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Community Service Day

Student Housing Leaders Plan Service Day

UC Riverside students will paint, weed or wash dogs as they volunteer at nine Inland locations on Sept. 3.

(August 30, 2010)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Student housing leaders from UC Riverside will spend a half-day painting, weeding, washing dogs or helping employees at nine Inland locations as part of their annual staff training on Friday, Sept. 3.

The community service training component is a first for student housing leaders, who include assistant resident directors, resident advisers, program coordinators, and officers of the Residence Halls Association.

“We have asked our student leaders to plan community service activities in the past, and this training is intended to provide them practical experience and contacts to develop more opportunities for our 6,000-plus residents,” said Andy Plumley, assistant vice chancellor for housing services.

“Giving back to the community is a critical component of the university’s mission,” Plumley said. “It’s important to help our students relate what they’re learning to the world around them, to expose them to new experiences, and to help them experience how to be good citizens.”

Approximately 190 student housing leaders plus some full-time residence hall staff will leave the university at 1 p.m. and return for a debriefing on campus at 6 p.m.

Among the locations where UCR student leaders will volunteer are:

Operation Safe House: Students will play board games and do arts and crafts activities with children and young adults, and will help clean the facility.

UCR Botanic Gardens: Volunteers will clean up, remove and plant flowers, weed and mulch.

UCR Child Development Center: UCR students will help organize classrooms and help teachers prepare for their students.

Birthday Bags for Kids: Students will paint, clean and help prepare the organization’s new warehouse facility.

City parks: Volunteers will remove trash, clean flower beds and weed.

Family Services Association: Student leaders will refurbish child care and clothing spaces, and help organize the food program and packages.

One Stop K-9 Center: Students will wash and walk dogs, clean up kennels, and remove harmful plants.

Rancho Cucamonga
School Tools: Volunteers will run the Free Teacher store, helping teachers in low-income areas acquire school supplies for themselves.

Steven’s Hope for Children: At the Rancho Cucamonga store, students will help organize inventory and raise awareness of the facility by handing out flyers. At the Pomona warehouse, volunteers will sort through boxes, and organize and label inventory.

Students begin moving into campus residence halls on Sunday, Sept. 19. Traffic around the residence halls and on freeway exits to the university is typically very heavy on that day. Classes begin on Thursday, Sept. 23.


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