UCLA student volunteers to blanket L.A. by the thousands on Sept. 24
For UCLA's fifth annual UCLA Volunteer Day on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 6,500 incoming freshmen and transfer students will be deployed to more than 50 locations throughout Los Angeles before they even set foot in the classroom. Another 900 UCLA staff members, faculty, alumni, upperclassmen and other volunteers are helping to organize and oversee the effort.
Making this a true all–Los Angeles event, volunteers will travel to each of the city's 15 City Council districts to work on projects at a variety of locations, including elementary, middle and high schools, public parks, senior centers, shelters, a food bank and a Veterans Affairs site. UCLA volunteers will contribute an estimated 35,000 service hours in one day.
Projects include painting, tutoring, distributing school supplies, sorting food donations, restoring nature trails, and building and refurbishing community gardens. Volunteers will also assist seniors and veterans and, at schools, engage in college-preparatory mentoring based on curricula from Los Angeles Team Mentoring and the Magic Johnson Foundation.
Members of the media are welcome at all sites. Sites of interest are listed below.
Tuesday, Sept. 24
New students begin leaving UCLA on foot and in 124 buses bound for sites around the city.
Buses arrive at more than 50 volunteer locations throughout Los Angeles.
Student assembly at Leo Politi Elementary School (address below) with UCLA Chancellor Gene Block and State Assembly Speaker John Perez.
9 a.m.–noon/12:30 p.m.
Volunteer projects underway.
Volunteer Day is part of Chancellor Gene Block's major initiative 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. Volunteer Day is a special project of the UCLA Volunteer Center, a gateway for civic participation available to all Bruins, past and present.
WAYS TO FOLLOW VOLUNTEER DAY:
Volunteer Day information is available at volunteerday.ucla.edu
Alison Hewitt | email@example.com
310-206-5461 (office) | 310-562-0174 (cell)
Ricardo Vazquez | firstname.lastname@example.org
310-206-3986 (office) | 310-721-2749 (cell)
SITES OF SPECIAL INTEREST:
UCLA Chancellor Gene Block and other Los Angeles leaders will visit Leo Politi Elementary School in Koreatown. (For a full list of UCLA Volunteer Day sites, see volunteerday.ucla.edu/community-partners.)
Leo Politi Elementary School | 2481 West 11th St., Los Angeles 90006
Two hundred volunteers will visit the LAUSD school with the highest percentage of low-income families. Bruins will read books to students, talk to them about college, organize the library, weed and landscape a streetside planter area, and help distribute $45,000 worth of school and dental supplies donated by K to College, a nonprofit that operates California's largest charitable school- and dental-supply program.
At 10 a.m., Chancellor Block and State Assembly Speaker John Perez will speak to the school's children and help distribute tote bags containing school supplies. K to College executive director Benito Delgado-Olson and other special guests are also expected to attend.
Watts Towers | 1765 E 107th St., Los Angeles 90002
Fifty volunteers will visit the historic site to repair walls, weed the community garden and organize supplies at the arts center.
Veterans Affairs Medical Center | 11500 Nimitz Ave., Los Angeles 90049
One hundred volunteers will weed and plant while conversing with residents, perform in a talent show and host a dance and game day with residents at the Veterans Home.
Ballona Creek | 5000 S. Centinela Ave., Los Angeles 90230
Fifty volunteers will work with the nonprofit Ballona Creek Renaissance to clean the creek and learn about the area's history, wildlife and local issues.
Angeles Senior Center | 255 S. Hill St., Los Angeles 90012
Fifty volunteers will visit the Bunker Hill center, which houses 1,400 low- and mid-income seniors. Volunteers will build 2-by-8-foot planters for the third-floor garden area, work one-on-one with seniors in the computer lab and join residents for dancing and billiards.
Griffith Park | 4730 Crystal Springs Dr., Los Angeles 90027
With 500 volunteers, Griffith Park is once again the largest UCLA Volunteer Day site. Bruins will do trail restoration, mulching, filling in gopher holes and maintenance in six areas of Griffith Park: Fern Dell, Bird Sanctuary, Pecan Grove, Merry-Go-Round, Park Center and Crystal Springs.
MEND Emergency Food Bank | 10641 San Fernando Rd., Pacoima 91331
Fifty volunteers will visit this nonprofit, the largest poverty agency in the San Fernando Valley, to sort food and clothing for distribution and help with other tasks.
Bessie Pregerson Child Development Center | 1341 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles 90025
Fifty volunteers will visit this preschool program supporting the neighboring residential program for homeless families. Bruins will read books to children and help them with craft projects related to the books, teach the children the names of baby farm animal by singing songs and showing pictures, hold wheelbarrow races, and more.
Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission | 8165 San Fernando Rd., Sun Valley 91352
One hundred volunteers will visit the emergency and transitional shelter site to beautify the building by painting offices, pulling weeds, picking up trash and pressure-washing the courtyard.
Alta Loma Elementary School | 1745 Vineyard Ave., Los Angeles 90019
Two hundred volunteers will paint murals, paint handball courts, read to children in classrooms and give presentations about college to older children.