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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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*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 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. The form can be found on L.A. Works website Q&A section. 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

5/31/19 5:00 PM +more

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

What: 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, and temperaments Please do not bring your own dogs No cell phones Must have closed toed shoes Additional Details: All of these dogs have come directly from a high-kill shelter environment and need patience and love while they decompress. Click Here To Watch An Orientation Video

Los Angeles, CA

9/28/19 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

6/1/19 9:00 AM +more

*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.

Inglewood, CA

6/4/19 6:15 PM +more

*BE A KID AGAIN: Fit Fun at Aviva

What: Come do yoga, junior Olympics, axe-throwing - ok maybe not axe-throwing - with Aviva kids while their guardians attend class. Aviva is a non-profit serving Los Angeles children and families in crisis via compassionate support, therapeutic services, and guidance. Volunteer Project: Volunteers and kids will do obstacle courses, relay races, and other physical activities before winding down with yoga and meditation. While their guardians attend enrichment classes, these kids (infants to school age) will be lifting their minds and spirits with an emphasis on physical fitness. Additional Details: To positively influence the lives of Aviva's youth and/or adults: 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 Have a positive attitude Model commitment Be professional Most importantly - have FUN! Age requirement: 21 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 is a Signature Project ed by an L.A. Works Volunteer Project Leader for a non-profit partner. 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

6/1/19 8:30 AM +more

*EMPOWERING ADULTS: Help Someone Rebuild Their Life

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

7/6/19 9:00 AM +more

*EMPOWERING ADULTS: Make Young Adults Money Masters

What: Help young adults at the Seed House Project who've recently faced homelessness and economic hardship learn money management. The Seed House Project is a non-profit servicing transition-aged-youth (18-25) experiencing homelessness. Seed House provides support for them by offering a home, job training, and personalized mentorship to enable long-term stability. Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities: Volunteers will help teach residents financial literacy by facilitating small groups or individual discussions and activities. Volunteers don't have to worry about planning anything - an L.A. Works Project Leader leads the lessons and gives them the resources they need. Volunteers might even join field trips to local financial institutions or businesses for youth to learn more about career development and long-term financial stability. Impact: Only 16% of young adults are optimistic about their financial future. (Source) Through their mentorship, volunteers will help combat the despair these young people may feel and give them solid tools for their future. Additional Requirements: Volunteers- must be at least 20 years old. are NOT required to have professional financial experience, but should be comfortable discussing banks, credit cards, everyday personal finance, and decision-making. should listen and seek to understand residents rather than offering opinions or advice. must respect the residents' privacy, boundaries, experiences, and sensitivities. who can attend multiple sessions can expect to have an even greater impact on the young adults, as it takes time for them to trust and form bonds. 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 below. *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

6/15/19 9:30 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. 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 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.

Los Angeles, CA

7/6/19 10:00 AM +more

*LEND A HAND: Wheels for Deals with Seniors

Overview: 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. Mission: Take seniors on an excursion to a neighborhood 99 cent store. 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

6/1/19 2:00 PM +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

6/8/19 9:00 AM +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.

Los Angeles, CA

6/8/19 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

8/18/19 10:00 AM +more

*BE A KID AGAIN: Playtime at LA Family Housing

What: Engage in fun activities with children staying at LAFH's Pacoima transitional shelter and give their guardians a much needed break! LA Family Housing is a non-profit that provides shelters for homeless families and singles across Los Angeles County. Their main focus is to get families stabilized through counseling, job placement, and life skill classes. Volunteer Project: One Sunday a month, volunteers play with kids aged 8-13 whose families are currently living in one of LAFH's temporary shelters. Volunteers and kids might play soccer, make a craft, have a yahtzee tournament, paint faces - you name it! Impact: Volunteers 1) give parents and guardians much needed rest and 2) give the kids valuable individual attention, which has been proven to boost their self esteem and decrease their stress. Voluntees 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 LAFHand 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

6/9/19 1:30 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

6/26/19 5:30 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

6/14/19 6:30 PM

*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

7/20/19 10:00 AM +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

6/18/19 7:00 PM +more

*SERVE IT UP: Meals for the Hungry led by Macy's

Project sponsored by What: Help serve restaraunt-style meals to the homeless and hungry. L.A. Works has partnered with Macy's in their efforts to make life shine brighter through service and are leading the community at Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission in feeding the hungry. Hope of the Valley is a faith-based compassion ministry that strives to meet the needs of the "whole person" - physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Volunteer Project: Volunteers will provide hope, meals, and friendship to people experiencing (or in danger of experiencing) homelessness. Being served restaraunt-style rather than buffet style is a measure to restore guests' dignity and confidence. Impact: Volunteers like you help Hope of the Valley serve over 200,000 meals every year. Additional Details: Volunteers must wear closed-toed shoes. Age Requirement: 14+, but volunteers aged 14-18 must: 1) bring and have signed by their legal guardian this Volunteer Agreement & Release for Minors 2) be accompanied by an adult. 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 volunteer? Please click on the SIGN UP button below and we'll see you there. *This project is managed by L.A. Works and Macy's for Hope of the Valley.

Los Angeles, CA

6/19/19 11:45 AM +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 55+ 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

6/21/19 9:00 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

8/25/19 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. https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/what-is-plogging-growing-movement-of-joggers-picking-up-trash-1464049731700 https://spectrumnews1.com/ca/la-east/environment/2019/03/29/european-environmental-fitness-craze-hits-l-a-

Los Angeles, CA

7/20/19 8:00 AM

*GET ACTIVE: Beach Clean up and Games

Project Description: Come on down to Hermosa Beach and Serve it Up. This is an opportunity for locals to share their community with others. We'll be layering a beach clean up with a volleyball tournament and beach games. This clean up is in association with Heal the Bay. The Volleyball Tournament: The volleyball tournament will raise money for an individual fighting cancer and Lunges4Lungs awareness lunge to spread awareness. Volunteers aren't required to donate or participate in the volley ball tornament. There will be classic beach games to play like spike ball, corn hole, volleyball etc. Schedule: The main clean up will take place 8am-10am. Beach Volleyball Tournament 10:30am - 7:30pm Beach Games All Day Opportunities to Participate All Day In Heal The Bay Beach Clean Up. If you can't make that time no problem at all there will be more than enough opportunities for you to get your clean on through out the day. 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: Casual Attire/ Beach Attire. Or a Costume.. 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.

Hermosa Beach, CA

8/24/19 8:00 AM

*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

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