Become a Project Leader

L.A. Works offers volunteers the chance to make a bigger impact by becoming a Project Leader. These leadership opportunities allow you to meet people, learn valuable job skills like management and planning, get an inside look at the nonprofit sector, and know you went above and beyond in making the world a better place.

Project Leader Opportunities include recurring Signature Projects or 1-time Days of Service such as Martin Luther King Day, L.A. Works Day, or 9/11 Day.

Signature Projects 

Signature Projects are long-term volunteer projects at non-profits that are run by a Project Leader. Projects usually take place 1-4 times per month for a minimum of 8 months and activate anywhere from 5 - 200 volunteers.

What does a Project Leader do?
  • Manages an existing recurring volunteer project at a non-profit or helps a non-profit create a new one
  • Communicates with non-profit partner, volunteers, and L.A. Works
  • Owns all aspects of project preparation, execution, and follow up
What are the requirements to be a Project Leader?
  • Prior leadership experience is helpful but not required
  • Commit to at least 8 months of service
  • Attend an L.A. Works training
  • Shadow two Project Leaders
  • Complete a background check
How do I get started?

Leadership Opportunities:

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*LEADER OPPORTUNITY: Pack Meals for the Disabled and Homebound

WHAT: Don't just show up - step up. Lead volunteers in packing 3,000 meals for the disabled and homebound, in partnership with the L.A. City Department of Disability and Khalsa Care Foundation. ABOUT KHALSA CARE FOUNDATION: Keeping with the Sikh tradition, Khalsa Care Foundation is dedicated to helping all people. Before the pandemic, they served 1,000 meals/day. Demand has tripled! They greatly need your help. THE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY YOU'D LEAD: "SERVE IT UP: Pack Meals for the Disabled and Homebound," is a brand new opportunity where 15-50 volunteers prepare and pack 3,000 meals every day. AS THE PROJECT LEADER, YOU'D BE RESPONSIBLE FOR: confirming volunteers beforehand orienting/training volunteers prior to event managing all communication with volunteers, Khalsa Care, and L.A. Works TIME: One day a week (M-F) from 8am - 11:30am. LOCATION: Pacoima PROJECT LEADER REQUIREMENTS: Must attend a virtual L.A. Works training Must commit to leading for a minimum of 3 months PROJECT LEADER BENEFITS: Gain marketable leadership skills Learn about the non-profit world from the inside Make a bigger impact Network with other people and groups committed to bettering Los Angeles INTERESTED? Click the Express Interest button below!

*LEADER OPPORTUNITY: Help Adults & Youth Prepare for Employment

What: Lead a series of employment readiness and life skills workshops. You will support RSVP volunteers age 55+ as they work with adults and youth in need. The Project You Will Lead: This project is part of RSVP at L.A. Works' Adult Education and Employment initiative. We are organizing a series of volunteer-led workshops with various nonprofit partners like Covenant House, CLARE Rehabilitation Center, Journey Out, College Track & more, to prepare people for new or better jobs. Topics include interview skills, resume and cover letter writing, financial literacy and more. Location: Santa Monica, Hollywood, Van Nuys, Boyle Heights Accessibility: L.A. Works firmly believes that we strengthen the social fabric of our community by involving all in service. If you feel you need accommodations to participate in this project please email us at info@laworks.com. Impact: Your choice to lead this opportunity is a choice to support adults & youth in difficult circumstances who want to make better lives for themselves and be productive citizens. Any experience you have is invaluable. Requirements: Availability to assist monthly workshops & must have own computer/laptop to do leader duties through email and online leader portal.

Phil Trask, Project Leader for Spruce it Up: Revitalize Tree People Park, talks a little bit about the program he runs for Tree People.

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