Summer is the time you have your holidays, sipping cocktails at the beach, having fun with the people you love but this summer we suggest you try something different and get out of your comfort zone.

After all, John F. Kennedy spoke words of wisdom at his inauguration: “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”

Volunteering is the best way to do just that: have fun, gain experience and help those in need in order to improve their quality of living. After our Memorial Day Volunteering Blog on dozens of volunteering events around the city, readers have been asking for more, eager to become volunteers and we are thrilled to see such a big interest. This is why we dedicated today’s blog to volunteering.

How to choose the best field?

If you are just starting out, seeing so many opportunities can be an overwhelming experience especially if you want to help everyone with everything. Well, you might want to take a step back and take this one organization at a time.

Do you admire arts and support the cultural development in the city? Do you have a soft spot for animals? Or maybe you have an interest in teaching. Think about what you love doing the most, determine your interests and have in mind that volunteering isn’t your typical job so you need to enjoy and give a 100% of what you do. Now it’s time to search for the ideal volunteer organization. And this is when we step in.

Consider the following list a starter compilation of awesome volunteer opportunities if you’re looking to give back to the city of angels.

Education Through Music – Los Angeles

This organization is dedicated to providing high-quality music education to students in disadvantaged schools in Los Angeles County. Program volunteers assist with many aspects of the in-school and after school music programs.

Opportunities

– Teaching Assistants (in-school and after-school): Assisting with classroom management; making sure kids are on-task; tuning instruments; supporting and encouraging students; instrument inventory, etc.

– Piano Accompaniment: We are always in need of piano accompaniment for student concerts (Winter and Spring) and other special performances.

– Delivery and pick up of instruments for repairs, instrument donations, teacher resources, and supplies.

– Teacher Trainings and Professional Development: assisting with set-up and breakdown, preparing materials, photography, and videography.

– School Concerts: Assisting teachers with the concert; distributing parent surveys; audience tracking, etc.

WHERE: The Greater Los Angeles Area

WHEN: The work is flexible!

DETAILS: Visit the site for more information.

Feed LA

At this event, there will be 60,000 pounds of fresh and canned food handed out, 2,000 hot meals will be served, and 1,000 backpacks will be handed out to children for going back to school.

WHERE: Salvation Army7651 South Central AvenueLos Angeles, CA 90001

WHEN: Sat Aug 05, 2017, 09:30 AM – 01:00 PM

DETAILS: Please visit the organization’s site for additional information about this event and more opportunities with them.

Give Comfort and Support to Others at Life’s End

Making a difference for those at the end of life can have a profound effect on our lives and the lives we touch. You can work with adults or children. The opportunities are the following:

  • Legacy Art Program – creating a lasting memory for children and adults
  • Heart Touch – use your training and gift of touch in the most powerful way possible: to help alleviate the pain and isolation
  • No One Dies Alone – support for those without family or loved ones at the end of life
  • Memory Bears – creating and sewing bears as legacy gifts to comfort the bereaved
  • Transportation – driving our van to help patients and family keep appointments
  • office/Administration – sharing your time and organizational skills to support our team

The organization offers orientation and trainings with flexible hours.

WHERE: Patient homes and nursing facilities in the Orange County and Greater Los Angeles area

WHEN: The work is flexible!

DETAILS: Please visit the organization’s site for additional information about this event and more opportunities like this.

One Voice

A non-profit organization helping families living at poverty level within our community. They providing emergency relief services to families in immediate crises to a scholars program designed to better the quality of people’s lives. You can choose to donate money, goods or your time for volunteering.

WHEN: The work is flexible!

DETAILS: Please visit the organization’s site for additional information about this event and more opportunities like this.

Make Space and Save an Animal

Every 16 seconds an animal is euthanized simply due to overpopulation. Shelters do not have unlimited space and unfortunately, have to make room. Rescue groups do not have the facilities and rely on fosters to help. Simply by agreeing to foster, you can save an animal’s life.

WHERE: In all LA area

WHEN: The work is flexible!

DETAILS: Please visit the organization’s site for additional information and more opportunities like this.

Midnight Mission

Midnight Mission is celebrating its 100th year offering a bridge to self-sufficiency for homeless people through counseling, education, training and job placement.

Volunteer opportunities include meal service prep, clothing sorting, tutoring, plus professional services such as tax preparation and legal services.

WHEN: The work is flexible!

DETAILS: Please visit the organization’s site for additional information and more opportunities.

Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission:

You can help with a number of services, including hot meals, health services and housing to the needy population in San Fernando Valley. Help by handing out meals, clothing, medicine and hygiene kits on weekdays, as well as volunteering for weekend meals on Saturdays. See how to become a volunteer here.

Downtown Women’s Center

DWC is exclusively dedicated to serving the unique needs of homeless and very low-income women in downtown Los Angeles’s Skid Row community. They provide supportive housing and an onsite health clinic providing health screenings and workshops.

DETAILS: Please visit their site for additional information and more opportunities.

The Giving Spirit

The Giving Spirit volunteers assemble and personally distributing survival kits to the children, women, and families living on the street. The kits contain over 70 individual items. The Giving Spirit has distributed over 29,000 kits on Skid Row and the greater Los Angeles area.

WHERE: In all LA area

WHEN: Two outreach events each year, during the holiday season and summer.

DETAILS: Please visit the organization’s site for additional information and more opportunities like this.

Volunteer to Help Kids – 826LA

826LA is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to help teachers inspire their students to write. Volunteers work one-on-one with students in after school programs.

WHERE: Mar Vista, or Echo Park. They also have a Time Travel Mart store where you can make purchases that benefit the foundation.

WHEN: Flexible work.

DETAILS: Visit their 826la.org site and search for opportunities that suit your schedule.

Teach computer skills to young girls

Calling all techies. Black Girls Code has a mission to increase the number of women of color working in digital trades by training girls 12-17 with the skills they will need now to advance in their careers later. Whether you’re an expert in coding, IT, social media, photography, or simply organizing, you can help out at Black Girls Code.

WHERE: Multiple locations

DETAILS: Visit their BGC site and search for opportunities to help.

Make LA Green Again

TreePeople is an extremely social organization that even organizes group dog hikes. They also welcome groups to tackle urban tree planting or mountain restoration activities. Come out and meet new friends, friends who don’t believe climate change is a hoax from China. Gather together to plant trees around the city, learn about native plants and turf reduction, or take a workshop on caring for plant trees.

WHERE: Multiple locations

DETAILS: Visit their TreePeople site and search for opportunities to help.


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