in advance by volunteer organizers are conservatively estimated to have a value of more than $920,000 in services provided.

Members of the media are welcome at all locations. Sites of interest are listed below. For a full list that includes a map and additional details on individual volunteer sites, see volunteerday.ucla.edu/2016-community-partners.

WHEN

Monday, Sept. 19

7 to 10 a.m.
6,500–7,000 new students gather at UCLA’s Drake Stadium to depart on foot and in 130 buses for sites around the county.

8 to 10:30 a.m.
130 buses arrive at 50 volunteer locations throughout greater Los Angeles.

9 a.m.
Student assembly at Hoover Street Elementary School (address below) with UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, State Assemblyman Miguel Santiago and Hoover Principal Martha Avelar.

Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Volunteers depart.

BACKGROUND

Volunteer Day is part of Chancellor Gene Block’s major initiative to make UCLA a national leader in volunteerism and to 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. Volunteer Day is a special project of the UCLA Volunteer Center, a gateway for civic participation available to all Bruins, past and present.

SITES OF SPECIAL INTEREST

UCLA Chancellor Gene Block and State Assemblyman Miguel Santiago will visit Hoover Street Elementary School near MacArthur Park. (For a full list of UCLA Volunteer Day sites, see volunteerday.ucla.edu/2016-community-partners.)

Hoover Street Elementary School, 2726 Francis St., Los Angeles, CA 90005
100 volunteers will visit this LAUSD school, where Bruins will paint a map of the United States on the playground, paint lines for basketball courts, touch up paint in the cafeteria, and help distribute $49,000 worth of school and dental supplies donated by the nonprofit K to College.

At 9 a.m., Chancellor Block, State Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, and school Principal Martha Avelar will speak to the school’s children and help distribute tote bags containing school supplies.

Veterans Home of West Los Angeles, 11500 Nimitz Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90049
100 volunteers will do interactive projects with the residents such as bingo, music and dancing, and will also sand and paint patio furniture.

MEDIA CONTACT

Alison Hewitt | ahewitt@support.ucla.edu
310-206-5461 (office) | 310-562-0174 (cell)

WAYS TO FOLLOW VOLUNTEER DAY

Volunteer Day information is available at volunteerday.ucla.edu and newsroom.ucla.edu.

Hashtag for all social media: #BruinsGiveBack

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