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: Sack Lunches for the Hungry with Hollywood Food Coalition

WHAT: Lead/manage volunteers on an ongoing basis as they make and drop off sack lunches for people experiencing food insecurity and/or homelessness with Hollywood Food Coalition ABOUT HOLLYWOOD FOOD COALITION: Since 1987, Hollywood Food Coalition has ensured that those in need receive a warm, nutritious meal. They also provide daily needs such as clothing, sleeping bags, and hygiene items, as well as assistance with housing placement and referrals. Their new program, the Community Exchange, collects food and other donated goods and distributes them to dozens of other organizations in need. VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY YOU'D LEAD: In compliance with social distancing protocols, volunteers will make 10+ sack lunches at home and then drop them off at Hollywood Food Coalition. You won't be in contact with anyone, but can still have a powerful impact. IMPACT: Hollywood Food Coalition not only feeds 150 people nightly through their own efforts, but collects extra food supplies to disperse amongst dozens of other meal programs. This opportunity will ensure those organizations are well supplied and able to effectively serve as many people as possible. REQUIREMENTS: Sack lunches should consist of... Ham, turkey, or beef sandwich with light mayo/mustard (To be cautious of nut allergies, we request no peanut butter and jelly sandwiches please) 2+ side snacks (chips, fruit, granola bars, cheese, etc) REQUIREMENTS TO VOLUNTEER DURING COVID-19: You must not been or felt sick in the last 2 weeks not been around anyone who has been or felt sick in the last 2 weeks bring your own mask if possible, bring your own hand sanitizer SPECIAL SAFETY PROCEDURES DURING COVID-19: All volunteers must wear masks at all times. You must wash your hands at the beginning and end of the volunteer activity, and any time after touching your face. Physical contact is to be avoided and 6-foot distancing will be required. Please avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, or mouth. Wash your hands immediately if you do so. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette. 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 an accommodation to participate in this project please email us at QUESTIONS? Email the Opportunity Coordinator below WANT TO SIGN UP? Click the Express Interest button below and the Opportunity Coordinator will follow up with your next steps

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