Los Angeles is a big city. As with most big cities, there is crime, poverty, sickness, illiteracy and homelessness. For this reason, volunteering is way to improve this city. Here are just a few of the places one can volunteer in Los Angeles, California.
Children of the Night
It’s unfortunate to see so many children that are hungry and without shelter and proper clothing. One of the saddest things to me is children that get involved in drugs and prostitution. Children of the Night is a non-profit organization that seeks to help children between the ages of 11 and 17 who prostitute on the streets for food to eat and other necessities. They help provide shelter, clothing and hygiene kits. In addition, each child has a primary caseworker to help them with health issues and academic assistance. Some of the volunteer opportunities include workshop volunteers who organize a two hour presentation for the children on an “activity, hobby or special interest.” Other volunteers needed are clerical, professional and service helpers.
The education system in Los Angeles is in trouble. According to californiaschildren.typepad.com, the LAUSD graduation rate is only “40.6%.” Literacy is one of the key ways to help kids succeed. Reading Partners helps kids who have fallen behind in reading by giving them 45 minute one on one sessions twice a week. Volunteers will help with these one on one sessions. Choose to help once or twice a week. In addition, “tutoring takes place on the campuses of local schools that have a relationship with Reading Partners.” All you have to do is sign up online, complete the online New Tutor Orientation, sign a code of conduct and get fingerprinted. Some schools may require a TB test too.
This service in Santa Monica helps those with HIV. Common Ground’s mission is “to bring together the diverse members of our community in the fight against HIV.” While Common Ground helps with treatment, they are also dedicated to prevention. For those who are interested in volunteering, you can help with “reception, administrative support, fundraising or educational outreach.”
Los Angeles Mission
As indicated by the Los Angeles Almanac “an estimated 254,000 men, women and children experience homelessness in Los Angeles County during some part of the year.” The Los Angeles Mission is a well organized, faith based institution that believes homelessness should be a “temporary” condition that can be overcome with the right assistance. There are many opportunities to volunteer at the mission. For instance, one can donate some time by helping serve Thanksgiving dinner. The Easter event features a hot meal, Easter baskets, foot washings and a new shoe giveaway. There are many other events and volunteer opportunities.
Go to Volunteer Los Angeles for many more opportunities to serve your community.
LAUSD 2nd worst HS grad rate in US; CA ranks 41st among states californiaschildren.typepad.com