L.A. Works Response to COVID-19


  •  Encouraging all Angelenos who are eligible to get vaccinated.
  •  Implementing health and safety requirements, recommending social distancing protocols are followed.
  •  Shifting on-the-ground programming to focus on urgent needs, like providing meals for food-insecure and COVID-19 vaccination and testing site support.
  •  Creating virtual volunteer opportunities, including a TeleSocial program for isolated homebound Angelenos and remote resume building for the unemployed.


Your Help Is Needed ! 5 actions to get involved

If you are healthy and have the time and resources to be able to do so, volunteering both in-person and virtually to address critical needs in the community will make a huge impact on our fellow Angelenos who are struggling right now. Those who are hungry still need food. Those who are isolated still need companionship. Nonprofits have faced drastic cuts in resources over a time when demands have increased significantly. Here's our Top 5 List with how to stay healthy and still come together (figuratively!) to support Los Angeles.

1. In-Person Hunger Relief

Food banks and pantries have seen a sharp increase in demand to serve a greater number of our food insecure and homebound neighbors. These programs desperately need your help to sort donations, package food kits, or deliver meals. Thorough distancing and hygiene procedures are noted on each listing.


  • You feel sick or have been near anyone who appears sick.
  • You are at high-risk for serious illness.


2. Volunteer at a Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Site

Health experts agree that LA needs much more testing to get this virus under control. Sign-up to help out at one of LA’s drive-thru testing centers. In collaboration with Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE) and LA Fire Dept., you’ll be doing extremely important work. Volunteers do not perform the test but do help the site run smoothly; the tests are self-administered in a drive-through format. Volunteers are provided the appropriate gear in accordance the LAFD standards to assure their safety.


  • You feel sick or have been near anyone who appears sick.
  • You are at high-risk for serious illness.


3. Tutor or Mentor Local Youth

Children who have experienced multiple forms of trauma like domestic violence, abuse and poverty are struggling to cope with the turmoils of the pandemic — and face greater obstacles in recovering. Volunteer virtually to help close the academic achievement gap that these youth are experiencing to help them do more than survive, but to thrive as well.



4. Volunteer From Home

Support Los Angeles from the comfort of your own home. These opportunities are fun, safe, and flexible ways to serve LA remotely.



5. Make a donation

L.A. Works remains focused on our mission to meet the most pressing needs of our community. We are working tirelessly to safely deploy resources where they are needed most. Even more, we know that our most vulnerable neighbors will suffer the effects of this crisis long after a sense of normalcy is restored for the rest of us. We hope we can count on your support as we navigate these unprecedented times together.