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UCLA volunteers come out in force

OW Staff | 9/14/2011, 5 p.m.

WESTWOOD--Nearly 6,800 incoming freshmen and transfer students will be deployed to 27 locations throughout Los Angeles for UCLA's third annual Volunteer Day on Sept. 20. An additional 660 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 go into each of the city's 15 City Council districts to work on projects at elementary, middle and high schools, and at parks, shelters, a senior center, a food bank and two veteran affairs sites.

Volunteer Day is part of a major initiative to expand UCLA's already strong tradition of service. The goal is 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, an online gateway for civic participation available to all Bruins, past and present.

Among the many locations selected, volunteers will complete projects at the following schools: Arlington Heights Elementary School, Baldwin Hills Elementary School, Crenshaw High School, and Jordan High School.