Bulldogs in Service 2013

Giving Back Across the U.S.

September 28, 2013

The sixth annual Bulldogs in Service day resulted in more than 400 volunteers taking part in 25 service projects, culminating in a combined total of 36,750 hours of community service.

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From San Diego to San Pedro, Newport to New York, more than 420 volunteers came together Sept. 28 for the sixth annual Bulldogs in Service day.

Across the United States, alumni, current students, parents of students, and friends of the University gathered at 25 project sites, volunteering for a combined total of 36,750 hours. In New York City, a group helped revitalize the green roof garden above the Staten Island Ferry terminal; across several time zones, volunteers in Kent, Washington packaged 8,100 pounds of green beans, while dozens worked at the Kainalu Elementary School on Oahu, weeding, trimming, and planting more than 20 trees and shrubs.

“This Hawaiian garden is a living laboratory for the elementary school children to help them understand the relationship of plants in a balanced ecosystem and to gain knowledge on how these native plants were used by the Hawaiian people in their daily lives,” Bob Oda '69, project organizer, said.

In Redlands, volunteers gathered at the Family Service Association to sort clothes and sort canned goods and on campus to prepare and label books for the My Book Program. Maryann Lacy ’80 of Loma Linda, California, spent hours in University Hall helping pack up meals for Stop Hunger Now. She first learned about the group during a previous Bulldogs in Service, and helped organized a Stop Hunger Now event during this year’s Alumni Founders Weekend.

“It’s a compelling organization,” she said. “They’re on the front lines, giving food to people who need it. It’s absolutely critical.”

The volunteers packaged 10,000 meals, which included rice, soy protein with vegetables, and a vitamin-filled flavor packet.

“When you cook it, it can feed six, and gives the nutrition that’s needed for the entire day,” Lacy said. “I was able to sample it before, and it tastes good.”

Gigi Murtaugh Garcia ’80 of Highland, California, was joined at the Stop Hunger Now project by several Theta alums and current students.

“Community service is an important aspect of the Thetas,” she said. “This is a nice event, and we loved that we could participate together while giving back. Some of our alums had participated before, and they were really impressed by it.”

For Lacy, the University organizing a day of service each year is admirable.

“It’s very valuable for the University to have Bulldogs in Service,” she said. “People are opening their hearts, and it brings together different generations of Bulldogs in a meaningful way.”

Bulldogs in Service locations:

  • Phoenix, Arizona – St. Mary’s Food Bank (packaging and sorting of food)
  • Fullerton, California – Fullerton Arboretum (site clean-up)
  • National City, California – A Reason to Survive (site improvement)
  • Newport, California – Newport Back Bay (habitat clean-up)
  • Norco, California – No Drama Ranch (site enhancement)
  • Orange, California – El Modena High School Nature Center (site beautification)
  • Pasadena, California – Ronald McDonald House (site housekeeping)
  • Redlands, California – Family Service Association (clothing and food organization)
  • Redlands, California – My Book Program (book preparation and labeling)
  • Redlands, California – Stop Hunger Now (meal preparation)
  • Riverside, California – Sunshine Early Childhood Center (garden construction)
  • San Clemente, California – Poche Beach (beach clean-up)
  • San Diego, California – San Diego River (coastal restoration)
  • San Pedro, California – Palos Verdes Land Conservancy (clean-up and gardening)
  • Temecula, California – Western Eagle Community Food Bank (food box assembly and organization)
  • Denver, Colorado – The Urban Farm (site enhancement)
  • Washington, D.C. – Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens (site clean-up)
  • Oahu, Hawaii – Kainalu Elementary School (site maintenance and gardening)
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota – Feed My Starving Children (food packaging)
  • Davidson, North Carolina – Tapestry of Davidson greenway project (pathway rehabilitation)
  • Las Vegas, Nevada – Ronald McDonald House (site cleaning and food preparation)
  • New York, New York – Living Roof at Staten Island Ferry (site clean-up and gardening)
  • Portland, Oregon – Broughten Beach (river clean-up)
  • Austin, Texas – Mobile Loaves and Fishes (food sorting)
  • Kent, Washington – North West Harvest (food sorting and shelving)
  • Redlands, California – Save the “R” hike (scheduled for November 2, 2013)

Posted: Oct. 2, 2013
Written by: Catherine Garcia

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He is named after Clarence Howe Thurber, University president from 1933-37.

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