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Signature Projects 

Signature Projects are long-term volunteer projects at non-profits that are run by an L.A.Works-trained volunteer Project Leader. Projects usually take place 1-4 times per month for a minimum of 6 months and activate anywhere from 5 - 200 volunteers.

Are you a non-profit interested in utilizing a Project Leader to support your volunteer programs?

Non-profits must meet our eligibility requirements and:

  • have or begin a recurring volunteer opportunity lasting 6+ months
  • always have an employee on site during volunteer projects

Are you a volunteer interested in stepping up your leadership skills?

What does a Project Leader do?
  • Manages an existing recurring volunteer project at a non-profit or works with a non-profit to create a new project
  • 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?
  • Attend a training
  • Shadow 2 Project Leaders
  • Complete a background check
  • Commit to 6+ months of service
What are some examples of Signature Projects?
  • Serve it Up:  Beach Clean Up and Games with Heal the Bay
  • Empowering Adults:  Lifeskills Workshops for Young Moms with PATH
  • Furry Fun:  Walk and Play Catch with Furry Friends at Wags and Walks
  • Spruce it Up: Garden with Shelter Residents at LAFH
How do I get started?

Leadership Opportunities:

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*LEADER OPPORTUNITY: Serve Food to the Homeless

What: Do more than just show up. Lead the way and become the Project Leader for the "SERVE IT UP: Prep and Provide Meals for the Homeless at LA Mission" About the LA Mission: Los Angeles Mission is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the homeless living on the streets of downtown’s Skid Row. The event you'd manage: At "SERVE IT UP: Prep and Provide Meals for the Homeless at LA Mission," 5-10 volunteers bring a warm, hearty evening meal to some of the 1,800 homeless served daily. Volunteers will organize/clean the kitchen, prepare/serve the meal, and know they're protecting some Skid Row residents from going to bed hungry. Date and time: Leaders needed for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. (Leaders typically only take 1 night/week.) The opportunity runs from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Location: Skid Row, Downtown. Project Leader Requirements: Leaders must commit to leading the project for at least 6 months. Leaders must attend an L.A. Works training. Leaders must clear a background check Project Leader Responsibilities: Assign, direct, and supervise volunteers at events Manage all communication between volunteers, LA Mission, and L.A. Works 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!

Los Angeles, CA

Through 12/31/19

*LEADER OPPORTUNITY: Reading and Crafts with 1st Graders

What: Become a Project Leader for the "BE A KID AGAIN: Reading and Crafts with 1st Graders" volunteer opportunity at 49th St Elementary. About 49th St Elementary: 49th Street Elementary School is a positive learning community that promotes college and career readiness, critical thinking skills, and effective interpersonal relationships leading to academic and life success. The event you'd manage: At "BE A KID AGAIN: Reading and Crafts with 1st Graders," volunteers work directly with children listening to them read, documenting the number of books and pages read, and completing a fun art project. Project Leaders who'd like to try their hand at volunteer recruitment particularly sought. Date and time: 1 Saturday per month. Sessions resume in August. Location: South Los Angeles Project Leader Requirements: Commit to six months of leading the project Attend an L.A. Works Leader Training Pass a background check Project Leader Benefits: Make a bigger impact Gain valuable leadership and event management skills Learn about the non-profit world from the inside Interested? Click the Express Interest button below!

Los Angeles, CA

Through 12/31/19

*LEADER OPPORTUNITY: Games with Kids at Alexandria House

What: Don't just show up - step up. Become a Project Leader for the "BE A KID AGAIN: Fun and Games" volunteer opportunity with Alexandria House. About Alexandria House: Alexandria House is a non-profit transitional residence providing safe and supportive housing for women and children in the process of moving from emergency shelters to permanent housing. The event you'd manage: At "BE A KID AGAIN: Fun and Games," volunteers play and do activities with kids while their guardians shop at Alexandria House's Thrift Sale. The Project Leader plans the activities, communicates with volunteers and Alexandria House, and ensures everyone's safety. Date and time: The first two Saturday of each month. Location: Koreatown Project Leader Requirements: Commit to six months of leading the project Attend an L.A. Works Leader Training Pass a background check Project Leader Benefits: Make a bigger impact Gain valuable leadership and event management skills Learn about the non-profit world from the inside Interested? Click the Express Interest button below!

Los Angeles, CA

Through 12/31/19

*LEADER OPPORTUNITY: Garden for Students

What: Step up your volunteer game by becoming the Project Leader for the Environmental Media Association's School Garden Program. About LA Family Housing: Environmental Media Association (EMA) wants to put a garden in every school in America. Through celebrity mentoring, corporate and public funding, they currently support 20 school gardens across LA. The event you'd manage: At "SPRUCE IT UP: Garden at LA Schools," you would lead a team of volunteers in monthly maintenance of one or more school gardens. You'll have a blast getting your hands dirty as you mulch, weed, and fertilize. Time commitment: You set the day and time for your monthly maintenance. You must also commit to leading for a minimum of 6 months. Project Leader Requirements: Gardening expertise not necessary - a master gardener will advise and support Attend an L.A. Works training. Commit to supporting the project for at least 6 months. Project Leader Responsibilities: Recruit volunteers Assign, direct, and supervise volunteers on day of gardening Visit gardening site ahead of time and liaise with Master Gardener on what needs to be done Manage all communication between volunteers, LAFH, and L.A. Works Project Leader Benefits: Greatly increase your gardening knowledge 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!

Los Angeles, CA

Through 12/31/19

*LEADER OPPORTUNITY: Playtime with kids at LAFH

What: Lead a team of volunteers as they play with kids living in an LAFH shelter at the "BE A KID AGAIN: Playtime at LA Family Housing" volunteer opportunity. About LA Family Housing: LA Family Housing Corp. is a non-profit emergency shelter for homeless families and singles in Los Angeles County. Their main focus is to get families stabilized through counseling, job placement, and life skill classes. The event you'd manage: At "BE A KID AGAIN: Playtime at LA Family Housing," 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! All while giving their guardians a much needed siesta. Date and time: Two Sundays per month, 1:30pm - 4:30pm Location: Pacoima Project Leader Requirements: Must commit to leading the project for at least 6 months Must attend an L.A. Works Leader Training Must clear a background check Project Leader Benefits: Gain marketable leadership skills Learn about the non-profit world from the inside Make a bigger impact Interested? Click the Express Interest button below!

Los Angeles, CA

Through 12/31/19

*LEADER OPPORTUNITY: Make Music with Special Needs Kids

What: Go beyond being a regular volunteer and become a volunteer Project Leader for the "Homemade Music Instrument Jam with Special Needs Kids" volunteer opportunity. About the Friendship Foundation: The Friendship Foundation supports parents and families who have children and young adults with special needs by providing a safe, accepting, and inclusive environment where they can enjoy sports, art, and music with their peers. The event you'd manage: At "MUSICWORKS: Homemade Instrument Jam with Special Needs Kids," volunteers aged 8+ help special needs kids and young adults create homemade music instruments from recycled objects. Then everyone lets loose in an improvised music jam using their created instruments! It's a chance for kids to express themselves through crafts and music and even - we hope - some dancing. Date and time: This is a new volunteer opportunity that can be scheduled either Fridays at 4:30 or any time Sundays - whatever works for your schedule. It would happen every other week or once a month and last 2 hours. Location: Redondo Beach Project Leader Requirements: Prior experience with music or disabled individuals is NOT required - but patience and kindness is. Leaders must commit to leading the project for at least 6 months. Leaders must attend an L.A. Works training. Leaders must clear any background checks required by the Friendship Foundation Project Leader Responsibilities: Assign, direct, and supervise volunteers at events Manage all communication between volunteers, Friendship Foundation, and L.A. Works 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!

Redondo Beach, CA

Through 12/31/19

*LEADER OPPORTUNITY: Beach clean up and game day

What: Go beyond regular volunteering and become a Project Leader for the "GET ACTIVE: Beach Clean Up and Games" volunteer opportunity with Heal the Bay. About Heal the Bay: Heal the Bay is a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to making Southern California coastal waters safe and healthy for people and marine life. The event you'd manage: At "GET ACTIVE: Beach Clean Up and Games," up to 200 volunteers do a beach clean up followed by a volleyball tournament fundraiser. Participants also have the option to clean up all day or play non-competitive beach games like corn hole, etc. Date and time: 2 Saturdays per year. Next one scheduled is 8/25. Location: The Strand, Hermosa Beach Project Leader Requirements: Commit to six months of leading the project Attend an L.A. Works Leader Training Pass a background check Project Leader Benefits: Make a bigger impact Gain valuable leadership and event management skills Learn about the non-profit world from the inside Interested? Click the Express Interest button below!

Hermosa Beach, CA

Through 12/31/19

National Community Service