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Step Forward Day in the Community

Students working with Koreatown Youth + Community CenterSeaver students cleaning graffiti with Koreatown Youth + Community Center.

Step Forward Day 2019 will be September 7, 2019

We’d love to partner with you in September. Please complete this Google form and the liability form below. For more information, please email or call 310.506.4143.

Forms for Community Partners

The first 3 forms below should be emailed to volunteercenter@pepperdine.edu. The Work Site Request Form can also be completed online here.

  1. Work Site Request Form
  2. PVC Liability Release form
  3. Ideas for Student Projects

Frequently Asked Questions

 Who can be a Step Forward Day partner?

We invite nonprofit organizations, schools, churches, and parks to become a partner work site. If you can use a group of at least eight and have enough work for three to four hours, we would like to hear from you. Partners organizations range from outdoor eradication of non-native plant species to helping local library branches. No job is too big or too small. Please read the information on the Site Request Form for more information.

 How long will a group be at our site?

The group will arrive between 8:30 and 9 a.m. and work until close to noon. We can confirm more specific times as the event comes closer. The most successful projects usually have plenty of work for the group to do the entire time.

Most organizations also take the time to have an opportunity to share about their role in the community and ways Pepperdine people can get involved in the future.

 As a partner, what is our job? What do we need to do?

We ask that you provide any supplies needed for the group to complete their project. Please assign a representative from your organization to meet the group on the Saturday morning of Step Forward Day. This person will welcome the group and introduce the organization before setting them to work. He or she will need to stay at the work site through the day.

In addition to the work of your project, we hope that you will take this opportunity to share about your organization. We consider Step Forward Day a co-curricular activity that can play an integral part in the education of our students. You get this opportunity to build community and knowledge. Let us know how we can help you accomplish this.

 What kinds of projects could a Pepperdine group do?

Let us interact!

Projects that involve our student volunteers directly with the people that your organization serves tend to be both rewarding and successful. Sample projects include:

  • hosting a sports camp with Pepperdine student-athletes;
  • playing games and facilitating and participating in activities;
  • preparing and serving a meal;
  • making cards and writing notes to leave for your residents or participants;
  • letting our students talk and share life experiences with the people you serve.

Let us clean!

We can assist you by cleaning your facility. Projects often include scrubbing, sweeping, dusting, and window washing.

Let us do yard work!

We can work outside with a variety of projects, including weeding, raking, planting, watering, clearing, cleaning outdoor facilities, picking up trash, and sweeping outdoor areas.

Let us touch-up!

If your facility needs touch-up, repair, or maintenance work, we can participate in projects such as sanding, painting, decorating, assembling furniture, and small fixes.

Let us organize and plan!

Office, facility, or storage organization projects could include organizing classrooms, rearranging storage or supply areas, setting up an organized storage system, sorting files, labeling, project planning, project set-up, preparing supplies for upcoming events (e.g., stuffing back-to-school backpacks, setting up tables), and sorting food products.

Step Forward Day 2018