Bulldogs in Service 2010

As spring approaches, Bulldogs across the U.S. gear up to give back to the community on the university’s 3rd Annual Bulldog in Service day, celebrating Redlands’ legacy of service in partnership with local communities.

The annual event began in 2007 as an outgrowth to the university’s first trip to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. “So many people couldn’t get out to New Orleans but still wanted to do something in their local communities to make a difference,” said Bulldogs in Service Co-chair Margi Buller ’67.

This year, 25 community service opportunities have been organized and are being led by university alumni across the U.S, an increase of six events from last year. And for the first time, projects are being organized in New Mexico, Las Vegas, New York, and Atlanta.

“It’s exciting to expand our outreach. We’re even hoping to have an event in Chicago and Hong Kong next year,” added Buller.

This year’s local service opportunities include the university’s biannual Save the “R” Hike, a Redlands Family Services Association event and a Redlands Trail Beautification event.

“Last year we had over 700 people participate, more than double the amount of participants from the year before. We’re really hoping for a significant increase in Bulldogs giving back to their community this year, especially because of the significant increase in the number of projects.”

Among this year’s many events, the service day will include a New York Concern Worldwide Walk for Haiti and a Project Green event in Northern San Diego, where participants will plant native California plants in areas devastated by wildfires.

“We want people to know that Redlands alumni, students and their families like to make an impact on their communities.”

For more information on how to get involved contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 909-748-8011.

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