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Volunteer this summer: Help the YPA build a playhouse

Are you looking for an opportunity to do some volunteer work in your community this summer?

Join UCOP’s Young Professionals Association (YPA) in their effort to raise $2,500 and build a playhouse through Habitat for Humanity’s East Bay/Silicon Valley Chapter Build-a-Playhouse program. Activities will include a raffle, bake sales, and you can even get your hands dirty by helping build the playhouse on Saturday, July 27.

The goal is to raise $2,500 through the raffle, bake sale and donations by July 20 so they can purchase the materials and be ready to build the following week. Please make your donations via cash or check to Evelyn Cheng (5327C Franklin or 987-0918) or other YPA committee members. (Note that online donations through FirstGiving are no longer being accepted.)

Here are more details about the many other ways you can participate:

Buy raffle tickets: Buy raffle tickets ($1 apiece) from any YPA member to win great prizes, including:

Come to the YPA Bake Sales: There will be two sales on Friday, June 28, and Friday, July 12, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in 6113 Franklin. You can purchase raffle tickets ($1 apiece) at the sales or get one free ticket per bake sale purchase. (The drawing will be held at the July 12 sale, and any winners not present will be notified by phone or email.)

Build the playhouse: Join YPA members in Milpitas on Saturday, July 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to build the playhouse.

It doesn’t matter how old or young you are! The YPA wants you to participate in whatever capacity you can. If you would like to donate baked goods for the sale or need a ride to the July 27 build day, contact Evelyn Cheng at

The YPA hosts power panels, financial planning workshops and monthly happy hours at UCOP. The target audience is employees with 10 years or fewer of professional experience, but all UCOP staff are welcome to join. Attend monthly planning committee meetings, check out their website, or contact Chris Parmelee at or Ryan Chan at for more information.

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