Each weekly service program focuses on a particular social issue and works with a seasoned non-profit organization. A student program coordinator leads each program and provides guidance for the volunteers. Each program is open to undergrads and graduate students, staff and faculty members, and alumni. Prospective students are invited to join as well but should contact the PVC first.
Since 2002, the PVC's Jumpstart program has worked with preschool children from low-income neighborhoods. The Pepperdine Jumpstart Corps is comprised for nearly 100 students who dedicate at least 300 hours of service each academic year and earn their work-study award in the process.
Project Serve, the heart of Pepperdine spring break opportunities, sends teams of students to domestic and international locations to serve alongside local organizations. Students go all over in order to learn about different communities, gain skills, and then bring back the new understanding to their home communities.
One-time special events and service opportunities are held throughout the year to provide students, staff, faculty, and alumni with short-term opportunities to serve. Each service event is unique and offers participants a meaningful way to connect with a variety of service organizations in our community. Special events include Step Forward Day, blood drives, the MLK National Day of Service, and Senior Prom.
Raising awareness about issues of justice and inequities is something all of can do. Every service opportunity in the Volunteer Center is an opportunity to learn about social issues in our community. In addition to the weekly opportunities, the PVC honors three national awareness movements. The Week of Hunger and Homelessness occurs each October. During the month of November, the PVC encourages men to grow mustaches to support the Movember for men's health and to encourage more men to engage in the community. Starting each year with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the PVC partners with Intercultural Affairs for the Week of Peace, Hope, and Justice.