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Hunger Relief

The "Safer at Home" order allows food banks to operate so your hungry and homebound neighbors can get what they need.  These food banks desperately need your volunteer help to sort donations, package food kits, or deliver meals.  All banks have incorporated thorough distancing and hygiene procedures.

PLEASE DO NOT VOLUNTEER FOR IN-PERSON HUNGER RELIEF IF:

  • You feel sick or have been near anyone who appears sick.
  • You are at high risk for serious illness.

If you are a nonprofit who'd like to add your opportunities to this page, please email info@laworks.com.

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Brown Bags for Families at Rainbow

Quick Overview: Brown Bags for Families is Drew CDC’s collaborative effort with the LA Food Bank, specifically for the families in our Child Care Centers but also open to the entire community. Mission: Drew Child Development Corporation’s mission is to prepare the children of Watts-Willowbrook, Compton and South Los Angeles to succeed and thereby strengthen our community’s future. Impact: This program will provide healthy food options to help alleviate some of the financial pressures of grocery shopping. Proving families with meals to gather over will help strengthen family relations and our community. Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities: Set up tents, tables and chairs Unpack food from cars Set up tables Prepare sign-in Packing brown bags Distributing food and flyers for the program Requirements: Please dress comfortably, and bring water. Additional Details: Spanish speakers needed.

Los Angeles, CA

3/30/20 1:00 PM + more

Assisting Unsheltered Population

Quick Overview: Assisting the unsheltered population for outside shower stations, grab & go meals, and clothing at St. James Episcopal Church while maintaining social distance. Impact: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are seeking sanitation, showers, meals and clothing. Your efforts will help provide them with these necessities. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: - Cleaning: Setting up metal chairs, sanitizing/wiping them down, & placing the chairs 6 feet apart as they wait for the shower stations. -At the End/Breakdown: throw away the garbage & taking them to the dumpster. If anyone uses the kitchen, wipe down the area & bathroom. - Hallway attendant: Make sure that the area will be secure due to the donation room & kitchen. - Grab & Go meals / Clothing - hand out bagged meals & pull clothes (volunteer goes back & forth) - Monitoring hallways and other public areas - Handing out t-shirts COVID-19 Requirements: Volunteers will maintain social distance by remaining 6ft from each other Church does not provide masks, but provides sanitation and wipes for metal chairs and other surfaces Additional Details: Parking: Street parking Please arrive at 8:30am for set up so we can start at 9am.

Los Angeles, CA

4/4/20 8:30 AM + more

Distribute Food to Seniors

WHAT: Distribute food to those in need. Update: The LA Regional Food Bank is still committed to getting food to those who need it during the spread of COVID-19. The health and safety of volunteers is our top priority and we are taking necessary precautions. ABOUT THE LOS ANGELES REGIONAL FOOD BANK: L.A. Regional Food Bank provides food support to numerous community agencies serving Los Angeles, ranging from large homeless shelters that feed hundreds of people a day to small daycare programs. It is the second largest foodbank operating in the United States. THE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: You will help maintain crowd control and social distancing, and distribute food for those in need in our community. The food boxes consist of shelf-stable staples such as milk, beans, grains, and canned fruits and vegetables. These kits go to an average of 28,000 seniors every month at 146 sites throughout Los Angeles County. In 2018, the Food Bank distributed 325,043 Senior Nutrition food kits. We are proud to facilitate the largest distributor of senior food kits in the country and eternally grateful for the dedicated volunteers who make this work possible! VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS: Be able to lift up to 30 pounds Stay for entire shift Do not solicit clients Follow directions from staff at all times Volunteers under the age of 18 will need to bring and have signed by a parent/guardian a Volunteer Agreement & Release for Minors. The form can be found on L.A. Works website Q&A section. WANT TO SIGN UP? Click the Express Interest button below and LARFB will follow up with specific sign up instructions. QUESTIONS? Email the Opportunity Coordinator below.

Rowland Heights, CA

4/8/20 7:45 AM + more

*STOCK THE PANTRY: Sort Food with L.A. Regional Food Bank

Update: The LA Regional Food Bank is still committed to getting food to those who need it during the spread of COVID-19. The health and safety of volunteers is our top priority and we are taking necessary precautions listed below. About the L.A. Regional Food Bank: LARFB provides food support to numerous community agencies serving Los Angeles, ranging from large homeless shelters that feed hundreds of people a day to small daycare programs. It is the second largest foodbank operating in the United States. Volunteer Project: Come on down with fellow L.A. Works volunteers to sort, stack and shelve valuable food to distribute to the hungry throughout Los Angeles. Make someone's day or dinner! Requirements: ALL volunteers must bring a signed L.A. Regional Food Bank Release Form. Volunteers under 18 must have both the Foodbank and an L.A. Works Volunteer Agreement & Release for Minors signed by a parent/guardian Volunteers for this project must be at least 14 years of age. Dress Code: Casual attire and closed-toe shoes. Prohibited attire: tank tops, sleeveless shirts, sandals, open-toed or high-heeled shoes. Special COVID-19 Precautions: In addition to standard health and sanitation procedures, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, has also committed to: Implementing social distancing measures. Food Bank staff will ensure appropriate distance is maintained between each volunteer during check-in, orientation, and during the volunteer event. Providing hand sanitizer pumps. Sanitation staff will sanitize the facility once an hour, both inside and out, meeting room, door frames, restrooms, break room, door handles, and other often touched surfaces. Providing gloves to all volunteers. We will also display best practices throughout the event, encouraging everyone to wash their hands for at least twenty seconds and to elbow bump instead of shake hands. 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. Questions? Email the Opportunity Leader below. Want to sign up? If you would like to volunteer for this opportunity, please click on the SIGN UP button. *This project is managed by L.A. Works for our nonprofit partner and is led by an L.A. Works Volunteer Project Leader. L.A. Works is a nonprofit, volunteer action center that creates and implements hands-on community service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

Vernon, CA

4/18/20 9:00 AM + more

FOOD FOR THE SOUL

Quick Overview: : Footprints will drive to designated areas in the community in South Los Angeles, to distribute "Footprints Hot Lunch" and "Bags of Love" to the homeless and low income community. You must have your own transportation! Mission or Broader Program Description: Our Food for the Soul event is to help feed people that are in need. We serve the homeless a hot home cooked meal, because we believe that everyone deserve to feel like someone cares, and despite homelessness you can still feel like "There is no place like home." Impact: You can experience hands-on, of how there is a desperate need in our communities for food for the homeless. You will see that the people are truly in a desolate state of mind and are in need of care and concern. You will also have the opportunity to give back to those that are in need. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: Help hand out lunches to the homeless community in South L.A. and Downtown L.A. areas. You must have your own transportation, volunteers will meet at Footprints headquarters. If you want to give back to the community, this will be a great opportunity! Requirements: Please bring photo ID. Wear comfortable attire; jeans and sneakers are OK. You must have your own transportation for all event dates. If you are under 18 yrs old, you must be accompanied by an adult. * Volunteers under the age of 18 will need to bring and have signed by a parent/guardian a Volunteer Agreement & Release for Minors. The form can be found on L.A. Works website Q&A section.

Baldwin Hills, CA

4/24/20 12:00 PM + more

Food Pantry Help!

Working from home, but have available time? With the current global crisis, Low-income families will need food assistance now more than ever! Quick Overview: St. Margaret's Center's Food Pantry can use your help to distribute food. Volunteers distribute food to low-income households, utilizing that day's particular food choices--usually a combination of canned/bagged items and fresh produce, dairy, meats and bakery. (As the situation develops with COVID-19, we will be taking the necessary precautions.) St. Margaret's Center, a program of Catholic Charities of Los Angeles Inc., has served low-income and homeless families since 1987. The Center provides a comprehensive range of emergency and supportive services to about 10,000 unduplicated individuals annually in the Los Angeles "L.A.X." area, primarily those living in the cities or streets of Lennox and surrounding communities. Additional Details The Food Pantry is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. We will work with your schedule. * Volunteers under the age of 18 will need to bring and have signed by a parent/guardian a Volunteer Agreement & Release for Minors. The form can be found on L.A. Works website Q&A section.

Inglewood, CA

Through4/4/20

Field Delivery Volunteer

Quick Overview: Drive and deliver meals to seniors and others in need. Mission or Broader Program Description: Are you in need of assistance with meal preparation due to illness, accident, convalescence or immobility? We can help for the short term or long term! Monday thru Friday we will deliver a hot dinner and a light snack. We can also provide a sandwich with salad or fruit for an additional $1.00. A sliding scale is available for those who qualify. Preparation, packaging and delivery of our meals are done under the guidance of a nutritionist and are in compliance with all health department regulations. Impact: By participating in the Meals on Wheels you can deliver essentials to those who are immobile and in need of social support. Assist with delivering meals to our senior recipients and others confined in their homes. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: As a volunteer, you will work directly with Meals on Wheels to decide a route and the safest delivery methods possible. Requirements: Must be 18 years of age and have valid driver’s license & car insurance

Santa Monica, CA

Through8/11/20

Immediate Meal Delivery Support at JFS Food Bank

Quick overview: JFS SOVA Community Food & Resource Center needs immediate help at their Food Pantry Mission: Much more than a food pantry, JFS SOVA provides free groceries and an array of supportive services to thousands of all ages, ethnicities and religions each month. Impact: Volunteers are needed to help us fill the gap left by our regular volunteers! SOVA serves over 9,000 people each month--but many of our regular volunteers are over the age of 65 and have been asked to stay home. We need immediate help to fill those gaps and keep our services going to those who will otherwise go hungry. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: We need help from 8am – 3pm Monday through Thursday and 8am – 2pm on Sundays. Volunteers will be packing pre-packed grocery bags, some may be helping to hand them out. Requirements: Volunteers will need to fill out a liability form. Volunteers should come wearing closed toe shoes (sneakers are best) and comfortable clothing and hair tied back. Minimum age to volunteer is 12 years old.

Los Angeles, CA

Through5/1/20

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