As final exams and the holidays approach, many students, faculty and staff find time in their busy schedules to give back to the local community. Every year, LMU’s Center for Service and Action selects a local organization to benefit from its Annual Holiday Drive. This year, they have chosen the Westside Children’s Center.
The Westside Children's Center was founded in 1987 and intially focused on providing foster care for children who were victims of abuse or neglect. Today, WCC has grown into a multi-service agency dedicated to meeting a multitude of needs among families living on the westside of Los Angeles County overwhelmed by poverty, addiction, violence or isolation.
CSA Donations Coordinator Jaime Jara '12 says the Holiday Drive provides LMU students, faculty and staff with a great opportunity to continue living out the Jesuit tradition of being men and women for others. "It gives the entire LMU community a chance to give those essential items that help provide children and their families with a safe and stable environment."
"By coordinating efforts across the university, we hope to make a significant impact by providing some of the most needed items for the Westside Children’s Center, ultimately showing our appreciation and gratitude for providing our students with meaningful service experiences," says Lorena Chavez, assistant director of
Community Engagement for CSA.
The drive will continue through Dec. 16. For more information and to learn how you can contribute, visit the Holiday Drive website.