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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. 

Click on one of our featured programs 

 

              

 

You can also contact us at any time and we can help find an opportunity that matched our interest
323-224-6510 x 104
rsvp@laworks.com

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*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 Morning 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

7/19/19 8:00 AM +more

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

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

7/26/19 5:00 PM +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.

Los Angeles, CA

8/3/19 9:00 AM

Help Children Love Reading

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

8/7/19 1:30 PM

TEST Christine

Join us for our annual RSVP appreciation event as we celebrate your dedication and service to the community. WHO - Our amazing RSVP volunteers - YOU! WHAT - Volunteers should come prepared to enjoy live music, connect with fellow RSVP volunteers, enjoy delicious food, explore a historical gem and watch a classic masterpiece under the stars! WHEN - Sunday, July 14th at 5:15 pm WHERE - Northeast LA, address to be disclosed upon registration WHY - We appreciate all you do to make this community a better place! FOOD - You will be given a food voucher to use on the gourmet food truck of your choice! ​REQUIREMENTS: Invitation Only

Los Angeles, CA

10/30/19 10:00 AM

Family Visitation Coach

Provide encouragement as a Family Visitation Coach Quick Overview: Provide support, coaching, and advocacy to families who are reunifying with their children and visiting with them on a weekly basis. Organization Name and Website: Friends of the Family, http://www.fofca.org Mission or Broader Program Description: 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. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: 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. 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 6/30/20

Safe Child Custody Exchange Monitor

Become a “Friends of the Family” child custody monitor. Quick Overview: 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. Organization Name and Website: Friends of the Family, http://www.fofca.org Mission or Broader Program Description: 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. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: To ensure a safe environment for children as they move from the custody of one parent to the other without a threat of conflict or violence. Help the children to avoid experiencing bitter stressful interchanges between their parents as they share custody. Requirements: Volunteers must be over 21 years old and must complete an 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. Most exchanges take place in the evenings or on weekends at the West Valley Police station and Mission Hills police station. This volunteer commitment is for three hours per week for 6-12 months.

Los Angeles, CA

Through 6/30/20

Administrative Volunteer (Skilled)

Quick Overview: The activity and center volunteer works within CDI Early Learning Center (ELC) in all capacities as needed. Organization Name and Website: Child Development Institute, http://www.cdikids.org Mission or Broader Program Description: 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. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: The administrative volunteer supports various departments within CDI Early Learning Center (ELC). The administrative volunteer is responsible for helping with daily clerical and office duties. The administrative volunteer must be comfortable using a computer and the Internet. This person will work along staff to contribute to the overall administrative upkeep of the ELC. Requirements: Data Entry Organizing and managing the front desk Organizing paper and electronic files Create flyers, calendars, etc. Internet Research Other organizational duties as required Good communication and writing skills Exudes an outgoing and pleasant attitude Detail oriented and well-organized Reliable "team player" Confident self-starter Ability to perform multiple tasks Ability and willingness to learn on the job Knowledge of Microsoft Office/Outlook/Excel College degree or equivalent preferred but not required Time commitment is a minimum of 6 hours per week for at least 3 months Additional Details: Be an active contributor to the first Early Learning Center in Canoga Park Volunteers must be comfortable with using a computer and internet to accomplish clerical work. Volunteers must complete an ELC orientation training and receive a TB and background clearance if applicable.

Los Angeles, CA

Through 6/30/20

Activity Volunteer (Skilled)

Quick Overview: The activity and center volunteer works within CDI Early Learning Center (ELC) in all capacities as needed. Organization Name and Website: Child Development Institute, http://www.cdikids.org Mission or Broader Program Description: 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. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: 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. Requirements: 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 Mandatory ELC Orientation Training, TB Clearance, and DOJ Clearance, if applicable. Time commitment of a minimum of 6 hours per week for at least 3 months. Additional Details: 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

Los Angeles, CA

Through 6/30/20

Adoption Counselor (Skilled)

Quick Overview: As an Adoption Counselor, you will be assisting the adoptions team with processing contracts and completing the adoption experience. Organization Name and Website: Heaven on Earth, http://heavenlypets.org Mission or Broader Program Description: 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. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: 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. Requirements: 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 of a 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 6/30/20

Cat Sanctuary Volunteers

Quick Overview: As Perry’s Place volunteer, you are part of the team that creates a homelike environment for hundreds of homeless cats and kittens every year! Organization Name and Website: Heaven on Earth, http://heavenlypets.org Mission or Broader Program Description: Heaven on Earth provides homes to up to 300 cats - many awaiting adoption. Our population includes under-aged kittens, special needs cats, senior cats, and feral cats. Our sanctuary is named Perry's Place in honor of Perry MacFarlane, Seth MacFarlane's mother. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: Perry’s Place volunteers help clean and maintain the sanctuary to ensure the cats are comfortable and that the facility is ready for visitors. They spend quiet time socializing shyer cats and kittens, as well as working with senior or special needs cats who need extra grooming and TLC. They often help prepare for each weekend’s mobile adoption events as well. Please note that although you are welcome to interact with the cats, being a volunteer at Heaven on Earth does require a little elbow grease. Requirements: We ask for a volunteer commitment of at least 25 hours over 6 months. Volunteer Shifts 7:15AM - 9AM, daily; 9AM - 11AM; 12PM - closing (closing time varies by day of the week)

Los Angeles, CA

Through 6/30/20

Cat Rescue Outreach

Quick Overview: Spread the word about this free spay/neuter transport service! Organization Name and Website: Heaven on Earth, http://heavenlypets.org Mission or Broader Program Description: The mission of Heaven on Earth is to improve quality of life for homeless cats, particularly those who have few other options or who may be overlooked because of low potential for adoption. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: Heaven on Earth Society for Animals is looking for some awesome volunteers to help with outreach for our SpayShip Transport Program! As a SpayShip volunteer, you provide support to a program that has facilitated the spay or neuter of more than 6,000 cats and kittens since it began in 2009. SpayShip volunteers also help periodically with tabling events, passing out flyers and talking with the public about the SpayShip program in particular and the importance of spaying and neutering in general. Canvassing is done in pairs. You will never be asked to canvas alone. Our goal is to reach out to as many people as possible and get as many cats spayed or neutered as we possibly can to help make Los Angeles a No Kill city! SpayShip is free to the public program. Requirements: SpayShip volunteers meet on Saturdays for community outreach aimed at spreading the word about this free transport service, focusing particularly on neighborhood canvassing in targeted areas of the San Fernando Valley. We ask for a volunteer commitment of twice a month for at least two hours.

Los Angeles, CA

Through 6/30/20

Help Adults Read

WHO: Los Angeles Public Library Adult Literacy Program 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 3/27/20

Special Event Planner

Step Up delivers compassionate support to people experiencing serious mental illness to help them recover, stabilize, and integrate into the community. Through dynamic partnerships, we provide positive social and learning environments, vocational training, permanent supportive housing opportunities, and recovery services to empower individuals to cultivate lives of hope and dignity. We exercise innovative leadership and advocacy to increase public understanding, support and acceptance of all people living with mental illness. Volunteer job description: Serve as volunteer consultant to assist Step Up staff in designing and running yearly staff retreat for 234 to 243 staff members in late October 2019 or early November 2019. Volunteer Role & Responsibilities: Serve as volunteer event coordinator/consultant. Collaborate on a job description with scope of work, timeline and tasks. Meet with Retreat Committee to flesh out each consultant’s role in plans/goals for event: Venue, Catering, Activities. Consult with Retreat Committee on allocation of per head budget of $100 for group of 230-240 staff members, total not to exceed $20,000. Check in with retreat committee weekly via written report or conference call. Time Commitment: 5+ Hours per week (meet once a week in Santa Monica and work virtually). Requirements: Some experience in event planning/management, good organizational skills, strong verbal and written communication skills, works independently as well as good as a team. Benefits: This is a great opportunity to experience leadership in event planning in the LA region.

Los Angeles, CA

Through 11/15/19

Financial Consultant

Quick Overview: If you are someone who is passionate about volunteering for a non-profit, have an acumen for analyzing and evaluating finances consider a volunteer opportunity as a nonprofit financial consultant. Organization Name and Website: Operation Confidence, https://www.operationconfidence.org/ Mission or Broader Program Description: 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. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: Construct an interactive financial model; evaluate an organization’s current revenue streams and how best to diversify; create a structure around a nonprofit’s charitable contributions or earned income. Volunteers will have the following responsibilities: Assess current financial recording keeping system/ practices Lead development of a process for updating those systems Implement and lead staff on nonprofit fiduciary best practices Work with bookkeeper to coordinate an organizational financial plan Prepare tax returns and prepare the paperwork needed for the organizations 990 Requirements: Volunteers can work remotely (depending upon the role) and will receive support from L.A. Works Pro Bono Coordinator. Accounting background Experience in the non-profit world is ideal Able to relay information and train paid staff on best practices Time commitment of 6-8 hours per month for at least 3 months. Flexible with your schedule. Potential to work remotely.

Los Angeles, CA

Through 6/30/20

Marketing Research

Quick Overview: If you are someone who is passionate about volunteering for a non-profit, have an knack for developing effective marketing campaigns, and care about vets experiencing homelessness, then consider assisting Operation Confidence in their mission addressing this issue.. Organization Name and Website: Operation Confidence, https://www.operationconfidence.org/ Mission or Broader Program Description: 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. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: We are looking for experienced marketing or advertisement person who can grow the reach and recognition of Operation Confidence while also promoting their work and fundraising events throughout the year. The pro bono marketing researcher we are looking for will have excellent writing, grammar, and communication skills. Each volunteer is matched to a position and will meet with the Executive Director to ensure completion of the project. Construct and guide a peer analysis with research, focus groups, interviews, etc. to understand and define their position in the nonprofit sphere Research, develop, and create marketing collateral through best practices Draft samples and potential materials for effective marketing Ensure all task are submitted by the deadline(s) Requirements: Volunteers can work remotely (depending upon the role) and will receive support from L.A. Works Pro Bono Coordinator. Experience in philanthropy and non-profits a plus Working knowledge of MS Office Outstanding organizational and planning abilities Proficient in writing, communications or relevant field a plus​ The time commitment is flexible, minimum 3 hours each week (more if available), remote volunteer role, volunteers may need to be mindful of deadlines.

Los Angeles, CA

Through 6/30/20

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 12/31/19

National Community Service