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 Volunteer Service

"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me." - Matthew 25:35-36

We often receive calls from schools and confirmation classes looking for volunteer hours. Our office compiled a list of vetted organizations serving those in need who have works of mercy opportunities for all ages. For suggestions, please email mcsheahan@la-archdiocese.org​

Great Works of Mercy Projects

  • See if your parish has any ministries you can support
  • Contact your local hospital, nursing home, food pantry, soup kitchen, community garden, or library and see if they need volunteers
  • Make cards or gift boxes: you can send them to nursing home residents, active duty military or veterans, youth in foster care, prisoners, or homeless shelters (great for little kids)
  • Host a drive: collect baby items for pregnancy centers, toiletries and clothes for homeless shelters, toys, jeans, or prom dresses for youth in foster care, canned goods for food pantries, household items for resettled refugees or books for prisoners.
Download the lists by grade: All Ages, K-3, 4-67-9, 10-12​
Help Children with Special Needs

Best Buddies​: All Archdiocese, all ages
Pairs students with kids who have an Intellectual Disability for friendship.
Contact: Visit the site to find a location near you.

Best Day Foundation: All Archdiocese, 12+
Volunteers hang out with kids with special needs at the beach, helping the kids to have a great experience with adventure sports like surfing and kayaking. No water sports skills necessary. Under 16 must be accompanied by a parent.
Contact: Visit the site to find a location near you.

Dream Catcher LA Therapeutic Riding Center: Long Beach, 14+
Volunteers help students with disabilities stay safe while they ride. Volunteers also help with horse care, barn cleanup, and more. No experience with horses necessary.
Contact: 310-350-1311, info@dreamcatcherla.com

Ride On Therapeutic Riding Center
: Newbury Park, 12+
Volunteers help students with disabilities stay safe while they ride. Volunteers also help with horse care, barn cleanup, and more. Students aged 12-13 can help in the barn, and 14+ can volunteer in the arena.
Contact: (805) 375-9078, sara@rideon.org

Shane’s Inspiration
: All Archdiocese, all ages
Youth volunteers sign up for the Shane’s Buddy program, matching youth with children who have a disability.
Contact: 818-988-5676, marjorie@shanesinspiration.org

Special Equestrian Riding Therapy
: Moorpark, 14+
Volunteers help students with disabilities stay safe while they ride. Volunteers also help with horse care, barn cleanup, and more.
Contact: (805) 523-1244, sertinfo@aol.com

Help Teach Children

Mahar House - Catholic Charities: Wilmington, 13+
Volunteers help kids learn English through mentoring, tutoring, sports, painting, and general education. Must know how to speak Spanish.
Contact: (213) 251-3440

School on Wheels
: Most of Archdiocese, 12+
Peer volunteers tutor homeless students for 1 hour per week. Under age 16 must be accompanied by parent for tutoring session.
Contact: (805) 641-1678, contact@schoolonwheels.org

PublicLibrary​:
All Archdiocese, all ages
Students can shelve, help copy, help tutor, read to children, and more.
Contact: (562) 940-8403, volunteer@library.lacounty.gov

Serve the Sick and Elderly

Carmelite Sisters Care Homes: Culver City and Duarte, 12+
Volunteers visit with residents, coordinate games and activities, and help with events.  
Contact: Visit the site for the location nearest you.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
: Los Angeles, 14+
Clinical and clerical volunteer opportunities. Commitment of 2 hours per week.
Contact: (310) 423-3277

Children’s Hospital
: Los Feliz, 15+
Clerical volunteer opportunities, high school and college credit offered with service.
Contact: (323) 361-2371

Dignity Health Hospitals
: Downtown LA, Glendale, Northridge, Long Beach, San Bernardino, 14+
Volunteers help with clerical and clinical work in the hospital.
Contact: Visit the site to find a location near you.

Meals on Wheels​
: All Archdiocese, 16+
Volunteers help prepare or deliver meals to elderly and disabled clients.
Contact: Visit the site to find a location near you.

Project Angel Food
: Hollywood, 14+
Students can help fill food bags, cook and package meals, and more. Students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent.
Contact: (323) 845-1816, volunteers@angelfood.org

Project Chicken Soup
: Culver City, 12+
Students can help fill food bags, cook and package meals, and more. Students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent.
Contact: (310) 836-5402, volunteer@projectchickensoup.org

Providence Hospitals
: Burbank, Mission Hills, San Pedro, Santa Monica, Tarzana, Torrance, 15+
Volunteers work in gift shop, deliver food to patients, or help with community outreach.
Contact: Visit site to find a location near you.

Verity Health Hospitals
: Downtown LA, Lynwood, 16+
Volunteers can help with clerical work, customer service, and staffing the gift shop.
Contact: Visit site to find a location near you.

UCLA Medical Center
: Santa Monica, Westwood, 15+
Summer volunteer program for high school students 15-17.
Contact: (424) 259-8180 


Serve the Homeless, the Hungry and the Poor
 

Adopt-A-Family: Downtown LA, All ages
Students under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
Contact: (213) 637-7501

The Dream Center
: Silverlake, all ages
Volunteers sign up for the Adopt-A-Block program on Saturdays to feed the hungry, serve the homeless, or help with outreach to families. Students under age 15 should be accompanied by a parent.
Contact: 213-273-7036, adoptablock@dreamcenter.org

Food Forward:
 North Hollywood, 5+
Collect fresh fruit for food banks, pantries, and shelters. Students under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Contact: volunteer@foodforward.org

Food on Foot
: Hollywood, 15+
Pass out food and clothing. Students must be accompanied by an adult.
Contact: (310) 442-0088, info@foodonfoot.org

Habitat for Humanity
: All Archdiocese, 14+
Volunteers 14+ can volunteer in the ReStore, Habitat’s thrift hardware store. Youth 16+ can volunteer at a build site if accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Contact: (310) 323-4663

Los Angeles Mission
: Downtown LA, 14+
Volunteers help with food service, mentoring, food drives, and more.
Contact: (213) 629-1227 ext. 301, volunteers@lamission.org

MEND Poverty​: Pacoima, 14+
Volunteers help sort clothes and food, teach in the computer lab, mentor kids, and more. Under 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Contact: (818) 896-0246, volunteering@mendpoverty.org

Midnight Mission
: Downtown LA, 14+
Student volunteers can work in the kitchen, tutor, make food boxes and hygiene kits, paint, clean, or work on meal service. Under 18 must be accompanied by a parent.
Contact: (213) 624-9258

San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission
: San Fernando, 14+
Volunteers help with food service, mentoring, sports, food drives, and tutoring.
Contact: (818) 785-4476

Seeds of Hope Community Gardens
: Most of Archdiocese, all ages
Students help tend the community garden growing organic vegetables for food banks. Under 16 should be accompanied by an adult.
Contact: talderson@ladiocese.org

Sowing Seeds for Life
: La Verne, 14+
Volunteers set up the pantry, food distribution, client registration, staging, read to children, hand out books and toys. Under 17 need to be accompanied by an adult.
Contact: (909) 392-5777 ext. 271

St.Francis Center:
Downtown LA, 8+
Students serve food to the homeless and other service opportunities. Ages 8-13 need a chaperone. 
Contact: 213-747-5347, volunteer@sfcla.org

St. Vincent de Paul Society of Los Angeles
: All Archdiocese, 14+
Volunteers can help sort items in the thrift store, deliver items to families, and more.
Contact: (323) 224-6286, hr@svdpla.org

Union Rescue Mission
: Downtown LA, all ages
Serve food, spend time with children, help with events. Students under 16 need a chaperone and URM must know in advance to expect them.
Contact: (213) 673-4860, volunteer@urm.org

Help Pregnant Mothers and Babies 

Pregnancy Resource Centers: All Archdiocese, varies
Volunteers can sort baby clothes, handle clerical work, and more.
Contact: Visit the site to find a location near you.

40 Days for Life
: All Archdiocese, all ages
Volunteers hold vigil and pray outside of abortion facilities for an end to abortion. Works best as a group activity.
Contact: Visit the site to find a location near you.

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