On September 28, the Volunteer Center will celebrate the 11th anniversary of Volunteer Day. In honor of this exciting milestone, volunteers will participate in dozens of service sites around campus, Los Angeles and the world. The UCLA community will come together in a way that engages more Bruins in more places than ever before.
On June 1, the UCLA Volunteer Center and Bruin volunteers will participate in the Stamp Out Hunger food drive in partnership with United Way of Greater Los Angeles. Stamp out Hunger is the nation’s largest food drive, and last year they were able to set a national record with over 2 million pounds of food collected and sorted. Join the UCLA Volunteer Center as we head over to Bell, CA to assist with sorting food donations, disposing of damaged donations and packing boxes of food to be sent to partner pantries.
Every April, Friends of the LA River organizes the Great LA River Cleanup, La Gran Limpieza, one of the most significant environmental stewardship events in the region and officially the largest urban river cleanup in the country. Situated in what used to be the LA River floodplain, Compton Creek was historically characterized by freshwater marshes, willows and cottonwood trees. Today, most of the 8.5 mile creek is channelized where you are likely to see stilts, killdeer, mallards and perhaps even a heron. Come join UCLA Volunteers as we head over to Compton Creek to do our part in protecting the environment. T-shirts, a light breakfast and transportation will be provided.
Head over to the James West Alumni Center to write letters to service members! We will also have a few speakers discussing Operation Gratitude.
The Jane B Semel HCI Community Garden provides an on-campus space for the UCLA community to grow healthy food and foster education of urban gardening practices. In partnership with the Semel Healthy Campus Initiative Center, envisioned and supported by Jane and Terry Semel, this garden is intended to promote community building and address food insecurity on campus. During this 3-hour session, volunteers will receive a tour of the space and work on various tasks that will ensure long-term health for plants grown in raised garden beds and the small fruit tree orchard such as pruning fruit trees, starting seedlings and transporting compost. T-shirts and a light breakfast will be included.
Celebrate Volunteer Appreciation Week by coming to learn about various student groups on campus. Play games! Win prizes! We will also be collecting school supplies donations!
On February 23 the Volunteer Center and Bruin volunteers will head outdoors and help plant dozens of trees around the Van Nuys/Sherman Oaks Recreation Center Park. Come fall in love with trees this February with a planting project hosted by City Plants whose mission is to expand and maintain LA’s green canopy by helping plant over 20,000 trees around the city. T-shirts, a light breakfast and transportation will be included.
This month, the UCLA Volunteer Center will partner with the Semel Healthy Campus Initiative Center to learn all about their jane b semel HCI Community Garden. Volunteers will receive a tour of the space and work on numerous projects that will ensure long-term health for plants grown in raised garden beds and the small fruit tree orchard. Various tasks such as pruning fruit trees, transporting compost, and starting seedlings will be performed in hopes to improve yields for harvests that will eventually be donated to the CPO Food Closet and the broader campus community.
Join the UCLA Volunteer Center and Parent & Family Programs at the L.A. Regional Food Bank. The mission of the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank is to mobilize resources to fight hunger in the Los Angeles community. The Food Bank gives hope by distributing 59 million pounds of food annually to over 700 agencies across the region.
Volunteers will help sort hundreds of pounds of donated canned goods and food items that will go to thousands of families and individuals in need. T-shirts, lunch and transportation will be included.
Operation Gratitude is a Chatsworth-based nonprofit that supports active U.S. service members by sending them care packages. The UCLA Volunteer Center partners with Operation Gratitude throughout the year to contribute over 200 hand-written letters from Bruin students, staff, faculty and community members.
Join Bruin volunteers, along with several hundred community volunteers, to help screen letters and assemble thousands of care packages for U.S. service members abroad.