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Generation to Generation Los Angeles

Bringing Generations Together

Gen2Gen LA is a federation of leading Los Angeles youth development agencies and service organizations representing older adults who have a shared commitment to recruit and deploy older, wiser, and experienced adults to help them carry out their respective missions to benefit young, underserved children.

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Reading Partners Orientation

Reading Partners is a national education nonprofit dedicated to improving students’ reading skills in Title I elementary schools to support students who are reading 6 months to 2.5 years below grade-level. We recruit and train community volunteers to work one-on-one with students for at least an hour a week, following a structured, research-based curriculum. WHAT: Join us for a one-stop shop orientation event to become a Reading Partners volunteer! Attendees will get a live scan done - free of charge, an orientation & can be scheduled to start volunteering on the spot! WHERE: Central LA, exact address will be given after you register below. WHY: Becoming a volunteer Reading Partner gives you the opportunity to share your knowledge and experience, and become a mentor, friend, and positive role model in the life of a child. REQUIREMENTS: Volunteers will need to pass a background check which will be covered by Reading Partners *L.A. Works is a nonprofit, volunteer action center that creates and implements hands-on community service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

9/20/19 10:00 AM + more

Family Visitation Coach

Provide encouragement as a Family Visitation Coach Quick Overview: Provide support, coaching, and advocacy to families who are reunifying with their children and visiting with them on a weekly basis. Organization Name and Website: Friends of the Family, http://www.fofca.org Mission or Broader Program Description: The mission of Friends of the Family is to foster strong families, resilient and joyful children, and vibrant communities by providing respectful, responsive family support programs in the greater Los Angeles area. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: Help the family to visit in a home-like atmosphere rather than in a sterile office space. Use your creativity to provide activities that engage the parents and children in natural interaction. As a volunteer coach, you will support, “cheerlead” and provide overall assistance to the parents to ensure that the visit goes smoothly, providing re-direction and advice when needed. Requirements: Volunteers must be over 21 years old and must complete a 24-hour training and certification provided at no cost to the volunteer. Training will be provided by Friends of the Family and includes all materials and ongoing supervision and support. Time commitment: Two hours per week for 6-12 months.

Through 6/30/20

Safe Child Custody Exchange Monitor

Become a “Friends of the Family” child custody monitor. Quick Overview: Help to ensure a friendly nurturing environment for children as they are transferred back and forth between custodial and non-custodial parents who have not yet established a good working parental relationship. Organization Name and Website: Friends of the Family, http://www.fofca.org Mission or Broader Program Description: The mission of Friends of the Family is to foster strong families, resilient and joyful children, and vibrant communities by providing respectful, responsive family support programs in the greater Los Angeles area. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: To ensure a safe environment for children as they move from the custody of one parent to the other without a threat of conflict or violence. Help the children to avoid experiencing bitter stressful interchanges between their parents as they share custody. Requirements: Volunteers must be over 21 years old and must complete an 8-hour training and certification provided at no cost to the volunteer. Training will be provided by Friends of the Family and will include all materials and ongoing supervision and support. Most exchanges take place in the evenings or on weekends at the West Valley Police station and Mission Hills police station. This volunteer commitment is for three hours per week for 6-12 months.

Through 6/30/20

Administrative Volunteer (Skilled)

Quick Overview: The activity and center volunteer works within CDI Early Learning Center (ELC) in all capacities as needed. Organization Name and Website: Child Development Institute, http://www.cdikids.org Mission or Broader Program Description: Since 1995, the Child Development Institute has been a principal provider of early childhood development and intervention services in the San Fernando Valley, providing over 60,000 hours of comprehensive, integrated training programs for multiple disciplines including speech, occupational therapy, mental health, special education, and early child development. The mission of Child Development Institute is to help children reach their full potential by supporting the relationships and environments that shape early development. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: The administrative volunteer supports various departments within CDI Early Learning Center (ELC). The administrative volunteer is responsible for helping with daily clerical and office duties. The administrative volunteer must be comfortable using a computer and the Internet. This person will work along staff to contribute to the overall administrative upkeep of the ELC. Requirements: Data Entry Organizing and managing the front desk Organizing paper and electronic files Create flyers, calendars, etc. Internet Research Other organizational duties as required Good communication and writing skills Exudes an outgoing and pleasant attitude Detail oriented and well-organized Reliable "team player" Confident self-starter Ability to perform multiple tasks Ability and willingness to learn on the job Knowledge of Microsoft Office/Outlook/Excel College degree or equivalent preferred but not required Time commitment is a minimum of 6 hours per week for at least 3 months Additional Details: Be an active contributor to the first Early Learning Center in Canoga Park Volunteers must be comfortable with using a computer and internet to accomplish clerical work. Volunteers must complete an ELC orientation training and receive a TB and background clearance if applicable.

Through 6/30/20

Activity Volunteer (Skilled)

Quick Overview: The activity and center volunteer works within CDI Early Learning Center (ELC) in all capacities as needed. Organization Name and Website: Child Development Institute, http://www.cdikids.org Mission or Broader Program Description: Since 1995, the Child Development Institute has been a principal provider of early childhood development and intervention services in the San Fernando Valley, providing over 60,000 hours of comprehensive, integrated training programs for multiple disciplines including speech, occupational therapy, mental health, special education, and early child development. The mission of Child Development Institute is to help children reach their full potential by supporting the relationships and environments that shape early development. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: He/she is responsible for the overall assistance of the floor with various tasks as needed. This includes but is not limited to, welcoming all visitors to the center, giving tours and making sure all children and parents get their needs met, setting up/taking down activities, stocking and returning exhibit materials to their proper place and making sure discovery zones are clean and sanitary. Volunteers will need to be comfortable taking direction and at times work unassisted. This person will work alongside the other volunteers and staff in contributing to the overall operations of the ELC. Requirements: Must be organized Exude an outgoing and pleasant attitude Reliable "team player" Confident self-starter Ability to perform multiple tasks Ability and willingness to learn on the job Knowledge of CDI ELC mission Mandatory ELC Orientation Training, TB Clearance, and DOJ Clearance, if applicable. Time commitment of a minimum of 6 hours per week for at least 3 months. Additional Details: Obtain Professional Growth Hours or Volunteer Service Hours. Develop professional and creative talents through training from Early Childhood Specialists Use professional skills to aid children within the community Be an active contributor to the first Early Learning Center in Canoga Park

Through 6/30/20

Grant Researcher/Writer (Pro Bono)

City Ballet of Los Angeles has a mission is to provide Los Angeles with its own ballet company unique and represenetive of this multicultural community. Presenting work that is a mixture of classical and contemporary dance theater, examining untraditional themes and blending music from all over the world. In keeping with the tradition of classical dance, City Ballet of Los Angeles is preserving the standards of excellence in its presentation of the art of dance. Description: If you are someone who is passionate about volunteering for a non-profit, have an eye for identifying fundraising opportunities then consider a volunteer opportunity as a grant researcher. We are looking for experienced grant writers/fundraisers/netwrkers who can research and identify funding for City Ballet of Los Angeles. The pro bono grant researcher we are looking for will have excellent writing, grammar, and communication skills. Requirements: Each volunteer is matched to a position and will meet with the Executive Director to ensure completion of the project. Volunteers will receive support from L.A. Works Pro Bono Coordinator. Responsibilities may include some of the following: Research, develop, and write inquiries, letters, and other fundraising documents Draft proposals and other correspondence to solicit grant funds Track and monitor proposals, their deadlines, and requirements Ensure proposals and grant reports are submitted by the deadline(s) Desired Qualifications: Experience in philanthropy and non-profits a plus Proven experience as a nonprofit grant writer a big plus Working knowledge of MS Office Outstanding organizational and planning abilities Proficient in writing, communications or relevant field a plus Time Commitment: Flexible, hours to be determined each week until the completion of the project, volunteers may need to be mindful of deadlines.

Through 6/30/20

HR and Operations Volunteer

Quick Overview:If you have human resources experience or a talent for recruiting the best staff; Families in Schools want to ensure that all staff is aware of policies and protocol creating the best environment to serve their clients and for their employees to be successful. Review and advise on hiring best practices to recruit the best employees and volunteers. Organization Name and Website: Families In Schools, http://www.familiesinschools.org Mission or Broader Program Description: Families In Schools (FIS) recognizes the value of strong family-school partnerships in supporting student achievement. Consequently, we provide programs and professional development that fosters authentic parent engagement by building the skills, knowledge, and confidence of both parents and staff on how to work together. FIS targets low-income and underserved communities recognizing that access to quality education continues to be the gateway out of poverty and the road to the American dream. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: The goal of this project is to develop an actionable employee handbook with standard operating procedures. Create an organizational operations manual that includes all of the agency’s systems, processes, and protocols. Craft (or overhaul) job descriptions, interview questions, and performance review best practices. Requirements: Past service in an HR role, professional development facilitator, and/or operations manager Previous workshop development and implementation Knowledge of best practices in staff management and development The time commitment is flexible: To be determined collaboratively by volunteer and executive director.

Through 6/30/20

Financial Consultant

Quick Overview: If you are someone who is passionate about volunteering for a non-profit, have an acumen for analyzing and evaluating finances consider a volunteer opportunity as a nonprofit financial consultant. Organization Name and Website: Families In Schools, http://www.familiesinschools.org Mission or Broader Program Description: Families In Schools (FIS) recognizes the value of strong family-school partnerships in supporting student achievement. Consequently, we provide programs and professional development that fosters authentic parent engagement by building the skills, knowledge, and confidence of both parents and staff on how to work together. FIS targets low-income and underserved communities recognizing that access to quality education continues to be the gateway out of poverty and the road to the American dream. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: Construct an interactive financial model; evaluate an organization’s current revenue streams and how best to diversify; create a structure around a nonprofit’s charitable contributions or earned income. Volunteers will have the following responsibilities: Assess current financial recording keeping system/ practices Lead development of a process for updating those systems Implement and lead staff on nonprofit fiduciary best practices Work with bookkeeper to coordinate an organizational financial plan Prepare tax returns and prepare the paperwork needed for the organizations 990 Requirements: Volunteers can work remotely (depending upon the role) and will receive support from L.A. Works Pro Bono Coordinator. Accounting background Experience in the non-profit world is ideal Able to relay information and train paid staff on best practices Time commitment of 6-8 hours per month for at least 3 months. Flexible with your schedule. Potential to work remotely.

Through 6/30/20

Safety and Security Process Development

Quick Overview:If you have human resources experience or a talent for creating and writing Safety/Security protocols; Friends of the Family wants to ensure that all staff is aware of safety/security protocols and creating the best environment to serve their clients in a safe/secure building. Organization Name and Website: Friends of the Family http://www.fofca.org Mission or Broader Program Description:The mission of Friends of the Family is to foster strong families, thriving children, and vibrant communities by providing responsive and respectful family support programs. Friends of the Family is a comprehensive family resource center known for pioneering innovative, practical programs where families are recognized as central to a child’s well-being and are supported to build on their skills and strengths. Founded in 1972, the organization is a safety net of support for over 5,000 community members each year. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: The goal of this project is to develop an actionable Safety and Security Manual for organization. Requirements: Past service in an HR role, professional development facilitator, and/or operations manager Previous workshop development and implementation Knowledge of best practices in organizational safety and security protocols The time commitment is flexible: To be determined collaboratively by volunteer and executive director.

Through 6/30/20

Data Entry and Adminstrative Help

Quick Overview: If you are someone who is passionate about volunteering for a non-profit, have an expertise in data entry or good computer skills, and want to help a nonprofit grow their impact to Angelenos in the San Fernando Valley, consider volunteering at North Valley Caring Services. Organization Name and Website: North Valley Caring Services http://nvcsinc...mp/index.html Mission or Broader Program Description: The mission of North Valley Caring Services is to empower neighborhood residents to build a vision of their community’s future and to actively engage in solving local problems Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: As a skill-based consultant for North Valley Caring Services, you will be entering important data into their database, and will be responsible for maintaining the strictest confidentiality when dealing with personal information. Requirements: Volunteers will need access to a computer and transportation for weekly meetings. Potential for remote work. Time Commitment is flexible, but a minimum of 2 hours per week is required.

Through 6/30/20

Read Aloud to a Child

In this age of electronic information, many children are not getting the chance to spend time with a real, physical book and learn the joy of the worlds that it can open to them. We would like your help in changing that by asking you to spend one-on-one time reading with a child and help them develop a love of reading. Reading a book with a child can: Provide quiet time and calmness in his or her busy life Stimulate imagination, curiosity and discussion Provide concepts and ideas that cause thought and reflection Develop their appreciation for different art and writing styles Build empathy Create a warm emotional bond between adult and child In a world of digital devices and toys that are filled with buttons and noises, reading is a calm, grounding activity that can be enjoyed by both you and the child that you are reading to. Studies also show that reading aloud has cognitive benefits for the reader, so it’s good for you too! Once you express interest and select your preferred library, the Children's Librarian of the library will contact you for an initial meeting. Volunteers are asked to commit to 2 hours a week at a minimum for a period of six months.

Through 12/31/19

National Community Service