Volunteer Opportunities in Southern California

Season's Givings

This season, we asked KPCC listeners where they volunteer during the holidays, and what opportunities our audience should know about. Hear volunteers talk about the work they do and why they do it, explore our listing of charitable organizations that could use your help.

Use the database below to search for volunteer and charitable opportunities this holiday season. Type in any term you choose — location, type of donations needed, clients served, etc. Are there organizations we missed? Let us know! Or share your story of holiday giving!

Last Updated: Dec. 10, 2012
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Organization Mission Location Phone Email Serves Website Affiliation Need
A Community Of Friends A Community Of Friends Is A Provider Of Permanent Supportive Housing To Individuals And Families Who Struggle With Mental Illness, Substance Abuse, And Physical Disabilities To Help Stabilize These Households And Reintegrate Back Into Society. 3701 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 700, Los Angeles, Ca 90010 (213) 480-0809 mentally ill, disabled Details Volunteer Time, Money
A Crystal Starr Christmas Foster Kids Benefit Hathaway-Sycamores Child And Family Services Provides For More Than 8,000 Children And Families Annually Through A Network Of Facilities Stretching Across The Greater Los Angeles Area. 614 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, Ca, 90036 Contact foster kids Details Financial Contributions, Volunteer Time, Toys
A Place Called Home A Place Called Home Is A Safe Haven In South Central Los Angeles That Serves Low-Income Youth. 2830 South Central Ave., Los Angeles, Ca 90011 (323) 232-7653 Contact youth Details Volunteer Time, Canned Goods
A Window Between Worlds Uses Art To Help End Domestic Abuse Against Women And Children. 710 4th Ave., Venice, Ca 90291 (310) 396-0317 Contact women, children; victims of domestic abuse No Volunteer Time, Clothing Donations, Financial Contributions
Aids Project Los Angeles Aids Project Los Angeles Is A Comprehensive Service Provider For L.A. County Residents Living With And At Risk Of Hiv/Aids Who Will Assist 150 Households Move Into Permanent Housing Through The Rapid Re-Housing Program. 611 S. Kingsley Drive, Los Angeles, Ca 90005 (213) 201-1600 AIDs victims Details Money
All Peoples Christian Center Tomorrow’S Leaders Is An After School Enrichment Program Providing Academic And Social Development Activities To Promote Educational Success For 80 At-Risk, Middle School Youth Living In South Los Angeles. 822 East 20th St., Los Angeles, Ca 90011 (213) 747-6357 youth Details Christian Volunteer Time
Angel City Pit Bulls Dedicated To Creating A Better Future For Pit Bulls By Promoting Their Positive Image As Loving Family Companions Through Education, Public Advocacy, Adoptions And Responsible Pet Ownership. Los Angeles, Ca 90019 Contact pitbulls, animals, dogs Details Volunteer Time, Donations.
Arts & Services For Disabled, Inc. Provides Life-Long Learning, Community Service And Career Opportunities Through The Creative Arts For People With Disabilities In An Environment Of Warmth, Encouragement And Respect. 3626 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach, Ca 90804 (562) 982-0247 individuals with disabilities Details
Ascencia Ascencia Transitions Chronically Homeless Adults Into Permanent Housing With Wrap Around Services And Additional Services That Include Psychiatry, Trauma Therapy, And Stress Reduction. 437 Fernando Court, Glendale, Ca 91204 (818) 246-7900 homeless Details Volunteer Time, Money
Asian Youth Center Serves The Social Services Needs Of Youth And Families, With A Focus On Asian Immigrants. Our Programs Enable Those We Serve To Adapt And Contribute To A Multi-Cultural Society. 100 West Clary Ave., San Gabriel, Ca 91776 (323) 225-5898 Asian youth Details Asian-American Volunteer Time
Be An Elf Bringing A Brighter, Happier Christmas To Thousands Of Underprivileged Children And Their Families. 8117 W Manchester Ave., Suite 500, Playa Del Rey Ca 90293 (310) 577-9828 Contact underprivileged children and their families Details Volunteer Time, Donations, Gifts For Families And Children, Elves
Beagle Freedom Project Rescue Beagles Used In Animal Experimentation In Research Laboratories And Give Them A Chance At Life In A Loving Forever Home. 4804 Laurel Canyon Blvd. #534, Valley Village, Ca 91607 (323) 371-5971 dogs, pets Details Volunteer Time, Money
Boys & Girls Club Of Antelope Valley Offers A Place Where Children Can Find Support And Resources To Discover And Achieve Their Full Potential. P.O. Box 10047, Los Angeles, Ca 93584-2047 youth Details Volunteer Time, Money
Boys & Girls Club Of Burbank And Greater East Valley Provides An After School Program - The Project Learn Program - Which Reinforces Skills And Knowledge That Young People Are Learning At School. 2244 N Buena Vista St, Burbank, Ca 91504-3308 (818) 842-9333 youth Details Volunteer Time, Money
Boys & Girls Club Of San Fernando Valley Youth And Family Oriented Organization Dedicated To Promoting The Educational, Vocational, Social And Character Development Of Boys And Girls Between The Ages Of 7 And 18. 11251 Glenoaks Blvd, Pacoima, Ca 91331 (818) 896-5261 youth Details Volunteer Time, Money
Boys & Girls Club Of Venice Boys And Girls Club Of Venice Works To Enable All Young People, Especially Those Who Need Us Most, To Reach Their Full Potential As Productive, Caring, Responsible Citizens. They Will Be Working With Mark Twain Middle School Students To Provide Homework Help And Tutoring, Career Planning, And Case Management. 2232 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, Ca, 90291 (310) 390-4477 youth Details Volunteer Time, Money
Boys & Girls Club Of West San Gabriel Valley The Goal Of The Boys & Girls Club Of West San Gabriel Valley Is To Provide Every Child With The Essential Tools Needed For A Successful And Bright Future. Providing A Comprehensive Program That Helps At-Risk Students Successfully Transition From Middle To High School And Increases Postsecondary Options And College Prep, While Educating Parents To Become Better Informed Regarding Their Children’S Academic Pursuits. 328 South Ramona Ave, Monterey Park, Ca 91754 Contact youth Details Volunteer Time, Money
Boys & Girls Club Of Whittier The Boys And Girls Club Of Whittier Will Continue To Create Pathways Out Of Poverty For More Than 2,000 Club Members. Through Goals For Graduation, 250 Middle Schoolers Will Receive A Minimum Of Five Hours Per Week Of Additional Academic And Enrichment Support Through The Boys & Girls Club Of Whittier. 7905 S. Greenleaf Ave., Whitter, Ca 90602 (562) 945-3787 youth Details Volunteer Time, Money
Boys & Girls Clubs Of Carson The Boys & Girls Clubs Of Carson’S Aim (Achievement In Middle School) Program Provides Targeted Programs And Activities That Attract And Engage Middle School Youth. Aim Provides Support And Resource To Help Prepare Middle School Youth For Success In High School And Assists Them With The Transition. 1950 E. 220th St. Suite 102, Long Beach, Ca 90810 (310) 522-0500 youth Details Volunteer Time, Money
Boys & Girls Clubs Of The Los Angeles Harbor Boys And Girls Club Of The La Harbor’S Mission Is To Enable All Young People, Especially Those That Need Us The Most, College Bound Will Provide 1,100 Youth (Grades 6 – 12) With Academic Case Management, Academic Support, And A Variety Of Resources And College Pathway Activities. 1200 S. Cabrillo Ave., San Pedro, Ca 90731 (310) 833-1322 youth Details Volunteer Time, Money
Boys & Girls Clubs Of The South Bay The Boys & Girls Clubs Of The South Bay’S (Bgcsb) Club College Provides Students (6th To 12th Grade) And Their Parents With The Necessary Tools, Information, And Support To Successfully Transition From Middle School To High School And Prepares Them For Success After High School Graduation. 1220 West 256th St. Harbor City, Ca 90710 (310) 534-0056 youth Details Volunteer Time, Money
Catholic Charities Of Los Angeles, Inc. Provides Clients With Job Skills Training, Employment Support, Job Retention Coaching And Guidance Leading To Sustainable Careers In Allied Health Professions Where They Will Have Opportunities For Growth And Advancement. 1531 James M. Wood Blvd., Los Angeles, Ca 90015 (213) 251-3400 poor Details Catholic Money
Cause For Celebration Cause For Celebration Provides Birthday Parties To Low Income Children And Families. P.O. Box 78805, Los Angeles, Ca 90016 (323) 455-4235 children, youth, homeless, women Details
Charitable Children's Guild Operates The "It's A Bargain: Thrift Shop Located On The Downtown Campus At 2400 South Flower Street. 2400 South Flower St., Los Angeles, Ca 90007 (213) 742-1533 children, elderly, poor Details UCLA Donations, Volunteer Time, Clothes
Child & Family Guidance Center Supports Vulnerable Children And Low-Income Families That Face Major Barriers To Self-Sufficiency. 9650 Zelzah Ave., Northridge, Ca 91325 (818) 993-9311 poor children and families Details Money
Children Youth And Family Collaborative Establishing Partnerships With Youth-Centered Organizations And Community Volunteers With Youth In Foster Care And At-Risk Youth For The Purpose Of Enhancing, Supporting And Providing A Holistic Approach For Their Educational, Vocational And Overall Well-Being. 1200 W. 37th Place, Los Angeles, Ca 90007 (323) 730-9400 Contact foster and at-risk youth in Los Angeles and Compton Details Gift Wrappers, Buyers, Ushers/Crowd Control, Servers, Registration
Children's Bureau Of Southern California The Partnership Between Children’S Bureau And Right Way Foundation Helps To Create A True Pathway Out Of Poverty For The Magnolia Neighborhood By Providing Training And Support To Secure Living-Wage Jobs In Careers Such As Healthcare, Energy Efficiency, Transportation And Bioinformatics. 1910 Magnolia Ave., Los Angeles, Ca 90007 Details Volunteer Time, Money, Gifts
Children's Hospital Los Angeles Providing Families With Lasting Memories And Also To Offer Gifts That Will Improve The Quality Of Their Lives. The Gifts That We Encourage Will Help Families To Manage The Challenges Associated With Having A Child Who Is In The Hospital. 4650 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, Ca 90027 (323) 361-2308 Contact Children's Hospital Los Angeles families Details Gifts For Families Of Patients, Sponsors, Volunteer Time, Gifts And Donations
Christian Outreach In Action Teaches The Disadvantaged The Skills Necessary To Reach And Sustain Stability And Self-Sufficiency And To Prevent Homelessness. 515 East Third St., Long Beach, Ca 90802 (562) 432-1440 children Details Christian Elves And Volunteer Time For Dec. 22 Christmas Party
City Of Angels Ballet Sedicated To Preserving The Quality And Integrity Of Classical Ballet. 3350 Wrightview Place, Studio City, Ca 91604 (323) 661-1520 Contact talented youth from some of the most underserved communities in Los Angeles Details Donations, Aid In Spreading The Word About The Ngo
Coachella Valley Rescue Mission Serves Those In Need Of Recovery Due To Loss Of Job, Home, Health, Emotional, Mental Or Spiritual Support, Or Physical Or Substance Abuse. 47470 Van Buren Street, Indio, Ca 92202 (760) 347-3512 Contact homeless, children, veterans, anyone in neeed Details Christian Volunteer Time, Canned Goods, Gifts
Communities For Teaching Excellence Communities For Teaching Excellence Is A New National Initiative With The Mission Of Improving Students’ Academic Achievement And Their Future Outcomes By Empowering Communities To Advocate For An Effective Teacher For Every Student, In Every Classroom, Every Year. 448 South Hill St., Suite 408, Los Angeles, Ca 90013 youth Details Volunteer Time
Community Coalition Community Coalition Works To Help Transform The Social And Economic Conditions In South L.A. That Foster Addiction, Crime, Violence And Poverty By Building A Community Institution That Involves Thousands In Creating, Influencing And Changing Public Policy. 8101 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, Ca 90044 (323) 750-9087 South Los Angeles Details Volunteer Time, Money
Connections For Children: Holiday Gift Program Help Children Reach Their Full Potential By Supporting Families' Access To High Quality Child Care And Education. 2701 Ocean Park Blvd., #253, Santa Monica, Ca 90405 (310) 452-3325 Contact low-income families, children Details Volunteer Time
Door Of Hope, Inc. Headquartered In Pasadena, Door Of Hope Provides Rapid Rehousing And Housing Placement Services To Homeless Families Throughout The San Gabriel Valley In Partnership With Union Station Homeless Services And Other San Gabriel Valley Agencies. P.O. Box 90455, Pasadena, Ca 91109-8964 Contact homeless Details Volunteer Time
Downtown Women's Center Provides Permanent Supportive Housing And A Safe And Healthy Community Fostering Dignity, Respect, And Personal Stability, And To Advocate Ending Homelessness For Women. 442 S. San Pedro St., Los Angeles, Ca, 90013 (213) 680-0600 homeless women Details Volunteer Time, Money, Gifts
Dress For Success Worldwide - West Promotes Economic Independence For Disadvantaged Women By Providing Professional Attire, A Network Of Support And Career Development Tools To Help Women Thrive In Work And In Life. 1680 N. Vine Street Suite 900 Los Angeles, Ca 90028 (323) 461-1021 disadvantaged women all over Los Angeles Details Money
Esperanza Community Housing Corporation Addresses Issues Of Affordable Housing, Health, Education, And Economic Development In The Figueroa Corridor. 2337 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, Ca 90007 (213) 748-7285 Contact families,children, women & seniors Details Latinos Volunteer Time, Canned Goods , Clothing Donations, Financial Contributions, Toys (Gifts)
Families In Schools Involves Parents And Communities In Their Children’S Education To Achieve Lifelong Success. 1545 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 700, Los Angeles, Ca 90017 (213) 201-3900 youth Details Volunteer Time
Five Acres Promoting Safety, Well-Being And Permanency For Children And Their Families By Building On Their Strengths And Empowering Them Within Communities. 760 W. Mountain View St., Altadena, Ca, 91001 (606) 798-6793 Contact children and families in need in Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange and San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego. Details Family Angels, Host A Holiday Toy Drive, Sponsor A Holiday Wish Tree
Food Forward This Organization Goes Into People's Backyards To Pick Fruit That Will Be Donated To Local Food Banks. 7412 Fulton Ave., No 3, North Hollywood, Ca 91605 (323) 791-5250 Contact homeless, hungry Details Volunteer Time
Food On Foot Dedicated To Providing The Poor And Homeless Of Los Angeles With Nutritious Meals, Clothing, And Assistance In The Transition To Employment And Life Off The Streets. 1625 N. Schrader Blvd., Los Angeles, Ca (310) 442-0088 Contact homeless Details Volunteer Time, Money
For Women Only Inc Promotes And Supports The Pursuit Of Higher Education For Female Former Foster Youth Ages 18 To 22 In South Los Angeles. 532 West 55th St Los Angeles Ca 90037-4006 (323) 250 3537 Contact former foster and probation youth ages 18-22 to pursue their academic goals Details Volunteer Time Specifically For Event
Foundation For Second Chances The Foundation For Second Chances' Mission Is To Utilize Hands-On Education, Mentoring, Health, Awareness And Community Service To Maximize The Potential Of Youth. 453 South Spring St., Suite 839, Los Angeles, Ca 90013 (213) 627-1745 children, youth Details Volunteer Time
Fred Jordan Missions Christmas Celebration On Skid Row Draws Upwards Of 12,000 Needy Children And Their Mothers. 445 Towne Ave., Los Angeles, Ca 90013 (626) 915-1981 homeless Details Christian Volunteer Time, Money, Food, Clothes
Generationon: Care Packages For Our Troops Help By Sending Items To Help Troops Cope With The Weather. 281 Park Ave. South, 6th Floor, New York City, N.Y. 10010 (917) 746-8182 Contact any U.S. soldier deployed abroad during the holidays Details List Of Items Here: Http://Anysoldier.Com/Whattosend.Cfm
Giving Children Hope Giving Children Hope Provides For The Welfare, Health And Self-Esteem Of Orange County Unified School District Students Who The Mckinney-Vento Act Identifies As Homeless. 8332 Commonwealth Ave., Buena Park, Ca 90621 (714) 523-4454 Contact homeless children Details Volunteer Time, Clothing Donations, Toys
Hope (Helping Other People Eat) Hope’S Mission Is To Restore Hope To The Homeless By Providing Meals And Job Help. 503 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, Ca 90406 (310) 801-3411 homeless Details Volunteer Time, Canned Goods, Money
Harbor Interfaith Services, Inc. Provides Immediate Relief To Homeless Families In South Bay Through Temporary Residential Facilities And Assists These Families In Transition Into Permanent Housing Through Rental Assistance, Financial Coaching, And Housing Placement Services. 670 W. Ninth St., San Pedro, Ca 90731 (310) 831-0589 homeless Details Interfaith Money
Heart Of Los Angeles Youth Helps Middle School Students Through Integrated Programming Which Emphasizes Commitment To Academics, Leadership, Team Building, And Self Expression. 2701 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 100, Los Angeles, Ca 90057 (213) 389-1148 children Details Volunteer Time, Money
Help For Brain Injured Children Students Receive Daily Therapy And Stimulation To In Order To Give Them The Best Chance For Improvement. During The Holidays The Teachers And Volunteers Work Very Hard To Put On An Annual Benefit To Drum Up Support For The School. 981 N. Euclid Street, La Habra, Ca 90631 (562) 694-5655 children and young adults with brain injuries and disabilities Details Volunteer Time, Money
Holiday Project The Holiday Project Is A National Nonprofit Organization Comprised Of Thousands Of Volunteers Who Visit With Thousands More People Spending Christmas, Chanukah And Other Holidays During The Year Confined To Hospitals, Nursing Homes And Other Institutions. (202) 977-3007 Contact Independent and Assisted Living, hospitals, psychiatric institutions, group homes, and even prisons. Details Volunteer Time
Holiday Teen Gift Drive (Presented By Angel's Flight Of Catholic Charities La) Committed To Manifesting Christ’S Spirit By Collaborating With Diverse Communities, Providing Services To The Poor And Vulnerable, Promoting Human Dignity And Advocating For Social Justice. 357 S. Westlake Ave. Los Angeles, Ca 90057 (213) 251-3400 Contact runaway teens Details catholic Sporting Equipment, Art Supplies, School Supplies, Clothing And Toiletries.
Homes For Life Foundation Provides An Expanded Network Of Permanent, Affordable, Service-Enriched Housing Within The Geographic Boundaries Of Los Angeles County For Homeless Individuals Who Suffer From Chronic Mental Illness. 8939 S Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 460, Los Angeles, Ca 90045-3653 (310) 337-7417 Contact homeless Details Money
Illumination Foundation Bridges The Gap In Existing Services For The Most Underserved To Break Or Prevent The Cycle Of Homelessness. Main Headquarters 2691 Richter Ave, Suite 107 Irvine, Ca 92606 (949) 273-0555 Contact individuals and families that are homeless or in a state if poverty Details Volunteer Time
Imagine La Mobilizes Volunteers From The Faith Community To End Family Homelessness. “Budget Mentors” Work With Families To Help Ensure A Successful Transition To Permanent Housing. Each Family Is Provided Regular Coaching And Supports In The Areas Of Budgeting, Credit Repair, Meal-Planning, Record-Keeping, Banking, And Tax Preparation. 5455 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1001, Los Angeles, Ca 90036 (323) 944-0210 Contact homeless families Details Christian Volunteer Time, Canned Goods, Money
Inner-City Arts Inner-City Arts Is An Oasis Of Learning, Achievement And Creativity In The Heart Of Skid Row, And A Vital Partner In The Work Of Creating A Safer, Healthier Los Angeles. 720 Kohler St. Los Angeles, Ca 90021 (213) 627-9621 youth Details Money, Volunteer Time
Innercity Struggle Educates And Empowers Students & Parents To Be Agents Of Change In Addressing Educational Inequities In Their Communities. Their Goal Is To Ensure That All Eastside Students Graduate Hs And Are Prepared For College And The 21st Century Workforce. 124 North Townsend Ave., Los Angeles, Ca 90063 (323) 780-7605 children Details Volunteer Time
Inside Out Community Arts Inside Out’S Programs Were Developed In Response To A Need For Violence-Prevention After School Programs For Middle School Youth Following The Los Angeles Civil Unrest Of 1992. 608 Venice Blvd., Venice, Ca 90291 (310) 397-8820 Contact low income, at-risk children Details Volunteer Time, Money, Donate Professional Services; Production/ Event Support
Jenesse Center Inc. Provides Victims Of Domestic Violence With A Comprehensive, Centralized Base Of Support To Assist Them In Addressing Their Immediate Crisis And Changing The Patterns Of Their Lives. 3761 Stocker Street, Los Angeles, Ca 90008 (323) 299-9496 Contact women and children Details Volunteer Time, Donations, Resources Such As School Supplies & Household Items
Jumpstart Prepares Young Children Through Active And Intense Work With College Students And Volunteers To Start School Ready To Learn. 1625 W. Olympic Blvd. No. 1050, Los Angeles, Ca 90015 (310) 387-8738 Contact young children Details multicultural Volunteer Time, Financial Contributions, Car Donations, Toys (Gifts)
Just Detention International Seeks To End Rape And Sexual Abuse In All Forms Of Detention. 3325 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 340, Los Angeles, Ca 90010 (424) 230 4540 survivors of sexual assault in prison and detention. Details Volunteer Time, Money
Koreatown Youth And Community Center (Kycc) Provides Intensive Financial Case Management And A Range Of Tools Like Ramp-Up Savings, Certified Tax Preparation, And Small Business Counseling To Help Grow Assets. It Also Offers Youth-Oriented Financial Education And Savings Programs. 3727 W. 6th St. Suite 300, Los Angeles, Ca 90020 (213) 365-7400 children Details Koreatown area Volunteer Time
La Junior Chamber Of Commerce Empowers Young Professionals Of Greater Los Angeles, Ages 21-40, Through Professional Enrichment, Leadership Development And Community Service. 750 East 49th St. Los Angeles, Ca 90011 (213) 680-8017 Contact kids Details Volunteer Time
Lake Ave Community Foundation Mentoring Program Acquires And Provides Resources In Support Of A Wide Variety Of Programs Assisting Low Income And Disadvantaged Families In Northwest Pasadena. 712 E. Villa St., Pasadena, Ca 91101-1244 (626) 817-4507 children, teens Details Christian Volunteer Time, Financial Contributions, Guitars
Lamp Community Provides Permanent Supportive Housing To Residents Facing Many Social Challenges Such As Mental Health, Substance Abuse Disorder, Or Dual-Diagnosis, Their New Lease On Life Permanent Supportive Housing Program Links Clinical And Social Services For More Than 350 Homeless And Chronically Homeless Adults Each Year. 526 San Pedro St., Los Angeles, Ca 90013 (213) 488-9559 Details Volunteer Time, Money
Lange Foundation Dedicated To Saving Homeless And Abandoned Pets, And Preparing Them For A Journey To A New, Safe, Loving World. 2106 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles, Ca 90025 (310) 473-5585 Contact homeless and abandoned pets Details Money, Buying A Gift Of Life Car, Sponsor, Foster, Or Volunteer.
Little Tokyo Service Center A Community Development Corporation To Meet The Critical Needs Of People And Build Community. 231 E. Third St., Suite G-106, Los Angeles, Ca 90013 (213) 473-3030 children, homeless Details Asian-American Cars, Money
Los Angeles Christian Health Centers Provides Medical And Dental Services With Clinical Service Sites In Skid Row, East Los Angeles And In 12 Partner Locations Throughout South Los Angeles County. Volunteers Include Doctors, Nurses, Dentists, Optometrists, And Students From Various Los Angeles Medical Centers. 311 Winston St., Los Angeles, Ca 90013 (213) 893-1960 Contact homeless Details Christian Volunteer Time, Clothing Donations, Financial Contributions, Toiletries, Medical Supplies
Los Angeles Christian Health Centers Provides Quality, Comprehensive Healthcare To The Homeless And Underserved In Los Angeles. 311 Winston St., Los Angeles, Ca 90013 (213) 893-1960 Contact homeless and public housing residents Details Volunteer Time, Financial Contributions, Medical Supplies
Los Angeles County Toy Loan The Toy Loan Program Allows Children To Borrow Toys From A Toy Loan Center In The Same Manner In Which They Borrow Books From The Public Library. 2615 South Grand Ave., 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, Ca 90007-2608 (213) 744-4344 Contact children in need Details Toys, Volunteer Time
Los Angeles Mission Providing Help, Hope And Opportunity To Men, Women And Children In Need. 303 East 5th St., Los Angeles, Ca 90013 (213) 629-1227 homeless Details Christian Food, Money, Clothing, Personal Care Items
Los Angeles Regional Food Bank Mobilizing Resources To Fight Hunger In Our Community. 1734 East 41st St., Los Angeles, Ca 90058 (323) 234-3030 Details Volunteer Time, Money, Food
Los Angeles Urban League Enable African Americans And Other Minorities To Secure Economic Self-Reliance, Parity, Power And Civil Rights Through Advocacy Activities And The Provision Of Programs And Services In Our Uniquely Diversified City And Region. 3450 Mount Vernon Drive, Los Angeles, Ca 90008 poor Details African American Volunteer Time, Money
Martha's Village & Kitchen Martha’S Village & Kitchen Is One Of The Largest Providers Of Homeless Services In Riverside County, And Is A Full-Service Center Designed To Offer A Helping Hand To The Most Vulnerable Among Us. 83-791 Date Avenue, Indio, Ca 92201 (760) 347-4741 Contact homeless, children, veterans, indigent, working poor, domestic abuse victims Details Roman Catholic Volunteer Time, Canned Goods , Clothing Donations, Money, Car Donations, Toys (Gifts)
Mika Community Development Corporation Identifies And Equips Leaders In Low-Income Neighborhoods To Build Communities That Create Parks And Do Neighborhood Clean Up Days And Start Community Centers, Etc. 1718 Monrovia Ave. Costa Mesa, Ca 92627 (949) 645-0075 residents of low income neighborhoods in Costa Mesa Details Christian, Hispanic Volunteer Time, Money
National Council Of Jewish Women/ Los Angeles Inspired By Jewish Values, Ncjw Strives For Social Justice By Improving The Quality Of Life For Women, Children, And Families And By Safeguarding Individual Rights And Freedoms. 543 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, Ca 90036 (323) 651 2930 Contact Jewish women, children, families Details Jewish Volunteer Time, Clothing, Cars, Thrift Items
Nest Feathers Provides Professional Interior Design Services And Resources To Facilities That Serve People/Families In Transition. Their Current Project Is Making Over A 3 Bedroom Apartment For The Jenesse Center. 4480 W 132nd Street, Hawthorne, Ca 90250 (310) 489-0243 homeless and their families and/or people in transition Details Volunteer Time, Money
One Incredible Family Providing Services To The Communities Of Disadvantaged Families, Children, And Individuals. P. O. Box 2837 Culver City, Ca 90231-2837 (310) 313-0123 Contact disadvantaged families, individuals and communities Details Volunteer Time
One Voice La The Food, Toys, Books And Celebration Provided By The One Voice Volunteers Bring Much Needed Hope To Families Living In Poverty That Lasts Well Beyond The Holiday Season. 1228 15th St., Suite C, Santa Monica, Ca 90404 (310) 458-9961 Contact families living in poverty Details Food, Toys, Books, Volunteer Time, Donations Through Purchased Gift Cards And Food Baskets
Operation Gratitude Operation Gratitude Care Packages Contain Food, Hygiene Products, Entertainment Items And Personal Letters Of Appreciation, All Wrapped With Good Wishes Of Love And Support 16444 Refugio Rd, Encino, Ca 91436 (262) 674-7281 Contact Wounded Warriors, Veterans and Deployed members of all Military branches: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard Details Volunteer Time, Donations, Used Cell Phones
Operation Shoes From Santa Donate A New Pair Of Shoes For Underprivileged School Age Children. Please Drop Off In Bins At Olympic Area Watch Commanders Office. Olympic Officers And Santa Will Distribute Shoes To Children At Lapd's Olympic Station On Dec. 20 At 6pm. 1130 S. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, Ca 90006 (213) 382-9141 underprivileged children Los Angeles Police Dept. Shoes
Pacific Barber Shop Offering Free Haircuts To Anyone That Brings In An Unwrapped Toy On Dec. 8 To Sponsor The Kids At Upward Bound. 520 Wilshire Blvd. Santa Monica, Ca 90401 (310) 394-6601 Contact homeless Gift Donations
Pasadena Educational Foundation Supports, Enhances And Supplements The Programs, Initiatives And Priorities Of The Pasadena Unified School District. 351 South Hudson Avenue #153, Pasadena, Ca 91101 (626) 396-3625 Contact students, teachers Details Volunteer Time, Money, Gifts
Peace Over Violence Assists Formerly Incarcerated, Homeless Women Reintegrate Back Into Society And Secure Permanent Housing Through Case Management, 12-Step Recovery, Family Reunification, And Legal Assistance. 1015 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 200, Los Angeles, Ca 90017 (213) 955-9090 ex-convict women, homeless women Details Money
Project Angel Food Nourishes The Body And Spirit Of Men, Women And Children Affected By Hiv/Aids, Cancer, And Other Life-Threatening Illnesses. 922 Vine St., Los Angeles, Ca 90038 (323) 845-1816 Contact men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses Details Volunteer Time
Reading To Kids Dedicated To Inspiring Underserved Children With A Love Of Reading. 1600 Sawtelle Blvd., Suite 210, Los Angeles, Ca 90025 (310) 479-7455 Contact Details Volunteer Time, Money, Food, Office Equipment, Prize Books, Miscellaneous Reading Club Materials, Cars
Santa Monica-Venice Christmas Run, Presented By Harvest Home Provides A Warm, Stable Environment Where Women Facing A Crisis Pregnancy Can Seek Refuge. 2600 Barnard Way, Santa Monica, Ca 90405 (213) 627-8484 Contact pregnant women Details Runners, Volunteer Time
Soldiers' Angels Provides Aid And Comfort To The Men And Women Of The United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, And Their Families And To Enable Our Volunteers To Improve The Lives Of A Growing Veteran Population. 1792 E Washington Blvd., Pasadena, Ca 91104 (626) 529-5114 Contact Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard personnel, military families Details Donations, Adoptions/Sponsoring Soldier And/Or His Or Her Family, Volunteer Time
Spiral Foundation Spiral Foundation Helps People In Nepal And Vietnam, As Well As Refugees, Create Goods Out Of Recycled Materials And Then Sells Those Goods Out Of The Founder's Home In November And December. 211 Vance St., Pacific Palisades, Ca 90272 (310) 459-6671 Vietnam and Nepal Details Asian Money
St. Vincent Meals On Wheels Prepares And Delivers Nutritious Meals To Homebound Seniors And Other Vulnerable Residents Across Los Angeles. 2131 West Third St., Los Angeles, Ca 90057 (213) 484-7494 Contact elderly, homeless Details Catholic, Christian Volunteer Time, Financial Contribution
The Children's Clinic Offers Daily, Full Service Health Care With Primary Care Services For Children, Adolescents And Adults. 2790 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, Ca 90806 (562) 264-4656 Contact uninsured/underinsured families, homeless families, children Details Money, Toys (Gifts), Youth And Children's Books
The Children's Lifesaving Foundation Dedicated To Positively Transforming The Lives Of La's At-Risk, Very Low-Income And Homeless Youth & Families. 1112 Montana Ave., #534, Santa Monica, Ca 90403 (310) 450-3701 homeless, at-risk youth Details Money
The Children's Lifesaving Foundation Works Year-Round To Provide Services To At-Risk Youth And Their Families — From After School Tutoring To Surf Camp To Holiday Parties. 1112 Montana Avenue #534, Santa Monica, Ca 90403 (310) 450-3701 homeless and at-risk youth and their families in L.A. Details Volunteer Time, Money
The Eli Home Eli Home's Shelter In Anaheim Hills Is In Crisis. Because Of A Tremendous Drop In Donations, The Eli Board Of Directors Has Decided To Close The Shelter Home On January 1st, 2013, Unless Enough Money Is Raised To Keep The Doors Open. 1175 N. East St., Anaheim, Ca 92805 (714) 300-0600 homeless, abused and neglected children and their mothers Details Christian Canned Goods, Clothing, Financial Contributions, Car Donations, Christmas Gifts For Moms And Children. Gently Used Items For Resale In Their Thrift Store.
The Gentle Barn Rehabilitates Abused Farm And Domestic Animals To Become Therapeutic Ambassadors To At-Risk Youth, Children With Special Needs, And School Groups. 15825 Sierra Highway, Santa Clarita, Ca (661) 252-2440 abused animals Details Volunteer Time, Money
The Gumball Foundation Foundation Forms Partnerships With Businesses And Schools To Have Kids Involved With The Gumball Foundation Take Over Stocking Of Their Vending Machines. P.O. Box 32211, Los Angeles, Ca 90032 underprivileged high school kids planning on going to college Details Money
The Help Group Serves Children With Special Needs Related To Autism Spectrum Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Adhd, Developmental Delays, Abuse And Emotional Problems. 13130 Burbank Blvd. Sherman Oaks, Ca 91401 (818) 779-5212 children with special needs such as autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, ADHD, developmental delays, abuse and emotional problems Details Financial Contributions, Volunteer Time, Toys For Toy Drive
The Jewish Federation Of Greater Los Angeles Convenes And Leads The Community And Leverages Its Resources To Assure The Continuity Of The Jewish People, Support A Secure State Of Israel, Care For Jews In Need Here And Abroad, And Mobilize On Issues Of Concern To The Local Community, All With Our Local, National, And International Partners. 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills, Ca, 91367 (323) 761-8000 poor Jewish people Details Jewish Toys
The Midnight Mission Offers A Bridge To Self-Sufficiency For Homeless People Through Counseling, Education, Training And Job Placement And To Make Available The Necessities Of Life To Homeless People: Food, Shelter, Clothing, Personal Hygiene Needs, And Medical Care. 601 South San Pedro St., Los Angeles, California 90014 (213) 624-9258 homeless families, children Details Volunteer Time, Money, Gifts For Families And Children, Clothes And Like-New Household Items, Food
The Saban Free Clinic The Saban Free Clinic’S Annual Patient Holiday Party Is On Dec 13 From 12 To 3 P.M. 1763 N. Gower St., Los Angeles, Ca, 90028 (323) 782-7824 Contact men, women, and children in need to health and human services Details Volunteer Time
Train 4 Autism Dedicated To Bringing Together A Community Of Athletes, Physically Active, And Socially Conscious People Who Are Committed To Raising Awareness And Funds For Research And Treatment For Those Living With Autism And Their Families. 904 Silver Spur Rd., No. 373, Rolling Hills Estates, Ca 90274 (800) 794-0831 Contact families affected by Autism Details none Volunteer Time, Financial Contributions
Tree People Inspires, Engages And Supports People To Take Personal Responsibility For The Urban Environment, Making It Safe, Healthy, Fun And Sustainable And To Share The Process As A Model For The World. 12601 Mulholland Drive, Beverly Hills, Ca 90210 (818) 753-4600 Contact the environment Details Volunteer Time, Financial Contributions, Tree Dedications, Cars
Ucla Volunteer Center Inspires The More Than 400,000 Members Of The Extended Ucla Family, As Well As The Community At Large, To Create Social Change Through Lifelong Participation In Volunteer Programs And Civic Engagement. 10920 Wilshire Blvd. Ste. 1500, Los Angeles, Ca 90024 Students Details Volunteer Time, Money
Union Rescue Mission Dedicated To Helping The Homeless Men, Women And Children Of The Skid Row Area. 545 San Pedro St. Los Angeles, Ca, 90013 (213) 347-6300 homeless Details Volunteer Time
Union Station Homeless Services Union Station Homeless Services' Mission Is To Help, Men, Women And Children Rebuild Their Lives And End Homelessness. Union Station Operates Seven Programs To Help Homeless Adults And Families Achieve Self-Sufficiency. 825 East Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, California 91104 (626) 240-4550 Contact homeless families, children Details Financial Contributions, Volunteer Time
United Friends Of The Children United Friends Of The Children Is A Nonprofit Organization Dedicated To Bettering The Lives Of Foster Children And To Supporting Former Foster Youth In Their Journey To Become Successful, Independent Adults. Through Their Programs, Advocacy Efforts, And Direct Involvement With Youth, Ufc Seeks To Be A Catalyst For Change. 1055 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1955, Los Angeles, Ca 90017 (213) 580-1850 foster children, homeless Details Volunteer Time, Financial Contributions
Venice Family Clinic Provides Free, Quality Health Care To People In Need. Their Holiday Literacy Event Is Dec. 26-28. 2509 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, Ca (310) 664-7532 Contact pediatric patients Details Volunteer Time
Westside Family Health Center Offers Excellent Health And Dental Care To Poor, Uninsured Patients In A Dignified And Comprehensive Manner. 1711 Ocean Park Blvd., Santa Monica, Ca 90405 (310) 450-4773 X254 Contact families,children, homeless, vets, women Details multicultural population Volunteer Time, Clothing Donations, Financial Contributions, Car Donations
Westside Food Bank Westside Food Bank Supplies Food To The Food Assistance Programs Of Social Service Agencies In Santa Monica, Venice, Culver City, West Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Inglewood, And The Lax Area. 1710 22nd St., Santa Monica, Ca, 90404 (310) 828-6016 children, domestic abuse victims, poor, elderly Details Ganned Goods, Money
Westside Food Bank: Santa Monica Pub Crawl Volunteers Will Help Manage The Lines Of Participants Waiting To Check In, Process Preregistered Participants, Take Payments From New Participants, Distribute Wristbands, Sell Santa Hats And Collect Donations. 1710 22nd St., Santa Monica, Ca 90404 (323) 330-9559 Contact individuals and families in need Details Volunteer Time 21 & Over Are Needed On Dec. 15.
Wisdom Academy For Young Scientists Provides A Stimulating And Engaging Learning Environment That Recognizes Student Capabilities, Foster Their Connectedness To Their Immediate And Broader Communities, And Offer Them Ways To Contribute To School Life. 7651 South Central Ave. Los Angeles, Ca 90044 (323) 537-8194 students Details Financial Contributions, Guest Speakers And Volunteer Time.
World Harvest Food Bank Providing Food, Basic Staples And Living Essentials To People Who Are At Risk Of Hunger And To The Needy. 1014 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles Ca 90003 (213) 746-2227 Details Food, Money, Volunteer Time
Zooh Corner Zooh Corner Is A San Gabriel-Based Rabbit Rescue Organization That Fosters Orphan Rabbits And Helps Spay And Neuter Rabbits. 7262 Rosemead Blvd., San Gabriel Ca 91775 Contact rabbits, rabbit owners Details Volunteer Time, Financial Contributions

Volunteer profiles

Operation Santa volunteers anonymously answer Santa's call

This year will mark the 100th anniversary volunteers and the Post Office's Operation Santa will be delivering gifts on Santa's behalf. The program has been in existence since 1912.

Volunteers raise funds for former foster care youth seeking assistance

Open since 1995, For Women Only works with young adults from the ages of 18 to 22 who are coming out of the foster care and/or probation system. They aim to provide them the skills and knowledge to pursue a higher education. The organization was initially focused only on women who were recovering from substance abuse issues or domestic violence. More recently, it has shifted to assisting both men and women.

Volunteers send hope to victims of sexual abuse behind bars

On a recent Saturday, the Just Detention International offices were a cheery place. JDI is an L.A. nonprofit dedicated to ending sexual abuse in prisons. Every year, the group addresses holiday cards to inmates who’ve suffered sexual abuse. As volunteers greeted one another with hugs, Hettie Smith noticed the sharp contrast the atmosphere behind prison walls right about now.

The Jewish Home in Reseda welcomes volunteers

Thirty elderly men and women face the cafeteria entrance, waiting. Some are in hospice care or rehab therapy; others have Alzheimer’s. Their average age is about 90. After 15 minutes, kids show up – some as young as four. They’re with their moms, and they’re carrying trays of cookies imported from Israel and blue balloons that say “Happy Hanukkah.”

Volunteer to help 'SPARK' a young apprentice's focus

When kids get to middle school, they start asking their teachers: Why am I learning this? What’s the point? For two years in the Los Angeles area, the SPARK program has responded to those questions through apprenticeships for low-income middle school students who are struggling in school. The program needs more volunteer mentors for its young apprentices.

'Project Angel Food' volunteers prepare and deliver meals to the chronically ill

Every weekday, between the hours of 9 and 11:00 a.m., the kitchen at Project Angel Food is bustling. Pots clang, trays are stacked and unstacked, carts are wheeled, ovens slam shut, knives slice on cutting boards, staff cooks and volunteers alike yell, laugh, and sing their way through the morning's preparations.

South LA kids make PALs with LAPD

The makeshift training area underneath the LAPD's Newton Division isn't much. That's because it's also the police station's underground parking garage. Among the police cruisers, there's a big mat, a couple of punching bags and assorted strength-and-conditioning equipment.

Sherman Oaks nonprofit 'The Help Group' provides support for children with special needs

Based in Sherman Oaks, The Help Group operates nine day schools on seven campuses in the Los Angeles area to provide services to children with autism, learning disabilities, ADHD, developmental delays, abuse and emotional problems.

Santa Ana group needs volunteers to help with 'motel children' party

On many city streets, it’s hard not to see homeless people struggling to get by, but at Grandma’s House of Hope, founder Je’net Kreitneris says the goal is to help those people we don’t see. Kreitneris founded the Santa Ana-based organization in 2004 as a way to give back to the community that lifted her and her young son out of homelessness.

Volunteers needed to perform Los Angeles County civil wedding ceremonies

As engaged couples pack into Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder offices to tie the knot on the last triple date of the century -- 12-12-12 -- they might not realize that the officiant wearing the black robe and reciting the ceremony is a volunteer.

Torrance Memorial Medical Center's volunteer clowns bring cheer to patients

Brandy Moss-Scott was putting up her Christmas tree, when she twisted her foot, broke her leg, tore a ligament and shattered her ankle in three places. Now, she’s stuck in a hospital bed at Torrance Memorial Medical Center. She passed the time on Monday by watching TV in her empty hospital room, when she received some unexpected visitors—volunteer clowns Joy and Lady Bug.

Downtown Women's Center serves as 'safe haven' for thousands of Skid Row homeless

The Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) has been serving homeless women on Skid Row since 1978 -- providing warm meals and hot showers, medical services, computer labs, educational opportunities and long-term housing options.

Marilyn Hoyt at The Pasadena Humane Society

Each year the Pasadena Humane Society provides shelter and care for a number of abandoned or homeless animals. In 2011, the organization took in nearly 12,000 animals found in La Canada Flintridge, San Marino, Sierra Madre, Arcadia, Glendale, Pasadena and South Pasadena. In 2011, the PHS took in 11,929 animals.

Sources: KPCC listeners with VolunteerMatch and United Way Los Angeles.
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