Special Projects & Outreach Programs

Area residents attend sporting events, concerts, lectures, poetry readings, and a myriad of other programs open to our extended campus community.

Reciprocally, one of the most important ties involves that of service outreach. The importance of this tie to the community encouraged the Office of Community Service Learning to create a special division specifically for special projects and outreach programs.

The Special Projects program provides various opportunities for students to get involved in service including mentoring opportunities, hospice care, Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, Totally Kids Specialty Healthcare, and many others. Special Projects also sponsors and co-sponsors on-campus service programs that bring the community onto the University to interact with students, such as our annual Halloween Carnival, VITA, and the weekly Big Buddy Program.

The Outreach Program places service oriented students at non-profit organizations throughout the community in work-study positions. This program is beneficial to students and agencies. For students it is a paid position and an opportunity to gain valuable experience in an off-campus environment. For the non-profit agency it is a way to obtain much needed help at low or no cost.

"Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead

Blood Drives

Blood Banks of San Bernardino and Riverside (www.lstream.org) come to campus at least twice a year for University blood drives.

Last year the Blood Bank came to campus three times, each time collecting over 60 pints of blood. This year we plan on donating even more so roll up your sleeves! Sign-ups for the blood drives take place in the Commons the week before the scheduled blood drive date so keep your eyes open for the next time the Blood Bank will be on campus. The full donation process takes about 60 (plus) minutes.

For more information, contact the Community Service Learning Office at (909) 748-8288 or ext. 8288.

"For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of our tasks; the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation." -Rainer Maria Rilke

Daffodil Days

Daffodil Days is a national program sponsored by the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org) where you can purchase and have daffodil arrangements sent to anyone on the University of Redlands campus. The program begins in January and flowers are delivered in March.

All the money raised from the daffodils directly goes towards cancer research and families affected by the disease.

For more information call the Community Service Learning office at (909) 748-8288 or ext. 8288.

"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe." -Anatole France

Hunger and Homelessness Week

Each year the University sponsors a Hunger and Homelessness event. The nationally designated week of recognition falls before Thanksgiving each year. Activities include speakers on hunger and homelessness, a trip to a local food bank to serve meals, and a hunger banquet.

When the school year comes to end, many students clear out their closets and wardrobes to get ready for summer. Donate your unwanted items to the Cornerstone Compassion Center. Your used items can go a long way in helping needy families in the Redlands/San Bernardino area. Here is a list of some things you can and cannot donate:

Things to include:

  • Clothing items

  • School supplies

  • Small kitchen appliances

  • Computer items

  • Anything that would be helpful to a needy family

Things NOT to include:

  • Large furniture

  • Books

  • Opened food

Reverend Robin Hyde comments:

I would estimate we pick up 3 to 5 tons of goods [from the University] each year. This is kept out of the area landfills and is recycling at its best, as we are able to share these goods with some of the neediest in San Bernardino County. It is interesting that each year there is an ebb and flow as to what is mostly given. Some years it has been electric fans (always needed), computers, small refrigerators (again very needed by the poor), and lamps. We are always receiving thousands of clothing items, from blue jeans to jackets, blankets, pillows, and costumes. Each (residence) hall is unique and does what they can to help in this wonderful effort to reach out to the marginalized of our area.

Watch for further advertisements from the Community Service Learning Office and your Residence Life Staff regarding timelines and drop locations in your hall!

For more information call the Community Service Learning Office at (909) 748-8288 or ext. 8288.

"Yes, I am my brother's keeper. I am under a moral obligation to him that is inspired, not by any maudlin sentimentality but by the higher duty I owe myself. What would you think (of) me if I were capable of seating myself at a table and gorging myself with food and saw about me the children of my fellow beings starving to death." -Eugene V. Debs

Relay for Life

Relay for Life is an opportunity for staff and groups of students to join together to walk or run to raise funds for the fight against cancer.

The event takes place over a 24-hour period (Saturday to early Sunday morning). The Redlands Relay for Life occurs in late April.

Visit the American Cancer Society website at www.cancer.org for more general information about the event or contact community service learning at (909) 748-8288 to find out this year's walk dates.