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: Kitten Care at Michelson Animals

Please note - we are closed to both the public and volunteers at this time! If you're interested in volunteering, we'd still love for you to complete an application and watch our online orientation video, and we'll reach out to schedule a training for you as soon as we reopen. If you're interested in fostering, please email us at foster@foundanimals.org for more information! WHAT: Orient and lead volunteers in cleaning and socializing kittens (and the occasional pup) at Michelson Found Animals. ABOUT MICHELSON: Michelson Found Animals believes pets and people belong together and works to keep it that way through adoptions, tools, tips, and grants. THE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY YOU'D LEAD: "FURRY FUN: Kitten Care at Michelson Animals," is a brand new opportunity where volunteers help clean and feed kittens and turn them into lap cats! AS THE PROJECT LEADER, YOU'D BE RESPONSIBLE FOR: confirming volunteers beforehand orienting/training volunteers prior to event manage all communication between volunteers, Michelson, and L.A. Works TIME: One day a week from either 8am - 11am or 3pm - 7pm. LOCATION: Culver City PROJECT LEADER REQUIREMENTS: Prior experience with cats not required, but a willingness to learn is Must attend an L.A. Works training Must attend Michelson Found Animal 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: Create Care Kits for the Homelessness

WHAT: Lead volunteers in making care kits at home for our unhoused bothers and sisters. ABOUT PATH: PATH's mission is to end homelessness for individuals, families, and communities. While the rest of California stays at home, many of our homeless neighbors don’t have anywhere to turn. PATH will remain on the front lines to help our most vulnerable through street outreach, case management, and food support. THE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY YOU'D LEAD: In the "Assemble Care Kits for People Experiencing Homeless" remote opportunity, volunteers will purchase supplies and assemble them into kits for people on the streets or in shelters. AS THE PROJECT LEADER, YOU'D BE RESPONSIBLE FOR: Instructing volunteers how to create the kits and where to drop them off when done Managing the volunteer opportunity post and replying to any volunteer questions Managing all communication with PATH and L.A. Works TIME COMMITMENT: 5 hours maximum each week, to be done in your own time whenever you're free. LOCATION: Online PROJECT LEADER REQUIREMENTS: Attend an L.A. Works training Commit to leading the project for 6 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: Virtual Storytime for Kids

WHAT: Lead volunteers in reading to small groups of children over the phone. ABOUT PATH: PATH's mission is to end homelessness for individuals, families, and communities. While the rest of California stays at home, many of our homeless neighbors don’t have anywhere to turn. PATH will remain on the front lines to help our most vulnerable through street outreach, case management, and food support. THE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY YOU'D LEAD: Right now, kids need quality distance learning as well as positive activities to keep them busy while parents work. In the "Virtual Storytime for Kids" remote opportunity, volunteers purchase 2 copies of a book (one for themselves and one for the child/group they're reading with) and will read this book aloud together over the phone. AS THE PROJECT LEADER, YOU'D BE RESPONSIBLE FOR: Running background checks on potential volunteers Training reading mentors/volunteers Managing all communication between volunteers, PATH, and L.A. Works TIME: You can hold the 2 hour, biweekly trainings whenever it's convenient for you and your volunteers. The side tasks (background checks, etc) can be done whenever you have free time. LOCATION: Online and remote (over the phone) PROJECT LEADER REQUIREMENTS: Attend an L.A. Works training Commit to leading the project for 6 months Access to a computer 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 Adults & Youth Prepare for Employment

What: Lead a series of employment readiness and life skills workshops. You will support RSVP volunteers age 55+ as they work with adults and 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 volunteer-led workshops with various nonprofit partners like Covenant House, CLARE Rehabilitation Center, Journey Out, College Track & more, to prepare people for new or better jobs. Topics include interview skills, resume and cover letter writing, financial literacy and more. Location: Santa Monica, Hollywood, Van Nuys, Boyle Heights 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. Any experience you have is invaluable. Requirements: Availability to assist monthly workshops & must have own computer/laptop to do leader duties through email and online leader portal.

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