Organizations offering community service opportunities are listed below. For further information, please contact them directly or go to their web sites. We will continue to update our list and value your input or feedback.
1. Encore.Org: Encore careers combine personal fulfillment, social impact, and continued income, enabling Boomer adults over 55 years old to put their passion to work for the greater good. Critical labor gaps and opportunities exist in fields of education, health care, government and nonprofit organizations, including helping the nation to Go Green.
2. Executive Service Corps of Southern California: Comprised of more than 100 volunteers with a wealth of management experience and skills who serve as coaches and consultants for non-profit organizations. Prospective volunteers undergo a rigorous application procedure and receive ongoing nonprofit best practices training through their involvement with this organization.
3. VolunteerMatch.org Los Angeles: Offers extensive online services to match volunteers with nonprofit organizations in a wide range of capacities. Please go to their website to view process and opportunities.
4. LAWorks.com: Identifies what volunteer positions would help to build a nonprofit organization’s capacity and helps to recruit the necessary volunteers. Please visit their website for opportunities.
5. Beverly Hills Academic After School Tutoring Program: This program utilizes the power of the one on one relationship to establish trust and sharing through a tutor-student relationship. Volunteers attend a brief orientation program and commit to a Tuesday and/or Thursday afternoon from 3:30-5:00 at Horace Mann and Beverly Vista schools in Beverly Hills. Ongoing training and supervision is held weekly after tutoring sessions. Contact Adrienne Weise at email@example.com or 310-285-6810.
6. Koreh LA: Recruits, trains, and places volunteers in Los Angeles Unified School District to serve as reading partners for children having difficulties reading. Volunteers work for one hour a week one on one with a student. For more information, contact Kristine Eller at 323 761-8153 or Literacy@JewishLA.org
7. Senior Corps: A United States government agency (CNCS) whose mission is to connect today’s 55+ volunteers with people and organizations that need them most. They are trained to become mentors, coaches or companions to people in need or to contribute their job skills and expertise to community projects and organizations. Please visit their website for more detailed information.
8. Imagine LA: Highly structured mentorship program that trains volunteers from faith communities and other committed organizations to empower families to transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Volunteers are trained in homeless sensitivity and mentorship, matches them with families exiting homelessness, links them to a full spectrum of existing social services and resources and guides them in a step by step process. Visit their web site for more information and application.
9. SOVA: community Food and Resource Program of JFS utilizes dedicated volunteers to participate in alleviating hunger in the LA community. There are Core Volunteers who commit to a 4 hour shift each week at one of the pantries, and Occasional Volunteers who have a more flexible schedule. If interested, contact Felice Resnick at 818 9887682, extension 118 or FResnick@jfsla.org.
10. Meals on Wheels: Volunteers deliver meals, a visit, and reassuring call to homebound persons, allowing them to remain in their homes, well nourished and living independently. Schedules can be flexible, from once or twice each week, to monthly or as available. Having your own transportation is preferable, but not essential. Visit the website to determine your area and contact.
11.Beverly Hills Library & Los Angeles Public Library: Seek to engage volunteers to serve the community’s information and literary needs. Libraries offer a variety of skilled volunteer opportunities to make a meaningful contribution to library programs, operations, fundraising events and community engagement functions. Please visit Volunteer Match to view opportunities.
12. Jewish National Fund (CAARI-Canadian and American Active Retirees in Israel): offers participants of retirement age an in-depth view of Israel by providing them the opportunity to become immersed in the local culture. Participants volunteer in Israeli communities and JNF forests, tour the country, visiting historical sites, meet and spend time with Israelis and learn about the issues and challenges that face Israel on a daily basis. They help to improve the quality of life of its people by volunteering as English tutors to children, helping the elderly in hospitals and nursing homes and assisting community agencies that help the poor and those in need. Time frame is 2-7 weeks. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or for reservations, call Amy: phone 518- 472-1450.
13. AARP Experience Corps: part of the AmeriCorps national service network, engages nearly 75,000 seniors in service to meet critical needs in education, the environment, public safety, homeland security and other areas. To learn more, visit www.americorps.gov or call 800-942-2677.
14. Reading to Kids: At the monthly reading clubs, pairs of volunteers read aloud to small groups of children, while their parents receive training on how to encourage their children to read at home
15. Volunteer at Cedars-Sinai: Designed for energetic adults who would like to be of service, this program is open for new volunteers throughout the year. At Cedars-Sinai, we have many ways for you to make a difference and serve in vital areas. The experiences you will gain as a volunteer will add a new dimension to your life. Email: email@example.com
17. BOOMERANG GIVING: is a national movement of Baby Boomers who dare to imagine the impact we can make as a generation if Boomers with the means reinvest some or all of our senior discount savings back into our communities through charities we each choose ourselves. As activists, business leaders, veterans, parents and volunteers, our generation of “Baby Boomers” has made its mark. But with so many around us in need, now is the time to define Baby Boomers as the generation that gives back. While the amount might be relatively small for each of us who participates, our collective impact will be huge!
18. The Radical Age Movement: We need new social visions that will inspire and support people to grow and participate actively throughout their entire lives. No age-segregation or pitting generation against generation—we want a society that works for us all. We can’t leave it to ‘experts’ to tell us how to age ‘well’ or ‘successfully’ or to an aging industrial complex that sees older adults as a dependent group or growing market of consumers. It’s up to us. It’s time for a Radical Age Movement, a grassroots nationwide effort that challenges traditional notions of aging and introduces new ideas for building co-creative and interdependent communities.