Have you ever wondered how college students spend their free time? Katy Buckner ’08 spent more than 1,000 hours during the past two years as a volunteer at Camp Laurel Foundation, a camping program based in Pasadena, Calif., for children living with HIV/AIDS.
In recognition of her contributions to the community, Bucker received a Riordan Community Service Award in April from The Riordan Foundation in Los Angeles.
“The golden rule is to be compassionate toward others. I am so honored to receive the award and to have worked with such a worthwhile organization as Camp Laurel,” Buckner said.
Buckner discovered Camp Laurel through an e-mail announcement she received from the Center for Service and Action, a resource center for LMU students that promotes, coordinates and supervises volunteer service with charitable agencies.
“It is so wonderful to attend a university like LMU that offers so many ways to serve others and has like-minded people who are committed to creating a just society,” Buckner said.
Bucker’s responsibilities at the camp ranged from serving as a camp counselor to helping with office management and event planning. Although Camp Laurel’s work is focused on children who are affected by a serious disease, Buckner found that her spirits rarely sagged.
“There is constant joy when you are at Camp Laurel. I have never seen so many smiles and laughs, and sometimes I forgot that it’s a camp for kids living with HIV/AIDS,” Buckner said.
Each year, six LMU undergraduate students are awarded a Riordan Community Service Award for their outstanding contributions in community service. The Riordan Foundation was established by former Los Angeles Mayor and California Secretary for Education Richard J. Riordan. Its mission is to help provide all students, especially those in low-income communities, with access to a high-quality education.
Photo: Courtesy of the Center for Service and Action. Katy Buckner (left) receives the award from Becca Bunn, president of The Riordan Foundation.