The holidays are all about giving thanks and celebrating the joys of life with those we treasure. With Thanksgiving and the holiday season approaching, these festive gatherings can be used to give back to those who may need it the most, including the thousands of victims of the recent Southern California Fires. With this goal in mind, we’ve gathered a list of service opportunities taking place across Greater Los Angeles until the end of the year. Join on-campus and nonprofit organizations as they serve the community this holiday season. Happy Volunteering!
Join the UCLA Volunteer Center and the Silicon Beach Bruin Alumni Network at the LA Regional Food Bank! Bruin volunteers will help assemble food packages that will go to thousands of families and individuals in need. T-shirts and transportation will be included. Space is limited!
This year marks the 51st anniversary of Pacoima’s Holiday Parade. If you have always dreamed of being in the parade, here is your chance to be a part of one of the oldest and most cherished traditions in Pacoima! Adults and high school students (16+ years old) needed.
Come raise your voice in song and help lift the spirits of our senior and elderly family members during the Holiday Season with One Incredible Family! Volunteers will sing seasonal songs and yuletide carols, will shake sleigh bells and will interact with senior citizens. No special skills required!
On Dec. 15, join the Volunteer Center and fellow Bruins along with several hundred community volunteers to help assemble thousands of care packages for U.S. Service Members abroad. T-shirts, snacks and transportation will be included. Space is limited to 30 volunteers.
Since 1944, Fred Jordan Mission has brought joy, hope and peace to the thousands of inner-city children and their families. Help the Fred Jordan Missions’ continue this annual Christmas Celebrations by bringing the holiday cheer to Skid Row!
The Santa Monica-Venice Christmas Run and fundraiser is LA’s largest holiday running event. This year will be the 41st anniversary of the traditional event that provides assistance to a worthy local non-profit. Join them in lending your efforts to help facilitate two great races, the very popular costume contests, and the Kids Fun Run!
Support Wildfire Victims
Donate Goods or Services
Donate non-perishable food items to the Ventura Corps, which is providing food and shelter to victims and first responders.
Butte County is currently looking for medical volunteers.
Give an evacuee or a firefighter a free place to stay through Airbnb.
Other volunteer opportunities related to the fires are posted on their site, including financial and other donations.
Locals can apply to volunteer to help evacuate animals in the future. You can also donate to the organization through the above link.
Donate to , which will support various shelters’ relief efforts.
Donate directly to the LAFD through the provided link above.
Donate through set up GoFundMe pages to directly help people affected by the fires.
Providing both shelter and emotional support for evacuees through your donations. You can visit the link above, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make an automatic $10 donation.
Donate to the Hill Fire and Woolsey Fire Sudden and Urgent Needs Effort Fund.
Give donations to go toward California wildfire relief through the Salvation Army.
Donate to the nonprofit that is distributing emergency funds to fire victims, including distributing prepaid credit cards to help victims buy food, clothing, and shelter. Donate to the SAVE program here.