Top 10 Volunteer Opportunities in LA
Want to volunteer or intern at a great LA non-profit? Whether you’re new to Los Angeles and want to learn about the city’s charities, trying to change up your routine with some local charity work, or just want to volunteer or intern at a neighborhood non-profit, everyone knows that the best way to find the right place for you is from the people who’ve been there!
Here’s a list of volunteers’ and interns’ favorite LA charities. Every non-profit on this list earned has an overall score of 4 or greater out of 5 on GreatNonprofits.org, and must have been reviewed by at least 10 volunteers. If your favorite Los Angeles non-profit or volunteer gig is missing, find it on GreatNonprofits.org, write a positive review, and show your co-volunteers how to start adding reviews and get it on the list!
The Art of Elysium
“I’ve had an amazing experience volunteering with Art of Elysium. They seek to inspire both children who are suffering from medical conditions as well as the artists who volunteer. It has been a joy and a blessing to donate time to a well-organized and thoughtful organization and to brighten the lives of children who are in need of distraction and creative stimulation. Everyone loves art! This is a fantastic way to see first hand how art makes a difference all our lives.” –Alicyn P.
Just Lovin Music Studios
“I have had the distinct honor and privilege of working directly with Just Loving Music Studios on a Major Theatrical Production entitled “Carnegie Hall Is In My View”, and was always amazed at the level of professionalism that the chidren from the youngest to the oldest played. The work and investment that Just Lovin Music Studios put in each child is amazing and it is evident. I have also been part of the recitals where their individual talents are displayed and have watched and observed parents moved with emotions in appreciation and gratefulness. It is my hope and prayer that JLMS would one day have the support and funding to impact nations with their program to uplift the hearts of children.” –ccpprod
“Create Now is an organization that connects high risk and at risk youth with an outlet to express themselves artistically. They also provide them tickets to plays, concerts and other cultural events that they would otherwise never experience. I have volunteered for them and seen first hand the passion and dedication of their staff. Overall a great non profit!” –citizensharifi
No Limits Theater Group
“I have worked at NO Limits for a few months and the services provided for each student is EXCEPTIONAL! Michelle does an excellent job communicating with the staff, the parents, and most importantly, the kids. Her dedication to the program is inspiring! I LOVE being a part of NO Limits!” –ganaya
“I have worked with countless nonprofits, both for animals and humans. I know of no charity more worthy than Fix Nation. What’s best about FN is that they promote REAL solutions to the overpopulation of cats in our nation. Instead of simply rescuing, FN promotes a long-term solution which is the spaying and neutering of cats. They make it available to everyone and for all cats. This helps the thousands of cats that are currently homeless but more importantly PREVENTS the suffering of millions and millions of cats by fixing the cats now alive.” –k9catlover
“Soldiers’ Angels does more than adopt out our deployed military. They support the family left back home, they help wounded warriors by giving them laptops, and through Operation Harmony, help heal their souls. I love being affiliated with such a wonderful organization. I do not do this for recognition, I never want anything back for volunteering. Hearing stories of how happy our heros are to receive our packages is all the thanks I need. Soldiers’ Angels is also very supportive of their volunteers. We get the help we need to spread the word, and gather more angels. Wingtip to Wingtip!” –Crystal23
The Trevor Project
“Although I have not been on the phone calling in for help, I have been brought in as youth to help train volunteers and also now as a trans-identified (specifically: genderqueer) person to share my unique experiences. I love what they stand for and hope to keep helping them do the great work they are able to accomplish.” –Chris65
weSPARK Cancer Support Center
“I began Volunteering for weSPARK 10 years ago. It is an amazing organization unlike any other cancer support center. It combines the healing of mind, spirit and body with holistic and creative support. You find caring persons while proving all the services for FREE in a home like environment. I as a cancer survivor am proud to be associated with this organization.” –CDeCea
Free Arts for Abused Children
“I came to Free Arts for Abused Children to volunteer a day and get a Disney day for free. Well, I didn’t get the Disney day, but what I found was an incredible organization that changed my life. Once I experienced a Free Arts Day did I fully understand the power of how ‘art’ made a difference in a child’s life. What hooked me was seeing the smiling face of a child holding their art creation. If that doesn’t tug at your heart nothing will. Free Arts is a great organization with people who care!” –Craig S.
The Jonah Project
“Our youth group Rise Up volunteered this past Saturday with the Jonah Project. It was an amazing experience in more ways than one. The Jonah Project has a great urban, artsy feel inside, and is a place of belonging for many. Many of our youth were witnessing skid row and the vastness of homelessness for the first time. The Jonah project daily makes a difference by cleaning trash from Skid Row, providing a warm meal, a new fresh change of clothing, and most importantly they share Christ’s love with those in hard situations. It was eye opening and challenging to know that we were impacting people for one day, but the Jonah Project does this on a daily basis as their mission. The Jonah project is a home for those that don’t have one, and they are family to many who don’t have any. They are doing amazing sacrificial work among the streets of Skid Row.” –Jessica M.