Virtual Volunteering

Support Los Angeles from the comfort of your own home. From the #MillionMaskChallengeLA to joining a call part for the Wellness Checks, the following opportunities are fun and flexible ways to serve LA remotely.

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Virtual ZOOMba with Special Needs Youth

Quick Overview: Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, KEEN LA has shifted our service delivery model to online virtual sessions via ZOOM. Volunteers will be paired with an athlete in a virtual zoom room and participate in predetermined activities. Volunteers will need to log in for a one hour online orientation before beginning the one hour KEEN Virtual session with the athletes. About KEEN LA: Imagine a World where ALL youth have equal opportunities for recreation, fitness, and friendship—regardless of their abilities. KEEN’s Mission - Empower youth with disabilities by providing free, non-competitive one-to-one programs of exercise, fitness and fun, led by volunteer coaches. KEEN’s Vision - Foster confidence, self-esteem and community inclusion for youth with disabilities; strengthen communities through education of volunteers; and provide families with respite and a supportive network. Impact: During this time, our community of athletes have no access to their support networks. Parent's are forced to do more with less. Your participation will provide some parents with some much needed respite, even for 10 minutes and you will help us foster a sense of continued community support. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: You must attend a one hour Orientation before the session with athletes where you will be trained and guided on how to support your assigned athlete. During the program session you will participate in a group Yoga warm-up and Zumba dance led by a board member and a coach committee member. You will then be paired with an athlete in a zoom break out room or in a group with another volunteer and athletes. In the break out session you will lead the athletes to do a KEEN Exercise Bingo or you may just chat with the athlete for 10 minutes. At the end of the session a coach committee member will lead Proud Circle where athletes get to share what they're proud of accomplishing, for the non verbal and limited verbal athletes the volunteer coach will share. Requirements: A background check and signature of waivers is required . Sessions will be recorded and sections may be shared on social media. If interested, please click 'Express Interest' below. Once you express interest, the Program Coordinator will email you with further instructions.

⚙ Help the Hungry with Phone Calls and Research

WHAT: Help the hungry find food by calling, emailing, and researching food pantries and soup kitchens for Food Oasis. ABOUT FOOD OASIS: Food Oasis is a website created by Hack for LA that aims to make it easy for people to both access and donate food, closing the food redistribution loop. VOLNTEER ACTIVITY: This virtual volunteer opportunity occurs via Zoom. It starts off with a training where you'll learn about food insecurity and also how to gather the needed information. After that, you'll all spend an hour doing independent research. Finally, all volunteers will regroup to discuss. IMPACT: Los Angeles county has the largest number of food insecure people in the nation and yet wastes over one million tons of food a year! Your research will put mechanisms in place to stop that. REQUIREMENTS: Volunteers must be at least 16 years old and complete a minor waiver. SPECIAL NOTES: This is a remote volunteer opportunity QUESTIONS? Email the Opportunity Leader below. WANT TO SIGN UP? Click on the “Sign Up” button below*

⚙ Climate Change Advocacy Bootcamp

WHAT: Don't just talk about change - make change. Attack global warming at the policy level by joining us biweekly to learn about an issue and then complete an advocacy skill that addresses it. WHO: L.A. Works and environmental experts have come together to provide a virtual volunteer opportunity that arms you with the knowledge and tools to actively address issues facing our environment today, both locally and globally. WHY: We're learning a lot right now about how humans (and their absence) affect the environment, so this may be critical time for environmental advocates. This opportunity will teach you how to be part of the solution. The VOLUNTEER PROJECT: In this limited bi-weekly series, each session consists of (1) educational and (2) action. (1) Education. Guest experts will speak on a critical issue related to the environment: (6/27) Topic – Climate Change 101: Just the Basics. Special guest speaker – Lowell Stott, Professor of Earth Sciences at USC (7/11) Topic – How to get to Net Zero 2045: A look at options for negative carbon emissions in CA. Special guest speaker – Sarah Saltzer, Managing Director of the Stanford Center for Carbon Storage and the Stanford Carbon Initiative (7/25) Topic – California greenhouse emission goals and how to get there. Special guest speakers – Walker Wells, Principal at Raimi + Associates/Lecturer UCLA and Sofia Ratcovich, climate activist and Founder of Zero Waste Company. (8/8) Topic – We’re all in this together: Global actions impacting climate change. Special guest speaker – Craig Ebert, President of the Climate Action Reserve (8/22) Topic - Policy is key: Current bills that could impact climate change. Special guest speaker – Bill Magavern, Policy Director at Coalition for Clean Air (9/5) Topic - Rethinking renewables: The role of biomethane, hydrogen and other energies in meeting CA’s climate. Special guest speakers - Sam Wade, Director of State Regulatory Affairs, Renewable Natural Gas Coalition and Julia Levin, Executive Director of Bioenergy Association of California (9/19) Topic - Climate gap: the disproportionate impact of climate change on communities of color and low income communities Special guest speaker – TBD (2) Advocacy Action Completion. You will learn how to and finish an advocacy action such as: A two-minute pitch/rap Phone banking Implementing a social media campaign Writing op-eds Organizing an awareness-raising dinner party (virtual or in person) LOCATION: This opportunity takes place online. You will be emailed the Zoom link after signing up. QUESTIONS? Email the Opportunity Leader below. WANT TO SIGN UP? Click the Sign Up button below.

⚙︎Wellness Check and Renter Rights Calls

QUICK OVERVIEW: Join a call party in making phone calls to check on older adults who may be food insecure or at risk of eviction. THE NEED: The COVID-19 crisis has made many people unemployed, unable to pay rent, and in danger of eviction and homelessness. Los Angeles city has passed measures to protect renters but many people don't understand their rights or available benefits. In collaboration with Council District 4, you will contact older adults who are housing vulnerable to check on them, inform them of these new protections, and see if they need support. CALL PARTY AGENDA: Join other Angelenos on a video meeting Receive training Create a phone bank account Complete 1 hour of calling, following provided script Submit any service request forms your call recipients need Come back together with group to share thoughts and impressions Schedule independent 2nd and 3rd call shifts VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS: Access to a computer with internet and a phone. IMPACT: Sometimes you'll just be leaving messages, but sometimes you'll be rescuing people with no ability to procure food. Our previous volunteers have done literally lifesaving work and you can too. QUESTIONS? Email the Opportunity Coordinator below WANT TO SIGN UP? Click the Sign Up button below for the date you want.

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.

⚙ #MillionMaskChallengeLA: Make protective face masks

WHAT: Sew protective face masks for those who need them most - medical workers, the elderly, and more. VOLUNTEER RESPONSIBILITIES: Sew, sew, and sew! After you click the EXPRESS INTEREST button below, we will follow up with patterns, hygiene protocol, and mailing instructions. IMPACT: 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. 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." 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 (CCC) is dedicated to the early detection and prevention of cervical cancer around the world for the women who need it most. With early detection and treatment, cervical cancer is nearly 100% preventable, yet it claims the lives of over 300,000 women every year. A disproportionate 90% of these women live in resource poor countries where lack of wide-scale screening fails to identify cervical cancer until it is invasive and access to treatment for invasive cancer is extremely limited. CCC creates sustainable screening and treatment clinics that serve thousands of women. We train healthcare professionals in the “See & Treat” method and partner with healthcare facilities to offer quality screening and treatment services, community-based outreach and education, and referral and follow-up linkages. We are a small yet mighty organization that has made a significant global impact. We have screened over 130,000+ women, treated 8,000+, trained 650+ healthcare professionals and 150+ community health educators, and established 100 sustainable cervical cancer pr evention clinics in 9 different countries. Our programs target medically underserved and socioeconomically disadvantaged women including LGBTQ, indigenous peoples, those living with HIV, sex workers and refugees. Impact: Your volunteer efforts contribute to our mission to eradicate cervical cancer around the world. Your work will increase awareness about this preventable disease. We will also utilize the graphic designs to appeal to potential donors and future partnerships so that we can bring life-saving access to more women. 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 and infographics

Food Support Kits for LA Seniors

Quick Overview: Want to help your neighbors experiencing homelessness during COVID-19? Assemble kits for our community's most vulnerable; individuals and families who have/are experiencing homelessness. Mission: PATH's mission is to end homelessness for individuals, families, and communities. Since 1984, PATH has worked across the state of California to deliver life saving services. While the rest of California stays at home, many of our homeless neighbors don’t have anywhere to turn. PATH will remain on the front lines to help our most vulnerable through street outreach, case management, and food support. We need volunteers like YOU to help us by sending life-saving supplies to those most in need. Impact: PATH serves over 20% of the homeless population in California, through nine interim housing shelters, 14 supportive housing communities, and dozens of outreach teams hitting the streets each day. All of these services will continue through the COVID-19 crisis. Many of those living on the streets are older, sick, or have underlying health issues. This is the group of people who are at the most risk of COVID-19. Now more than ever PATH's work is saving lives, with your support. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: When you express interest for this opportunity, we will follow up with how to purchase supplies through our Amazon CharityList or how to schedule a donation drop-off. FOOD SUPPORT KITS FOR SENIORS Our neighbors living in supportive housing are among the most vulnerable to COVID-19. We are in need of non-perishable food donations, so that they may remain safe and healthy in their homes. When you are next out grocery shopping, please consider filling your basket with a few extra food items and/or cleaning supplies to help our most vulnerable neighbors stay healthy. Food support bags can be assembled in cardboard boxes or reusable grocery bags. These kits will be distributed directly to those most in need. Urgent Needs: Cereal Rice or pasta Canned goods Non-perishable snacks Cleaning supplies Requirements: Feel free to get creative with these kits! Handwritten notes boost morale and let our neighbors know they are not alone.

Assemble Care Kits for LA Homeless

Quick Overview: Want to help your neighbors experiencing homelessness during COVID-19? Assemble kits for our community's most vulnerable; individuals and families who have/are experiencing homelessness. Mission: PATH's mission is to end homelessness for individuals, families, and communities. Since 1984, PATH has worked across the state of California to deliver life saving services. While the rest of California stays at home, many of our homeless neighbors don’t have anywhere to turn. PATH will remain on the front lines to help our most vulnerable through street outreach, case management, and food support. We need volunteers like YOU to help us by sending life-saving supplies to those most in need. Impact: PATH serves over 20% of the homeless population in California, through nine interim housing shelters, 14 supportive housing communities, and dozens of outreach teams hitting the streets each day. All of these services will continue through the COVID-19 crisis. Many of those living on the streets are older, sick, or have underlying health issues. This is the group of people who are at the most risk of COVID-19. Now more than ever PATH's work is saving lives, with your support. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: When you express interest for this opportunity, we will follow up with how to purchase supplies through our Amazon CharityList or how to schedule a donation drop-off. CARE KITS FOR OUTREACH As you shop for personal hygiene items, pick up a few extra supplies to help individuals currently experiencing homelessness. Urgent Needs: Hand sanitizer Soap & shampoo Cleansing wipes Socks & cold weather clothing* Blankets* Non-perishable snacks & bottled water *For health and safety reasons, all Care Kit items must be new & unopened. Requirements: Feel free to get creative with these kits! Handwritten notes boost morale and let our neighbors know they are not alone.

Stay-At-Home Kits for Homeless LA Families

Quick Overview: Want to help your neighbors experiencing homelessness during COVID-19? Assemble kits for our community's most vulnerable; individuals and families who have/are experiencing homelessness. Mission: PATH's mission is to end homelessness for individuals, families, and communities. Since 1984, PATH has worked across the state of California to deliver life saving services. While the rest of California stays at home, many of our homeless neighbors don’t have anywhere to turn. PATH will remain on the front lines to help our most vulnerable through street outreach, case management, and food support. We need volunteers like YOU to help us by sending life-saving supplies to those most in need. Impact: PATH serves over 20% of the homeless population in California, through nine interim housing shelters, 14 supportive housing communities, and dozens of outreach teams hitting the streets each day. All of these services will continue through the COVID-19 crisis. Many of those living on the streets are older, sick, or have underlying health issues. This is the group of people who are at the most risk of COVID-19. Now more than ever PATH's work is saving lives, with your support. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: When you express interest for this opportunity, we will follow up with how to purchase supplies through our Amazon CharityList or how to schedule a donation drop-off. STAY-AT-HOME KITS FOR FAMILIES Help provide critically needed essential items to keep families safe and cared for, as they stay at home in a shelter, motel, or supportive housing site. Family Kits can be assembled in reusable tote or grocery bags. Urgent Needs: Diapers Wipes Soap & shampoo Baby formula Non-perishable snacks At-home activities for kids of all ages (ex. books, craft kits, and art supplies) Requirements: Feel free to get creative with these kits! Handwritten notes boost morale and let our neighbors know they are not alone.

*Join the COVID-19 Volunteer Infection Mitigation Corps Team

Quick Overview: Join a team of volunteers to guide nonprofit organizations on how to reopen to volunteers as fully and quickly as possible, with the lowest levels of risk that are possible. About L.A. Works: L.A. Works is Los Angeles’ largest and longest running volunteer action center. In order to increase volunteer participation in the community, the L.A. Works team works with nonprofits, schools, and government social service agencies throughout greater Los Angeles to identify their needs and then to create and manage volunteer projects to address those needs. Helping non-profits incorporate volunteerism greatly increases their capacity to do their work, making organizations across the city stronger and increasing their ability to uplift all the citizens of LA that they serve. Impact: Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, many nonprofits are facing increased demand for services. Volunteers are an important and necessary resource to be able to meet this demand. Help guide organizations with extending their safety plan to incorporate volunteers on-site. Requirements: • All volunteers will need to become familiar with L.A. Works' Volunteer Engagement Guide During COVID-19. • Volunteers will need to participate in a one-time virtual training to prepare to nonprofit organizations throughout the community. • Relevant medical and risk management knowledge a plus! Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: • Coordinate with, communicate, and help implement public health guidelines. • Work closely with the human relations and operations departments to develop and implement health plans. • Ensure that existing safety plans are modified for compatibility with new health plans. • Help create volunteer training that applies current information about hazards and infection control measures, including social distancing, handwashing, temperature checking, and disinfecting high-touch surfaces. • Determine, in conjunction with organization, if a volunteer may safely enter the site when there is a health concern. COVID-19 Precautions: • All programming, volunteer engagement, trainings, and meetings that can be done virtually, will be carried out remotely. • To participate in in-person programming, volunteers cannot have felt ill or been around anyone who felt ill within 2 weeks time. • Masks required. • 6 foot social distancing enforced.

Virtual Mentors: Empower Families Who Have Exited Homelessness

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. After COVID, all mentors will begin the "in-person" chapter of their mentee relationship. 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 intergenerational poverty and 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 during COVID-19 and can be done from anywhere, including the comfort of your home. After COVID passes, all mentors will start the "in-person" chapter of their relationship. COMMITMENT: Mentors commit to twice-monthly sessions, for 12-18 months total. HOW: Imagine LA’s professional staff of social workers trains all Volunteer Mentors on 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 our Volunteer Mentors with families who have experienced homelessness and are now housed. 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 Brian Rosenbaum at brian@imaginela.org. If you would like to volunteer for this opportunity, please click on the SIGN UP button below. You can learn more by visiting http://action.imaginela.org/mentor_overview.

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.

Virtual Volunteer: Make Face Coverings to fight COVID-19

Quick Overview: Want to volunteer from home in your PJs? Great, we need you! A majority of our residents have compromised immune systems, so we need to supply our residents and frontline staff with face coverings to slow the spread of COVID-19 and any other illnesses. We're trying to collect 2 for each employee and 2 for each resident, for a total of 3,760 masks to help keep everyone safe. Mission: The Skid Row Housing Trust (the Trust) provides permanent supportive housing so that people who have experienced homelessness, prolonged extreme poverty, poor health, disabilities, mental illness and/or addiction can lead safe, stable lives in wellness. Impact: A majority of our residents have compromised immune systems, so in supplying our residents and frontline staff with face coverings, you will be slowing the spread of illnesses and making a huge impact on the lives of residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: - We are utilizing the CDC guidelines for face coverings (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html) - Must be able to sew. We are accepting face coverings made from new materials, too. Once you click ‘Express Interest’, a member of our staff will reach out to you to go over the details of how many you can make and how to safely connect for pick-up, drop-off, or shipment.

Graphic Designer

Quick Overview: Touching Heart needs graphic designers to help us create graphics that will be used on www.touchingheart.com, various social media platforms, on marketing and promotional materials, event signage. Mission or Broader Program Description: Touching Heart's mission is to fill young hearts with love and compassion for one another. We believe that children can leave an imprint on the world in significant ways when they are taught just how impactful their thoughts and actions are. Impact: Your graphic design skills will help us to enlighten, empower, and educate children about how they can experience the true joy that comes from helping others in need. Volunteer Roles and Responsibilities: Short assignments to create graphic designs for Touching Heart events to be posted on the Web Site and Facebook. Examples of postings can be found at https://touchingheart.com/events/, and https://www.facebook.com/TouchingHeart.VA/ Accessibility: This is a virtual oppurtunity! Anyone is welcome to participate! If interested, please click Express Interest and an Opportunity Coordinator will email you with more information.