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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Alzheimer’s Association – California Southland Chapter

5900 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1100, Los Angeles 90036
(323) 938-3379 • Fax: (323) 938-1036
(800) 272-3900 (Helpline/English)
(800) 633-5767 (Información/Español)

Information and referrals—in English and Spanish—to services and resources for people with dementia and their families. Library services available by appointment. Special Note: 800 number staffed 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.

American Red Cross of Santa Monica

1450 11th St., Santa Monica 90401
(310) 394-3773

Humanitarian organization led by volunteers provides relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. Activities include health and safety education, CPR and First Aid training, and community health services (including flu clinics and health screenings). Services available in English and Spanish. Volunteers always needed and welcomed.

Andrus Volunteers, Andrus Gerontology Center, University of Southern California

University Park, MC0191, Los Angeles 90089-0191
(213) 740-6060 • Fax: (213) 740-8241
Website: • E-Mail:

Volunteers participate in research projects on aging and may also develop their own research projects. Speakers’ corps provides seminars on topics related to aging. Special Note: Volunteer meetings 10 a.m. on Wednesdays.

Braille Institute

741 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles 90029
(323) 663-1111 • Fax: (323) 663-0867
Website: • E-Mail:

Wide variety of free services to legally blind individuals includes counseling, support groups, reader and recording services, classes in independent living skills. Career development, job search, and placement services. Information on magnifying and other adaptive devices. Subsidy program for adaptive equipment. Consultations for employers on visual impairment in the workplace. Braille transcriptions of a broad range of publications. Volunteers always needed and welcomed!

Center for the Partially Sighted

12301 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 600, Los Angeles 90025
(310) 458-3501 ext. 128 • Fax: (310) 458-8179
Website: • E-Mail:

Low-vision specialists provide comprehensive care to help people maintain their independence despite macular degeneration, diabetes-related vision loss, glaucoma, or other vision problems. Low-vision evaluations; training in using adaptive technology, moving about safely in familiar and unfamiliar environments, and daily living skills; counseling, support groups, and referrals. Adaptive products (talking clocks, magnifiers, etc.) available at low cost. Sliding scale; accepts Medicare and Medi-Cal.

DOVES (Dedicated Older Volunteers in Educational Services)

LAUSD Volunteer Program
333 S. Beaudry Ave., Suite B2-216, Los Angeles 90017
(213) 241-6900 • Fax: (213) 241-8974

Recruits volunteers to work in LA city schools tutoring students in academic subjects such as reading, math, science, and technology; helping students with homework; sharing life experiences; and assisting with activities such as arts and crafts and playground supervision.

Heal The Bay

1444 9th St., Santa Monica 90401
(800) HEAL BAY (800 432-5229)
(310) 451-1500 • Fax: (310) 496-1902
Website: • E-Mail:

Organization founded to return Santa Monica Bay to swimmable and fishable condition through legislative efforts and educating the public. Also leads clean-up efforts of surrounding watershed. Needs volunteers to talk to groups, help with mailings, etc.

Meals-On-Wheels of Culver Palms

4427 Overland Ave., Culver City 90230
(310) 559-0666

Help deliver hot meal plus sack dinner on weekdays to homebound, physically, and/or psychologically disabled residents in Culver City, Cheviot Hills, Beverlywood, Pico-Robertson, Mar Vista, Palms, and Venice. Special Note: Call before noon for information.

Meals-On-Wheels of West Los Angeles

900 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles 90024
(310) 208-3439 (To Request Service)
(310) 208-4028 (Volunteers Only)

Help deliver hot meal plus sandwich meal on weekdays to homebound, physically, and/or psychologically disabled residents in the Westwood and Brentwood areas.

Meals-On-Wheels West

1823-A Michigan Ave. Santa Monica 90404
(310) 394-7558 (Joanna Vasquez; To Volunteer)
Fax: (310) 857-7802
E-Mail: or

Help deliver hot lunches and cold snacks for supper to homebound Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Topanga, and Malibu residents.


Macy’s, Westside Pavilion
10730 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles 90064
(310) 475-4911, ext. 2200 • Fax: (310) 446-9473
Website: • E-Mail:

National organization offers lifelong learning and service opportunities for older adults. Programs in the arts, humanities, wellness, technology and volunteer service. Free membership includes catalog 3 times per year. Call for class locations.

OPCC (formerly Ocean Park Community Center)

1453 16th St., Santa Monica 90404
(310) 264-6646 (Office) • Fax: (310) 264-6647
(310) 264-6644 (Battered Women’s 24-hour Hotline)

Shelters for battered women and children, the mentally ill, and the homeless. Provides meals, counseling, advocacy for persons being assessed. Projects include: Turning Point Shelter, Daybreak Center and Shelter, Access Center, Sojourn Services for Battered Women, and Campion Counseling. Volunteers always needed and welcomed. Special Note: Battered women’s hotline staffed 24 hours/day, 7 days/week by trained volunteers.

Peace Over Violence

(310) 392-8381 (Hotline) • (213) 955-9090
TDD: (213) 955-9095 • Fax: (213) 955-9093

Offers information and crisis counseling for individuals who suffer from being battered and/or raped, or from childhood sexual abuse. Volunteers are always welcomed. Special Note: Hotline staffed by trained volunteers 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. Other battering hotlines include: Sojourn Services for Battered Women Hotline (310) 264-6644; Rainbow Services (310) 547-9343.

Rainbow Services Hotline for Battered Women

(310) 547-9343 (Hotline, English/Español)
(310) 548-5450 (Information & to Volunteer)

Information and crisis, emotional, and legal counseling for individuals who suffer from being battered. Information in Spanish and English. Volunteers are always needed and welcomed. Special Note: Hotline staffed 24 hours/day, 7 days/week by trained staff members.

Santa Monica Family YMCA

1332 6th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 393-2721 Ext.129

If you sing, act, play chess, teach, or have other skills to share, become a YMCA volunteer. The Y is also looking for mature volunteers to read to toddlers & preschoolers, rock babies & play. For information, e-mail

Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center & Orthopaedic Hospital Adult Volunteer Program

1250 16th St., Room 700-Tower, Santa Monica 90404
(310) 319-4614 • Fax: (310) 319-4519
Website: • E-Mail:

Trains volunteers to greet visitors, escort patients, help on patient floors, assist medical staff with administrative work, etc., in a variety of areas throughout the community hospital. Commitment of at least 100 hours requested. Other volunteer options available, including knitting for newborns.

Shut-In Service, Santa Monica Public Library

Main Branch, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica 90401
(310) 458-8646 (To Request Service or to Volunteer)
TDD: (310) 395-8499
Website: • E-Mail:

Outreach service uses volunteers to select and deliver reading and audiovisual materials to any Santa Monica resident who is ill, elderly, disabled, homebound, or in a convalescent, nursing, or retirement home. Volunteers welcomed! Special Note: Shut-In Service available to Santa Monica residents only.

UCLA Center on Aging

10945 LeConte Ave., Suite 3119, Los Angeles 90095
(310) 794-0676 • Fax: (310) 794-0681
Website: • E-Mail:

Teach For America Program: Program recruits retired educators to mentor new K-12 teachers. UCLA Center on Aging publishes a Senior Resource Directory in partnership with Santa Monica Commission for the Senior Community.

Westside Center for Independent Living (WCIL)

12901 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles 90066
(310) 390-3611 • (888) 851-9245 (Toll-Free)
TTY: (310) 398-9204 • Fax: (310) 390-4906
Website: • E-Mail:

WCIL at Ken Edwards Center:
1527 4th St., Suite 250, Santa Monica 90401
(310) 394-9871, ext. 420

Referral services, disability-related information, peer counseling, support groups, and programs (including home safety and access modifications) to help seniors and people with disabilities or chronic illness remain independent in their own homes. Information and services available in English and Spanish. Home assistance modifications (grab bars, safety rails, etc.) available to qualified Santa Monica residents (call for other areas). Services are free or sliding scale. Special Note: WCIL services at Ken Edwards Center for Santa Monica residents only.

WISE & Healthy Aging

Ken Edwards Center
1527 4th St., Second Floor, Santa Monica 90401
(310) 394-9871 • Fax: (310) 395-0863

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program:
(310) 394-9871 • (800) 334-9473 • (310) 899-1488
Fax: (310) 394-1631

WISE & Healthy Aging is a multiservice agency with professional staff, senior volunteer peer counselors, and continuing care coordinators. Provides a wide range of mental health, healthcare, support programs and services, and workshops for older adults and their families. Services include:

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program: Advocacy program responds to complaints made by—or on behalf of—people in nursing homes and licensed board and care homes. Ombudsmen work to protect the rights and dignity of residents, promote high-quality care, listen to concerns, resolve problems, and refer violations to the appropriate enforcement agency. Program also trains prescreened volunteers for certification by the California Dept. of Aging. Special Note: Ombudsman will witness Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care forms.

Retired Senior & Volunteer Program (RSVP): Places volunteers age 55+ in community organizations and government agencies, including hospitals, schools, theaters, museums, youth centers, and nutrition programs. All volunteers are recognized for their achievements.