Monday, October 31, 2005

What has volunteering done for you?

We're anxious to hear stories from L.A. Works volunteers about the impact volunteering has had on your life. Do you have a great volunteer experience to share? Your personal story might be the very thing that inspires someone else to make a difference!

Click on the comment button below and tell us your volunteer stories. We'll print the best of them in upcoming issues of our monthly newsletter.

Hot Project of the Week - November 5

Here's a one-time project we're doing with the Wildlife Waystation in the Angeles National Forest. They need our help painting den boxes and building animal ramps as part of their facility renovation.

The Wildlife Waystation is a 160-acre animal sanctuary that rescues and provides sanctuary to wild and exotic animals from around the world.

Click here to sign up for Saturday, Nov 5, from 9am - noon.

Friday, October 28, 2005

New Project Added to Calendar

Starting November 15 we have a great new project working with kids in North Hollywood at the Sydney M Irmas Transitional Housing Shelter.

"Join us for a fun-filled evening spent with children who are all smiles and excitement! Whether it be a night of arts and crafts, karaoke, board games, or story time, you will definitely make an impact in the lives of these wonderful kids (ages 6-12)!

The LA Family Housing, Sydney M. Irma Transitional Living Center strives to provide a safe, caring, and service-rich environment that helps homeless families and individuals rebuild their lives. The agency has 20 facilities serving over 7,300 people annually in eight different regions of Los Angeles."

Click here to sign up for this great new project. Thanks to Project Leader Sherly Lam for starting up this new opportunity to help kids in need.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

L.A. Works exhibits at California Governor & First Lady's Conference on Women & Families

Come see us in Long Beach on Oct 27.We'll be exhibiting at the Hands on Network booth in the Volunteer Village in the Long Beach Convention Center. Come say hello and find out more about how to get involved with L.A. Works.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

HOT PROJECT: "Pumpkins for Peace" Needs volunteers this Friday Night, Oct 21

The Center for Non-Violent Education and Parenting had to make a last minute change and move their project from Saturday to this Friday, Oct 21 from 6-8pm. The project had been full, but due to the date change we are suddenly short volunteers to assist with child care and youth group supervision.

Are you free tomorrow on Friday night. The kids could use your help!
While their parents at the center attend a "Day of Dialogue" about non-violent parenting, the children 2 to 8 years old participate in a quality child care program with art activities and storytelling of books relating to non-violence. Children 9 to 18 years meet to learn and do activities concerning conflict resolution. Volunteers are needed for both groups to supervise and play with the children/youth. Some of the activities with the children may take place out of doors, so please dress accordingly. The program for Oct 21 is "Pumpkins for Peace".
Click here to sign-up. Thanks!

Monday, October 17, 2005

Hot Project of the Week

This Saturday, October 22nd is our monthly Adopt a Highway, Protect a Bay project with the Santa Monica Baykeepers. We need more volunteers to help!

A clean ocean starts with clean streets and sidewalks. That's why we meet once a month to clean up a stretch of Lincoln Blvd in Marina Del Rey.

Come out and meet new people as you get some exercise and do rewarding volunteer work that will have a lasting effect on the health of the bay.

There's a lot of litter out there on Lincoln - come help us keep it out of the storm drain and out of the Santa Monica Bay. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.

Click here to sign up!

Make a Difference Day

Make A Difference Day is a national day of helping others -- a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Everyone can participate. Created by USA WEEKEND Magazine, Make A Difference Day is an annual event that takes place on the fourth Saturday of every October. The next event is Saturday, October 22, 2005.

Millions have participated. In 2004, 3 million people cared enough about their communities to volunteer on that day, accomplishing thousands of projects in hundreds of towns.

If you're looking for a volunteer opportunity for Make A Difference Day, check our project calendar for October 22, 2005.