Hundreds of students, alumni, faculty and staff from Loyola Marymount University are taking part in community service projects through Saturday, Feb. 19 as part of the university’s inauguration celebration for its new president, David W. Burcham.

LMU volunteers are assisting in the projects during the “Week of Service,” including a cleanup day at Westchester High School from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19. Work gloves will be provided.

Volunteers will be cleaning up hallways and school grounds, painting walls and performing other small projects around the school.

LMU officials said service to others is an essential element of the university’s mission, and every year members of the student body, faculty and alumni volunteer thousands of hours to nonprofit organizations around Los Angeles.

“Too often, the inauguration of a new president is seen only as a celebration for the campus,” said Burcham. “But we wanted to share this occasion with the rest of the city and highlight who we are as an institution and our commitment to public service.”

The service week will culminate with the “President’s Day of Service” event Feb. 19, a barbecue at the Midnight Mission in downtown Los Angeles, where 200 volunteers will cook, serve meals and distribute clothing and hygiene items to some 2,000 men, women and children.

Burcham will be inaugurated March 8.

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