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Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died while serving the United States. Severa...

Nine Memorial Day Volunteer Opportunities

May 4th, 2016

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died while serving the United States. Several on-campus and nonprofit organizations work to recognize and thank veterans over Memorial Day weekend and throughout the year. The Center has gathered a list of service opportunities throughout Greater Los Angeles that take place at the end of May or serve Los Angeles’s veteran population on a regular basis.

Operation Gratitude Assembly Day
When: Thursday, May 26, 2016 | 9 am – 6 pm
Where: 21100 Lassen St, Chatsworth, CA 91311
What: Each year, Operation Gratitude sends 150,000+ care packages filled with snacks, entertainment, hygiene products,  handmade items, plus personal letters of appreciation to New Recruits, Veterans, First Responders, individually-named U.S. Service Members deployed overseas, Wounded Warriors, and their caregivers. Help lift the spirits of  U.S. service members and show your appreciation by participating in Operation Gratitude’s care package assembly day on May 26. Volunteers are needed to assist with prep work, such as sorting items and preparing products for assembly line, and assembly work, which includes production of the care packages.

The Mission Continues
When: Saturday, May 21, 2016; Friday, May 27, 2016; ongoing
Where: various locations
What: The Mission Continues empowers veterans who are adjusting to life at home to find purpose through community impact. They deploy veterans on new missions in their communities, so that their actions will inspire future generations to serve. The Mission Continues can always use volunteers for their regular projects, including their two upcoming events in Los Angeles. On May 21, Mission Continues will be designing and restoring L.A.C.E.R. After-School Classrooms at Le Conte Middle School; sign up here! In honor of Memorial Day, on May 27, LA Galaxy will team up with Mission Continues to participate in a Community Build Day at a designated build site. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles staff members will train volunteers and assign tasks including roofing, landscaping, and paintings; sign up here!

UCLA Memorial Day Picnic for Veterans and Families
Contact: Emily |
When: Sunday, May 29, 2016 | 11 am – 3 pm
Where: Jackie Robinson Stadium at the West LA VA
What: The UCLA Veterans Resource Office, Students with Dependents, Residential Life, and Recreation are hosting a memorial day picnic and carnival and are in need of 20-25 volunteers! Volunteers can sign up to assist with setup/ cleanup, check-in, facilitate games and activities for children, distribute beverages and food, welcome attendees, and help attendees pick prizes.  Each volunteer shift is 2 hours long. This is a great opportunity to get involved with the UCLA student community and help support veterans!

New Directions for Veterans: Walk For Warriors Memorial Day 5K
When: Monday, May 30, 2016 | 7 am – 11 am
Where: West LA Veterans Affairs Campus, 11303 Wilshire Blvd., VA Bldg. 116
What: New Directions for Veterans is committed to building a national community in which all at-risk veterans and their families lead lives of honor, dignity, well-being, and respect. They are looking for friendly, energetic volunteers to assist with their 5k run/walk. Volunteers will help with everything from check-in, staffing water stations, and cheering on walkers and runners along the course, to giving out medals at the finish line. You can also sign up to participate in the walk by registering on their website.

UCLA Volunteer Center – One Bus, One Cause: Veterans Home of California in West Los Angeles
When: Monday, May 30, 2016 | 9:30 am – 1:30 pm
Where: UCLA/ Cal-Vet
What: The Veterans Home of California in West Los Angeles (Cal-Vet) is the largest veterans home in Los Angeles County, providing long-term health care for approximately 400 residents. On this One Bus, One Cause, volunteers will celebrate Memorial Day with Cal-Vet residents by painting a new mural on one of the residential floors, playing indoor and outdoor games, and serving and assisting with a special lunch. This project is a collaboration with the UCLA Operation Mend Undergraduate Association, which works to support the efforts of Operation Mend and local veterans organizations.

Operation Mend Buddy Programs
Contact: (310) 267-2110 |
When: ongoing
Where: 924 Westwood Blvd, Suite 400 Los Angeles, CA 90095
What: UCLA Operation Mend was established in 2007 as a groundbreaking partnership among UCLA Health, the United States Military, and the Department of Veterans Affairs to help heal the wounds of war. Operation Mend provides advanced surgical and medical treatment, as well as comprehensive psychological health support for post-9/11-era service members, veterans, and their families at no cost. Operation Mend Buddy Programs are designed to fulfill patients’ non-medical needs, engaging the patients and their families in activities beyond UCLA’s clinic and hotel walls. The time buddies spend with Operation Mend patients not only provides comfort and entertainment, but often leads to lifelong bonds. You can volunteer as a family, teen, medical student, undergraduate student, or daytime buddy.

VA Volunteer Transportation Network
When: ongoing
Where: 11301 Wilshire Blvd. Bldg 500, Los Angeles, CA 90073
What: The Volunteer Transportation Network was established to provide needed transportation for veterans seeking services from a VA facility and/or authorized facility. Help pick-up outpatients receiving chemotherapy, dialysis, radiation therapy, and other outpatient appointments. To fill this role, you must have a current driver’s license and automobile insurance and pass a physical exam. To inquire about volunteer van driver assignments, please contact Blas Barragan at (310) 478-3711 ext. 49062, or check out their website. If you are a student, you may also sign up to volunteer for the VA’s Voluntary Service Program as a student volunteer.

Fisher House Project
When: ongoing
Where: West Los Angeles Fisher House, 11301 Wilshire Blvd. Bldg 512, LA, CA 90073
What: The Fisher House Foundation is best known for its network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. These homes are located at major military and VA medical centers nationwide. At the Fisher House, volunteer opportunities include: bringing in meals and snacks for residents, helping with general housekeeping chores, and organizing goods drives for items such as paper products or cleaning supplies.  Volunteers can also help by offering babysitting services, tending gardens, donating items off the wish list, or helping during the holidays.

Wounded Warrior Project: Donate a Facebook Post
Contact: (619) 981-9642
When: ongoing
Where: 8880 Rio San Diego Drive, Suite 900, San Diego, CA 92108
What: Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP seeks to assist those men and women of our Armed Forces who have been severely injured during the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other locations around the world. Through a high-touch and interactive approach, WWP hopes to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.  Use the power of social media to show your support and enlist others in their mission by donating your status update on Facebook or sharing their status updates with your friends.

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