Holidays can bring the spirit of giving into our lives and because Los Angeles is one giant city. There’s a lot you can do to give back to your community! LA has a large homeless community which many non-profit organizations are trying to help. From cooking meals, to providing housing, or even to mentoring and giving school lessons to children that are homeless. Then there’s other mentoring programs for underprivileged children, and non-profit organizations that focus solely on helping out our furry friends who don’t have homes yet! Whether you want to spend your time with the homeless, the children, or the animals, there’s a way to give back for everyone. Here’s a list of where to volunteer in Los Angeles.
Midnight Mission has been helping the homeless through counseling, education, job placement and more for over 100 years. As a volunteer, you can opt to assist with meal service prep, sorting clothes and donations, tutoring, painting, among many other things. Also, you can opt to volunteer once a year or weekly if you so choose!
Bracken’s Kitchen, Located in the OC, was founded 6 years ago and their goal isn’t just to feed the homeless but to provide them with nutrients. The volunteer process is easy and in this scenario there’s usually always a need for more hands in the kitchen! It’s definitely a great place to volunteer in Los Angeles.
The Laundry Truck LA
The LA Girl teamed up with The Laundry Truck earlier this year and we couldn’t post about volunteer opportunities without mentioning them! It’s a free laundry service that provides many unhoused families, men, women and children in the downtown and greater Los Angeles area with clean clothes.
Accessible personal care services are such a huge need in our city, and we just love their mission!
Los Angeles Rescue Mission
Men, women and little kiddos have been receiving help from The Los Angeles Mission for over 7 decades. They host an annual Thanksgiving Feast too. Sometimes celebrities join in which draws more of a crowd, but feel free to volunteer with them outside of the event! There’s no such thing as too many being a crowd, the more the merrier!
Downtown Women’s Center
The future is female. DWC is doing all they can to protect that by specializing in giving aid to homeless or very low-income women in the Downtown Los Angeles and Skid Row communities. And at the center there is housing, private bathrooms, and a health clinic, where they even provide workshops!
School on Wheels
When you think of the homeless, most don’t realize that there are homeless kids as well that are missing out on an education. School on Wheels gives these kids a chance to meet at a public location once a week for one hour to help them with their subject knowledge, self-esteem, and general confidence. The organization also aims to act as role models for these young ones that are struggling. They help them try to stay positive through extremely tough times. It’s an amazing opportunity to volunteer in Los Angeles.
Reading to Kids
On the second Saturday of each month, Reading to Kids has reading clubs. There are set books they plan to read and all you have to do is be 18 years or older to sign up! The goal is for these kids to leave school and want to read more when they get home.
NKLA, also known as, No-Kill Los Angeles is led by Best Friends Animal Society. They want to be a role model for the rest of the states and show that the whole country can become no-kill. Animal lovers have united to end the cycle of getting rid of healthy and treatable pets in Los Angeles, and the save rate as of last year was 89.7%. You can get spaying or neutering services here and they love to have volunteers! You can sign up for an event like NKLA Adoption Weekend or help out at the Pet Adoption Center in WeHo.
Wags & Walks
Wags & Walks has saved countless dogs, and plans to keep saving more with the recent opening of their adoption center in LA. The organization is made up of dog lovers just trying to get the message across that shelter dogs are the best. As a volunteer, you can foster or walk dogs, transport them, or donate your time to special events like puppy parties and puppy yoga!
Fostering a dog or have a new pup in the family? Why not check out The LA Girl’s 6 Cool Fall Hikes in LA! You’re doggo is bound to love one of these!