UCLA volunteers to blanket L.A. by the thousands Sept. 29

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Before they even set foot in the classroom, 6,500 incoming UCLA freshmen and transfer students will be deployed to more than 40 locations throughout Los Angeles as part of the sixth annual UCLA Volunteer Day on Monday, Sept. 29. Another 800 UCLA staff members, faculty, alumni, parents, upperclassmen and other volunteers are organizing and overseeing the effort.

Volunteers will travel to projects at locations including elementary, middle and high schools, veterans services sites, public parks, senior centers, shelters and food banks. UCLA volunteers will contribute an estimated 35,000 service hours in one day. (2013 Volunteer Day impact report)

Projects include painting, tutoring, distributing school supplies, assisting senior citizens with memory care work, sorting food donations, restoring nature trails, and building and refurbishing community gardens. Volunteers will also spend time with veterans and engage in college-preparatory mentoring with students.

Members of the media are welcome at all locations; sites of interest are listed below and a full list, including a map and additional details, is available on the Volunteer Day website. Read more in the UCLA news release.

WHEN

Monday, Sept. 29

8–9 a.m. New students begin leaving UCLA on foot and in 125 buses bound for sites around Los Angeles County.
9–9:30 a.m. Buses arrive at more than 40 volunteer locations.
10 a.m. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block and State Senate President Pro Tem-elect Kevin de León participate in student assembly at Los Angeles Elementary School (location).
9–noon (until 12:30 p.m. at some locations) Volunteer projects underway.

BACKGROUND

Volunteer Day is part of Chancellor Block’s 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. The event is organized by the UCLA Volunteer Center, a gateway for civic participation available to all Bruins, past and present.

SITES OF SPECIAL INTEREST

Los Angeles Elementary School | 1211 S. Hobart Blvd., Los Angeles 90006
Two hundred volunteers will visit this LAUSD school, where Bruins will read books to students, talk to them about college, paint the school colors on outside walls of kindergarten buildings, weed planter boxes for future planting, and help distribute $45,000 worth of school and dental supplies donated by the nonprofit K to College. At 10 a.m., Block, de León, and school principal Rafael Alvarez will speak to the students. K to College executive director Benito Delgado-Olson and other special guests are also expected to attend.

Veterans Home of West Los Angeles | 11500 Nimitz Ave., Los Angeles 90049
Fifty volunteers will organize the facility’s books to create a library, participate in interactive projects with the older residents such as memory care for those with dementia, motivate and assist younger vets in the Transitional Housing Program, and do some gardening.

ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtag for all social media: #BruinsGiveBack
Facebook: facebook.com/uclavolunteer
Twitter: @uclavolunteer
Flickr: www.flickr.com/photos/uclavolunteer
Instagram: instagram.com/uclavolunteer

MEDIA CONTACT

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

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