More than 1,500 faculty, staff, and student volunteers will put in a collective 4,500 hours at 60 local organizations to participate in the 26th annual Step Forward Day, the University's annual day of service, on Saturday, Sept. 6.
Volunteers will disperse throughout Los Angeles and Ventura counties, assisting with distributing food and clothing to the homeless and cleaning up city streets through the Dream Center's Adopt-a-Block program, among various other service activities. Step Forward Day participants will also help maintain community gardens through the Los Angeles Community Garden Council and will spend time with elderly residents at a Santa Monica nursing and rehabilitation center.
Closer to campus, volunteers will help prepare an area for a butterfly garden at the City of Malibu Civic Center and will clean and maintain the Webster Elementary School grounds.
For 26 years, the comprehensive community service endeavor has brought together Pepperdine students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and families to provide support to others throughout Southern California. The University's alumni chapters worldwide participate, as well.
Miyelle Aiken, a Seaver College senior and Step Forward Day coordinator who has participated in the event for the past several years, says, "Step Forward Day is an important Pepperdine tradition that is such a great way to kick off the school year. It's inspiring to see everyone engaged and excited about serving the community."
Groups and individuals are encouraged to register by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3. For more information, contact the Volunteer Center at (310) 506-4143.