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 programs at local non-profits run by an L.A.Works-trained volunteer Project Leader. Projects usually last 1-4 hours and occur 1-4 times per month for a minimum of 6 months.

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 6 months of service
  • Attend an L.A. Works training
  • Shadow a current Project Leader

What are some examples of Signature Projects?

  • Serve it Up:  Beach Clean Up and Games with Heal the Bay
  • Empowering Adults:  Lifeskills Workshops for Young Moms with PATH
  • Furry Fun:  Walk and Play Catch with Furry Friends with Wags and Walks
  • whatever's cooking inside your brain! The sky's the limit.

How do I get started?


Contact Signature Projects Coordinator Denise Flaten                                                  
(323) 224-6510 x118                             

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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