Welcome to L.A. Works
In 1990, L.A. Works took shape from a hope by the founders that if individuals worked together on local needs through hands-on service, they would feel empowered to address the broader racial and economic divides of their neighborhoods and cities. 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 later in 1991 and, in the 30 years since, has become Los Angeles' premier volunteer action center. With a database of over 50,000 active Angelenos who have volunteered within the past 5 years, each year L.A. Works recruits, mobilizes, and manages tens of thousands of new and returning volunteers in service to 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. So, we are investing significant volunteer power to combat four critical issues that have surfaced - the academic achievement gap; health and wellness (e.g., food insecurity, mental health issues, isolation); homelessness; and environmental justice - through volunteer acts of service as well as advocacy.
L.A. Works creates and leads programming to address critical issues and needs in Los Angeles by mobilizing targeted volunteer communities - family volunteers; corporate volunteers; general community volunteers; and older adult volunteers. Included in these volunteers is an active membership of more than 750 committed volunteers who are age 55 or older.
Founded in 1991, our mission consists of three principal pillars:
- INCREASE volunteer participation in community service projects;
- PROVIDE our nonprofit partners with access to volunteer labor and other RESOURCES; and
- EDUCATE and encourage people to engage in the broader social issues affecting the greater Los Angeles Community.
Tens of thousands of committed volunteers together with thousands of civic, nonprofit and business partners have enabled L.A. Works to make a significant, visible and lasting contribution to Los Angeles.
Since 1991, L.A. Works has mobilized and led volunteers to contribute over a million hours to Los Angeles through unique volunteer programming, which has included:
- Serving meals and preparing emergency food provisions for over 425,000 homeless and low-income individuals;
- Providing educational and enrichment activities for over 65,000 disadvantaged youth;
- Revitalizing schools, parks, and community centers for more than 200,000 volunteer hours;
- Offering companionship to seniors and friendship to abused and homeless women for more than 20,000 volunteer hours;
- Conserving, cleaning and restoring urban and natural environments in and around Los Angeles for more than 75,000 volunteer hours;
- Caring for animals in shelters and sanctuaries at over 1,200 volunteer projects; and
- Training more than 900 Angelenos in project and volunteer management.