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: Pack Meals for the Disabled and Homebound

WHAT: Don't just show up - step up. Lead volunteers in packing 3,000 meals for the disabled and homebound, in partnership with the L.A. City Department of Disability and Khalsa Care Foundation. ABOUT KHALSA CARE FOUNDATION: Keeping with the Sikh tradition, Khalsa Care Foundation is dedicated to helping all people. Before the pandemic, they served 1,000 meals/day. Demand has tripled! They greatly need your help. THE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY YOU'D LEAD: "SERVE IT UP: Pack Meals for the Disabled and Homebound," is a brand new opportunity where 15-50 volunteers prepare and pack 3,000 meals every day. AS THE PROJECT LEADER, YOU'D BE RESPONSIBLE FOR: confirming volunteers beforehand orienting/training volunteers prior to event managing all communication with volunteers, Khalsa Care, and L.A. Works TIME: One day a week (M-F) from 8am - 11:30am. LOCATION: Pacoima PROJECT LEADER REQUIREMENTS: Must attend a virtual L.A. Works training Must commit to leading for a minimum of 3 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: 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: Computer Literacy for Parents

WHAT: Teach Spanish-speaking parents basic computer skills so they can help their children with online schooling. ABOUT AVIVA: Aviva Family and Children’s Services provides a comprehensive range of diverse and culturally sensitive therapeutic and educational programs to help at-risk, emotionally distressed, abused, and neglected youth– as well as their families – function more effectively. THE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY YOU'D LEAD: In the "Computer Literacy Skills for Parents" remote opportunity, volunteers will 1-on-1 mentor parents on basic computer skills - starting from literally just turning a computer on. Anyone with basic computer skills may participate. AS THE PROJECT LEADER, YOU'D BE RESPONSIBLE FOR: Managing the volunteer opportunity post and replying to any volunteer questions Orienting mentor volunteers Kicking off and ending the online mentoring sessions Managing all communication between Aviva and L.A. Works TIME: Class will be two hours each Saturday. LOCATION: Online PROJECT LEADER REQUIREMENTS: Must speak Spanish Attend an L.A. Works training Commit to leading the project for 6 months Access to a computer and the internet 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: Prep Grocery Pickup for Low Income Families

WHAT: Manage volunteers as they help sort and prepare fresh grocery pickup for families in need with LA Mas! ABOUT LA MAS: LA Mas makes it their mission to emower communities of color in Northeast Los Angeles. They specialize in intitiatives that provide equity for working class families and individuals and help them increase their agency. THE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY YOU'D LEAD: You will oversee volunteers as they prepare and distribute fresh produce and groceries for low-income families of Northeast LA. Families will sign up for time slots with LA Mas and will arrive at their scheduled times for pickup. You will aslo lead the group of volunteers in cleanup after the pickup has run its course. AS THE PROJECT LEADER, YOU'D BE RESPONSIBLE FOR: Confirming and following up with volunteers Managing all communication between volunteers, LA Mas, and L.A. Works Orienting and directing volunteers day-of Ensuring all participants follow LA Works' COVID safety precautions TIME: Fridays either 12:00-3:00 or 3:00-6:00 LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA 90039 PROJECT LEADER REQUIREMENTS: Attend an L.A. Works training Commit to leading the project for 6 months Access to a computer, internet, and phone Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred 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 include: Create virtual content based on research and experience Update in-person workshop content to meet the needs of a virtual environment Facilitate content at scheduled workshops Help manage volunteer sign ups and agreements Connect with volunteers and support them as they work with youth ​ 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.