Volunteer Opportunities in Los Angeles – Ways to Lend a Helping Hand


2012 Thanksgiving Update:  Here is an updated list of 2012 volunteer opportunities in Los Angeles.

For many, the holiday season is the perfect time to reach out and lend a helping hand.

Volunteer in Los Angeles

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, many folks are looking for ways to help in their area. Here is a list of volunteer opportunities in the Los Angeles area, both at Thanksgiving and year round.

Thanksgiving 2010 Volunteer Opportunities

Westside Community Thanksgiving

Drop off a fully cooked, hot turkey or donate a pumpkin pie between 8am-10am on Thanksgiving morning at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.  Call the hotline at 310-394-3153 to sign up to volunteer.  For more information visit www.westsidethanksgiving.org.

Gobble Gobble Drive

The Gobble Gobble Drive in Echo Park is looking for volunteers to give food or clothing or donate their time on Thanksgiving warming, packaging and delivering food and and delivering clothing.  Visit www.gobblegobblegive.org/volunteer.php for more information.

Food on Foot
Food on Foot is a nonprofit organization 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.
Food on Foot is full for Thanksgiving Day serving but still has sponsor positions available. Sponsors will distribute food, sleeping bags and bus tokens at their serving site in Hollywood.  Visit www.foodonfoot.org for more information.

Westside Food Bank

Westside Food Bank is accepting frozen turkeys for families in need this holiday season.  Contact Allison Griffith at 310-828-6016 x12 for more information.  Year round they accept donations of non-perishable food items, diapers and fruit from your trees.  Drop off hours are Monday – Friday 7am – 5pm.  Visit www.westsidefoodbankca.org for more information.

Plow & Hearth

Los Angeles Mission

The Los Angeles Mission has filled their volunteer spots for Thanksgiving but has donation opportunities and volunteer slots for other days.  Visit www.losangelesmission.org for more information or click here to donate.

Union Station Homeless Services

The Union Station Thanksgiving Dinner-in-the-Park volunteer slots are full but they still need your support for food drop off and park cleanup.  Visit www.unionstationhs.org for more information or click here for donation needs.

Year-Round Volunteer Opportunities

All of the above organizations have volunteer opportunities year-round.  In addition, here are other organizations that need a helping hand year round.

Union Rescue Mission

Union Rescue Mission serves the homeless in Los Angeles by providing food, shelter, clothing, health and recovery programs and other services.  They accept donations of money, food, bottled water, hygiene products, cleaning products and more.  They also offer a variety of volunteer opportunities.  For more information visit www.urm.org.

Help a Mother Out

Help a Mother Out is dedicated to increasing access to diapers for families in need.  They are collecting donations of diapers, baby wipes, socks and underwear for women and children.  Donate in person at the Treehouse Social Club or donate online here.  For more information visit www.helpamotherout.org.

Treehouse Social Club
426 South Robertson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Interfaith Food Pantry

The Interfaith Food Pantry in North Hollywood needs volunteers to donate food, work in the pantry, pack bags and help unload trucks Monday through Friday mornings.  Call 818-980-1657 or visit www.fccng.org/food.htm for more information.

The Midnight Mission

The Midnight Mission works to take the homeless off of Skid Row in Los Angeles.  They accept donations of money, gently used clothing and working household items.  The mission also has many volunteer opportunities – meal service, sorting donations, tutoring and professional services are are few of the rewarding ways you can help.  Visit www.midnightmission.org for more information or go to www.midnightmission.org/help.asp to learn how you can help.

Harbor Interfaith Services

Harbor Interfaith Services serves the harbor and south bay communities in Los Angeles by assisting the homeless and working poor to achieve self-sufficiency.  They offer many opportunities to volunteer including food pantry, office work, childcare, sorting donations, tutoring and fundraising.  In addition, they accept donations of money, goods and services.  Visit www.harborinterfaith.org for more information.

Thanksgiving Meal Line

What ways do you give back to your community? If you have a favorite organization in need of volunteers or donations please tell us about it below.

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