On August 28, California Lutheran University partnered with the City of Ventura and the Ventura Botanical Gardens to help protect and restore the gardens after the devastating Thomas Fire destroyed the area. Incoming first-year students worked to spread mulch around the affected areas to protect the soil from further damage and prepare grounds for new plantings. Approximately 600 students and faculty members, including CLU University President, Chris Kimball pitched in.
You Got Served has been a part of CLU New Student Orientation for 11 years now. The great partnership with the City of Ventura started based on the city’s initiative and interest in finding service projects large enough for the hundreds of incoming CLU students who attend each year. Even with such a large group, the city has continuously found need and space throughout Ventura for the student participants for a day of service.
City of Ventura Communications Manager Kelly Flanders stated “Cal Lutheran has a longstanding partnership with the City of Ventura, and every year the students make a real impact on our community. Once again, they brought their A game and did a fantastic job. We were touched by their enthusiasm to restore and improve the park.”