Rod Light | February 26, 2018

McKinley Children’s Center in San Dimas recently recognized LPC students for their volunteer service during City Serve events at Welcome Week.

If you ask AJ Zimmermann, Director of Calling and Vocation at Life Pacific College, he will always stand by the value of service that has been evident at LPC since its founding. Students, faculty, and staff who serve others rarely expect recognition for their efforts. When such recognition happens, it merely validates the mission of the LPC community and confirms scriptural alignment on our campus that dates back to 1923.

"One of the first things Life Pacific students do each semester when they arrive on campus is to get involved in City Serve."

On January 24, 2018, Rhonda Beltran of the McKinley Children’s Center in San Dimas honored our students with recognition for their help on the McKinley campus during City Serve events held at the beginning of each semester.

Named in honor of William McKinley, 25th president of the United States, the McKinley Children’s Center has served some 60,000 boys and girls in the greater Southern California area for more than 100 years, according to the center’s website. Further, “McKinley serves as a pivotal point where the care and concern of the community-at-large turns into direct action and aid for some of its most vulnerable children.”

One of the first things Life Pacific students do each semester when they arrive on campus is to get involved in City Serve, an LPC effort to remember the needs of those around our campus and lend a hand with a willing heart. This type of service allows us to set aside what seems important at the moment to do what is most important for others.

"Last August, they spent an entire day cleaning out a 3,000 square foot barn on the property that had not been cleaned out in 20 years."

During Welcome Week in January, new and returning LPC students painted curbs and organized offices and toy storage spaces at McKinley. Last August, they spent an entire day cleaning out a 3,000 square foot barn on the property that had not been cleaned out in 20 years.

The effort of the LPC community to do what is most important for others was recognized with a certificate of appreciation from resident students at the McKinley Center. While the recognition of itself is not paramount to AJ Zimmermann or his team, it does validate the effort they put in to educating the whole person at LPC as a partner of community service.

Making it more meaningful, the certificate was personalized with McKinley student artwork and delivered in person to the Office of Calling and Vocation on the LPC campus. 

The Office of Calling and Vocation is a relatively new concept at LPC and has existed since 2016 to serve the local community on a regular basis. “We are always looking for new ways to partner with organizations in the City of San Dimas,” AJ Zimmermann says. “Our team constantly looks for innovative ways to connect our students with organizations and to build long-lasting relationships with our neighbors as we instill God’s heart of service in our students.”

AJ and his team orient new students and remind returning students each semester of the college’s longstanding commitment to contribute to the good of our host city and a campus-wide value of building positive relationships with our neighbors. Expanding on a century of Christian service, the Office of Calling and Vocation will continue to prepare future generations of Life Pacific students to serve the needs of others for many years to come.