Why we give back

Sororities and Fraternities have been an integral part of UCLA since 1923. Being a part of the UCLA Greek community gives our students the opportunity to build lifelong friendships, find a support network on campus, develop their leadership potential and build character. Our community commits itself to living by their organizational values and the UCLA True Bruin Values. Here we'll review how service is a pillar of the Greek Community at UCLA.

Service: I will aim to make a positive impact in my chapter, at UCLA, and beyond, as a contributing member of our global community. My membership will encourage acts of public service that demonstrate care and consideration for my interconnected role in the world around me. I will be a conscious steward of the resources available to me, always considering that my status as a Bruin and my organizational membership provides access to resources not available to all.

Volunteer Day

The UCLA Volunteer Center’s inaugural event, UCLA Volunteer Day, has become a cornerstone of the UCLA experience. It is one of the university’s largest community service events and occurs during True Bruin Welcome.

New freshmen and transfer students join together with continuing undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and community members to participate in a wide range of community service projects across Los Angeles and the globe. Volunteers participate at 50+ community partner sites providing critical service work, beautification, and support at food banks, parks, shelters, senior centers, schools, veterans’ facilities, and various other community organizations. For some Bruins, this is their first experience in the city of Los Angeles and/or their first time engaging in community service.

Sign-up for Volunteer Day: Saturday, September 30, 2023

Registration is open and students can sign up through the Volunteer Center. 

We hope to see you there!

Service Locations and Opportunities to Volunteer

Looking for where your chapter can volunteer and get involved in the local Los Angeles Community? Find a number of UCLA and Los Angeles Community programs that many of our chapters regularly volunteer their time or support donations of needed items.

Members of the Greek Community attend the 2020 GOLD Academy Volunteer Center

Volunteer Center
The UCLA Volunteer Center coordinates service activities on campus and throughout Greater Los Angeles to inspire members of the extended UCLA family to give of their time and talent. Through the Volunteer Center, students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members can participate in ongoing and annual service opportunities, suggest volunteer site locations, and lead service projects. The Volunteer Center also maintains an online listing of campus-wide service groups, and a volunteer database of community service opportunities.

A picture of Jumpstart participants from 2019 Center for Community Engagement

The Center for Community Engagement promotes and supports community-engaged research, teaching and learning in partnership with communities and organizations throughout Los Angeles, regionally, nationally and globally. The Center facilitates faculty and student work that integrates sustained, reciprocal engagement with the public and helps transform UCLA’s mission to support the co-creation, co-dissemination, co-preservation and co-application of knowledge for the betterment of society.

Los Angeles Regional Food Bank Logo Los Angeles Regional Food Bank

Since 1973, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank has distributed more than 1.7 billion pounds of food. The Food Bank collects food from hundreds of resources. With the help of 30,000 volunteers annually and an agency network of more than 700 partner agencies, we serve more than 900,000 people on a monthly basis.

Baby2Baby Logo Baby2Baby

Baby2Baby provides children living in poverty with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves. Led by Co-CEOs Kelly Sawyer Patricof and Norah Weinstein, Baby2Baby is a mega diaper bank and nonprofit organization providing essential items to children in need across the country. In the last 10 years, Baby2Baby has distributed over 175 million items to children in homeless shelters, domestic violence programs, foster care, hospitals and underserved schools as well as children who have lost everything in the wake of disaster.

My Friend's Place Logo My Friend's Place

For 33 years and counting, My Friend’s Place has been assisting and inspiring youth experiencing homelessness to build self-sufficient lives. From our early beginnings as a volunteer-based group serving meals from the trunks of cars to the dynamic resource center we operate today, My Friend’s Place offers a comprehensive continuum of services to nearly 1,200 youth experiencing homelessness between the ages of 12 and 25, and their children, each year, helping our young people who are experiencing homelessness to move toward wellness, stability and self-sufficiency.

UCLA Blood & Platelet Center Logo UCLA Blood & Platelet Center

The UCLA Blood & Platelet Center is committed to providing potent, pure, and safe blood components for our patients. In 1975, the UCLA Blood & Platelet Center opened its doors for the first time. We are responsible for providing a healthy blood component supply for patients at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, and the Santa Monica UCLA Hospital. The UCLA Blood & Platelet Center collects approximately 60,000 donations per year. These donations yield about 75% of the blood and platelets transfused to our patients.

Picture of UCLA student volunteering Volunteer Location Database

The UCLA Volunteer Center works with many internal and external partners to provide this list of current volunteer opportunities. Interested in technology? Mentoring? Search here for an opportunity in the community that suits your interests or skills.

Ready to volunteer? Reach out directly to the contact listed for each organization. Be prepared to provide your own transportation and meet any of the organization’s training requirements. Good luck!

UCLA students volunteering at a one bus one cause event Campus Resources

Find more information about funding available, insurance and risk management, and transportation opportunities.