Every year the Community Academic Partners in Service office holds an event called Easter BookNic. Easter BookNic is a family event that is usually held the Saturday before Easter for kids in the community the opportunity to celebrate Easter and it also gives them an opportunity to take a book home. This is a fun spring event that wants to promote reading among children. Books are donated throughout the year to prepare for this annual event.
Three times, every year the CAPS office holds a My Campus event. This event gives minority high school students from the Inland Empire the opportunity to learn more about health care fields such as dentistry, medicine, nursing, physical therapy, etc. At the end of the day, students get to talk with current students in different healthcare fields so they can get a better idea of these careers and the educational requirements that they entail.
Why do some people serve, while others sit on the side-lines? This month, Community-Academic Partners in Service (CAPS) is focusing on key ways you can increase satisfaction, while volunteering.
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In preparation to Thanksgiving, the LLU Student Association hosted the “Fall into Warmth” event on November 17th. Over 80 students came to help with making no-sew fleece blankets and assembling care packages for the homeless, consisting of everything from food to hygiene products. We started the night watching a video made by the organization we were partnering with, the Time for Change Foundation, allowing us to understand the situations of those who would be receiving these packages, as well as giving us a connection to this struggling people who we may never meet.
On October 23rd, Loma Linda University held their My Campus event, an event that takes place three times a year and creates an opportunity for high school students to not only learn more about our campus, but about varying medical professions. In addition to being able to learn about careers in Allied Health and Public Health, there was also a mentoring opportunity where high school youth met with current LLU students and professionals.