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Be Part of the Give-Back Generation

Our Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) offers volunteer opportunities uniquely designed to tap into the experience, skills, and wisdom that those age 55 and over bring. 

Join a community of like-minded people making a difference

As part of the RSVP family, you will have to access to exclusive programs and benefits including: 

· Volunteer opportunities only available to RSVP members 

· Special discounts and rewards from our nonprofit and business partners

· Supplemental insurance during volunteer activities 

We have everything from 1-day events to ongoing monthly programs. 

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323-224-6510 x 104
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Thanksgiving Dinner

The Los Angeles Boys and Girls Club Annual Thanksgiving dinner is an opportunity for community members, volunteers, staff, and club members to come together and enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner at the club. We host about 400 families in our annual dinner, host raffles, and enjoy performances from the wonderful kids. WHO: The Los Angeles Boys and Girls Club WHAT: Help setup, meal prep and decoarate WHEN: Tuesday, November 20th between 11am-5pm WHERE: Lincoln Heights, exact address will be emailed to you once you register below WHY: Connect with one of the largest organizations in Lincoln Heights and enjoy a Thanksgiving Dinner with our community ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy, requires standing all shift REQUIREMENTS: Must be an RSVP member ACCESSABILITY: Street parking only *This project is managed and lead by our nonprofit partner. L.A. Works is a nonprofit, volunteer action center that creates and implements hands-on community service projects.

Los Angeles, CA

11/20/18 11:00 AM +more

Grow Native Plants and Restore an Urban 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 maintain a school garden in order to provide nourishment & education for kids. 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

12/21/18 9:00 AM

RSVP Volunteer (age 55+): MLK Jr. Day of Service 2019

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., this year we'll be serving at George Washington Carver Middle School. Impact: Studies have shown that student achievement can be affected either positively or negatively by the school environment. School beautification is a great way to increase morale and motivate students. Beautiful and clean facilities push students in the right direction by giving them an uplifting, positive space to work and grow in. They will come into school knowing that they're worth something because someone took the time to take care of a place they call home for eight or more hours of the day. Volunteer Project: Volunteers will put their skills to use in various beautification projects throughout the school campus. Our goal is to enhance the learning environment with color, fresh paint, and murals. We would also like to encourage outdoor learning via gardening projects, including building benches for outdoor classrooms and seating. Date: January 21st, 2018 Location: George Washington Carver Middle School, 4410 McKinley Ave Time: Please arrive at 9:00 am to check-in at our registration tables. Waivers & Minors: All volunteers will need to fill out the LAUSD Waiver and the L.A. Works Waiver at the time of registration. Any volunteer under the age of 18 will need to bring and have signed by a parent/guardian an L.A. Works Volunteer Agreement & Release for Minors. Volunteers under the age of 14 must have a parent/guardian with them. Volunteers under the age of 14 cannot create L.A. Works Accounts so parents/guardians must create a Team to sign up their family. See note below under the section "Teams/Groups." Dress Code: Casual attire and sneakers (sturdy closed-toe shoes). Please wear clothing that you don't mind getting dirty. Wear sunscreen, a hat and bring your own eco-friendly water bottle if you have one. 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. Teams/Groups: We encourage groups to join us for the big day. Volunteers are assigned to projects on a first-come, first-served basis. We cannot guarantee that your group will be able to volunteer for the same project. To increase your chance of volunteering with your group, please come early and arrive together. Questions? Email the Opportunity Leader below. If you would like to volunteer for this opportunity, please click on the SIGN-UP button.

Los Angeles, CA

1/21/19 9:00 AM

Teach an Adult to Read

WHO: Los Angeles Public Library Adult Literacy Services provides adult learners with volunteer tutors and instructors who help them improve their English literacy and meet a wide variety of personal goals from finding a better job to reading books, newspapers, and medicine labels. WHAT: Community volunteers are needed to work one-on-one with adult learners at least twice a week for 90 minutes. They ask for a minimum commitment of 6 months. WHEN: time is flexible WHERE: Locations throughout LA (we have 73 libraries). Find the one nearest you! WHY: Nearly one million adults in Los Angeles lack basic literacy or English language skills needed to achieve personal or professional goals. ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy REQUIREMENTS: Must have a high school diploma and basic computer skills * This project is managed and lead by our nonprofit partner. L.A. Works is nonprofit, volunteer action center that creates and implements hands-on community service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

Los Angeles, CA

Through 1/9/19

Support kids learning to read

Overview: Join the orientation to learn how to be trained to work with kinder to third-grade students in small groups to tutor them in reading during the after school hours. Organization Name and Website: LA's BEST in partnership with AARP Foundation Experience Corps. www.lasbest.org Mission: To provide a safe and supervised after school education, enrichment, and recreation program for children ages 5 to 12 in Los Angeles. Impact: The LA's BEST AARP Foundation implements a data-driven program to improve the literacy rates of youth because we know that students who cannot read proficiently by the end of 4th grade are four times more likely to drop out of school compared to proficient readers. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: Tutor K–3 students in small groups during afterschool hours. Volunteers receive ongoing training, mentorship coaching and peer support as part of AARP Foundation’s award-winning Experience Corps program. Attend this information session to learn more. Requirements: For our RSVP volunteers - Must pass a background check and TB test.

Los Angeles, CA

Through 12/31/18

Help a Student Become an All-Star

WHO: Boys and Girls Clubs of Venice WHAT: Help students in grades 1-5 individually or in groups with their homework. WHEN: Based on your availability weekdays from 2:30pm - 4:30pm. WHERE: Venice, exact address will be emailed to you once you register below. WHY: Today's young people are tomorrow's leaders. You can make an impact on a young student's career and life success by helping with homework and inspiring confidence. ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy REQUIREMENTS: Must be an RSVP member. * New volunteers will need to attend an in-house orientation. ACCESSABILITY: Parking included and elevators are available if needed. *This project is managed and lead by our nonprofit 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

Through 12/28/18

Help a Homeless Child Thrive

WHO: School on Wheels is a nonprofit organization that has been providing educational assistance to homeless children since 1993. WHAT: Volunteers are needed to tutor students one-on-one, some group tutoring and Saturday opportunities are also available. WHEN: Flexible weekdays for one hour after 3 pm WHERE: Throughout LA WHY: Make a difference in a homeless child's life! Share your love of learning and a willingness to make a real and lasting impact on a young person's life! ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy REQUIREMENTS: Must be an RSVP member. * Background check & orientation required ACCESSABILITY: Parking included *This project is managed and lead by our nonprofit 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

Through 12/31/18

Director of Operations (Pro-Bono)

The Institute for Criminal Justice Training Reform's mission is to save lives and reduce injury among the public and the police by reforming the deeply inadequate, antiquated, and flawed training models, policies, and procedures and legislative standards for employees in the United States' Criminal Justice System particularly those with the power to arrest, detain, commit and kill. Beginning with in-depth research, our organization identifies needed changes to training in coordination with those communities who are impacted the most. Encouraging public engagement, we work in partnership with organizations and community leaders to promote safe, scientific, data-driven, and innovative changes to criminal justice training throughout the U.S. Program Description: Overseeing volunteer management, information technology, project management, and administrative support. Works directly with Communications, Development, Community Impact Teams, Training & Standards and the Board of directors. Must be self-starter Must have strong computer skills, preferably SalesForce, Microsoft 365 Suite, and Microsoft Teams Time Commitment: Must be available minimum of 12 hours weekly.

Los Angeles, CA

Through 3/7/19

Online Educational Course Assistant

The Earth Rights Institute is looking for a volunteer to assist with updating their online course "Become a Leader in Sustainability" that is on the UDemy platform. Requirements: A volunteer is needed to help research the latest information to incorporate into their educational curriculum and revise educational videos. The program was developed to help engage individuals in better understanding sustainable development. You can expect to work directly with the Living Lab Program Director and Executive Director. Time Commitment: 5+ hours per week

Santa Monica, CA

Through 4/16/19

Safe Child Custody Exchange Monitor

The mission of Friends of the Family is to foster strong families, resilient and joyful children, and vibrant communities by providing respectful, responsive family support programs in the greater Los Angeles area. Program Description: To ensure a safe environment for children as they move from custody of one parent to the other without a threat of conflict or violence. Help to ensure a friendly nurturing environment for children as they are transferred back and forth between custodial and non-custodial parents who have not yet established a good working parental relationship. Help the children to avoid experiencing bitter stressful interchanges between their parents as they share custody. Most exchanges take place in the evenings or on weekends at the West Valley Police station and Mission Hills police station. Requirements: Volunteers must be over 21 years old and must complete a 8-hour training and certification provided at no cost to the volunteer. Training will be provided by Friends of the Family and will include all materials and ongoing supervision and support. Time Commitment: This volunteer commitment is for three hours per week for 6-12 months.

Los Angeles, CA

Through 5/3/19

Family Visitation Coach

The mission of Friends of the Family is to foster strong families, resilient and joyful children, and vibrant communities by providing respectful, responsive family support programs in the greater Los Angeles area. Program Description: Provide support, coaching, and advocacy to families who are reunifying with their children and visiting with them on a weekly basis. Help the family to visit in a home-like atmosphere rather than in a sterile office space. Use your creativity to provide activities that engage the parents and children in natural interaction. Visits take place at Family Visitation Centers located in North Hills, Tarzana, Santa Clarita, and San Fernando. Responsibilities: As a volunteer coach, you will support, “cheerlead” and provide overall assistance to the parents to ensure that the visit goes smoothly, providing re-direction and advice when needed. Requirements: Volunteers must be over 21 years old and must complete a 24-hour training and certification provided at no cost to the volunteer. Training will be provided by Friends of the Family and includes all materials and ongoing supervision and support. Time Commitment: Two hours per week for 6-12 months.

Los Angeles, CA

Through 5/3/19

Help Transform the Lives of System-Involved Youth

Help youth move toward positive, healthier life choices and realize their full potential. New Earth Organization runs a variety of programs serving youth ages 16-25 who have experienced the foster system, incarceration, school expulsion and other life obstacles. Project Description: Attend an orientation and initial interview with New Earth Staff to find the volunteer role that's right for you. Whether you want to teach a workshop to inspire and share your gift with youth or lend a helping hand and shoulder of support at the center or in a classroom, there is a role for you. Volunteers can serve as workshop leaders for their Ready-to-Work program, digital media and visual arts mentors for their Explore program, and in other administrative and supportive roles. Volunteering is the pathway to long-term mentoring relationships with youth at New Earth. Requirements: Must be able to commit to a regular schedule for at least 3 months, details to be determined. Volunteers will need to submit resume prior to interview.

Culver City, CA

Through 11/30/18

RSVP Build Capacity, Close the Gap

Quick Overview: The program trains community members in a research-based literacy and language curriculum to serve children in low-income neighborhoods. Mission or Broader Program Description: Jumpstart is a national early childhood education organization that works towards the day every child in America enters in Kindergarten prepared to succeed. ​ Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: Use your skills 2-6 hours per week to help Jumpstart reach every child. We have locations throughout LA & can find the one nearest you! ​ Impact: Change a child's life! Requirements: Must be an RSVP Member Accessibility: Street parking only. * This project is managed and lead by our nonprofit partner. L.A. Works is nonprofit, volunteer action center that creates and implements hands-on community service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

Los Angeles, CA

Through 3/13/19

Activity Volunteer (Skilled)

Since 1995, the Child Development Institute has been a principal provider of early childhood development and intervention services in the San Fernando Valley, providing over 60,000 hours of comprehensive, integrated training programs for multiple disciplines including speech, occupational therapy, mental health, special education, and early child development. The mission of Child Development Institute is to help children reach their full potential by supporting the relationships and environments that shape early development.​ Project Description: The activity and center volunteer works within CDI Early Learning Center (ELC) in all capacities as needed. He/she is responsible for the overall assistance of the floor with various tasks as needed. This includes but is not limited to, welcoming all visitors to the center, giving tours and making sure all children and parents get their needs met, setting up/taking down activities, stocking and returning exhibit materials to their proper place and making sure discovery zones are clean and sanitary. Volunteers will need to be comfortable taking direction and at times work unassisted. This person will work alongside the other volunteers and staff in contributing to the overall operations of the ELC. Responsibilities: Welcome all visitors to the center Must be able to give out information about the center and give tours Make sure all children stay within their parents/caregivers care Make sure the ELC safety precautions are followed Help stock materials in discovery zones - set up/clean up, as needed Qualifications: Must be organized Exude an outgoing and pleasant attitude Reliable “team player” Confident self-starter Ability to perform multiple tasks Ability and willingness to learn on the job Knowledge of CDI ELC mission Benefits: Obtain Professional Growth Hours or Volunteer Service Hours Develop professional and creative talents through training from Early Childhood Specialists Use professional skills to aid children within the community Be an active contributor to the first Early Learning Center in Canoga Park Time Commitment: Minimum of 6 hours per week for at least 3 months. Additional Requirements: Mandatory ELC Orientation Training, TB Clearance, and DOJ Clearance, if applicable.

Los Angeles, CA

Through 6/12/19

Join Career Conversations

Quick Overview: Have an interesting career? Be on a panel to share your career path with teens. Mission or Broader Program Description: Teen'Scape is the young adult department at the Central Library, providing teens with a place of their own to work on computers, study, read, and relax. Teen'Scape hosts monthly Career Conversations with panelists who provide advice in exploring careers in a wide variety of areas including arts, writing, medicine, technology, etc. Impact: Inspire youth and give advice on what it takes to follow their passion. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: Be a panelist and answer questions about your career. Sessions are recorded for podcast.

Los Angeles, CA

Through 3/28/19

Adoption Counselor (Skilled)

Heaven on Earth Society for Animals, founded in February of 2000 by Eri Cronkhite, began with a dream and the determination to make it happen. Inspired by a goal to end the senseless suffering and destruction of homeless animals due to the overpopulation crisis, Eri developed an adoptions program for rescued strays and focused efforts on spay-neuter services. Position Description: As an Adoption Counselor, you will be assisting the adoptions team with processing contracts and completing the adoption experience. Once the adoption team has approved an application and completed the adoption counseling, our new adopters need to be added to our online database and complete the application via Shelterluv. Clerks will work with new adopters to complete their Shelterluv profile, print contracts, photograph adopter with their new kitty, and send the adopter out the door with a smile. You will also be assisting with special projects, data entry and other tasks as needed. Qualifications: You must be 18 years of age or older Demonstrate strong communication skills. Maintain engaging, polite and patient interactions with the public. Must be comfortable using a computer and navigating the simple online software. Being bilingual is a plus. Must be comfortable handling cats! Time Commitment: Minimum of 5 hours of service per month which can be completed in a one-day shift or split up into two 2.5 hour shifts. Must be available to work shifts during open hours which are: Thursday & Friday 3pm-8pm and Saturday & Sunday 1pm-6pm.

Los Angeles, CA

Through 7/3/19

Website Designer

Description: The mission of North Valley Caring Services is to empower neighborhood residents to build a vision of their community’s future and to actively engage in solving local problems. We are looking for a Web Designer who will be responsible for creating a great website for NVCS. Primary duties include conceptualizing and implementing creative ideas for NVCS’s websites, as well as creating visual elements that are in line with NVCS’s branding. Responsibilities: Plans site design functionality Develops site navigation by categorizing content May assist in developing site content and graphics; designing images, icons, banners, audio enhancements, etc. Protects site by designing and installing security precautions Qualifications: Web Graphic Design, Web Savvy, Planning, Web User Interface Design, Web Programming Skills, Teamwork, Illustration Tools, Multimedia Content Development, Understanding Browser Capabilities, Internet Presence, Verbal Communication

Los Angeles, CA

Through 2/1/19

Grant Researcher/Writer (Pro Bono)

City Ballet of Los Angeles has a mission is to provide Los Angeles with its own ballet company unique and represenetive of this multicultural community. Presenting work that is a mixture of classical and contemporary dance theater, examining untraditional themes and blending music from all over the world. In keeping with the tradition of classical dance, City Ballet of Los Angeles is preserving the standards of excellence in its presentation of the art of dance. Description: If you are someone who is passionate about volunteering for a non-profit, have an eye for identifying fundraising opportunities then consider a volunteer opportunity as a grant researcher. We are looking for experienced grant writers/fundraisers/netwrkers who can research and identify funding for City Ballet of Los Angeles. The pro bono grant researcher we are looking for will have excellent writing, grammar, and communication skills. Requirements: Each volunteer is matched to a position and will meet with the Executive Director to ensure completion of the project. Volunteers will receive support from L.A. Works Pro Bono Coordinator. Responsibilities may include some of the following: Research, develop, and write inquiries, letters, and other fundraising documents Draft proposals and other correspondence to solicit grant funds Track and monitor proposals, their deadlines, and requirements Ensure proposals and grant reports are submitted by the deadline(s) Desired Qualifications: Experience in philanthropy and non-profits a plus Proven experience as a nonprofit grant writer a big plus Working knowledge of MS Office Outstanding organizational and planning abilities Proficient in writing, communications or relevant field a plus Time Commitment: Flexible, hours to be determined each week until the completion of the project, volunteers may need to be mindful of deadlines.

Los Angeles, CA

Through 2/10/19

Data Entry (Skilled)

Families In Schools (FIS) recognizes the value of strong family-school partnerships in supporting student achievement.Consequently, we provide programs and professional development that fosters authentic parent engagement by building the skills, knowledge and confidence of both parents and staff on how to work together. FIS targets low-income and underserved communities recognizing that access to quality education continues to be the gateway out of poverty and the road to the American dream. Project Description: As a skill-based consultant for Families in School, you will be entering important data into their database, and will be responsible for maintaining the strictest confidentiality when dealing with personal information. Responsibilities:As a remote volunteer, you will be required to meet at least once a week to receive assignments, but the work may be completed from home. Volunteers will need access to a computer and transportation for weekly meetings. Time Commitment:Flexible, but a minimum of 2 hours per week is required.

Los Angeles, CA

Through 2/21/19

Grant Researcher/Writing (Pro Bono)

Description The mission of North Valley Caring Services is to empower neighborhood residents to build a vision of their community’s future and to actively engage in solving local problems. If you are someone who is passionate about volunteering for a non-profit, have an eye for identifying fundraising opportunities then consider a volunteer opportunity as a grant researcher. We are looking for experienced grant writers/fundraisers/netwrkers who can research and identify funding for North Valley Caring Services. The pro bono grant researcher we are looking for will have excellent writing, grammar, and communication skills. Requirements: Each volunteer is matched to a position and will meet with the Executive Director to ensure completion of the project. Volunteers can work remotely (depending upon the role), and will receive support from L.A. Works Pro Bono Coordinator. Responsibilities may include some of the following: Research, develop, and write inquiries, letters, and other fundraising documents Draft proposals and other correspondence to solicit grant funds Track and monitor proposals, their deadlines, and requirements Ensure proposals and grant reports are submitted by the deadline(s) Desired Qualifications: Experience in philanthropy and non-profits a plus Proven experience as a nonprofit grant writer a big plus Working knowledge of MS Office Outstanding organizational and planning abilities Proficient in writing, communications or relevant field a plus Time Commitment: Flexible, 2+ hours each week until the completion of the project, remote volunteer role, volunteers may need to be mindful of deadlines.

Los Angeles, CA

Through 2/21/19

Marketing (Pro Bono)

Description The mission of North Valley Caring Services is to empower neighborhood residents to build a vision of their community’s future and to actively engage in solving local problems. Position: North Valley Caring Servicies is looking to expand is marketing efficacy with new strategies and outreach plans including social media and other outlets, rebranding, and exposure. If you have experience with marketing, outreach, advocacy campaigns this is a great opportunity to create an impact in the community. Typical tasks for marketing opportunities can include any or all of the following, among other specific tasks for marketing to North Velley Caring Services: Responsibilities: Improve current campaign Develop and write advertisements and other outreach material Increase exposure with new outlets for media Qualifications: Some experience in marketing for campaigns and events Good writing skills especially for press releases Understands how to best use social media and other outlets to build support and visibility Likes to work as a team but self-driven. Time Commitment: 3-5 hours per week for at least 3 months. Flexible with your schedule.

Los Angeles, CA

Through 2/21/19

HR/Professional Development (Pro Bono)

Description: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles's mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-on-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Program Description: BBBSLA is looking for professional speakers/trainers who can assist with the professional development of their staff. They are looking for experts in their field (i.e. Communication, Team Building, Leadership Styles) to help their staff grow into the best team possible. As the Presenter/Facilitator volunteer, you would need to be available for different pieces of training, generally arranged months in advance, to ensure our team is educated and the most effective they can be. Requirements: Volunteers will need to commit to an entire shift and be comfortable with public speaking and training large groups. Roughly a 2hr-4hr/week commitment. Time Commitment: The times/days change with training presentations, but you will be given a chance to help the organization grow its leadership and its staff.

Los Angeles, CA

Through 2/23/19

Event Marketing (Pro Bono)

Journey Out's mission is to help victims of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking leave a life of abuse and violence, overcome their fears, and empower them to reach their full potential and achieve their goals. Position: Journey Out is looking for marketing and strategic help for upcomign events with new strategies and outreach plans including social media and other outlets, rebranding, and exposure. If you have experience with marketing, outreach, advocacy campaigns this is a great opportunity to create an impact in the community. Typical tasks for marketing opportunities can include any or all of the following, among other specific tasks for marketing to Journey Outs: Responsibilities needed but not limited to: Improve current campaign Develop and write advertisements and other outreach material Increase exposure with new outlets for media Qualifications can include: Some experience in marketing for campaigns and events Good writing skills especially for press releases Understands how to best use social media and other outlets to build support and visibility Likes to work as a team but self-driven. Time Commitment: 3-5 hours per week for at least 3 months. Flexible with your schedule.

Los Angeles, CA

Through 2/28/19

Marketing Campaign (Pro Bono)

City Ballet of Los Angeles has a mission to provide Los Angeles with its own ballet company unique and represenetive of this multicultural community. Presenting work that is a mixture of classical and contemporary dance theater, examining untraditional themes and blending music from all over the world. In keeping with the tradition of classical dance, City Ballet of Los Angeles is preserving the standards of excellence in its presentation of the art of dance. Description: If you are someone who is passionate about volunteering for a non-profit, have a background in marketing, dance, or education we are looking for experienced individuals to work with City Ballet of Los Angeles for a major marketing campaing. Requirements: Each volunteer is matched to a position and will meet with the Executive Director to ensure completion of the project. Volunteers will receive support from L.A. Works Pro Bono Coordinator. Responsibilities may include some of the following: Research, develop, and implement best practices for marketing Creation and review of material for maximum impact Consult and adivse on existing strategies Ensure all final marketing product is completed in a timely manner Desired Qualifications: Experience in philanthropy and non-profits a plus Proven experience in marketing Working knowledge of design software preferred Outstanding organizational and planning abilities Proficient in writing, communications or relevant field a plus Time Commitment: Flexible, hours to be determined each week until the completion of the project, volunteers may need to be mindful of deadlines.

Los Angeles, CA

Through 3/15/19

Court Appointed Special Advocate

CASA of Los Angeles mobilizes community volunteers to advocate for children who have experienced abuse and neglect. CASA is the only organization with volunteers appointed by the dependency court to advocate for children. Many more children are waiting to benefit from the time and dedication of a CASA volunteer! Program Description: CASA volunteers are trained and supported to represent the best interests of children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. They have the opportunity to broadly influence the lives of the children they work with by advocating across many key issues, including permanent placement, health care, education, and enrichment activities. Volunteer Role & Responsibilities: A CASA volunteer is paired with a child and, unlike others in the system, works one-on-one to advocate for his/her best interests in both the courtroom and the community. Volunteers’ advocacy activities focus on three priority areas: safety, permanency, and well-being. The CASA role includes: -Maintaining regular contact with the child and visiting him/her at least once a month. -Gathering information about the child’s circumstances, evaluating the facts independently, and providing recommendations to the court by means of written reports. -Communicating sensitively and objectively with children, social workers, foster care providers, therapists, teachers, attorneys, parents, or other family members who may be involved in the case. Through these activities, CASA volunteers are instrumental in facilitating access to the material, educational, and physical and mental health services necessary for each child to thrive. Time Commitment: An estimated 15 hours per month. Requirements: Anyone over the age of 21 who is committed to helping children may apply to become a CASA volunteer. No specific education background is required, but volunteers must have strong communication and problem solving skills. CASA of Los Angeles serves children through Los Angeles County. Travelling is necessary as the duties of a CASA volunteer include monthly, face-to-face contact with a child wherever he or she is residing. Travelling may also be necessary for information gathering with parties related to the case as scheduled. There are several steps involved in becoming a CASA. You must attend an information session, submit an application, pass a criminal background check, be interviewed, and go through the pre-service training. Upon successful completion, a dependency court judge will swear you in as a CASA advocate and officer of the court. Benefits: CASA volunteers receive ongoing support from staff and fellow CASAs, developing their personal and professional skills. Volunteers also connect with like-minded individuals. Many of our volunteers say that being a CASA is the most personally rewarding role they have played, either paid or volunteer. *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.

Monterey Park, CA

Through 12/31/18

Hotline Volunteer

To assist persons trafficked for the purpose of forced labor and slavery-like practices and to work toward ending all instances of such human rights violations. Program Description: Under the direction of the Emergency Response Manager, the Volunteer Hotline Advocate serves as a front line responder to victims of human trafficking who may need services as well as to community members who have questions or wish to report suspected human trafficking. This position fills a critical liaison function between the community and CAST, and as such, must be aligned with the CAST vision and mission of providing outstanding services in a user-friendly fashion. Volunteer Role & Responsibilities: Hotline Services: Answer and provide informed responses to Hotline callers. Information Services: Provide resources and information on CAST services. Time Commitment: 6 month commitment. Requirements: Attend 31 hour training for 31. Background check required. Benefits: Reference Letter from Emergency Response Manager, work reference up request, and gain unique skills in a no n-profit setting. *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

Through 12/31/18

Lunchtime Reading Program

Reading to a Child maximizes a children’s prospect for academic success by providing them with a one-on-one reading experience with trained adult volunteer reading mentors. Volunteer Role & Responsibilities: Once a week volunteers meet their students at their assigned elementary school and read aloud to them during the child's lunch period. Time Commitment: Volunteers have the option of once per week for one hour or every other week with a colleague beginning October through May. Benefits: When a volunteer reads aloud to a child, both parties have a joyful, rewarding experience that instills a love of reading, improves literacy skills, and enhances a child’s self-confidence. Research shows that reading aloud to children is the single most important activity for eventual success in reading, a key factor for success in school, work, and life. *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

Through 12/31/18

Family Visit Mentor

WHO: Friends of the Family currently provides a range of programs designed to strengthen family members at all ages and stages of life. WHAT: As a visitation mentor, you would support, "cheerlead" and overall assist the parent in ensuring that the visit goes smoothly, providing re-direction when needed. WHEN: The commitment is 6-12 months for 2 hours/week WHERE: North Hills, address to be given once you register below. WHY: Help us provide a safe and family friendly environment for parents who have been granted weekly supervised visitation rights to visit their child. ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy REQUIREMENTS: Must be age 21 and over Complete a 24 hour training Certification provided at no cost to participant. ACCESSABILITY: Onsite parking * This project is managed and lead by our nonprofit partner. L.A. Works is nonprofit, volunteer action center that creates and implements hands-on community service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area.

Los Angeles, CA

Through 3/29/19

Intergenerational Arts Program

P.S. ARTS is dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing high-quality arts education to California’s underserved public schools & communities Program Description: P.S. ARTS is dedicated to providing arts education for all ages and are looking for retired adults to join in this effort. These members would volunteer at Family Art Nights in LA schools, help at P.S. ARTS community events, and partake in exclusive arts education opportunities to further their own interest and knowledge of the arts. Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities: Volunteers can choose from a wide variety of opportunities to partake in, including: help set up, run, and clean up Family Art Nights; serve as an in-class volunteer for a school classroom; volunteer at school performances and art showcases; assist in supply prepping; and help lead projects for community events. No previous experience with art required. Time Commitment: Must attend either three events a year- these events are in the evening (total of 9 hours) or be an in-school volunteer anytime M-F during the school day (1 hour a week for 10 weeks) Requirements: Volunteers need to attend an orientation. If you are serving in a school you must have a background check and a TB test (paid for by P.S. ARTS). Dress code must be school and child appropriate (i.e. modest and no vulgar or controversial writing on clothing) Benefits: Volunteers will be invited to attend exclusive arts education opportunities such as trips to museums, talks held by guest artists, and art night mixers. This volunteer opportunity will service the zip codes of: 90260, 90262, 90404, 90017 *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

Through 12/31/18

Event Photography and Videography

Description: L.A. Works is looking for volunteers to assist with photographing and taking video of events with our RSVP team. You can expect to engage with volunteers who attend our events, and best of all, you will be introduced to the entire RSVP family of volunteers. Time Commitment: This is a single-day commitment, and flexible depending upon your schedule. Volunteers will need to commit to a full shift.

Through 3/1/19

Grant Writer (Pro-Bono)

Our mission at the Institute for Criminal Justice Training Reform is to save lives and reduce injury among the public and the police by reforming the flawed training models, procedures and legislative standards for employees in the United States' Criminal Justice System, particularly those with the power to arrest, detain, commit and kill. Beginning with in-depth research, our organization identifies needed changes to training in coordination with those communities who are impacted the most. Encouraging public engagement, we work in partnership with organizations and community leaders to promote safe, scientific, data-driven, and innovative changes to criminal justice training throughout the U.S. Position: We are looking for a grant writer who can assist with researching, creating, and writing grant proposals to fund the Institute and our current initiatives and programs. The ideal volunteer will be passionate about criminal justice reform and have a desire to help reform the police training process. Excellent writing skills are a must, experience in grant writing and research are important as well. Your enthusiasm and positive attitude will help you gain the trust of colleagues and external parties alike. Responsibilities: Research, develop, and write inquiries, letters, and other fundraising documents Develop and cultivate contacts for funders and potential funding sources Draft proposals and other correspondence to solicit grant funds Track and monitor proposals, their deadlines, and requirements Ensure proposals and grant reports are submitted by the deadline(s) Qualifications: Proven experience as a nonprofit grant writer a big plus Experience in philanthropy a plus Experience in grant writing and editing preferred Solid understanding of project management principles Working knowledge of MS Office Outstanding organizational and planning abilities Proficient command of English ​BSc/BA in English/writing, communications or relevant field a plus

Through 6/6/19

Read Aloud to a Child

In this age of electronic information, many children are not getting the chance to spend time with a real, physical book and learn the joy of the worlds that it can open to them. We would like your help in changing that by asking you to spend one-on-one time reading with a child and help them develop a love of reading. Reading a book with a child can: Provide quiet time and calmness in his or her busy life Stimulate imagination, curiosity and discussion Provide concepts and ideas that cause thought and reflection Develop their appreciation for different art and writing styles Build empathy Create a warm emotional bond between adult and child In a world of digital devices and toys that are filled with buttons and noises, reading is a calm, grounding activity that can be enjoyed by both you and the child that you are reading to. Studies also show that reading aloud has cognitive benefits for the reader, so it’s good for you too! Once you express interest and select your preferred library, the Children's Librarian of the library will contact you for an initial meeting. Volunteers are asked to commit to 2 hours a week at a minimum for a period of six months.

Through 12/31/18

Grant Researcher/Writer (Pro Bono)

Operation Confidence aims to assist homeless disabled veterans with permanent housing, resources and adaptive services through Operation Confidence Turning Point Housing Program to help them become productive citizens once again. Description: If you are someone who is passionate about volunteering for a non-profit, have an eye for identifying fundraising opportunities then consider a volunteer opportunity as a grant researcher. We are looking for experienced grant writers/fundraisers/netwrkers who can research and identify funding for Operation Confidence. The pro bono grant researcher we are looking for will have excellent writing, grammar, and communication skills. Requirements: Each volunteer is matched to a position and will meet with the Executive Director to ensure completion of the project. Volunteers can work remotely (depending upon the role), and will receive support from L.A. Works Pro Bono Coordinator. Responsibilities may include some of the following: Research, develop, and write inquiries, letters, and other fundraising documents Draft proposals and other correspondence to solicit grant funds Track and monitor proposals, their deadlines, and requirements Ensure proposals and grant reports are submitted by the deadline(s) Desired Qualifications: Experience in philanthropy and non-profits a plus Proven experience as a nonprofit grant writer a big plus Working knowledge of MS Office Outstanding organizational and planning abilities Proficient in writing, communications or relevant field a plus Time Commitment: Flexible, 2+ hours each week until the completion of the project, remote volunteer role, volunteers may need to be mindful of deadlines.

Through 2/9/19

Reading Partners Express Interest

This is for volunteers who want to express interest in volunteering at Reading Partners.

Through 12/31/18