Overview: L.A. Works Day is a powerful day of action and advocacy. At our second annual Pop-Up service event, hundreds of community and corporate volunteers will join together to learn about and address the critical issues affecting homeless families and youth. Volunteers will leave this festive event inspired by what they have created for their homeless neighbors and empowered with the tools to speak with elected officials and attend their neighborhood council meetings to voice approval for housing.
Program Description: This is a fun, family-friendly event in Santa Monica that includes a kick-off ceremony with celebrities and elected officials, music, food, and a festive volunteer fair.
Impact: There are now more than 57,000 Angelenos who lack a “fixed, regular or adequate place to sleep” on any given night in L.A. County. More than half of the people surveyed by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority last year said they were homeless because of an eviction, foreclosure, unemployment or “financial reasons.” There is no one-size-fits-all solution to ending homelessness, so each organization that benefits from L.A. Works Day volunteers’ efforts is working to tackle this issue either through preventing homelessness or by providing resources for helping those in need of housing.
Volunteers will participate in a series of activities throughout the morning. By the end of the event, together we will have assembled 750 back-to-school backpacks for formerly homeless youth; sorted and tagged 15,000 lbs of donated clothing for a thrift shop whose funding supports transitional living facilities; decorated 1,500 baby onesies for mothers living in transitional housing; and participated in a mentoring workshop to connect with formerly homeless individuals.
Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: Volunteers should be ready to pack school supplies, sort and tag donated clothing, and decorate baby onesies.
Requirements: Casual attire and sneakers (sturdy closed-toe shoes). Please wear clothing that you don't mind getting dirty. Wear sunscreen, a hat, and bring your own eco-friendly water bottle if you have one.
Lunch is generously provided by the Jonathan Club. Coffee and light pastries will also be available in the morning during the kick-off.
Any volunteer under the age of 18 will need to bring a signed copy of the L.A. Works Volunteer Agreement & Release for Minors. Volunteers under the age of 14 must have a parent/guardian with them. Volunteers under the age of 14 cannot create L.A. Works Accounts so parents/guardians must create a Team to sign up their family.
Time commitment: In order to participate in the event, volunteers must arrive at 8:30 AM. The event ends at 1:30 PM.
Registration: Bring in your signed general volunteer waiver form or your minor release form to the table labeled “Walk-Ins” and skip the line on L.A. Works Day.
Sponsors: Companies bring out their employees to volunteer together to boost morale and give back to their local community. Join our growing list of sponsors which includes KCET, Macy’s, and Kaiser by emailing email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities
- Issue Area(s): Civic & Community
- Population Served: Homeless, Low-income Communities
- Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+
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