The summer is almost over and pretty soon the students will return to campus, bringing to life another academic year. With the turn of the academic calendar comes one of my favorite events, UCLA Volunteer Day.
This year’s event, the 9th annual, will take place on October 7. We’ve targeted over 30 sites for volunteers to help with, taking place in every single Los Angeles City Council District. More than 4,000 new student volunteers are expected, and we can use some help from our fellow UCLA advocates.
Each year, we encourage continuing students, alumni, staff, faculty, retirees, and friends of UCLA to register as Volunteer Day Task Captains. These positions help up to 25 students at a volunteer site work efficiently while having fun. Volunteer Day projects can include gardening, beautification and working with children, among other tasks. The difference this event makes is felt throughout the city and region, and dovetails nicely with our True Bruin Values.
You all have shown yourselves to be strong advocates for UCLA. Volunteering to be a Volunteer Day Task Captain falls in line with our mission, and shows to our elected representatives that UCLA is a strong neighbor and community asset.
Speaking of opportunities to get out into the community and represent UCLA and higher education: Don’t forget that our Summer Recess Advocacy Contest is ongoing.
Legislators are still on break from Sacramento and Washington, D.C., which means the majority of them are back in the Los Angeles area, putting forth community events and open to meeting with constituents. Check out our newly updated public local events page, which now includes several federal opportunities, as well.
Remember, the contest is about encouraging advocates to take photos with elected officials at these events to use on Twitter and Instagram with the tag @UCLAadvocacy for a chance to win TWO tickets to the UCLA versus Hawaii football game at the Rose Bowl on Sept. 9. What better way to ring in the new academic year!?
Thank you all again, enjoy the end of your summer, and Raise Your Voice!Go Bruins!
Keith S. Parker
Government & Community Relations
Assistant Vice Chancellor