Incoming dental students volunteered in community nonprofits during their student retreat.
First-Year Dental Students Volunteer at Local Non-ProfitsThe Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry's newest DDS and IDS students joined forces with several San Francisco non-profit organizations as part of the first-year student retreat Aug. 1-2. Volunteer opportunities offered students a chance to get to know each other better while giving back to the community.
On the first day of the retreat, students chose from a variety of volunteer opportunities at local nonprofit organizations including the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Project Open Hand, GLIDE, and the San Francisco Food Bank.
Depending on their chosen service activities, students spent their mornings preparing meals for the hungry and homeless; packaging bulk food for distribution by the Food Bank; working on habitat restoration and trail maintenance in Tennessee Valley and Oakwood Valley Trail Head in Marin; and doing other community projects.
On the second day of the retreat, students heard nationally known speaker Gary Zelesky give a motivating presentation about being a passion-centered professional, and participated in team-building activities at the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio. The day finished with a sunset dinner cruise around the San Francisco Bay.
Several representatives from University of the Pacific's MOVE (Mountain, Ocean, Valley Experience) program in Stockton attended the retreat to help organize the service activities. MOVE is an initiative designed to welcome all new Pacific students to the school community through participation in experiential learning and service projects.