Service to Pepperdine
Commencement Host Program
We ask that every staff member of the Graziadio School volunteer their services once a year during commencement. For more information about the Commencement Host Program, please click here.
In 2013, President Andrew Benton announced a new initiative to foster creativity and innovation from within the Pepperdine University community. Open to all faculty, staff, and students, the Waves of Innovation initiative invites the Pepperdine community to contribute to the transitions that will allow the University to become an increasingly resourceful, efficient, impactful, faith-based, and global institution.
Service to Community
Volunteer Staff Leave (Service Project)
The Staff Volunteer Leave allows staff members to take up to five full days of paid leave dedicated to service of their choosing for every 5 years of continuous full-time employment at Pepperdine. Staff employees are free to work with any non-profit organization, charity, school, or other program where they feel their service will be the greatest benefit. This leave provides staff members with the opportunity to model to students and to the greater community the life of service that is the heart of Pepperdine's mission. For more information, visit the University Policy Manual Section 16.9, or click the link below.
Step Forward Day
Start the academic year out right, serve with friends new and old, and "take a step forward", that will lead you to serve for the rest of the year. All students, staff, faculty, and alumni are invited and encouraged to participate in Step Forward Day at the beginning of each Fall term.
Waves of Service
The Waves of Service movement celebrates, supports, and connects Pepperdine Alumni committed to volunteerism and careers of service worldwide. The vision of Waves of Service is to become the world's most active alumni service in the world.
The Pepperdine Fund
Pepperdine faculty and staff witness firsthand the far-reaching impact of this University and the life-transforming experiences students are afforded. Those who choose to support a specific program or give an unrestricted gift to the Pepperdine Fund bolster the University's foundation through scholarships, student enrichment opportunities, and classroom improvements to provide exceptional Christian education to thousands of students each year. The Pepperdine Fund organizes Give2Pepp, which is a 37-hour online fundraising event held annually.
The Benevolence and Community Service Ministry at the University Church of Christ, among others, reaches and ministers to people with special needs by providing food, clothing, shelter, prayer, and other needs. Consider participating personally or financially in a dozen community-orientated ministries based locally and around the world.
United Way of Los Angeles
Pepperdine faculty and staff continue the long-time tradition of strengthening the larger community by supporting the efforts and goals of United Way of Greater Los Angeles to create pathways out of poverty. Large and small gifts, either a one-time donation or payroll deduction, to United Way contribute to affordable housing and healthcare, educational achievement, and financial stability for millions of Angelenos and their families.