First Community Engagement Day of 2013 Scheduled for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 11, 2013 by University of La Verne

Do something for others – this is the goal members of the University of La Verne community are gearing up to accomplish on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan 21.

The third annual Martin Luther King Community Service Day honors King’s legacy of providing service to communities in order to provide solutions to the nation’s pressing problems.

Sponsored by the La Verne Experience, the day of service will specifically benefit non-profit organizations primarily dedicated to addressing issues of hunger, homelessness, and environmental conservancy.

This year there are 250 volunteer spots available. Spaces will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. Volunteers have the opportunity to participate individually or create a team.

All participants are asked to meet at the Rock in front of Founders Hall at 8:45 a.m. to be directed to an assigned location. A food event and celebration will commence following the day’s work back on the main campus in the Campus Center.

Volunteers are asked to RSVP by 5:00pm January 16 to Zandra Wagoner at or by telephone at (909) 593-3511 ext. 4446.

Scheduled community projects:

Constantine Community Garden Orchard
525 San Dimas Cyn. Rd, San Dimas, CA 91773
Project: Volunteers will be digging, hauling, planting, sowing, building a green house, and constructing raised plant beds.

Sowing Seeds for Life (DPI Labs)
1350 Arrow Highway, La Verne, CA 91750
Contact: Jim Anderson and Mary Moody
Project: Volunteers will assist at their community garden in the foothills of San Dimas by planting, digging, and performing related tasks for the Homeless and Hunger program.

La Verne Community Garden (Peace and Carrots)
La Verne Church of the Brethren
2425 “E” Street, La Verne, CA 91750
The garden is adjacent to the parking lot on the backside of the church.
Contact: Michael Wolfson
Project: Volunteers will prep soil, dig, plant new flowers and plants that feed the local community and also the homeless/hungry population.

Hillcrest Retirement Community
2705 Mountain View Drive, La Verne, CA 91750
Some students will also be at Woods Health Services located at 2600 A Street, La Verne, CA, 91750
Contact: Tom Hostetler
Project: Some volunteers will be working in residents’ homes doing odd jobs (reading, cleaning, planting, help on the computer), others will be painting, digging, raking on the grounds. Some will be doing a car wash, while others work in the nursing home doing activities, drumming, games, etc.

San Gabriel Mountain Regional Conservancy 
Project: Volunteers will be doing trail clean-up and watershed conservancy projects in the local foothills.

Hope Gardens (homeless shelter for women and children)
545 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Project: Hope Gardens is a homeless shelter for women and children. To prepare for the opening of a new residential facility, volunteers will be building furniture, painting, cleaning and doing other projects.

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