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 projects at non-profits that are run by a Project Leader. Projects usually take place 1-4 times per month for a minimum of 8 months and activate anywhere from 5 - 200 volunteers.

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 8 months of service
  • Attend an L.A. Works training
  • Shadow two Project Leaders
  • Complete a background check
How do I get started?

Leadership Opportunities:

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⚙︎LEADER OPPORTUNITY: Serve Food to the Homeless

What: Do more than just show up. Lead the way and become the Project Leader for the "SERVE IT UP: Prep and Provide Meals for the Homeless at LA Mission" About the LA Mission: Los Angeles Mission is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the homeless living on the streets of downtown’s Skid Row. The event you'd manage: At "SERVE IT UP: Prep and Provide Meals for the Homeless at LA Mission," 5-10 volunteers bring a warm, hearty evening meal to some of the 1,800 homeless served daily. Volunteers will organize/clean the kitchen, prepare/serve the meal, and know they're protecting some Skid Row residents from going to bed hungry. Date and time: Leaders needed for: every other Saturday 3:30pm - 5:30pm. every other Sunday 3:30pm - 5:30pm Location: Skid Row, Downtown. Project Leader Requirements: Leaders must commit to leading the project for at least 6 months. Leaders must attend an L.A. Works training. Leaders must clear a background check Project Leader Responsibilities: Assign, direct, and supervise volunteers at events Manage all communication between volunteers, LA Mission, and L.A. Works Project Leader Benefits: Gain marketable leadership skills Learn about the non-profit world from the inside Make a bigger impact Network with other people and groups committed to bettering Los Angeles Interested? Click the Express Interest button below!

⚙︎LEADER OPPORTUNITY: Sort food for the hungry with LA's largest food bank

WHAT: Lead volunteers in stocking, shelving, and sorting food for L.A.'s homeless population at the largest food pantry in the city! ABOUT LARFB: The Los Angeles 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'D LEAD: "STOCK THE PANTRY: Sort Food with L.A. Regional Food Bank" is an opportunity for volunteers to sort, stack and shelve valuable food to distribute to the hungry throughout Los Angeles. Make someone's day or dinner! AS THE PROJECT LEADER, YOU'D BE RESPONSIBLE FOR: confirming volunteers beforehand orienting/training volunteers prior to event managing all communication with volunteers, LARFB, and L.A. Works ​TIME: Every other Saturday 9am - 1pm. LOCATION: Commerce or South L.A. PROJECT LEADER REQUIREMENTS: Must attend a virtual L.A. Works training Must commit to leading for a minimum of 8 months PROJECT LEADER BENEFITS: Gain marketable leadership skills Learn about the non-profit world from the inside Make a bigger impact Network with other people and groups committed to bettering Los Angeles INTERESTED? Click the Express Interest button below!

⚙︎LEADER OPPORTUNITY: Scout Fitness Trails for People in Recovery

WHAT: Manage volunteers who scout outdoor running, biking, and hiking trails for The Phoenix! ABOUT PHOENIX: The Phoenix believes in fitness as a tool of recovery. Their cost of membership is 48 hours of sobriety. Offering classes like group fitness, cycling, yoga, rock climbing, or strength training, The Phoenix strives to be a safe haven for all looking for a community of encouragement and strength in their sobriety journey. THE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY YOU'D LEAD: You will oversee volunteers who seek out and scout outdoor trails to be utilized by The Phoenix members. This opportunity is great for volunteers who are passionate about fitness, sobriety, recovery from substance abuse, the outdoors, or healing in community! AS THE PROJECT LEADER, YOU'D BE RESPONSIBLE FOR: Confirming and following up with volunteer scouts Sharing trail checklists with volunteers Answering any questions from pespective volunteers Managing all communication between volunteers, The Phoenix, and L.A. Works Checking out a trail or two yourself TIME: Since you'll be managing volunteers remotely, you can do it whenever your schedule allows. The time commitment is estimated to be no more than 4 hours a week. LOCATION: Various. PROJECT LEADER REQUIREMENTS: Attend an L.A. Works training Commit to leading the project for 6 months Access to a computer, internet, and phone PROJECT LEADER BENEFITS: Gain marketable leadership skills Learn about the non-profit world from the inside Make a bigger impact Network with other people and groups committed to bettering Los Angeles INTERESTED? Click the Express Interest button below!

⚙︎LEADER OPPORTUNITY: Help Youth Enhance their Career Readiness Skills

What: Support employment readiness and life skills virtual workshops. You will support the programming content and faciliation for RSVP volunteers age 55+ as they work youth in need. The Project You Will Lead: This project is part of RSVP at L.A. Works' Adult Education and Employment initiative. We are organizing a series of workshops with various nonprofit partners like Covenant House, CLARE Rehabilitation Center, Journey Out, College Track & more, to support their development in skills that will help them be career ready. Topics include interview skills, resume and cover letter writing, financial literacy and more. What is programming content? Anything from presentations, guidebooks, resource handouts and activities. Responsibilities: Create virtual content based on research and experience Update in-person workshop content to meet the needs of a virtual environment Bi-weekly check in with Program Associate Optional: Facilitate content at scheduled workshops *training available* ​ Requirements: Passion for community service Excellent phone and written communications etiquette Proactive, self-directed, and results-oriented personality with the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team Good organizational skills, attention to details and deadlines Enthusiastic and eager to contribute Have a laptop/computer and online internet connection Familiarity with Google applications (Google Doc, Google PowerPoint etc.) Familiarity and account with Zoom PLUS: Bilingual, creatively familiar with design and marketing 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. Impact: Your choice to lead this opportunity is a choice to support adults & youth in difficult circumstances who want to make better lives for themselves and be productive citizens and quality professionals. Commitment: 6 months+ (Monthly time commitment is flexible, minimim of 10 hours a month) Location: Remote

Phil Trask, Project Leader for Spruce it Up: Revitalize Tree People Park, talks a little bit about the program he runs for Tree People.