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Student Victoria Ngo-Lam Participated in Community Outreach Project Over Winter Break


Victoria Ngo-Lam '13 was one of 10 college students selected to join the Liberty Mutual Responsible Scholars™ Community Project team in Los Angeles January 6-12, 2013 to help the Angeles National Forest Rangers with ongoing recovery efforts stemming from recent natural disasters.

During previous Community Project events at the Angeles National Forest, students cleaned up a historic ranger station, which now serves as a meeting site and home base for the hundreds of local volunteers who help the U.S. Forest Service.  The students also removed bags of trash in the forest, cleaned exhibits at the Mt. Baldy visitor center, and worked with volunteers from Liberty Mutual’s Southern California offices to plant 250 trees in four hours.

This year students continued the project’s work on reforestation of the Angeles National Forest by planting new saplings and erecting protective tents around them as well as putting in place ground protection that aids growth.  The students also helped the rangers clean up the banks of the San Gabriel and Los Angeles Rivers.

“Making a difference, whether through volunteering on-campus or in the local community, is a key concern for college students,” said Lane Garnett, University Relations Program Manager for Liberty Mutual Insurance. “The Community Project gives students the opportunity to reach beyond their usual scope of involvement to help people in a different section of the country that has experienced several natural disasters.”

Ms. Ngo-Lam submitted a video (embedded below) explaining why she should be chosen for the trip and her story helped send her to L.A.

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