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Volunteering doesn't just change the world. It changes us.

Make a real difference in your community by contributing your time, effort, and skills. Whether you can volunteer for an hour or a day, you can help every Angeleno gain access to a home, a great education, and the chance to make the most of life. Check out our volunteer opportunities to find one that's right for you!

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Volunteer Compton 7/20/19

Volunteer with United Way of Greater Los Angeles and The Compton Initiative, non-profit charitable group that organizes over 1,500 volunteers to do quarterly service projects within Compton in efforts to bring hope and restoration to the city. During "Volunteer Compton," folks will come from across Southern California including colleges, churches and other service groups to work side by side with Compton residents and neighbors. In one day, over 1,500 volunteers are sent to 30 different worksites. The worksites include painting: an Elementary School, murals, nearby homes, block-clean ups, planting community gardens and other similar community beautification efforts. The workday starts with all 2,000 of our expected volunteers arriving at the rally location as early as 6:45am. Volunteers will sign or submit release waivers, receive name tags, then enjoy a light breakfast. The breakfast includes, coffee, muffins, fruit, yogurt and some other small items. After Breakfast, volunteers find their worksite on the poles. Local Compton leadership speakers will start the rally around 7:15am. By 7:45am, all 2,000 volunteers are sent out to 30 different worksites. The worksites include painting, cleaning and building great relationships with other volunteers. Volunteers arrive at their assigned worksite by 8:00am. Volunteers work at their worksite until around noon. Then pizzas for lunch will be delivered. All supplies will be provided for the task on the worksite. Breakfast, lunch and the supplies will be provided for free. We ask that volunteers consider to make a donation to help support future Compton Workdays. Please dress in comfortable clothes that you won't mind getting dirty in. Yellow Compton Initiative shirts are not required, but will be available for purchase of $10 each. Please bring your own bottled water, minimal water bottles will be available.

Compton, CA

7/20/19 7:00 AM

Fall Into Literacy 2019

Calling all volunteers! Help make our 9th Annual Fall Into Literacy Community Book Festival a success by serving as an event volunteer. There are three opportunities to help: Friday, September 27, 2019 @ 2:00 - 6:00pm (Pre-Event Setup) Saturday, September 28, 2019 @ 8:00am - 12:00pm (Event Morning Shift) Saturday, September 28, 2019 @ 12:00 - 4:00pm (Event Afternoon Shift) Location: Banning Museum, 401 E M St, Wilmington, CA 90744 Volunteers will support in various areas: Event set-up/clean-up Event and parking greeters General public, volunteer, or speaker check-in Vendor, exhibitor, or author liaisons Food & beverage station Photographer, videographer, or social media support Parking monitors Everyone In or exhibitor marketplace assistants Parking, breakfast/lunch, and a volunteer t-shirt are provided. All Friday volunteers will be helping with setup of the event village, including unloading and organizing of books, putting up signage, etc. Event-day volunteer assignments will be provided upon check-in when you arrive at the event on Saturday, September 28. A volunteer logistics email with parking/arrival directions, event information, etc. will be sent to all registered volunteers on Wednesday, September 25. If you have specific needs or limitations, please email [email protected] so we can assign you a role that meets your needs. This volunteer opportunity is open to adults and teenagers 14 and older. Parents must sign waiver for minors and be present at all times. Click "Sign Up" under the shift below to register as a volunteer!

Los Angeles, CA

9/27/19 2:00 PM +more

Long term mentoring of a high school student from an under-resourced community

Volunteer with United Way of Greater Los Angeles and the Fulfillment Fund to help change lives for the better. Fulfillment Fund is a college access organization with a 40 year history of helping disadvantaged students graduate from high school and access college. One of our key services is mentoring. Recognized as one of the best in the state, the Fulfillment Fund’s Mentor Program provides guidance from adult role models to students whose life circumstances challenge their opportunities for success. Fulfillment Fund’s mentor program is community based, which means that mentors and their students decide when and where to meet for their outings. Mentors and their mentees meet 2x/month at the beginning of the match and 1x/month thereafter with a weekly text/phone call in between outings. The students in our program are chosen from several of our partner middle schools in Los Angeles and most live close to Downtown and South LA. Some of our mentors’ favorite outings with their students include: going to the beach, hiking, trying new restaurants, checking out museums, etc. We typically request a 2-year committment from volunteer mentors, although there are occasional opportunities for 1-year commitments. Often these relationships have the opportunity to continue for 6 years or more. Please visit our website for more information on mentor requirements: http://www.fulfillment.org/mentor

Los Angeles, CA

Through 12/31/19

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at All Peoples Community Center

Volunteers 55+ needed to support United Way of Greater Los Angeles and All Peoples Community Center! Make a difference in a child’s life by joining the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) at All Peoples Community Center! RSVP is currently looking for individuals who are ready to make a positive impact in the life of a child. Volunteer opportunities include: Mentoring Tutoring Reading to Children Sports League Assistant Child care assistants And more! You may be asking, “But what if my schedule is all over the place?” Not a problem! We understand you have a lot going on, and we’ll work with your schedule. So what are you waiting for? Join the largest network of volunteers and start making a difference in a child’s life. For more information, please contact RSVP Director Jennifer Santos at (213) 747-6357 ext 123 or [email protected]

Los Angeles, CA

Through 12/31/20

PATH Cooks

PATH COOKS (Group Volunteer Opportunity) PATH Cooks is a volunteer program providing home-cooked meals to the residents living in PATH’s interim housing facilities. We are looking for small groups of up to 6 people to help cook meals at our PATH West LA site. Lunch and dinner shifts are available 7 days per week, with additional breakfast shifts available on Saturday and Sunday. Volunteer Site: PATH West LA serves as a short-term home for 30 male Veterans. PATH staff work closely with those Veterans experiencing homelessness to find a path to a permanent home. This site provides various supportive services to the residents, as well as case management programs and street outreach in the community. Volunteer Group Size: 4-6 volunteers (must be at least 18+) Location: PATH West LA - 2346 Cotner Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90064 Clients: You will have the opportunity to meet, serve, and share a meal with residents at our West LA facility. Budget: $100-$150. Plan to serve about 30 Veterans

Los Angeles, CA

Through 7/20/20

Be the Change. Host a Youth!

1 in 5 of LA Community College student experiences homelessness but YOU can help change this! If you live in LA County and have a spare bedroom in your home, you can open your home to one of our college students experiencing housing insecurity for up to 6 months. The goal of this short term support program is to give youth the foundation they need to get back on their feet, focus on academic and employment, and most importantly, secure permanent housing! By hosting a youth, you will help homeless youth feel safe, cared for, empowered and give them the opportunity to get their foot in the door. You are first-handedly making an impact on a youth's life! Please click the following link to watch how the Host Home Program impacted the lives of youth: WATCH HERE Host Eligibility: Be 25+ years old Have lived in LA County for over a year Have a spare bedroom a youth can live in Pass a background check Have homeowner/renters insurance Be kind, patient, and caring! Support for Hosts: Hosts will receive ongoing support and training from Host Home Program Staff Hosts will receive up to $500/month to offset any costs!

Through 3/31/22