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Are you wondering how to best spend the holiday season? Well, it’s a great time to get in the spir...

Holiday Opportunities Listing

December 7th, 2011

Are you wondering how to best spend the holiday season? Well, it’s a great time to get in the spirit of giving! Here’s a list of volunteer opportunities for the holidays – read below to get involved.

A couple weeks ago, we asked our community to send us some of their favorite opportunities to volunteer during the holidays. This list features a combination of user submissions in addition to other holiday service opportunity lists we’ve been able to find on the web.

If you have an opportunity that didn’t make it onto this list, see our How-To Guide on submitting opportunities to the Volunteer Center.

Distributing gifts to patients and serving meals at the local church

  • Offered by: The Saban Free Clinic
  • Time: Tuesday, December 13, 2011, Shift 1: 9am-1pm or Shift 2: 11:30am – 4pm (4 hours per shift)
  • Location: Hollywood Presbyterian Church, 1763 N. Gower Street (at the corner of Gower and Carlos)
  • Transportation will not be provided to the venue, but parking is available.

The Saban Free Clinic is a non-profit organization that provides dependable and affordable healthcare to the underserved in the Los Angeles County. Join us on Tuesday, December 13 for an afternoon of giving as we provide our Clients with some basic necessities and holiday gifts. Over 400 people will come for lunch and items that we have to offer. Items that we give away include jackets, sweats, toiletries, backpacks, socks, underwear and books and toys for the kids. We will also provide our patients and their families lunch.Volunteers are needed throughout the day to help set up, pass out items and break down.If you are interested in volunteering your time please contact Teena Thornton at 323-330-1617 or email us at

Help Abused Children Through Art

  • Offered by: Free Arts for Abused Children
  • Time: November and December, 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM, Monday-Friday (donation deliveries)
  • Location: 12095 W. Washington Blvd., Suite 104, LA, CA 90066
  • Contact Tiana Rideout at or 310-313-4278

Free Arts for Abused Children serves more than 500 abused, homeless and at-risk children weekly at nearly 50 sites throughout the year. They’re always adding more programs during the holiday season, which can be especially difficult for many of these kids. As such, they can use all kinds of art supplies, including crayons, markers, paper, and glue. The full list is at If you’re game, they are also “excited to have as many people as possible lead art supply drives.”

Help the Hungry at L.A. Regional Food Bank

  • Offered by: L.A. Regional Food Bank
  • Time: November and December, Various shifts Monday through Saturday
  • Location: 1734 East 41st St., LA, CA 90058
  • Contact Ana Martinez at or 323-234-3030, ext. 144

The LA Regional Food Bank helps seniors, children, families and individuals. They need volunteers to assemble food boxes and bags for the hungry throughout the holiday season. Work shifts are usually two-and-half to three hours long. And if your office, school, place of worship, etc. would like e to volunteer as a group, they can take from 10-to-100 volunteers at a time. Volunteers must be 14-years old. If you want to donate food for Thanksgiving or Christmas, please bring it one week before the holiday. The food bank is also collecting unwrapped toys until December 19. For a full wish list go to

Buy A “Green” Gift for the Holidays and Dedicate a Tree in LA

  • Offered by: TreePeople
  • Time: November and December
  • Contact TreePeople at or call 818-753-TREE

TreePeople is offering a great way to give a gift during the holidays and help the environment at the same time! All gifts made through TreePeople’s “Holiday Tree Dedication” program support its efforts to plant and care for trees in mountain forests and park woodlands that have experienced devastation from fires, neglect or other natural causes. Help this great organization restore our forests! Make a donation of $25 in honor of your friends or family and TreePeople will send them a special edition Tree Dedication card with a warm holiday message – for Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s. Give a donation of $100 or more and TreePeople will send a beautiful Tree Dedication certificate announcing your gift! Also, check out their new holiday designs:

Spark of Love Toy Drive

  • Offered by: LA County Department of Children and Family Services
  • Time: Weekdays November 30 – January 4, 10 am – 3 pm

The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services needs your help during this Holiday Season. Volunteers are needed to sort and prepare toys for distribution that are donated through the Spark of Love Toy Drive. These toys will be given to children and youth in the foster care system during this Holiday Season. Volunteers will be required to lift, stand and carry packages. Please email or call Ikeda Neil at (562) 345-6738.

APLA Food Bank (NOLP)

  • Offered by: AIDS Project Los Angeles
  • Time: Daytime hours
  • Location: NOLP locations at 3550 Wilshire Blvd, 611South Kingsley, 1714 E. 120th (S. Mark Taper Center) and NOLP Valley at 7336 Bellarie Ave. (North Hollywood)

For more information contact Jim Williams at or visit

Weekend Food Drives: Every Saturday (locations vary) from 11 to 6PM

  • Offered by: AIDS Project Los Angeles
  • Time: Every Saturday from 11 to 6PM
  • Location: Varies

For more information contact Jim Williams at or visit

Weekend Food Drives: Every Saturday (locations vary) from 11 to 6PM

  • Offered by: AIDS Project Los Angeles
  • Time: Every Saturday from 11 to 6PM
  • Location: Varies

For more information contact Jim Williams at or visit

Team 2 End AIDS (Marathon Support)

  • Offered by: AIDS Project Los Angeles
  • Time: Saturdays & Sunday 6:45 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Location: Griffith Park

For more information contact Jim Williams at or visit

Holiday Toy Drive

  • Offered by: AIDS Project Los Angeles
  • Time: Saturday, December 10, 2011 (Tentative)

For more information contact Jim Williams at or visit

PAWS/LA Opportunities

  • Offered by: PAWS/LA
  • Time: Monday-Friday 10 am – 5 pm

PAWS/LA is dedicated to preserving the loving bond between people and their companion animals and provides services to assist low-income seniors and people disabled by a life-threatening illness to keep and care for their pets. Various volunteer assignments are announced through emails or phone calls from the volunteer coordinator. They are also posted to the vol4pawsla Twitter account.
Volunteer opportunities include Pet Food Delivery, Transportation to/from Vet or Grooming Appointments, Cat Feeding/Maintenance, Fostering, Food Bank, and Pick Up/Drop Off Items. It is recommended that potential volunteers be over 18 years of age, available any day Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm, depending on flexibility/volunteer opportunity chosen. For more information visit or contact Raymundo Baltazar, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator at or (213) 741-1960 x116.

SOVA Community Food & Resource Program OF Jewish Family Service

  • Offered by: SOVA
  • Time: One weekday (Mon, Tues, Wed or Fri) per week, from 9am to 2pm
  • Location: 1140 N. La Brea Ave.
  • Contact Tiana Rideout at or 310-313-4278

The SOVA Metro Food Pantry location is in need of ongoing core volunteers. The packing room is most in need of assistance which would entail bagging orders for clients. Contact Felice Resnick, Volunteer Coordinator, for more information at (818) 988-7682 ext.118.

And just for fun, check out this opportunity that one of our followers sent in to us! You can find out more information on Russell Brand’s campaign at his Facebook Page.
Happy Holidays!

Russell Brand Love X-Change

  • Offered by: Russell Brand and Sarah Silverman

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