Universal City, CaliforniaÂ â€“ Universal Studios Hollywoodâ€™s annual â€œDay of Givingâ€ community outreach program celebrates a milestone 10th anniversary with the theme park empowering hundreds of employee to volunteer at six non-profit organizations across Los Angeles on Thursday, November 13, 2014.
The inspirational â€œDay of Givingâ€ event is Universal Studios Hollywoodâ€™s decade long tradition designed to connect employees with diverse community organizations, many of which are beneficiaries of the companyâ€™s philanthropic foundation, Discover A Star, whose mission is to empower individuals and families to lead more productive and fulfilling lives.
As part of this yearâ€™s event, Universal Studios Hollywood will once again serve as home base for Operation School Bell, hosting 250 homeless children from over 30 LAUSD elementary and middle schools. After the children are treated to new clothing and supplies, they will accompany volunteers for an afternoon of fun at the theme park that includes experiencing the new 3D Ultra-HD adventure, â€œDespicable Me Minion Mayhemâ€ and â€œSuper Silly Fun Landâ€ play zone.
The day-long event will also send employees around Los Angeles to assist staff with stocking food supplies for persons affected by HIV/AIDS at AIDS Project L.A. (APLA); participate in a basketball game with youth and serve a hot lunch prepared by Universal Studiosâ€™ culinary team at Pacific Lodge Boysâ€™ Home; beautify the grounds and classrooms at M.E.N.D.â€™s (Meet Each Need with Dignity) Educational Training Center; engage in playtime and arts and crafts with kids with disabilities at Shaneâ€™s Inspirationâ€™s playground; provide meals and interact with homeless and low-income women in L.A.â€™s Downtown Womenâ€™s Center; and provide less fortunate children of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) with clothing and uniforms, sponsored by Universal Studios Hollywood, as part of Operation School Bell.
Discover A Star Foundation is Universal Studios Hollywoodâ€™s philanthropic division committed to making a significant impact in local underserved communities by providing grants to deserving non-profit organizations. Originally founded in 1993 as a college scholarship program for graduating high school seniors, Discover A Star redefined its mission in 2004 to provide financial assistance to neighboring nonprofit groups. To date, Discover A Star has provided financial assistance to over 65 nonprofit organizations.