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*BE A KID AGAIN: Game Night with Midnight Mission's Youth

What: Read books, do crafts, and get active with the kids at Midnight Mission's Homelight Family Living Program. Midnight Mission offers a bridge to self-sufficiency for homeless people through counseling, education, training and job placement. Midnight Mission's Homelight Family Living Program goes beyond emergency care by providing long-term solutions for families - highlighting the structure, accountability, and opportunity. Volunteer Project: The children at Midnight Mission’s Homelight Family Living Program in Inglewood look forward to every Tuesday night when L.A. Works volunteers spend time with them playing games, doing arts and crafts projects (from Play-Doh to rockets), reading books, and just having fun while their parents attend classes and counseling sessions. The seemingly simple act of interacting with the children is a highlight of their day and can be of yours too! Video: CBS 2's coverage of this project at Midnight Mission Age Requirement: Volunteers for this project must be at least 6 years of age. Minors: Any volunteer under the age of 18 will need to bring and have signed by a parent/guardian this Volunteer Agreement & Release for Minors. Minors under 13 years of age will also need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Federal Law prohibits volunteers under the age of 13 from registering on-line. To sign up a family member under the age of 13, sign yourself up and then email the project leader directly to let her/him know. Or, form a family volunteer team, include your children as team members, and then sign your team up for the project. 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 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.

4/21/20 6:15 PM + more

*SERVE IT UP: Prep and Provide Meals for the Homeless @ LA Mission

What: Help prepare and serve the evening meal at L.A. Mission. Los Angeles Mission is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the homeless living on the streets of downtown’s Skid Row. Volunteer Project: L.A. Works volunteers bring a warm, hearty dinner to some of the 1,800 homeless served daily. Throughout the evening, volunteers help to prep the kitchen, prepare, serve, clean, and organize the kitchen. Volunteers must wear the following or they cannot participate: long pants closed-toe shoes Volunteers may not wear the following: Shorts, mini skirts Midriffs, tank tops, sleveless tops Tight or see-through clothing Sandals, open-toed shoes Dangling earrings Additional Requirements: Please do not sign up more than two weeks in advance of the project. Must be at least 16 years of age. No cameras - pictures are prohibited Must provide at least 48 hours of notice if you must cancel. We often have a waitlist and no-showing leaves us short-handed and isn't fair to our waitlist. Parking: Free parking off Winston. Please approach the gate and say you're working for the mission. The entrance is on the backside of the mission. 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. 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 L.A. Mission 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.

3/4/20 5:30 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.

2/26/20 7:30 PM + 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.

2/27/20 4:30 PM + more

*STOCK THE PANTRY: Sort Food with AIDS Project L.A.

Mission: Prepare nutritious grocery bags for those living with HIV/AIDS. Impact: APLA Health and Wellness is dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by HIV disease, reducing the incidence of HIV infection, and advocating for fair and effective HIV-related public policy. Volunteer Project: Volunteers help prepare grocery and nutrition bags for distribution through the Necessities of Life Program, which provides food and other basic necessities to low-income people living with HIV/AIDS. Special Notes: APLA policy prohibits the following: tank tops, sleeveless shirts, sandals, or open-toe shoes. APLA requires all volunteers to complete 1) an online application and 2) the release form packet. Tuberculosis is the leading cause of death for people living with HIV, so repeat volunteers must provide evidence of a negative TB test. Minors: Minors over 16 may volunteer for this project, but must 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. 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 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.

2/28/20 5:00 PM + more

*Piano Lessons for At-Risk Youth (MUSICWORKS)

WHAT: Teach beginner-level piano basics to at-risk youth in LA DESCRIPTION OF NON-PROFIT PARTNER: Angelica Center for Music and Arts seeks to empower at-risk youth in building self-confidence and self-esteem by developing their creative talents and honing their skills in music, art, and dance. VOLUNTEER PROJECT: Every Saturday morning, volunteers teach beginner-level piano to at-risk youth at Graff Labs. Curriculum and keyboards will be provided… just show up and have fun! IMPACT: With volunteers’ help, at-risk youth in LA will grow in building self-confidence and self-esteem through artistic and creative expression. ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Volunteers must: be aged 18+ play piano at at least a beginner's level WANT TO VOLUNTEER? Click "Sign Up" below.

3/7/20 10:00 AM + more

*TAKE ACTION: Homeless Advocacy Bootcamp

WHAT: Don't just talk about change - make a change. Learn about an issue related to homelessness and then complete an advocacy skill to address it. WHO: L.A. Works, Councilmember David Ryu, and United Way's Everyone In have come together to provide a volunteer opportunity that arms you to combat homelessness in an active way. WHY: Over 36,000 of our fellow Angelenos are experiencing homelessness, a 16% increase from last year. This opportunity will teach you how to be part of the solution. THE VOLUNTEER PROJECT: Each session consists of (1) an educational portion and (2) an advocacy action. (1) Education. Guest experts will speak on a critical issue related to the homeless crisis such as: Specific housing proposals in your area The difference between affordable, bridge, and permanent supportive housing What the city can do vs what the state can do Current bills that will impact homelessness (2) Advocacy Action Completion. You will learn and finish an advocacy action such as: Writing an op-ed piece Getting on the agenda to speak at your neighborhood council Planning an awareness-raising dinner party Registering to vote Participating in the annual homeless count 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 on the date below.

3/1/20 2:00 PM + more

*Rock with Kids in Modern Band Classrooms (MUSICWORKS)

WHAT: Help young musicians find their groove by helping to teach Voice, Keyboard, Guitar, Bass or Drums to LAUSD students. ABOUT LITTLE KIDS ROCK: Little Kids Rock is a national nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that all public school children have the opportunity to express their musical spirit. THE VOLUNTEER PROJECT: Under the guidance of the lead teacher, you may lead a band, provide an instrument workshop, give a technique clinic, work with an individual, help with instrument maintenance/set-up, or assist in any number of ways. Please note this opportunity takes place during the day and that LAUSD background checks must be completed first. IMPACT: Access to the arts and music is imperative in the cognitive and social/emotional development of young people. With access to the arts being more limited than ever, you can help provide equitable access by sharing your time and expertise with these students. VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS: Must play either guitar, drums, keyboards, or bass at at least a beginner level Must have either past performance experience or teaching experience Must compete LAUSD application, TB test, and fingerprinting INTERESTED? Click the Sign Up button below QUESTIONS? Email the Opportunity Leader below.

3/5/20 9:30 AM

*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.

3/7/20 9:00 AM + more

*SPRUCE IT UP: Garden Workdays at Westminster Elementary (WE)

WHAT: Go back to school and be a kid again while getting your hands dirty at EMA's Westminster Elementary Garden. ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: The Environmental Media Association is a diverse subsection of entertainment industry influencers, entrepreneurs in business, and green icons dedicated to the mission of promoting environmental progress. One of their school gardens at Westminster Elementary (an environmental studies magnet) showcases four different gardens. VOLUNTEER PROJECT: You will assist with garden and school maintenance tasks as directed by Master Gardeners from the County of Los Angeles. Get your hands dirty weeding, planting, mulching, watering, harvesting, and helping with school beautification. IMPACT: Your work will help support the school's mission to teach sustainability and environmental awareness to the next generation of Earth's caretakers. ADDITIONAL DETAILS: We'll provide the water, but please: bring sun protection, a hat, and clothes you don't mind getting dirty wear closed-toe shoes and dress in layers MINORS: All volunteers under 18 must bring this Minor Waiver form signed by a legal guardian to the event or they cannot participate. Volunteers under 14 must also be accompanied by an adult.

3/7/20 9:00 AM + more

*Become an L.A. Works Project Leader

You don't just want to make a change, you want to lead the change. You're a mover. A shaker. A better-world maker. And you'd make a great Project Leader. WHAT IS A PROJECT LEADER: A Project Leader leads other volunteers in an ongoing, recurring volunteer opportunity at a local nonprofit. From dogwalking to treeplanting to babysitting to underwater basketweaving - ok maybe not that last one - Project Leaders organize all sorts of activities. TIME COMMITMENT: Varies depending on the project you lead. Typically projects occur weekly, biweekly, or monthly and last from 1 - 4 hours. Please also allow for additional time to answer emails, make any needed calls, etc. LOCATION: Varies depending on the project. We have projects all over LA County. WHAT ARE THESE PROJECTS YOU SPEAK OF? Check 'em out at the bottom of the Lead-A-Project Page. WHY SHOULD I BE A PROJECT LEADER? Let's ask our current Project Leaders: "Before this experience, I had never truly understood the homeless crisis. My favorite thing about leading this project is learning more about issue." "Getting to meet so many likeminded people who are passionate about helping their community." "It was adorable when kids made crafts specifically for me. I had one moment where a kid drew me and said 'Mom, she has freckles too!' His mom told me he was self conscious about his freckles. I told him he should love them, they make you special!" "Initially I wanted resume building material, but then the residents became my long-term friends." PROJECT LEADER REQUIREMENTS: Prior leadership experience helpful but not required Commit to leading your project for at least 8 months Pass a background check Complete the L.A. Works Training Process INTERESTED? Click the Express Interest button below and L.A. Works will reach out to you for an interview.

3/7/20 9:00 AM

*SPRUCE IT UP: Beautify Manchester Square in Amazing South L.A.

WHAT: Help beautify Manchester Square by picking up trash and pulling weeds. ABOUT MANCHESTER SQUARE: Together we are building a strong community and sense of pride for this historic neighborhood. ABOUT THE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: This is a family friendly clean up to brighten up South LA and inspire residents. A great opportunity for groups and volunteers to take immediate action to address an environmental need and help transform a community. 9:00am: Sign-in, discussion of safety and area 9:10am: Supplies passed out 9:15am: Head out to pick up trash in teams 12:00pm: Meet back for closing IMPACT: Because of your help, Manchester Square will receive more benefits than you realize! Health impacts: Not only does cleaning improve the aesthetics of a neighborhood, but it also reduces the risk of accidents, crime, and rodents. It also improves the overall well-being of the community and lowers stress levels. Wear and tear: The pavement, drains, curbs, and other infrastructure lasts longer, which allows tax money to be spent on other exciting improvements. Stormwater Runoff: All that water runs right into our ocean. With the upcoming rainy months, let's help out the whole planet. Increases Property Value: In real estate, appearance is everything. With a clean neighborhood, appraisal values will go up and help the local economy ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Wear comfortable clothes you don't mind getting dirty in and closed toe shoes Gloves and tools will be provided MINORS: ​All volunteers aged 10-17 must: come with this minor waiver form signed by a legal guardian. be accompanied by a participating adult. QUESTIONS? Email the Opportunity Coordinator below. WANT TO SIGN UP? Click on the Sign Up button below.

3/7/20 9:00 AM + more

*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.

3/7/20 10:30 AM + more

*Prep Student Musicians for Shows with Little Kids Rock (MUSICWORKS)

What: Show young musicians how to slay their rock band performances by helping to teach Voice, Dance, Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums, or Horns to LAUSD students with limited access to music education. About Little Kids Rock: Little Kids Rock is a national nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that all public school children have the opportunity to unlock their inner music makers. The Volunteer Project: Under the guidance of the lead teacher, you may head a small group, work with an individual, help with instrument maintenance, or assist in any other number of ways. Whatever these middle and high school students need to get ready for their monthly performances, you're there for! But best of all... there's pizza at every rehearsal! Impact: Access to music education is tougher than ever and your presence allows for greater classroom management and more tailored learning. Volunteer Requirements: Must play either guitar, drums, keyboards, bass, or horns at at least a beginner level Voice and Dance coaches also needed Must clear NSOP Background check ​Interested? Click the Sign Up button below! Questions? Email the Opportunity Leader below.

3/7/20 11:00 AM + more

*SPRUCE IT UP: ECO-Friendly Garden Workday at Carthay Elementary

WHAT: Go back to school and be a kid again while getting your hands dirty at EMA's Carthay Elementary Environmental Studies Magnet School Garden. ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION: The Environmental Media Association is a diverse subsection of entertainment industry influencers, entrepreneurs in business, and green icons dedicated to the mission of promoting environmental progress. One of their school gardens at Carthay Elemntary Environmental Studies Magnet School showcases an extensive edible garden, outdoor classroom, kindergarten garden, and animal care center. VOLUNTEER PROJECT: Join us on the second Sunday of each month and help with gardening and school maintenance tasks as directed by Master Gardeners from the County of Los Angeles. Get your hands dirty weeding, planting, mulching, watering, harvesting, caring for animals, and helping with school beautification. IMPACT: Your work will help support the school's mission to teach sustainability and environmental awareness to the next generation of Earth's caretakers. ADDITIONAL DETAILS: We'll provide the water, but please: bring sun protection, a hat, and clothes you don't mind getting dirty wear closed-toe shoes and dress in layers MINORS: All volunteers under 18 must do the following or they cannot participate: bring this Minor Waiver form signed by a legal guardian to the event be accompanied by an adult.

3/8/20 9:00 AM + more

*GET ACTIVE: Basketball "Coach" for Special Needs Youth 2020

What: Play Basketball and help coach special needs youth in building their basketball skills. KEEN (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now) is a nonprofit organization that provides one-to-one recreational opportunities for children and young adults with mental and physical disabilities. KEEN L.A.’s mission is to foster the self-esteem, confidence, skills and talents of its athletes through non-competitive activities. Volunteer Project: Get your game on! Play basketball with KEEN athletes between the ages of 5 and 21. The youth will be divided up by age groups, (ages 5-10) and (ages 11-21). Volunteer Role & Responsibilities: L.A. Works volunteers get matched one-to-one with KEEN athletes for a group warm up, 1:1 coaching on passing, dribbling and shooting drills and lots of fun! The session ends with each athlete showcasing what they learned that day along with our usual "Prouds" circle. KEEN programs are tailored to each athlete's needs and designed to promote the athlete's sense of accomplishment. Bring some encouragement and positivity to these youth and show them a fun time! Special Note: Volunteer coaches do not need any prior experience with basketball or working with disabled individuals, but having a patient, spirited and kind-hearted presence is required. Age Requirement: Volunteers for this project must be at least 15 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. 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 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.

3/8/20 1:00 PM + 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.

3/29/20 1:30 PM + more

*GOT RHYTHM: Dance the Night Away

What: Show your moves on the dance floor with special needs children & adults. BCR is a nonprofit organization that offers day programs for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Its mission is to enable its participants to develop their abilities so they may become independent and contributing members of the community. Volunteer Project: L.A. Works volunteers come in good spirits and ready to get out on the dance floor with participants from BCR. Volunteers also assist with set-up and serving drinks and food. Volunteers are encouraged to dress according to the date's theme: November: Harvest Moon December: Winter Wonderland January: Western Round-Up February: Sweetheart (our volunteers also provide Valentine's-themed snacks this night) March: St. Patrick's Day April: Spring Swing May: Rockin Nifty 50's June: Grand Finale Gala Requirements: Volunteers for this project must: be at least 16 years of age. be comfortable socializing and dancing with special needs populations bring an outgoing attitude and be ready to have a ton of fun! Minors: Volunteers aged 16 - 17 must bring and have signed by a parent/guardian a Volunteer Agreement & Release for Minors. A 2:1 minor:adult supervision ratio is required (for every 2 minors, 1 adult must supervise.) We also ask that this adult lead by example and participate as well, rather than sitting off on the side. 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 about volunteering? Email the Opportunity Leader below. Want to volunteer? Click on the green SIGN UP button below. *This project is managed by L.A. Works for BCR 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.

4/10/20 6:30 PM + more

*SPRUCE IT UP: Garden with Formerly Homeless Vets

What: Help Step Up residents plant, care for, and eat edible gardens Step Up is a non-profit that provides permanent supportive housing to recently homeless adults, using the "Housing First" model. Volunteer Project: Every second Saturday of the month, come have fun gardening with the resident Veterans. Volunteers assist Step Up residents in maintaining the edible gardens, planting seeds, building planters, weeding, harvesting, and maybe even playing some bocci ball. Impact: This project helps residents gain a sense of ownership and investment, learn practical new skills, and provide opportunities for companionship and communication skills improvement. Additional Details: Since residents are adjusting from homelessness and/or mental illness, some good practices are: - to provide a listening ear instead of advice - to respect their privacy by refraining from photos - maintaining appropriate boundaries - most importantly, HAVE FUN! Age Requirement: 18 and older. 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 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.

3/14/20 8:00 AM

*PLOGGING! Jog and Clean Debs Park

Project Description: Clean the streets of LA one jog at a time! Plogging is a fitness craze from Sweden that is quickly gaining popularity in the US. The term combines the word “jogging” with the Swedish term “plocka upp”, which means to pick up. The goal is to pick up trash while jogging. It's fun exercise for people who care about the environment. Our event was on the local and national news! We will be plogging (running and picking up trash) on a 5-mile stretch along Griffin Ave, the Arroyo Seco, and in Debs Park. The run will start and end in Audubon Center courtyard. The specific route (up to 5 miles) will be provided at the start of the run. Trash drop off points will be at all trail intersections and at the Audubon center. Schedule and route: Please note both the start time and the route will differ depending on the date. Kevin-led days begin at 8:30am and involve a longer flatter run; Alma-led days begin at 9am and involve more hiking and elevation change. Dress Code: Comfortable activewear and running shoes. If you can, please bring: water, gloves, reusable plastic grocery bags Questions: Email the Opportunity Leader below.

3/14/20 8:30 AM + more

*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.

3/14/20 9:00 AM + more

*STOCK THE PANTRY: Sort Food with L.A. Regional Food Bank

L.A. 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. Volunteer Project: Come on down with fellow L.A. Works volunteers to sort, stack and shelve valuable food to distribute to the hungry throughout Los Angeles. Make someone's day or dinner! Requirements: ALL volunteers must bring a signed L.A. Regional Food Bank Release Form. Volunteers under 18 must have both the Foodbank and an L.A. Works Volunteer Agreement & Release for Minors signed by a parent/guardian Volunteers for this project must be at least 14 years of age. Please arrive between 8:20am - 8:40am for parking and check-in. Dress Code: Casual attire and closed-toe shoes. Prohibited attire: tank tops, sleeveless shirts, sandals, open-toed or high-heeled shoes. 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 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.

4/11/20 9:00 AM + more

*Teach Guitar to At-Risk Youth at Hathaway Sycamore (MUSICWORKS)

WHAT: Help at-risk youth learn to play the guitar! PROGRAM MISSION: Hathaway-Sycamores Child & Family Services cultivates hope and resilience to enrich the well-being of children, adults, families, and communities. We will be helping foster positive mentorships with a focus on learning and anti-bullying, by teaching at-risk youth to play & write music on the guitar. VOLUNTEER ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Volunteers assist the Project Leader in teaching guitar to kids aged 10-16 (at various skill levels) with one-on-one instructions to better tailor their learning process. TIME COMMITMENT: Each session lasts 1-hour, but we ask that volunteers show up early to help set up and stick around after to help clean up. Volunteers are encouraged to commit to all or multiple sessions in order to create consistency for kids, but we are absolutely happy to accept one-time volunteers as well! REQUIREMENTS: Volunteers need to have a basic understanding of chords and strumming, but there is no need for any prior teaching experience. Most of the kids are just starting out, and we will match volunteers with the appropriate skill levels. If you plan to volunteer for more than 3 sessions, volunteers must pass Hathaway Sycamore's free background check. Be at least 18 years of age. ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Maintain appropriate boundaries, no physical contact Provide a listening ear instead of advice Leave your smokes and vapes at home Respect privacy by taking no photos Model commitment Most importantly - have FUN! WANT TO SIGN UP? Click the "Sign Up" button below. HAVE QUESTIONS? Email the Opportunity Leader below.

3/14/20 9:30 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.

4/19/20 10:00 AM + more

*LEND A HAND: Provide Companionship to Seniors

What: Give manicures, play bingo, karaoke, and other games with seniors. Hallmark Cheviot Hills Assisted Living is a supportive community atmosphere of 77 retirees and seniors, which offers well-being services and social activities for its residents. Volunteer Project: L.A. Works volunteers provide companionship and support to the seniors of Hallmark Cheviot Hills Assisted Living. Volunteers visit with seniors in the facility, working together on art & craft activities, playing games (Bingo!), singing Karaoke and sharing really great stories. Volunteers also help out doing manicures for some of the residents. The seniors of Hallmark Cheviot Hills really appreciate the regular monthly visits from L.A. Works volunteers. Come join us for two hours of fun with the residents! These activities put a big smile on everyone's faces. Age Requirement: Volunteers for this project must be at least 8 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. Volunteers under 13 years of age will also need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Federal Law prohibits volunteers under the age of 13 from registering on-line. To sign up a family member under the age of 13, sign yourself up and then email the project leader directly to let her/him know. Or, form a family volunteer team, include your children as team members, and then sign your team up for the project. 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 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.

3/21/20 10:00 AM + more

*SPRUCE IT UP: Clean Up El Porto Beach and Meet Fellow Conservationists

What: Clean up an oft-forgotten beach and get some yoga in too! Description of Heal the Bay: Heal The Bay works to mobilize L.A.s many diverse communities to protect our coastline and revitalize our urban waterways. Volunteer Project: On the first Saturday of every other month, come help clean up El Porto Beach. We will start with yoga before building collaborative community as we clean. In the past, projects have collected hundreds of pounds of trash and prevented myriad problems including potential injury to people and animals. This opportunity is great for groups and adults looking to engage their children in volunteer work. Gift bags for the first 30 volunteers! Impact: With the help of volunteers, any person or animal in the area will benefit from a clean beach and less polluted watershed. Additional Details: We will provide gloves (feel free to bring your own if you have latex allergies or specific requirements) and trash bags, music and even a yoga meditation beforehand. No pets other than ADA Title II and III certified dogs. Volunteer may choose to grab an informal lunch nearby afterward to continue community building. Everyone will be required to sign a liability waiver. Minors: ​All volunteers aged 10-17 must: come with this minor waiver form signed by a legal guardian. Minors without signed forms, or signed by someone other than a legal guardian, will be unable to participate. be accompanied by a participating adult. 1 adult may supervise up to 2 children. Unaccompanied minors will be unable to participate. Questions? Email the Opportunity Coordinator below. Want to sign up? Click on the Sign Up button below.

4/4/20 10:00 AM

*BEAUTY AND CHARM: Nails and Facials with Recently Homeless Women

What: Provide pampering via masks, manicures, and pedicures to recently homeless women. Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women & Children provides care from homelessness to self-sufficiency for women and their children. The residents are adult women, many whom have only recently gained ownership of decent footwear, much less experienced the luxury of a foot soak. The women really enjoy this get-together because it allows them to socialize. Volunteer Project: Once a month, L.A. Works volunteers come to Women's Village to support these women's journey with a little pampering and companionship with basic face masks, hand scrubs, manicures, pedicures, and hand massages. Sometimes there's also karaoke and snacks. You don't have to be experts at these services. This experience is more about bonding with the women, listening to them, and sharing quality time. Special note: If you or your volunteer group are licensed hair stylists, estheticians, cosmetologists, or other skilled beauty industry professionals, your presence is a special treat. Please email the opportunity coordinator so we can be sure we best utilize your generosity. Donations: Donations of materials are always welcome but certainly not mandatory. We go through a lot of items! If you're ever willing to bring any of the following, we'd be incredibly grateful: nail polish remover cotton balls epsom salts face sheet masks gloves for hygiene 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 our nonprofit partner and is led by an L.A. Works Community 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.

4/26/20 2:00 PM + more

National Community Service