Promoting Community

Adult Ministries
APU students regularly serve at the San Dimas Retirement Center (SDRC), building relationships while providing food, crafts, and entertainment for residents.

Azusa Food Bank
APU students work with the Azusa Food Bank to provide quality meals and groceries for local families and individuals through Centro Esperanza Church.

Azusa Tree Planting
The first Saturday of each month is spent planting trees along side of Joe Rocha, Azusa City Councilman, and many Azusa residents. Now known as a Tree City USA, Azusans have planted numerous trees over the years.

City Links: Neighbors Working Together
This annual community-centered day of service is a collaborative effort between Azusa Pacific University and the city of Azusa. APU student groups, faculty, and staff, along with community members, serve at local faith communities, parks, schools, and other organizations throughout Azusa. For more information, contact the Office of Ministry and Service at (626) 812-3028.

Day of Champions
Serving local children from Azusa and the surrounding communities, Day of Champions offers soccer clinics and coaching for young players. This interactive day of training includes lunch, lessons, and an exhibition game for young fans to watch. Each participant in the day is invited to attend Night of Champions in the evening.

Football Day of Service
Each spring, 70 to 80 of the APU football team partners with a local organization to serve for a Saturday through projects such as painting or landscaping.

Foundation of Ministry
Each semester, several hundred APU students serve in the local community. Focusing on learning and community development, these students get involved in various agencies and churches throughout the San Gabriel valley.

Glendora Trails
Helping to beautify the trails, students participate monthly in clean-up and weeding to encourage higher usage and safety in hiking.

Golden Days in Azusa
Azusa Golden Days is a week-long event of activities for all ages in the city of Azusa, connecting APU student volunteers with the participating local community. Ministry and Service also serves as the APU representative on the planning committee.

MAS Fair (Ministry and Service)
Each semester, local agencies and churches are invited on-campus to connect with students and recruit them to be involved in their service opportunities. Serving as a resource, the MAS fair provides great connections to the local community.

Night of Champions
This incredible, one-night, spring event shares the fun and excitement of Christian sports and entertainment, while presenting them with the life-saving message of Jesus. This event draws more than 5,000 people from Southern California to APU’s campus.

Peach Factory
The Peach Factory has been a part of the Azusa community for more than 30 years. Held at Slauson Park, this after-school ministry targets children from the Lee Elementary School area. Peach Factory volunteers interact with the children through arts, crafts, sports, and other enjoyable activities. A guiding philosophy for the staff is to create a safe, nurturing environment charged with fun and creativity. For more information, please contact Chantal Frank at or call the Office of Ministry and Service at (626) 812-3028.

Urban Ministries
The APU campus’ prime location in the L.A. area affords several opportunities for students to serve in the inner-city. Oasis is a drop-in center for teens and pre-teens in Hollywood. Students serve in the snack bar, hang out with the kids, play basketball, and dress up on theme nights. SAY Yes offers tutoring and mentoring relationships for students living on Skid Row.

iViva Azusa! Soccer League
In partnership with local pastor Eddie Ruano, the Azusa Christian Soccer League brings the Seahorses, a semi-pro soccer team, to APU’s West Campus soccer fields to coach and offer soccer clinics. Every Saturday children and volunteers play soccer and enjoy a Bible lesson. For more information, contact the Office of Ministry and Service at (626) 812-3028.

Youth Leadership Institute Service Day
Each summer, high school students from around the country gather together to participate in the Youth Leadership Institute. MAS connects them with Azusa for a day of tangible service that aims to develop a sense of civic responsibility.