Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is a nonprofit, academic, pediatric medical center that provides high quality healthcare for children who are seriously ill or injured. The Hospital treats children who need care that is so complex, it can only be provided by medical experts. Each year, over 500 compassionate individuals from the community volunteer over 82,000 hours in 55 different areas of the hospital. Direct patient contact opportunities include assisting in patient care units, outpatient services, the emergency department, and the playrooms. The Hospital will accept volunteers ages 15-17 for opportunities that don’t involve patient contact. These volunteers help in the business offices, gift shop, outpatient clinic, and guest services.
Heal the Bay is a Santa Monica Bay based environmental nonprofit organization whose mission is to make southern California’s coastal waters and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy, and clean. Founded on the principal that one person can make a difference, Heal the Bay has empowered over 100,000 volunteers to improve their environment and communities. With a wide variety of options, there’s a perfect way for everyone to get involved and volunteer. Volunteers can clean a beach, spread the word, or even help out at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. Families and youth are welcome. Opportunities vary in time, commitment, and requirements.
KOREH L.A. recruits, trains, and places volunteers in local Los Angeles Unified School District elementary schools or pre-schools to read with children. Training sessions provide volunteers with skills that will help a child grow into a confident and literate individual. KOREH L.A. welcomes volunteers who are age 13 and up to become reading partners, share a passion for books, and change a child’s life.
Los Angeles Regional Foodbank provides food to a network of 1,000 charitable agency sites in LA County, which provide food for one million people annually. Volunteers help to rescue thousands of pounds of food each week to help those in need. Activities include: sorting incoming food from food drives, assembling food packages for the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, or assembling backpacks full of food for needy children. Los Angeles Regional Foodbank welcomes volunteers to help make a difference for hungry families, children, seniors, and individuals in Los Angeles County. Minimum age requirement to volunteer is 14.
PATH is a non-profit community organization whose mission is to break the cycle of homelessness by empowering homeless people with the tools for self-sufficiency. PATH works towards this goal by providing services that help homeless people find work, save money, secure housing, and empower their lives. PATH is a multi-facility organization that provides a wide range of coordinated services for homeless individuals throughout Southern California. Los Angeles County volunteers can choose from a variety of sites: housing facilities are located at the Regional Homeless Center and West Los Angeles; PATH also operates five job centers in South Central Los Angeles, West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Hollywood, and the Antelope Valley. Volunteers may choose to either work directly with homeless participants or perform administrative and other non-client contact work. Families are welcome to volunteer together. Minimum age for individual volunteers is 16.
Volunteerism is the life blood of the grassroots Surfrider Foundation USA with its 60+ volunteer-driven chapters located along the East, West, Gulf, Puerto Rican, and Hawaiian coasts. The Malibu Chapter welcomes kids of any age to participate in beach cleanup events. Persons under age 18, who wish to participate in Surfrider sponsored events, must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
In 1987, Marcie the Marvelous Tree inspired third graders to launch TREE MUSKETEERS as the nation’s first youth environmental organization–a nonprofit charity where kids are boss! While taking action to help the planet, kids teach other kids to become active citizens and community leaders. Neighborhood by neighborhood, kids can rescue Earth! All projects are youth led. Guardians (also counted as volunteers) should accompany kids who are 5th Grade or younger.
TreePeople inspires, engages, and supports people to take personal responsibility for the urban environment, making it safe, healthy, fun, and sustainable and to share the results as a model for the world. TreePeople has a vision of a green Los Angeles. To get there, they rely on volunteers to help transform our region into a healthy urban ecosystem, one community at a time. Volunteering with TreePeople is fun and personally rewarding. Volunteers of all ages are welcome; however, persons under age 16 must be accompanied by a guardian.