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UCLA Students to Volunteer at LAPD Academy, Griffith Park

The Bruins will travel by bus to make a difference in our community on Tuesday morning.

Thousands of UCLA students on Tuesday will help the homeless, work with young students and beautify local parks throughout Los Angeles for the school's fourth annual Volunteer Day.

More than 7,000 Bruins will travel to places all over L.A. to roll up their sleeves and pitch in at more than 50 sites, about double the number of locations from last year.

One is the Los Angeles Police Academy in Elysian Park.

The Bruins will weed and clear landscape for a future community garden. They will also sand and stain an existing deck and paint some picnic benches.

They will leave Westwood around 9 a.m. to make the trip east.

If Griffith Park is closer to you, another group will be doing clean up and trail maintenance at Ferndell, Vermont/Western Tennis Courts, Commonwealth Nursery, Old Zoo, Park Center, and Crystal Springs.

Students will wear blue and gold T-shirts especially designed for the day. So why not stop by and take a photo--or even join in?

Click here to view a complete list of volunteer sites.

The service event began in 2009 with the creation of the UCLA Volunteer Center.

[Students] go to schools, parks, homeless shelters ... any community partner that is in need," said Rachel Corell, director of the Volunteer Center. 

She hopes UCLA students "can get that taste of service and then continue to volunteer."

This year's projects will be a bit smaller than last year's, involving no more than 300 volunteers at each site, with most averaging about 100 helpers, Corell said.

"At the end of the day, we want (students) to be able to go out and do this on their own during their career as a Bruin [and] after they graduate as well," she said.

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