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About L.A. Works

Our Story

In 1990, L.A. Works founders joined together with a hope that if individuals worked together on local needs through hands-on service, they would feel empowered to address the overall racial and economic divides of the city.


Their planning was only hastened by the March 1991 beating of Rodney King by members of the LAPD, which brought a combustive mix of racial tension and civil discord out in the open. L.A. Works was founded as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that same year.

About Us

L.A. Works was founded in 1991 to harness LA’s volunteer power. Each year we mobilize more than 25,000 volunteers to address critical issues impacting our community, with the goal to unite Angelenos and inspire action for a more equitable Los Angeles.

Our mission is to:​
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Increase volunteer participation in the community​.

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Build the capacity of nonprofit organizations to achieve their missions through access to volunteers and other resources​.


Educate and encourage people to engage in the broader social issues affecting the greater Los Angeles Community.

Ready to Join Us?

Check out safely-distanced and remote volunteer opportunities below:

Support our Mission

Right now, our nonprofit partners need our support, and we need yours to help keep all of our volunteer initiatives going. We drive volunteer power and resources to nonprofits across LA to help uplift the entire community. Your gift will go a long way towards helping us continue our work in the Los Angeles community.

After the devastating pandemic and its consequences disproportionately affecting communities of color, it is obvious that the status quo isn't working. We will continue to invest significant volunteer power to combat critical issues that have surfaced.

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