Volunteering not only makes you more competitive for college, it also truly helps a cause & can make you feel great. Finding the right volunteer organization is important. Look for something that interests you & think you’ll enjoy. Once you find a good fit, stick with that same organization and become a consistent volunteer. Here is a list of volunteer opportunities in the Los Angeles area. They will all happily utilize youth volunteers.

American Red Cross

Health and safety education/training

contact: vol@redcrossofsantamonica.org

Assistance League of Santa Monica

College scholarships, summer camp, dental & vision support for needy students

contact: alsm@verizon.net

Best Buddies

Enhancing the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities

Boy Scouts of America- Crescent Bay Disctrict

Prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices

contact: eastwood@mednet.ucla.edu

Center For The Partially Sighted

Optometric low vision evaluations, training in daily living skills

contact: info@low-vision.org

City of Santa Monica Volunteer Program

Enhancement and expansion of city services

contact: volunteer@smgov.net

Common Ground-The Westside HIV Community Center

Case management for people living with HIV/AIDS

contact: info@commongroundwestside.org

18th Street Arts Complex

Arts center supporting artists and art organizations

contact: 18thstreet@18thstreet.org


Computer resource for people with disabilities

contact: FSSM@info@empowertech.org

Family Service of Santa Monica

Counseling for individuals, couples, children, and group

contact: FSSM@vistadelmar.org

Heal The Bay

Making waters and watersheds safe, healthy, and clean

Heal The Bay-Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

Marine education center with more than 100 species

contact: aquariumvol@healthebay.org

Jewish Family Service/SOVA

Free groceries and support services

contact: ndesser@jfsla.org

Meals on Wheels West

Delivery of food to homebound residents

contact: joannavasquezmow@aol.com

OPCC (formerly Ocean Park Community Center)

Network of shelters and services for low income and homeless youth and adults

Santa Monica College-Eli and Edythe Broad Stage and Edye Second Space Theater

Live performances

contact: stoeber_denise@smc.edu

Santa Monica Historical Society Museum

Museum featuring history of the Santa Monica Bay area

Santa Monica Museum of Art

Exhibits works of art by contemporary artists

contact: info@smmoa.org

Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center Orthopedic Hospital

Hospital serving the Westside, connected with UCLA Medical Center

contact: eastwood@mednet.ucla.edu

School on Wheels, Inc

One-on-one tutoring of homeless children

contact: jsettles@schoolonwheels.org


Services for battered women and children

contact: lpineda@opcc.net

Saint John’s Health Center

Health center with over 45 departments

contact: grenda.pearlman@stjohns.org

Saint Joseph Center

Helps low income and homeless people work towards self-sufficiency

contact: development@stjoshephctr.org

Venice Family Clinic

Primary health care for people with no other access to care

contact: helpprfc@ucla.edu

The Wellness Community-WLA

Psychological, social and emotional support to cancer patients and their families

contact: info@twc-wla.org

Westside Center for Independent Living (WCIL)

Advocacy and counseling to people with disabilities and seniors to help them to live independently

Westside Food Bank

Food distribution to 65 social service agencies

contact: allison@westsidefoodbank.ca.org

WISE & Healthy Aging

Enhance the independence, dignity, and quality of life of older adults

contact: volunteers@wiseandhealthyaging.org




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