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Virtual Volunteering

Support Los Angeles from the comfort of your own home. From the #MillionMaskChallengeLA to the Homeless Advocacy Bootcamp, the following opportunities are fun and flexible ways to serve LA remotely.

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*TAKE ACTION VIRTUAL: Homeless Advocacy Bootcamp

Note* Our next session will be VIRTUAL. We will be hosting it as a zoom conference and discussing the impact of COVID-19 on our unhoused neighbors. WHAT: Don't just talk about change - make a change. Learn about an issue related to homelessness and then complete an advocacy skill to address it. WHO: L.A. Works, Councilmember David Ryu, and United Way's Everyone In have come together to provide a volunteer opportunity that arms you to combat homelessness in an active way. WHY: Over 36,000 of our fellow Angelenos are experiencing homelessness, a 16% increase from last year. This opportunity will teach you how to be part of the solution. THE VOLUNTEER PROJECT: Each session consists of (1) an educational portion and (2) an advocacy action. (1) Education. Guest experts will speak on a critical issue related to the homeless crisis such as: Specific housing proposals in your area The difference between affordable, bridge, and permanent supportive housing What the city can do vs what the state can do Current bills that will impact homelessness (2) Advocacy Action Completion. You will learn and finish an advocacy action such as: Writing an op-ed piece Getting on the agenda to speak at your neighborhood council Planning an awareness-raising dinner party Registering to vote Participating in the annual homeless count 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 on the date below.

Grant Researcher/Writing (For Volunteers age 55+)

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.

Strategic Plan Development and Preparation (For Volunteers age 55+)

Quick Overview: If you are someone who is passionate about volunteering for a non-profit, have an expertise in strategic planning, experience being on a board of directors, and want to help a nonprofit grow their impact to Angelenos in need (both two legged and four legged) consider volunteering with PalsNPets. Organization Name and Website: PalsNPetshttp://www.palsnpets.org/ Mission or Broader Program Description: PalsNPets is dedicated to homeless pet owners and their pets. We are a unique kind of organization providing services and creating shelters specific to the needs of this group, who are often the most in need and we believe have a higher potential to turn their lives around. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: We are looking for an experienced executive management person who can help PalsNPets with their strategic planning. The pro bono strategic planner 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. Develop or update strategic plan for the organization Diagram and document methods with tracking best practices Generate a report that analyzes the operation of the nonprofit Assess current systems and recommend improvement with established best practices 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 board of directors’ services and non-profits a plus Previous experience in strategic planning Proven record with developing and implementing a strategic plan 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 of 3 months with approximately 5 hours each week (more if available), remote volunteer role, volunteers may need to be mindful of deadlines.

Grant Researcher/Writer (For Volunteers age 55+)

Quick Overview: If you are passionate about growing a non-profit, have interest in gender parity and inclusion in the workforce, have an interest in the entertainment industry, and have an eye for identifying fundraising opportunities, then consider a volunteering as a grant researcher and writer for Women In Media. Organization Name and Website: Women in Media, https://womennmedia.com Mission or Broader Program Description: Women in Media encourages gender balance in film and entertainment industries by providing networking, professional development, and advocacy for above and below the line women and the people who love making movies with them.We are an intersectional group of women and woman identifying crew members in the film, television, and new media industries. Description: We are looking for experienced grant writers/fundraisers/networkers who can research and identify funding for Women in Media. The pro bono grant researcher we are looking for will have excellent writing, grammar, and communication skills. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: 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 Self starter who can work independently and with a team The time commitment is flexible, minimum 5 + hours each week until the completion of the project, remote volunteer role, volunteers need to be mindful of deadlines.

Webmaster (For Volunteers age 55+)

Quick Overview: If you are passionate about advocating, supporting, and promoting older adult services and programs to improve the quality of life of the older adult population and have an understanding of web building and management, then consider volunteering as a website manager for Purposeful Aging Los Angeles (PALA). Organization Name: City of Los Angeles, Department of Aging, Purposeful Aging Los Angeles Program Description: The Purposeful Aging Los Angeles Initiative (PALA) is a groundbreaking initiative and partnership, between the County and the City of Los Angeles to help the Los Angeles region prepare for a dramatic demographic shift in the older adult population that will occur by 2030. PALA’s ultimate goal is to make the Los Angeles region the most age‐friendly in the world. Description: We are looking for experienced web designers or managers who can maintain day to day functionality for the PALA website. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: Plans website design functionality Develops website navigation by categorizing content May assist in developing website content and graphics; designing images, icons, banners, audio enhancements, etc. Potentially protects website by designing and installing security precautions Desired Qualifications: Experience in web design or coding Proven experience as a graphic designer a plus Working knowledge Word Press Outstanding organizational and planning abilities Self‐starter who can work independently and with a team ​The time commitment is flexible, minimum 5 + hours each week until the completion of the project, remote volunteer role, volunteers need to be mindful of deadlines.

Technology Operations Assistant

Quick Overview: Help Foundation of Senior Services expand online presence during a time of Social Distancing. Mission or Broader Program Description: Our purpose is to bring together valuable resources and support to prepare and keep seniors living longer, safer and cared for! Join us by getting involved! Volunteers will be asked to assist with building online presence through social media and Zoom. Build virtual conference projects, and assist remotely or virtually with online presence and sending out information to our clients. Impact: By working with Foundation of Senior Services, volunteers will be able to reach out to seniors and others in their communities to make sure that our organization can stay connected and active with the clients we serve. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: Work to build virtual conference rooms in Zoom for presentations and classes, expand social media presence, and assist with technologic needs as they arise. Requirements: Please have access to a personal computer and the internet.

Administrative Assistant Volunteer (Culver Palms Meals on Wheels, Culver City)

Quick Overview: Assist the office operations at Meals on Wheels Culver Palms Mission or Broader Program Description: Are you in need of assistance with meal preparation due to illness, accident, convalescence or immobility? We can help for the short term or long term! Monday thru Friday we will deliver a hot dinner and a light snack. We can also provide a sandwich with salad or fruit for an additional $1.00. A sliding scale is available for those who qualify.Preparation, packaging and delivery of our meals are done under the guidance of a nutritionist and are in compliance with all health department regulations. Impact: By participating in the Meals on Wheels phone reassurance program, volunteers will be fighting against the social isolation that comes from social distancing. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: Duties to be decided on office needs and as changes develop. Remote assistance possible. Requirements: Participants will need to pass a background check.

Grant Researcher/Writer (For Volunteers age 55+)

Quick Overview: If you are someone who is passionate about volunteering for a non-profit, have an eye for identifying fundraising opportunities, then please consider a volunteer opportunity as a grant researcher. We are looking for experienced grant writers/fundraisers/networkers who can research, and identify, funding as well as develop, write and submit proposals, letters, reports and other materials as necessary to secure grant support from foundation, corporations and government funding sources to support Global Arts Los Angeles (GALA). The pro bono grant researcher we are looking for will have excellence writing, grammar, and communication skills. Mission or Broader Program Description: Global Arts provides a nurturing and inspiring environment to underserved communities in Los Angeles while maintaining a strong focus on the continual growth and education of both students and educators. We are an after-school youth orchestra program that serves students primarily in the Pico Union District of Los Angeles. We also provide bi-weekly professional development workshops to all educators in the area in the fields of musical excellence, educational psychology, and social justice. By providing access to these programs, we empower both students and educators to advance social change within their own communities. Impact: Your pro-bono services contribute to underserved students receiving equal access to instruments and quality music education. Additionally, you will be supporting the continual professional development of educators so that more students can be better served. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: · Investigate and identify prospective funding sources. · Research, develop, and write inquiries, letters, and other fundraising documents. · Draft compelling grant proposal narratives and other correspondence to solicit grant funds. · Track and monitor proposals, their deadlines, and requirements. Requirements: Desired Qualifications: · Experience in philanthropy and non-profit organizations a plus · Proven experience as a non-profit grant writer a big plus · Working knowledge of MS Office · Demonstrate strong planning, communication, and organizational skills · Excellent writing, grammar, and research skills. Time Commitment: Flexible hours to be determined each week until the completion of the project, remote volunteer role, volunteers will need to be mindful of deadlines.

* #MillionMaskChallengeLA: Make protective face masks

WHAT: Sew protective face masks for those who need them most - medical workers, the elderly, and more. THE NEED: Health care workers are dangerously low on masks. Some are being given one mask to use indefinitely on multiple patients, despite the FDA’s recommendation that masks should not be shared. Our critical infrastructure workers and caregivers need proper protection as well. WHAT YOU'LL DO: Sew, sew, and sew! After you click the EXPRESS INTEREST button below, we will follow up with patterns, hygiene protocol, and mailing instructions. VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS: You must- provide your own supplies (fabric, thread, elastic/hair ties, tools) be able to launder you masks before mailing be able to mail your masks to the recipients (or use a delivery service such as TaskRabbit) Please DO NOT volunteer for this project if- you have felt ill in the past 2 weeks you have been in contact with anyone who felt ill in the past 2 weeks FAQs: I can sew but I don't have the supllies to make masks. Can you provide the suplies? At this time, we cannot provide donated supplies for mask making. You must be able to provide them, purchase them, or re-purpose non-stretch, tight-woven fabrics in your home. I would like to receive masks. How can I sign up? Please go to laworks.com/mask-request. Do cloth masks work? Yes - they catch >50% of pathogens, which is better than nothing. Read more. What are the best materials for making DIY masks? Muslin and non-woven cotton. Read more. What does the CDC say about homemade masks? While included in their Crisis Capacity Strategies section, they're not a suitable substitute for medical grade N95 masks. However, "in settings where facemasks are not available, Health Care Professionals (HCP) might use homemade masks for care of patients with COVID-19 as a last resort. However, homemade masks are not considered Personal Protective Gear (PPE), since their capability to protect HCP is unknown. Caution should be exercised when considering this option." MORE QUESTIONS? Email the Opportunity Leader below. WANT TO SIGN UP? Click on the EXPRESS INTEREST button below. Join in the #MILLIONMASKCHALLENGE!

Graphic Designer

Quick Overview: The volunteer will be responsible for creating digital media designs for our website and social media platforms. Mission or Broader Program Description: CureCervicalCancer is dedicated to the early detection and prevention of cervical cancer around the world for the women who need it most. We identify the highest need communities around the world and conduct specialized trainings for local healthcare professionals and community health workers, so that they can continue to provide life-saving services to the women in their communities. Impact: Your volunteer efforts contribute to our mission to eradicate cervical cancer around the world. We will utilize the graphic designs to appeal to potential donors and future partnerships. To date, CCC has screened over 130,000 women, treated more than 8,000, and established over 100 sustainable clinics in 9 different countries. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: The volunteer is responsible for creating graphic designs to be used for marketing and social media purposes. Requirements: Proficient in Graphic Design

Remote Administrative Volunteer

Quick Overview: The volunteer will be responsible for remote administrative tasks including data input, social media engagement, and updating donor information. All of these tasks can be performed virtually. Mission or Broader Program Description: CureCervicalCancer is dedicated to the early detection and prevention of cervical cancer around the world for the women who need it most. We identify the highest need communities around the world and conduct specialized trainings for local healthcare professionals and community health workers, so that they can continue to provide life-saving services to the women in their communities. Impact: Your volunteer efforts contribute to our mission to eradicate cervical cancer around the world. To date, CCC has screened over 130,000 women, treated more than 8,000, and established over 100 sustainable clinics in 9 different countries. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: The volunteer is responsible for virtual administrative tasks and will need to be available via email about once or twice a week. Requirements: None.

*TAKE ACTION VIRTUAL: Renter Wellness Checks

Quick Overview: Make phone calls to check on older adults who are housing vulnerable. Impact: With the economic instability that has accompanied the COVID-19 crisis, many renters who were one income check away from becoming homeless, are at even greater risk of losing housing. To combat this, this city has passed measure that protect renters. However, many renters do not understand their rights and the benefits to which they may have access. In collaboration with Council District 4, volunteers will be contacting older adults who are housing vulnerable to check on them, to inform them of these new protections, and to see if they need support. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: - Commit to two hour shifts of phone calling - Undergo training needed to make these calls - Create an account according to training guidelines - Follow script provided - Complete and submit any request forms for service Volunteers will need access to a computer with internet and a phone.

*Community Relations & Nonprofit Outreach Associate

About L.A. Works: L.A. Works is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, volunteer action center that creates and implements hands-on community service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area. L.A. Works addresses three principal needs: to increase volunteer participation in the community; to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations to achieve their missions through access to volunteer labor and other resources; and to encourage people to engage in the broader social issues affecting the greater Los Angeles Community. Position Description: Looking to get your foot in the door in the nonprofit sector? Learn the ins-and-outs of volunteerism and nonprofit sustainability while building relationships with an incredible variety of nonprofits in Los Angeles! As part of our team, you will gain exposure to the inner-workings of the nonprofit sector and develop valuable professional skills that will help you develop strong relationships, expand meaningful programming, and ultimately foster change in the community. If you love Los Angeles, are organized, and enjoy working with people and multiple projects, this opportunity is for you! We will work with you to identify the exact project and opportunity that will be a great fit for both you and our organization. Programming areas: NonProfit Outreach - Provide the nonprofit sector with the volunteer support and resources it needs to continue providing programs for the disenfranchised communities of LA by helping secure new partnerships, identify needs, create and launch volunteer projects. Volunteer Support - Help Angelenos connect to causes they're passionate about while enhancing the quality of our programs to create more enriching and meaningful volunteer experiences. Responsibilities may include: Developing and maintaining ongoing communications with a diverse group of nonprofits via email and phone; Engaging and guiding conversations with nonprofit partners to ensure needs are being met and progress is made toward programmatic goals; Supporting trainings and volunteer events; Addressing volunteer inquiries and needs to ensure that our opportunities are living up to expectations; Manage volunteer and partner data & conduct data analysis; and/or Developing engaging volunteer projects. Requirements: Passion for community service; Excellent phone and written communications etiquette; Proactive, self-directed, and results-oriented personality with the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team; Good organizational skills, attention to details and deadlines; Enthusiastic and eager to learn; Preferred Qualities: Computer experience in Microsoft Office. Knowledge of a CRM database such as Salesforce, a plus; Interest in developing processes and procedures for efficiency and sustainability; Open to and excited by the opportunity to be engaged in strategic thinking and capacity-building work for the LA nonprofit sector; and Experience with volunteering and knowledge of the LA nonprofit landscape highly desired. Time Commitment: Approximately 8 - 10 hours a week for a 3 - 6 month commitment. Compensation: Unpaid. We can provide school credit, but all applicants must make their own arrangements with their host institution. Volunteers will benefit from this great learning experience, enhance their resumes, and build their personal and professional skills as they make a difference in the LA nonprofit community. Location: The L.A. Works Office is located in Cypress Park, close to Elysian Park at the NE corner of Dodger Stadium. We are accessible by the gold line. Depending on the nature of the tasks, there could be an opportunity to work from home on occasion. Application Procedure: Click on the Express Interest button below! Then please submit a resume and cover letter describing your interest in L.A. Works and this role to associates@laworks.com.

Grant Writer (For Volunteers age 55+)

Quick Overview: If you are passionate about advocating, supporting, and promoting older adult services and programs to improve the quality of life of the older adult population and have experience as a grant writer, then consider volunteering as a Grant Writer for Purposeful Aging Los Angeles (PALA). Organization Name: City of Los Angeles, Department of Aging, Purposeful Aging Los Angeles Description: The Grant Writer is to research, develop, write and submit proposals, letters, reports and other materials as necessary to secure grant support from foundation, corporations and government funding sources to support Purposeful Aging Los Angeles (PALA). Must be able to meet deadlines. Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities: Investigate and identify prospective funding sources through colleagues, directories, periodicals,and internet research Research and initiate relationships with new prospective funders Write letters of inquiry and solicitations Match prospective funding sources with institutional priorities Prepare and Submit Applications for Foundation, Corporate and Government Funders Draft compelling grant proposal narratives for general operating and restricted project grants;assist with drafting corporate proposals as needed Verify that proposals have been received and that appropriate follow‐up has occurred Maintain grant calendar and track submissions and results Work with Planning staff to ensure grant‐funded projects are on‐track and that obligations are fulfilled within the terms of the grant agreement Submit project revisions to funders as necessary Desired Qualifications: Must demonstrate strong presentation, communication and organizational skills. Must demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook and Adobe Acrobat. Excellent grammar and strong research skills

Virtual Mentors: Empower Homeless Families

During the COVID-19 crisis, we are embracing a virtual mentoring process in which our training, mentor kickoff meeting, and all mentor activities will occur virtually. WHO: Imagine LA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to ending the cycle of family homelessness and chronic poverty via a supercharged blend of mentoring and social services. WHAT: We are actively seeking volunteer mentors: individuals from all walks of life who are committed to fighting homelessness in Los Angeles and play an essential role in fulfilling our mission. Our mentors are eager to work in a team of like-minded peers and commit to a long-term volunteer position that’s incredibly fulfilling. WHERE: This is a virtual opportunity and can be done from anywhere, including the comfort of your home. COMMITMENT: Mentors commit to twice-monthly sessions, for 12 - 18 months total. HOW: Imagine LA’s professional staff of social workers trains the volunteers in our innovative Family Empowerment & Mentorship model, which utilizes intensive family case management and supercharges it with mentorship and access to private and public resources. We then match and guide our volunteer mentors with families emerging from homelessness or at severe risk of homelessness. Working in teams, they ensure the families maintain their housing, attain self-sufficiency and thrive. WHY: Thanks to the support of volunteers like you, all Imagine LA Families remain in housing; incomes are up 71%; kids are thriving in school and graduating; and all receive regular medical care and are building crucial wellness habits. 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.

Social Media Outreach Volunteer

Quick Overview: Harness the power of social media to spread awareness about aide and volunteering across Los Angeles. Mission or Broader Program Description: L.A. Works is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, volunteer action center that creates and implements hands-on community service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area. We strive to empower Angelenos to address pressing social issues through volunteerism and community collaborations. Founded in 1991, our mission consists of three principal pillars: 1) INCREASE volunteer participation in community service projects. 2) PROVIDE our nonprofit partners with access to volunteer labor and other RESOURCES; and 3) EDUCATE and encourage people to engage in the broader social issues affecting the greater Los Angeles Community. Impact: By helping reach out to those plugged in with social media we can reach out to a wider audience about needs in the community. Through this initiative help activate volunteers to connect with nonprofits helping those immediately and severely impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: Use language and information provided by L.A. Works to reach out to social media influencers requesting they use their platforms to aide in disseminating information about resources and aide available as well as volunteer opportunities for those able and interested to get involved. Requirements: Must have access to a computer and internet. Time Commitment: Flexible hours, remote/virtual opportunity. Individually scheduled with LA Works’ Outreach Coordinator.

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