Quick Overview: Work on resumes, conduct mock interviews and prepare budgets with people in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction to prepare them to rejoin the workforce and help them rebuild their lives.
Mission or Broader Program Description: CLARE Foundation is a nonprofit organization and trusted community resource, providing effective and affordable alcoholism, substance abuse and behavioral health treatment and prevention services for nearly 50 years. Experienced, compassionate and specially trained staff help women and men find an end to the pain and suffering that is at the heart of addiction and discover hope in recovery.
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 CLARE to prepare people for new or better jobs. Topics include interview skills, resume and cover letter writing, financial literacy and more.
Impact: Your choice to volunteer at the CLARE Foundation is a choice to support people in difficult circumstances who sincerely want to make better lives for themselves and rejoin society as productive citizens. Any experience you have as an interviewer or applicant is invaluable to folks who don't. If you've ever had a job, you can help someone else find one!
Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: As a volunteer, you will assist the workshop leader in delivering curriculum.
Requirements: Participants must be age 55 or older to participate in RSVP events such as this. ANY employment experience is enough to make your presence valuable.
Agency Description: Our mission is to help promising, yet educationally underserved and economically disadvantaged students reach high school graduation and have access to higher education through programs that also contribute to systemic change.
Program Description: The Fulfillment Fund's Mentor Program matches traditionally under-served middle and high school students with caring adult volunteer mentors. Through supportive and consistent mentoring relationships, students are motivated and inspired to reach their fullest potential.
Volunteer Role & Responsibilities:
A Fulfillment Fund mentor is a trusted guide, an encouraging, positive force in a student's life. Our mentors commit to their student for a minimum of two years, with the intention of continuing the mentoring relationship through their student's high school graduation.
Mentors meet with their student at least once a month and check in weekly via phone or text at their convenience.
Monthly outings are decided by the mentor-student team based on their unique interests.
Time Commitment: 4 hours/month, flexible days
Mentors in our program will receive ongoing training opportunities and support from full-time Mentor Program Advisors (MPAs) that help facilitate the mentoring relationship.
Mentors are asked to pick up their students and return them home after outings. Most Fulfillment Fund students live close to Downtown and South Los Angeles.
Mentors must be at least 24 years of age and have a vehicle along with automobile insurance.
Benefits: The opportunity to be a positive influence and role model in a young person's life. Greater connectedness to the community and the feeling of "giving back." The ability to help guide a student on the path to college and success.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
*This project is created, organized and managed by our nonprofit partner. Once you click on EXPRESS INTEREST below a staff person from that organization will contact you to follow up.
Quick Overview: They are currently looking for a volunteer to help clean, organize, and restore the garden over the next few months so it is ready for regular volunteers to come in and maintain it.
Organization Name and Website: Griffith Park Adult Community Center, http://bit.ly/1Maragr
Mission or Broader Program Description: The Griffith Park Adult Community Club is housed at The Griffith Park Adult Community Center (GPACC) on Riverside Dr., south of Los Feliz Blvd. The club was established in 1999 at Silver Lake Recreation Center and has been affiliated with Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks Federation of Senior Citizen Clubs since 2000 when it was organized as the Silver Lake Senior Club. In 2008 Griffith Park Adult Community Center opens its doors, and Silver Lake Senior Club became GPAC Club. The club works with the Griffith Park Adult Community Center Facility Director to provide quality programming. The club is also responsible for fundraising to support the activities at the center, arranging for trips, recruitment of members and volunteers, and a monthly newsletter. Our members come from a wide geographic area - Atwater Village, East Hollywood, Echo Park, Elysian Valley, Franklin Hills, Los Feliz, and Silver Lake and beyond.
Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: GPACC has a small garden adjacent to the Community Center Building. The garden is calling for some tender loving care with the help of weeding, fun times in harvesting, and the feel-good help of cleaning up the raised beds. They also host regular plant/produce sales.
Requirements: Include but not limited to any of the following: A passion for gardening and plants Knowledge of proper plant care Basic building/construction skills Reliability and organizational skills Responsibilities include but not limited to any of the following: Clean, weed, and restore current plants Organize pots, planters, and supplies effectively Rearrange space for most effective use.
The time commitment is flexible with your hours but 5 – 10 hours per week during business hours; at least a 3-month commitment with an option to remain on as project leader once the garden is ready for volunteers to maintain
WHO: Los Angeles Public Library Adult Literacy Program provides adult learners with volunteer tutors and instructors who help them improve their English literacy and meet a wide variety of personal goals from finding a better job to reading books, newspapers, and medicine labels.
WHAT: Community volunteers are needed to work one-on-one with adult learners at least twice a week for 90 minutes. They ask for a minimum commitment of 6 months.
WHEN: time is flexible
WHERE: Locations throughout LA (we have 73 libraries). Find the one nearest you!
WHY: Nearly one million adults in Los Angeles lack basic literacy or English language skills needed to achieve personal or professional goals.
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
REQUIREMENTS: Must have a high school diploma and basic computer skills
* This project is managed and lead by our nonprofit partner. L.A. Works is nonprofit, volunteer action center that creates and implements hands-on community service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area.
Quick Overview: Members of the community who have a spare bedroom volunteer to open their homes to college students (ages 18-24) experiencing housing insecurities for up to 6 months.
Mission or Broader Program Description: The Host Homes Program is an innovative approach to addressing our community’s homelessness crisis. Jovenes' Host Homes program utilizes individuals or families in LA County who volunteer to open their homes for up to 6 months to college students (ages 18-24) experiencing housing insecurities. By pairing youth with community members who have a spare bedroom in their homes, youth not only obtain access to short-term shelter but are also able to build meaningful connections to caring adults in their community. While participating in the program, students will have a case manager and receive supportive services to help them meet goals related to academics, employment, permanent housing, and social and emotional well-being. Hosts receive training and attend hosts events, as well as an optional monthly stipend of up to $500.
Impact: By hosting a youth, you will help homeless youth feel safe, cared for, empowered and give them the opportunity to get their foot in the door. You are first-handedly making an impact on a youth's life! Please click the following link to watch how the Host Home Program impacted the lives of youth: https://vimeo.com/294417746
Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: Hosts are expected to provide a welcoming, stable, and secure living environment for youth. Hosts are expected to respect the rights, privacy, culture and background of youth, including their religious and political beliefs. Host must also attend an initial 1 hour Host Orientation Training as well as attend a minimum of 3 host events throughout their time of hosting.
Host is 25+ years old;
Host lives in LA County, preferably near East or Southeast Los Angeles;
Host provides a bedroom or private space, access to shared/private bathroom, access to a kitchen in which youth can prepare meals and store food
Host has or is willing to get homeowners/renters insurance (must provide proof to Jovenes' Host Homes program staff)
Host commits to hosting youth for at least 3-6 months and attend at least 3 trainings and/or host events during their time of hosting
Host passes a background check
Host completes an application, interviews, house inspection, and agrees to Host-Youth contract that discusses house rules, boundaries, and expectations for the youth that is coming into the home.
If you would like to apply to be a host, please fill out our HOST HOME FORM
or contact Host Coordinator, Luana Coberg, at Lcoberg@jovenesinc.org
Quick Overview: If you are someone who is passionate about volunteering for a non-profit, have an expertise in internal operations of an organization, experience developing methods to function more efficiently, and want to help a nonprofit grow their impact to Angelenos in need, consider volunteering with the Do Good Bus.
Organization Name and Website: Do Good Bus, https://dogoodbus.com
Mission or Broader Program Description: We connect good people with community and purpose. During each event, we have three goals:
AWARENESS - There are hundreds of causes that help our city, our neighbors, and our friends; our mission is to bring visibility and accessibility to these causes.
COMMUNITY - We aim to prove the power of working together with a shared purpose of making a difference.
SOCIAL IMPACT - We hope the Do Good Bus experience will inspire passengers to keep doing good – at work, at home, and in their community.
Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: We are looking for an experienced operations management person who can help Do Good Bus map their internal process and develop better methods of tracking their impact. The pro bono volunteer we are looking for will have excellent writing, grammar, and communication skills. Each volunteer is matched to a position and will meet with the Executive Director to ensure completion of the project.
Create a process map and develop methods for more efficiency across programs and services
Diagram and document methods with tracking best practices
Assess current systems and recommend improvement with established best practices
Ensure all task are submitted by the deadline(s)
Requirements: Volunteers can work remotely (depending upon the role) and will receive support from L.A. Works Pro Bono Coordinator.
Experience in philanthropy and non-profits a plus
Working knowledge of MS Office
Outstanding organizational and planning abilities
Proficient in writing, communications or relevant field a plus
The time commitment is flexible, minimum of 3 months with approximately 3 hours each week (more if available), remote volunteer role, volunteers may need to be mindful of deadlines.