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Signature Projects 

Signature Projects are long-term volunteer programs at local non-profits run by an L.A.Works-trained volunteer Project Leader. Projects usually last 1-4 hours and occur 1-4 times per month for a minimum of 6 months.

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?

  • Prior leadership experience is helpful but not required
  • Attend a training
  • Shadow a current Project Leader
  • 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
  • whatever's cooking inside your brain! The sky's the limit.

How do I get started?

Questions?

Contact Signature Projects Coordinator Denise Flaten                                                  
(323) 224-6510 x118                             
Denise@laworks.com

Get Active: Swim with Special-Needs Kids is a Signature Project that LA Works helps non-profit KEEN run.

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

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! Check out this video CBS 2 aired about this project at Midnight Mission: http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2016/03/01/volunteer-week-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 a Volunteer Agreement & Release for Minors. Minors under 13 years of age will also need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Please remember to fill out a minor volunteer waiver form if minors (under 18) are attending projects. The form can be found on L.A. Works website Q&A section. 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.

Inglewood, CA

5/7/19 6:15 PM +more

*TAKE ACTION: Environmental Advocacy Bootcamp

What: Don't just talk about change - make a change. Learn about environmental issues and then learn the advocacy skills to combat them. The Audubon Center at Debs Park is an urban nature center located in Northeast LA. They focus on restoring the natural landscape of Debs Park in order to establish bird-friendly landscapes and sustainable open space for all to enjoy. Their mission is to inspire people to experience, understand and care for the local natural world. Through educational programming, community events, and volunteering, the Center provides opportunity for the local community to engage with the natural landscape and to advocate on its behalf. Volunteer Project: Each session, experts will educate volunteers on critical environmental issues and then teach/complete a specific advocacy tool that can be applied to that issue or others. Unlike a single volunteer experience, long-term advocacy is important for real change to occur. If you have a passion for the environment or advocacy, this volunteer opportunity is for you. Additional Details: The Project will be broken down into two sections: (1) Education Section and (2) Advocacy. (1) Education: Environmental professionals and community organizers will speak on a critical issue related to the environment, such as: Park Equity and Access to Greenspace in Urban Settings Climate Change Water Conservation Building Sustainable Cities Community Resilience and Homelessness (2) Advocacy: Volunteers will learn a new advocacy skill and will be given time to complete it in the allotted time, such as: Writing letters to elected officials or news editors Using social media to influence change Registering to vote Conducting in-office meetings with your CA Assembly person Finding and speaking at local councils Age Requirement: Volunteers as young as 12 may participate with the knowledge that lecture will be a large component of the event. Volunteers under 18 must come with a completed Minor Waiver Form that has been signed by their legal guardian or they will be unable to participate. 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.

Los Angeles, CA

3/26/19 7:00 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 contribute to bringing a warm, hearty dinner to the homeless, just one of the 1,800 served daily. Throughout the evening, volunteers help to prep the kitchen, prepare and serve the meal and clean and organize the kitchen. *Please do not sign up more than two weeks in advance of the project.* Dress Code: Volunteers CANNOT wear the following otherwise you will not be able to volunteer in the kitchen. Shorts, mini skirts Midriffs, tank tops, sleveless tops Tight or see-through clothing Sandals, open-toed shoes Dangling earrings Cameras - taking pictures is prohibited ****Volunteers MUST wear long pants in order to work in the kitchen. Age Requirement: Volunteers for this project must be at least 13 years of age. Parking: Winston has free parking, please approach the gate and say you're working for the mission today. The entrance is on the backside of the front 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. Because of the importance and sensitivity of feeding the homeless, a sincere commitment is necessary when signing up for this project. Notice of cancellation must be notified 48 hours in advance. 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.

Los Angeles, CA

4/10/19 5:30 PM +more

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

What: Prepare nutritious grocery bags for those living with HIV/AIDS. APLA Health and Wellnes 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.

Los Angeles, CA

3/29/19 5:00 PM +more

*BE A KID AGAIN: Make Music with At-Risk Youth

What: Help at-risk youth learn about songwriting, production, and the music industry. Program mission: Hathaway-Sycamores Child & Family Services cultivates hope and resilience to enrich the well-being of children, adults, families, and communities. Volunteer Role & Responsibilities: Volunteers assist the Ten Talents Project Leader in delivering music industry instruction to youth residing at Hathaway Sycamore. The 9 week series culminates in the youth's creation of a group EP. Time Commitment: Volunteers are encouraged to commit to all or most sessions in order to create consistency for kids who've had very little of it. Requirements: Volunteers need to have an understanding of songwriting and production but do not need any prior teaching experience. Volunteers must pass Hathaway Sycamore's background checks, which will be sent to you after you sign up. Be at least 18 years of age. Benefits: Help kids understand music industry essentials to help them have the upper hand and build a solid career for the future. Questions? Email the Opportunity Leader below. *This project is managed by L.A. Works for Hathaway Sycamore 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.

Los Angeles, CA

3/30/19 10:30 AM +more

*FURRY FUN: Walk and Play Catch with a Furry Friend

Walk, play catch, offer companionship and make new furry friends at Wags and Walks Adoption Center. Wags and Walks is a community of dog lovers working to promote shelter dogs as the best dogs in the world and to break the stigma that rescue dogs are damaged goods. Through advocacy of unique family-friendly foster and adoption programs, Wags and Walks’ commitment is to help decrease the number of dogs euthanized in local shelters by showing the community that you can find wonderful dogs of all breeds and sizes through rescue. Impact: Your volunteer efforts contribute to the happiness and health our dogs. Socializing and caring for these dogs during their stay at the Wags & Walks center is key to their happiness, and ultimately their adoption. With over 3 million dogs entering shelters each year, giving back to these dogs in need is an amazing way to give back and keep them happy while they wait for their forever home. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: Every second Saturday come volunteer to have fun with adorable and adoptable dogs at the Wags and Walks Adoption Center. As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to walk, bath, feed and play fetch with the dogs at the adoption center. Requirements: 18 years or older, must be comfortable around dogs of all breeds, sizes Shift Requirements/Safety Protocol: Safety protocol and handling is of the utmost importance while walking the dogs No cell phones while walking the dogs Must have on closed toed shoes while volunteering at Wags and Walks Adoption Center. Additional Details: All of these dogs have come directly from a high-kill shelter environment and need patience and love while they decompress.

Los Angeles, CA

4/20/19 7:45 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.

Los Angeles, CA

4/13/19 9:00 AM +more

Help Someone Find a Job

Quick Overview: Work on resumes, conduct mock interviews and prepare budgets with people in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction to prepare them to rejoin the workforce and help them rebuild their lives. Mission or Broader Program Description: CLARE Foundation is a nonprofit organization and trusted community resource, providing effective and affordable alcoholism, substance abuse and behavioral health treatment and prevention services for nearly 50 years. Experienced, compassionate and specially trained staff help women and men find an end to the pain and suffering that is at the heart of addiction and discover hope in recovery. This project is part of RSVP at L.A. Works' Adult Education and Employment initiative. We are organizing a series of volunteer-led workshops with various nonprofit partners like CLARE to prepare people for new or better jobs. Topics include interview skills, resume and cover letter writing, financial literacy and more. Impact: Your choice to volunteer at the CLARE Foundation is a choice to support people in difficult circumstances who sincerely want to make better lives for themselves and rejoin society as productive citizens. Any experience you have as an interviewer or applicant is invaluable to folks who don't. If you've ever had a job, you can help someone else find one! Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: As a volunteer, you will assist the workshop leader in delivering curriculum. Requirements: Participants must be age 55 or older to participate in RSVP events such as this. ANY employment experience is enough to make your presence valuable.

Santa Monica, CA

4/6/19 9:00 AM +more

*Become an L.A. Works Project Leader

Learn volunteer leadership skills and create/adopt your own L.A. Works project. Manage an ongoing monthly project in an issue area of your choice while coordinating, managing, and engaging volunteers. The placement and development of your project is done with the support of an L.A. Works staff member. Projects can range from sorting food donations to hosting a dance party for special needs kids to teaching single mothers financial literacy. The sky's the limit. Time Commitment Projects should occur weekly, biweekly, or monthly for a minimum of 6 months. Each project should last between 1-4 hours. Leaders should also allow additional time for communication with volunteers/your non-profit partner and planning of activities. Requirements Previous leadership experience is helpful but not required. Potential Project Leaders should attend at least two of our Opportunity Calendar projects in order to understand how L.A. Works projects and Leaders work. Project Leader Training Potential Project Leaders will learn about L.A. Works, adopting or creating a Signature Project, volunteer management best practices, and leadership opportunities. If you would like to attend this Project Leader training, please click on the EXPRESS INTEREST button. If the times below don't work, just send us an email and we'll try to work with you. *This is an L.A. Works Signature Project that supports nonprofit partners. L.A. Works is a volunteer action non-profit that creates and implements hands-on community service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

Los Angeles, CA

4/6/19 1:30 PM

*LEND A HAND: Wheels for Deals with Seniors

What: Take seniors on an excursion to a neighborhood 99 cent store. Alexandria Care Center is a skilled nursing facility that provides both short-term rehabilitation to get elderly clients healthy and back home and long-term care for those requiring 24-hour assistance. Volunteer Project: The elderly clients at Alexandria Care Center don't always have the chance to get out of their rooms very much. To boost their spirits and get some fresh air, they're offered a weekend excursion to the neighborhood 99 Cent Store! Shopping for great deals is one of their monthly highlights! Come provide a much needed shopping trip along with great companionship, lively talk and needed sunshine. Special Note: Volunteers are asked to help transport seniors to the 99 Cent store by pushing them in wheelchairs approximately 8 blocks round trip. If you feel that you may not physically be able to do this, please email the Project Leader below before signing up to see if alternative arrangements can be made. Bilingual (Spanish, Armenian, Korean, or Tagalog & English) skills are helpful. Age Requirement: Volunteers for this project must be at least 13 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 16 years of age will also need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian. 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.

Los Angeles, CA

4/6/19 2:00 PM +more

*GOT RHYTHM: Dance the Night Away

What: Show your moves on the dance floor with 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. Age Requirement: Volunteers for this project must be at least 16 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.

Burbank, CA

4/12/19 6:30 PM +more

*SPRUCE IT UP: Garden with the Formerly Homeless

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 residents. Volunteers assist Step Up residents in maintaining their own personal edible gardens. Volunteers might plant seeds, build planters, weed, harvest, and more. This helps residents gain a sense of ownership and investment, learn practical new skills, and provide opportunities for companionship. 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.

Los Angeles, CA

6/8/19 8:00 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. 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.

Beverly Hills, CA

4/13/19 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.

Los Angeles, CA

5/19/19 10:00 AM +more

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

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.

Los Angeles, CA

4/14/19 1:00 PM +more

*SPRUCE IT UP: Restore Native Habitat with Audubon at Debs Park

Join us at the Audubon Center at Debs Park's nursery to cultivate native vegetation and recreate a natural, sustainable park-scape. WHO: The Audubon Center at Debs Park's mission is to inspire people to experience, understand and care for the local natural world with nature-based education and community programs. WHEN: The 3rd Friday of every month at 9 am WHERE: Northeast LA, exact address to be disclosed once you register below. WHY: Help restore bird habitat with native plants in a beautiful urban park. ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy to moderate REQUIREMENTS: Must be an RSVP Member ACCESSIBILITY: Street parking only. *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.

Los Angeles, CA

4/19/19 9:00 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.

Los Angeles, CA

5/18/19 10:00 AM +more

*NEXTLA Ready to Learn: Reading and Art with 1st Graders

Project Description: Help volunteers of NextLA, in partnership with L.A. Works, inspire a lifelong love of reading in a group of first grade students! Assist students at an elementary school within the Los Angeles Unified School District improve overall reading ability, expand vocabulary, build self-confidence, and broaden their perception of their own potential. NextLA is a nonprofit organization offering professional development, community engagement and network building opportunities for LA’s emerging professionals, ages 21-40. Learn more at NextLA.com. Volunteer Role & Responsibilities: Volunteers work directly with the children either one-on-one or in small groups. They listen to children read, assist them as necessary, and document the number of books and pages read. Volunteers also help the children complete the session’s designated art project. No teaching or art experience is necessary. Time Commitment: 10:00AM-1:00PM on one Saturday per month. Volunteers are encouraged to attend at least three Saturdays throughout the course of the school year to build a stronger bond with the students. Requirements: All volunteers on the premises must clear a background check. The background check provided by Verified Volunteers costs $23. Please allow up to one week for processing. We will inform you of your status upon completion of the screening process. Background checks are valid indefinitely and do not need to be repeated. While this project is open to the public, priority is given to current NextLA members. To ensure your spot with this project, you have the option to Join NextLA – which also gives you access to all NextLA programming! All volunteers must register with L.A. Works, if they are not already. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. How to Apply: Register for your LA Works account Join NextLA as a member (Optional) On LA Works website click "Express Interest" button for each Ready to Learn session date you are interested in Complete your background check through Verified Volunteers (email invitation will be sent once you express interest in a session) Wait for email confirming your background check has cleared prior to attending your upcoming RTL session **For any questions about the application process or volunteering with Ready to Learn please contact Karin Brummell at karin.brummell@gmail.com Note: Your spot on our volunteer roster is pending background check approval (including payment) Benefits: Assist at an elementary school that serves a predominantly minority and economically disadvantaged student body Improve language skills for many children who are learning English as a second language Boost a child’s self-esteem through a relatively small time commitment Discover or revisit new and classic children’s books Meet a wonderful, diverse group of fellow volunteers Morning snack and lunch are provided

Los Angeles, CA

4/27/19 10:00 AM +more

*BEAUTY AND CHARM: Lifting Women's Spirits

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 of Women’s Village this event takes place at 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 look their best for job interviews. 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. Volunteers don't have to be experts at these services. This experience is more about bonding with the women, giving them companionship, and sharing quality time. Volunteer Requirements: This project is open to female volunteers 18 and older only. 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. 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.

Los Angeles, CA

4/28/19 2:00 PM +more

*PLOGGING! Jog and Clean Debs Park

Project Description: 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. We will be plogging (running and picking up trash) along 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 with distances of up to 5 miles in length along Griffin Ave through the North Gate entrance 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: Check in and kick off 7:30am-8am The main clean up will take place 8am-11am. 11am-Noon drop off bags and eat snacks 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 . Dress Code: Running or walking clothes and shoes. Please bring: A refillable water bottle, snacking utensils, any preferred gloves, and any reusable, plastic grocery bags. Questions? Email the Opportunity Leader below.

Los Angeles, CA

5/18/19 8:00 AM

*LEADER OPPORTUNITY: Keen Sports

What: Step up your volunteer game by becoming the Project Leader for KEEN's "GET ACTIVE: Sports 'Coach' for Special-Needs Youth." About KEEN LA: KEEN (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now) is a nonprofit organization that provides one-to-one recreational opportunities for children and young adults with developmental 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. The event you'd manage: At "GET ACTIVE: Sports 'Coach' for Special-Needs Youth," volunteers play soccer, gymnastics, basketball, frisbee, zumba, yoga, track and field, and more with KEEN athletes between the ages of 5 and 21. Volunteers get matched with KEEN athletes and play various recreational activities that are tailored to each athlete's needs and designed to promote the athlete's sense of accomplishment. The event occurs 2-3 Saturdays a month from 10am - 12:30 in Historic FilipinoTown. Project Leader Requirements: Prior experience playing sports or working with disabled individuals is NOT required - but patience and kindness is. Leaders must commit to the role for a minimum of 6 months. (Some of our leaders stick around for 15+ years!) Leaders must attend an L.A. Works training. Leaders must clear any background checks required by KEEN L.A. Project Leader Responsibilities: Assign, direct, and supervise volunteers at events Manage all communication between volunteers, KEEN L.A., 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 6/29/19

*LEADER OPPORTUNITY: Sort Food for Homeless Families

What: Step up your volunteer game by becoming the Project Leader for LA Family Housing's food sorting volunteer event. About LA Family Housing: L.A. Family Housing (LAFH) works to help families transition out of homelessness and poverty through a continuum of housing enriched with supportive services. Founded in 1983, LAFH has served over 100,000 people since its inception. The event you'd manage: At "STOCK THE PANTRY: Sort Food for Homeless Families," volunteers come together to sort the generous produce donations that LAFH receives, so that disadvantaged families can have healthy meals. Time commitment: The event occurs every 3rd Thursday, 8:30am - 11:30am in North Hollywood. Leaders must commit to the role for a minimum of 6 months. Project Leader Requirements: Leaders must attend an L.A. Works training. Leaders must clear L.A. Works background checks. Leaders must be able to commit to supporting the project for at least 6 months. Project Leader Responsibilities: Recruit volunteers Assign, direct, and supervise volunteers at event Manage all communication between volunteers, LAFH, 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!

Through 6/29/19

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