Make Room for Caring in Social Distancing

Your Help is Needed Now More than Ever!

Complying with the stay-at-home order is one of the greatest acts of service an Angeleno can take right now. All L.A. Works non-essential volunteer opportunities have been suspended, however many essential services still need to continue, and need your help. 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 is extremely important. The hungry still need food. The isolated still need companionship. Nonprofits are facing drastic cuts in resources at a time when demands are rising significantly. Here's our Top 5 List with how to stay healthy and still come together (figuratively!) to support Los Angeles.

#1 - 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 and LA Fire Dept., you’ll be doing extremely important work. Volunteers do not actually perform the test, the tests are self-administered in a drive through format and 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.


#2 - In-Person Hunger Relief

The "Stay at Home" order allows food banks and pantries to operate so your hungry and homebound neighbors can get what they need. 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.


#3 - Volunteer From Home

You can be a great help to your community from the comfort of your own home. Check out fun, remote opportunities like #MillionMaskChallengeLA in our Virtual Volunteering section and help fight social isolation through the TeleSocial program detailed in our Social Connection section.



#4 - Join the Red Cross

L.A. Works is partnering with the Red Cross to promote their volunteer opportunities across LA. The Red Cross is working in coordination with a whole community effort led by LA County Unified School District to conduct distribution of emergency supplies (feeding) at fixed points of distribution in support of populations affected by school closures. They also need blood donations please use this link to get access to a donation center near you.

#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 now and in the coming weeks and months as we navigate these unprecedented times together.