The Westside Center for Independent Living is a non-residential center dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people with all kinds of disabilities, advocating for and serving people throughout western Los Angeles and the South Bay Area. The goal of the peer-led programs and services is the elimination of economic, social, attitudinal and environmental barriers through ways such as independent living skills training and education of the issues. In order to contribute to the Center’s core services, volunteers are needed to engage in clerical tasks Mondays through Fridays between 2-4 hours a week. Volunteers must be 18 or older, and with all levels of ability are welcome, but it is advised that a volunteer is able to function independently after given instructions. Prospective volunteers should call their office at 1-888-851-9245 and ask for Angela Wimpress, assistant to the executive director.
Reading to Kids is a grassroots organization dedicated to inspiring underserved children with a love of reading, thereby enriching their lives and opportunities for future success. The organization believes in the power of reading to educate and transform society. Reading to Kids occurs on the second Saturday of every month, and takes place at various elementary schools in the Los Angeles United School District. The minimum age to volunteer is 18, and volunteers of all levels of ability are welcome to participate.
PATH is a non-profit, multi-facility organization in Southern California that aims to break the cycle of homelessness by empowering homeless people with the tools for self-sufficiency. PATH seeks to achieve this mission by providing services that help homeless people find work, save money, secure housing, and empower their lives. PATH operates housing facilities in West Los Angeles and the Regional Homeless Center, as well as five job centers in South Central Los Angeles, West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Hollywood, and the Antelope Valley. 16 years is the minimum age requirement, and volunteers of levels of ability are welcome. Tasks for volunteers include directly with the homeless residents by providing friendly companionship and job-searching skills help, or working in clerical assignments at a center, or helping to prepare meals for the homeless residents.
Good Shepherd is an organization that, since 1984, has reached out to homeless women and children to help them find stable housing and productive lives. Good Shepherd’s programs include mobile outreach, emergency shelter, transitional residence, food and clothing, and a variety of support services tailored to unique needs such as mothers with disabilities. Volunteers who are 18 or older, and of all levels of ability, are invited to get involved. Volunteer assignments focus on administrative tasks such as helping with mail services, filing, and answering phones.
Culver Village is an assisted living residential location for seniors, and is dedicated to providing much more than a place to live, seeking to provide a wide range of amenities that enable seniors to live life to their fullest, in the most optimal manner that suits their personal needs. They are committed to creating an ambient, caring, and friendly atmosphere. The variety of services offered by Culver Village include 24 hour care of the senior residents, and a diversity of activities that contribute to health and wellness. They welcome short-term volunteers who are 18 years of age or older, and offer a full range of accessibility options. Volunteer tasks include working on arts and crafts activities with the residents such as playing bingo, as well as sharing stories and companionship. Prospective volunteers should sign up to volunteer via www.laworks.com.