Azusa, Calif. — Azusa Pacific University’s City Links program will send the largest incoming class in university history— 1,270 freshmen— into the community to make a difference during three days of service. On September 22, 29, and October 6, 2012, APU freshmen and their orientation leaders will serve churches, non-profit organizations, and residents in Azusa and neighboring cities by performing yard work, cleaning, painting, and distributing food, while creating lasting bonds within the community. This year City Links branches out to include service projects in Glendora, Pomona, Covina, Duarte, San Dimas, Monrovia, and Los Angeles.

“At Azusa Pacific our mission is to love God and love our neighbors,” said Jon R. Wallace, DBA, APU president. “As the university grows, so does our ability to live out this mission through programs like City Links, enhancing the lives of our students and those we serve.”

“The City Links program has made a lasting impact, benefiting the entire community,” said Azusa Mayor Joe Rocha. “It allows incoming APU students to learn more about their home for the next four years, and provides the opportunity for community members and students to forge friendships.”

APU’s freshman class will participate in approximately 100 City Links service projects this fall with between 10–20 students serving at each site. The program is part of the university’s Beginnings class for freshmen.

Each year, APU undergraduates perform more than 150,000 hours of service in local communities and around the world. Azusa Pacific earned a position on the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.

For more information or to get involved, please contact Karen Rouggly at (626) 812-3028 or krouggly@apu.edu, or visit the City Links website at www.apu.edu/studentaction/serve/local/citylinks/.