Help support LA’s homeless community
Where to get involved: The People Concern
Santa Monica and Downtown
The People Concern, the new name for the unified efforts of Lamp and OPCC, continues to be one of LA’s most valuable resources in helping the homeless, including victims of domestic abuse, veterans, people with mental illness and LGBTQ youth. The People Concern has a wealth of ongoing volunteer opportunities for both Eastsiders and Westsiders. You can do anything from hosting a game night to a pizza party or organize donated clothing. You could also commit to the ongoing Fine Arts and Music Program, an initiative 10 years running, which helps people find relief through the creativity. Finished works are even available for sale. Volunteers must attend an orientation, held monthly in Santa Monica and Skid Row, before beginning. Assisting in the Arts Program requires a three-month commitment.
Offer support to victims of domestic abuse
Where to get involved: Sojourn
As part of The People Concern family of support, Sojourn offers next-level volunteering to help victims of domestic abuse. To participate you must complete a mandatory 40-hour training program held in the fall or spring. Volunteers help out in crisis intervention, peer counseling, and empowerment playgroups for children. Sojourn relies on volunteers for everything from 24-hour hotlines, transportation, translation, clerical work, donation sorting, and a horticultural therapy program. If you have the time to commit and a goal to help women in need, Sojourn is the place for you.