UCLA in the Community

UCLA staff spend St. Paddy's greening the V.A. garden

About 60 volunteers from Residential Life helped beautify grounds of medical center

Bruin staff at V.A. garden
Steve Greim/UCLA

UCLA Residential Life staff work in the garden at the Veterans Affairs West Los Angeles Medical Center.

About 60 UCLA staff members from Residential Life spent their St. Patrick's Day volunteering at the Veterans Affairs West Los Angeles Medical Center on Tuesday to lend a hand with gardening and other projects.

They weeded, raked, pruned and planted seedlings on the V.A.'s golf course and in the gardens. For the office’s annual Day of Service, the Bruins also painted restrooms, provided office support, and cleaned and organized gardening equipment. Many on Res Life staff are veterans, have family or friends who served, or work with student veterans who use V.A. services.

“The group was proud and excited to connect with the V.A.,” said Christine Coons, an assistant director for staff and student development in Res Life. “They are our close neighbors, and it felt good to help locally.”

For more information on UCLA's 70-year history of serving veterans, go to www.veterans.ucla.edu.

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