On Sept. 11, the Cal Poly Pomona Center for Community Engagement (CCE), in partnership with LA Works, hosted a 9/11 day of service dedicated to remembrance and community impact. Volunteers gathered at the Frank Hotchkin Memorial Center, home to the Los Angeles Fire Department Leadership Academy, for a day filled with meaningful projects.
Volunteers rolled up their sleeves to create disaster preparedness kits, beautify the outdoor break space, and providing the center with a fresh coat of paint.
The annual event served as a powerful tribute to those affected by the events of Sept. 11, 2001, by collectively making a positive impact through volunteer service.
“After participating in the 9/11 day of service, I’m reminded of the profound impact a community can make when it comes together in service,” said Jesus Bermudez, Admin Analyst for the CCE. “Beautifying the Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center and creating disaster readiness kits showcased the tangible difference we can make in our local community.
“CPP students learned that volunteer activities like these aren’t just about giving back, they’re an investment in the well-being of neighbors and friends. They’re about being part of something larger than ourselves and leaving a lasting positive mark. Every act of service, no matter how small, has the power to transform lives and strengthen the bonds within our community.”
The CCE, dedicated to enhancing learning, encouraging career exploration, inspiring civic engagement, and empowering students with meaningful community-engaged learning experiences, organized this event.
Participants exuded enthusiasm, with Marketing and Branding Developers for the College of Professional and Global Education, Illiki Valencia, expressing her sentiments: “It was a wonderful experience to volunteer with my Cal Poly Pomona peers. There was a sense of community as everyone was so helpful and committed to give back to the community.”
The CCE continues to be a driving force behind initiatives that empower students and promote community engagement. For more information on the Center for Community Engagement and its ongoing endeavors, visit its website, follow it on Instagram (@cppcce), or contact the center via email at email@example.com.