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All Ages and Abilities

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All Ages & Abilities provides opportunities for Pepperdine students to pursue relationship-centered volunteer experiences with different communities of people with exceptional needs as well as nearby communities of senior citizens. We hope to partner with committed students who are interested in forming relationships with those who are not like them through sensitivity, love, acceptance, and value in each individual.

Hand In Hand

The Hand in Hand Adult Program, which takes place from 4:00-5:30 pm each Thursday, is one in which students have the opportunity to spend time one-on-one or in small groups with adults with developmental disabilities (which are sometimes accompanied by physical disabilities). Students will be able to spend time singing, dancing, cooking, doing yoga, & enjoying other activities of daily life with their buddies all the while forming relationships with them.


The Hand in Hand Children Program, which takes place from 2:00-3:00 pm each Friday, is a new opportunity for students in which they can work alongside occupational therapists & other licensed professionals to help children ages 3 through 8 with exceptional needs. Students will be able to serve this community while forming lasting relationships with the buddies.


Creative Steps

Creative Steps, a bi-weekly opportunity on Pepperdine's campus, is one in which students can spend time helping a non-profit transitory program for adults with exceptional needs. Creative Steps will do activities such as cooking, tie-dye, dance parties, karaoke parties, & outdoor fairs together.


Golden Heart Ranch

Cooking Club with Golden Heart Ranch is an opportunity for students to go off-campus to cook & eat a meal in community with people with exceptional needs. Through this bi-weekly opportunity, students will be able to form relationships with wonderful clients who come from a different perspective & walk of life.


Fitness Club with Golden Heart Ranch will give students the chance to better understand the hardships that living with disabilities can have on one physically, while helping make a change & help those who suffer from disabilities. Students will get the chance to work out alongside clients with exceptional needs, & help clients work out when they are unable to do so on their own. (Fun fact: studies have shown that working out with new friends helps connect people quicker & on a deeper level).


If you are interested in working alongside one of these programs, please sign up here. If you have any questions, please contact the Volunteer Center.

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