History of the BCLS
The David & Wanda Brown Center for Leadership and Service has a longstanding history with the University of Florida. Founded in 1992, the volunteer student organization, Gators Involved in Volunteer Endeavors (GIVE) was founded in the J. Wayne Reitz Union's Office of Student Activities. GIVE sent the first UF alternative break group in March 1993 to Miami, FL, to assist with disaster relief and recovery from Hurricane Andrew. GIVE's mission was to increase volunteerism at UF through group community service projects, resulted in a steady increase of service projects and student participants.
In 1998, the J. Wayne Reitz Union's Office of Student Activities established the TreeHouse in 1998 to serve as the campus clearinghouse for volutneerism and service. In 2000, TreeHouse was renamed the Office of Community Service (OCS) to more accurealy reflect its function as the volunteer service center on campus. In 2004-2005, the Office of Community Service transitioned into the Center for Leadership and Service and transitioned within the Dean of Students Office.
In 2015, the Center for Leadership and Service was renamed to the David & Wanda Brown Center for Leadership and Service. In February 2016, the BCLS moved into the new addition into the J. Wayne Reitz Union. In 2016-2017, the BCLS became a part of the department of Student Activities and Involvement.