For the first time, Cal Poly Pomona is hosting its own celebration of National Volunteer Week. The event, which begins Saturday, includes several events coordinated by the university’s Center for Community Engagement.
- Pomona Beautification Day on Saturday will kick off the week’s projects. Cal Poly Pomona students, faculty, staff and alumni will join the Pomona community and participate in 15 different service projects. This is the university’s largest one-day service event. Check-in begins at 7 a.m. at Pomona City Hall. Participants must register for the event, and can register as an individual or as a group.
- On Sunday, some university community members will be volunteering at Helping Hands, Caring Hearts, a homeless ministry located in downtown Pomona. Participants will be serving home-cooked meals and working in the food pantry and clothes closet.
- Bronco Volunteer Coordinator Megan Samaniego will host the “Shape Your World – Leadership through Service” workshop on Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Bronco Student Center, Orion AB. This workshop is geared towards students who want to know more about how their leadership can impact the world. Participants can register for the workshop or walk in.
- For those interested in participating but are unsure of where to start, the Center for Community Engagement’s Bronco volunteer staff is hosting an information booth on Thursday, March 16 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in University Park. No registration is necessary.
- A revitalization project will wrap up Volunteer Week on April 17 & 18 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fontana Middle School, located at 8425 Mango Ave. in Fontana. The Cal Poly Pomona volunteer community will join United Way in partnership with corporate and community partners to make over the middle school. Participants must register, and can register to help prep or participate in the project.
For more information about the Center for Community Engagement, which is also responsible for academic service-learning and cooperative education opportunities, visit its website.