I AM PRE-MED has found CSULA's EPIC office to be extremely resourceful in providing volunteer opportunities for our members. EPIC regularly coordinates community outreach opportunities throughout the semester and are very dependable in making our involvement as easy as possible. Among the many programs EPIC offers include:
- Come Adopt a Pet!
- Toy and Food Drive
- America Reads and America Counts
- Cal State LA: Here We Come
The EPIC office even offers a "Summer Yourth Employment Program" for selected CSULA students to partner with Para Los Ninos. Funded by the City of Los Angeles, the 38-year-old program places 90-100 youths in University departments and offices to work alongside professional full-time staff supervisors for four weeks. These young people receive on-the-job training to develop specific skills in their interests, as well as weekly sessions on topics such as college admissions, financial aid, and student support programs like the Equal Opportunity Program (EOP) and the First Year Experience.
Upcoming EPIC events:
Other EPIC Community Outreach Opportunities:
The EPIC office has established partnerships with several non-profit organizations, including medical, environmental, legal, and educational agenices. These special agreements allow for students to gain real-world experience based on their interests and career goals. A medical binder filled with these great service opportunities can be found in the EPIC office, so that students can obtain exposure to hands-on community involvement, as well as make great networking connections!
- Here is a list of some of these service opportunities, as well as their brief descriptions and volunteer duties, found in the EPIC office medical binder:
1. AIDS Service Center, Inc.:
Agency Description: Food distribution, housing services, transportation, case management, dental & mental health services, legal services, health education and prevention services for those with AIDS
Volunteer Duties: internships, office support, food pantry support, transportation for clients to group meetings, transportation of donated items
2. American Red Cross- Blood Services:
Agency Description: The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers
Volunteer Duties: Volunteers needed for CSULA blood drives on campus only. Contact Kat Burnes at (213)610-6104 for more info.
3. APLA Health:
Agency Description: APLA Health's missin is to achieve health care equity and promote the well-being of LGBT and other underserved communities
Volunteer Duties: Host classes for organizations, clubs and groups for community service learning; host donation drives to collect items for food pantry
4. California Mental Health Connection:
Agency Description: Provides mental health services to the underserved, such as parenting, domestic violence,12-step recovery services, as well as couples and family therapy
Volunteer Duties: sign in sheets, file support, health fairs, bring awareness to community about mental health
5. Gerinet Healthcare:
Agency Description: Leading hospice service quartered in Downey, CA; dedicated to improving quality of life. Healthcare hospitals located in Orange, LA, and Ventura.
Volunteer Duties: offer palliative care for the teminally ill and their families
6. Los Angeles Christian Health Center:
Agency Description: Mission is to show God's love by providing comprehensive healthcare to the homeless and underserved
Volunteer Duties: assist in nutrition/exericse classes for children and adults
Agency Description: improving the diversity in healthcare and STEM fields by providing support to promising students
Volunteer Duties: students needed for:epidemiolgy project, book-keeping, marketing--duties done from home
Agency Description: Prevents and reduces substance use disorders and behavioral healtha addictions in Asian Americans, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities
Volunteer Duties: this agency works to prevents addictions; volunteers are needed to help with technical assistance and training services on gambling problem throughout state of CA
9. Pasa Alta Minor
Agency Description: Provide quality residential services for invidiuals with special mental and developmental abilities.
Volunteer Duties: Filing, activities coordination with birthday parties and gift bags
10. Venice Family Clinic
Agency Description: Mission is to provide quality care to people in need
Volunteer Duties: Volunteers needed to commit at least 12 hours/month for at least 6 months in the clinic.
For more information on these wonderful programs, please visit the EPIC office, and ask for the medical binder!
Contact and link to CSULA's EPIC office:
Phone: (323) 343-3380
Location: Lower level of the Career Center
Hours: Mon-Thurs. 8am-6pm, Fri. 8am-5pm