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Take the volunteer center's 25 Challenge


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Serving our community takes commitment

The Pepperdine Volunteer Center recognizes that serving one time a semester has its value, but if we want to effect change in our communities, we should be committed to meaningful and repetitive action in our local communities. Through this commitment, we are able to articulate and recognize issues of equity, understand the value and diversity of communities and cultures as a priority in decisions and actions, and explore and connect to God's call for justice in the world.

This is why the PVC is beginning the 25 Challenge program.

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25 Challenge to become a leader in service

In honor of the Volunteer Center's 25th anniversary, we are asking students to commit to 25 hours of service in one semester. Those who achieve this goal will lead the way toward service among their Pepperdine colleagues.

Maximizing your service

In order to achieve the most out of service to our community, we recommend the following guidelines as you reach toward the 25-hour requirement:

  1. Spend at least 10 hours of service with the same organization;
  2. Make your service local* (i.e., Los Angeles or Ventura County or near your home community); and
  3. The organization with which you serve must be a recognized nonprofit, school, or governmental organization (serving with your church counts!).

Sharing your service: Email us your #25challenge

We want to know how you serve your community during the 25-hour commitment. When you reach 25 hours, please email us the dates of your service, what organization you partnered with, what you did, and how many hours you worked alongside the organization.

Here's an example:

9/7/2013 UCPLA Spent time with folks with cerebral palsy. 3
9/12/2013 Boy Scouts of America Mentored 277th pack at meeting in Thousand Oaks. 2
9/30/2013 School on Wheels Tutored kids on Skid Row. 3

When it adds up to 25 hours, email us.

Let us know your progress over social media: #25challenge

The PVC is on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and we can even put your video blog entry on YouTube.

Make this step toward a life of purpose, service, and leadership.

* For a list of ways to get involved with Pepperdine Community Partners, visit our Ongoing Programs.