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*SPRUCE IT UP: Revitalize TreePeople Park

What: Maintain trails, plant, and tend the nursery at TreePeople Park. TreePeople is an environmental nonprofit that unites the power of trees, people and technology to grow a sustainable future for Los Angeles. Volunteer Project: L.A. Works volunteers come out to help maintain TreePeople Park, a 45-acre area that thousands of Los Angeles-area students visit every year to take part in environmental educational programs. Volunteers help maintain trails, remove invasive plants, re-grade slopes and tend the nursery. Special Note: This is a physically demanding project. This project will occur rain or shine. Age Requirement: Volunteers for this project must be at least 14 years of age. Minors: Any volunteer under the age of 18 will need to bring and have signed by a parent/guardian a Volunteer Agreement & Release for Minors. 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. Questions: Email the Opportunity Leader below. Sign up: click on the green SIGN UP button below. Note - teams of 5+ people must email the Opportunity Coordinator ahead of time. *This project is managed by L.A. Works for our nonprofit partner and is led by an L.A. Works Volunteer Project Leader. L.A. Works is a nonprofit, volunteer action center that creates and implements hands-on community service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

6/13/20 9:00 AM + more

*LEND A HAND: Provide Support to Transitional Families

Founded in 1996, Alexandria House is a transitional residence and house of hospitality providing safe and supportive housing for women and children in the process of moving from emergency shelter to economic stability and permanent housing. Located in the densely populated and ethnically diverse Mid-Wilshire area, Alexandria House also serves its broader neighborhood community by providing educational and enrichment opportunities for the residents and neighbors alike. Program Description: In response to the compelling needs of the women and children living in the house, as well as the neighborhood needs before us each day, the goal of Alexandria House is to be a community-oriented transitional house and neighborhood center which is intentionally multicultural, anti-racist and where the needs of women who are economically poor are central. We are supported by a community of caring individuals and groups who share our mission. Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities: L.A. Works volunteers support the staff at Alexandria House in maintaining a safe and positive atmosphere for the woman and children living there. Volunteers help with gardening, organizing the garage, cleaning the kitchen, sorting food and clothing, and preparing activities for neighborhood events. Time Commitment: 3 hours. Requirements: Volunteers for this project must be at least 18 years of age. *This project is created, organized and managed by our nonprofit partner. Once you click on EXPRESS INTEREST below a staff person from that organization will contact you to follow up.

8/16/20 10:00 AM + more

*COMEDIANS CARE: Meal Service and Standup Set at LA Mission

WHAT: Perform comedy for and serve a meal to people experiencing homelessness at L.A. Mission. L.A. Mission strives to be a world leader among Mission that provide for the poor, restore the addicted, and eliminate homelessness. They see each individual as a spiritual person of worth and dignity and worthy of assistance in their journey. VOLUNTEER PROJECT: You or your improv group will do a 5 minute stand-up or improv set at L.A. Mission's monthly awards for adults who have graduated from their classes. At 4:30 you'll start the night off by serving them dinner, giving you a chance to meet and interact with the people you'll later be entertaining. This makes the night more than just another gig. Afterward, the awards show and comedy sets start. **NOTE: Comedy sets must be CLEAN. L.A. Mission is a faith organization and asks you to refrain from any sort of blue comedy, including bits with cursing, sex, drugs. You will be vetted prior to the show to ensure your material respects this rule. ** IMPACT: You'll be putting smiles on the faces of those who can really use it. They've worked hard to overcome some drastic difficulties and we want to reward them with some laughter on an important day in their lives. ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Please refrain from taking photos of the residents. They may not want people to know they're experiencing homelessness. And if they want to talk to you, please provide a listening ear rather than giving them advice.

6/25/20 4:30 PM + more

*LEND A HAND: Provide Companionship to Shelter Residents at L.A. Family Housing

WHAT: Help LA Family Housing residents make arts and crafts, do service projects, and plant and care for their own personal gardens. ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: L.A. Family Housing assists families and individuals transitioning out of homelessness and poverty by providing housing and supportive services. VOLUNTEER PROJECT: Join us on the first and third Saturdays of each month to help residents care for their own gardens and engage in community-building. You'll take part in brief coffee chats with LAFH residents, followed by working together with residents on arts and crafts, service projects, and nurturing their personal gardens. IMPACT: You can help residents pratice their communication and social skills, gain a sense of ownership, and learn new crafting and gardening skills. Most of all, you can put a smile on their faces! ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Volunteers- must be over 18 years old. should be aware that gardening can be physically demanding. may not be alone with residents. closed-toe shoes, clothing you don't mind getting dirty, sun hats, and water bottles are recommended. IN-KIND DONATIONS: In-kind (not monetary) donations of coffee, tea, soil, seeds, or crafts are always welcome. We are incredibly grateful for any help in making the residents' Saturday mornings a little brighter.

7/4/20 9:00 AM

*BE A KID AGAIN: Fun and Games with Kids at Alexandria House

WHAT: Engage in fun activities with children from Alexandria House and the nearby community while their guardians attend the Saturday Thrift Sale event. Alexandria House is a transitional residence for women and children located in the densely populated and ethnically diverse Mid-Wilshire area. Alexandria House also serves its broader neighborhood community by providing educational and enrichment opportunities. VOLUNTEER PROJECT: Every 1st and 2nd Saturday of the month, Alexandria House hosts the Thrift Sale to provide essential household items and services to Alexandria residents and neighbors. During the event, volunteers help by supervising and playing with the children so their guardians can focus on getting what they need. IMPACT: Shopping [or doing anything!] with children can be challenging. Volunteers support guardians by keeping their children safe, occupied, and entertained so they can focus on sourcing what their families need. ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Volunteers must be 18+ and embrace all ages, genders, cultures, languages, ethnicities, religious beliefs, and sexual orientations. 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. QUESTIONS? Email the Opportunity Leader below. WANT TO SIGN UP? Please click on the SIGN UP button. *This project is managed by L.A. Works for Alexandria House and is led by an L.A. Works Volunteer Project Leader. L.A. Works is a nonprofit, volunteer action center that creates and implements hands-on community service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

7/11/20 8:30 AM + more

*BE A KID AGAIN: Playtime at LA Family Housing

What: Engage in fun activities with children staying at LAFH's Pacoima transitional shelter and give their guardians a much needed break! LA Family Housing is a non-profit that provides shelters for homeless families and singles across Los Angeles County. Their main focus is to get families stabilized through counseling, job placement, and life skill classes. Volunteer Project: One Sunday a month, volunteers play with kids aged 8-13 whose families are currently living in one of LAFH's temporary shelters. Volunteers and kids might play soccer, make a craft, have a yahtzee tournament, paint faces - you name it! Impact: Volunteers 1) give parents and guardians much needed rest and 2) give the kids valuable individual attention, which has been proven to boost their self esteem and decrease their stress. Volunteers aged 14-18: Must be accompanied by an adult and have legal guardian complete this minor waiver ahead of time. One adult per minor, please. 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. Questions? Email the Opportunity Leader below. If you would like to volunteer for this opportunity, please click on the SIGN UP button. *This project is managed by L.A. Works for LAFH and is led by an L.A. Works Volunteer Project Leader. L.A. Works is a nonprofit, volunteer action center that creates and implements hands-on community service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

7/12/20 1:30 PM + more

*EMPOWERING YOUNG ADULTS: Lifeskills for Recently Homeless Youth

WHAT: Assist with life-skill mentoring sessions for recently homeless youth aged 18-24 at Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission. ABOUT HOPE OF THE VALLEY: Hope of the Valley's goal is to meet the needs of the “whole” person — spiritually, emotionally, and physically - by offering food, shelter, showers, and health services to L.A.'s poorest. VOLUNTEER PROJECT: Lend your professional insights on successful “adulting” to young men and women transitioning out of homelessness. You'll be scheduled on an as-needed basis depending on the topics the residents request. Current topics are listed below but will be regularly updated: financial skills (savings, investing, IRA/401k, etc) business start-up advice music industry career advice (getting a foot in the door, writing, producing, getting your work into the hands of the right people, etc) overcoming a complicated work-history (gaps in employment, criminal record, etc) Please note we're currently only able to schedule volunteers who feel comfortable leading instruction in one of the above areas. IMPACT: These young transitional shelter residents are full of questions but are lacking in adult role-models and professional networks to help them get answers. Your expertise empowers them to develop knowledge, build confidence, and move on to success. 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. INTERESTED? Click the "Express Interest" button below and the Project Leader will reach out to you to discuss your participation.

8/5/20 7:30 PM + more

*CREATIVE CORNER: Kids' Cardboard Challenge with Two Bit Circus

Quick Overview: This monthly event series is brought to you by Imagination.org, a new division of Two Bit Circus Foundation. It is a fun, collaborative way to get the entire family involved in some good old fashioned fun with cardboard. We'll provide the supplies, you supply the imagination. Make something that inspires you and in turn inspires others. From robots to rocket ships to cardboard castles- The sky is the limit! Mission or Broader Program Description: TwoBitCircus.org is a nonprofit educational organization designed to cultivate the next generation of inventors, advance environmental stewardship and spur community engagement. Combining the inspiration of Two Bit Circus with castoff material from hundreds of manufacturers, our programs help students learn STEAM education and innovation skills while inspiring critical and creative thinking. Impact: Your volunteer efforts enable us to promote the Power of Play, celebrating child creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it. You are also helping us spread ecological values through recycling and Creative Play. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities/Requirements: As a volunteer you will interact with and help children build their cardboard creations, encouraging their creativity and inspiring new ideas. No prior experience with cardboard is necessary! Shift Requirements/Safety: Close-toed shoes and attire appropriate for working with children and families. * Volunteers under the age of 18 will need to bring and have signed by a parent/guardian a Volunteer Agreement & Release for Minors. The form can be found on L.A. Works website Q&A section.

8/9/20 2:00 PM + more

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