Westwood – For UCLA’s third annual Volunteer Day on Sept. 20, nearly 6,800 incoming freshmen and transfer students will be deployed to 27 locations throughout Los Angeles. An additional 660 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 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 Veterans 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.

To follow Volunteer Day events on Facebook, visit http://facebook.com/uclavolunteer. For live Twitter updates, responses and retweets throughout Volunteer Day, the Twitter username is @uclavolunteer; to see what everyone, including the UCLA Volunteer Center, is saying, use the hashtag #uclavol.

More info online at http://volunteer.ucla.edu/2011-volunteer-day.