Now Hiring: RSVP Coordinator

About L.A. Works: L.A. Works is a 501(c)3 nonprofit volunteer action center that creates, manages, and implements hands-on community service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area. With more than 20 years of success, L.A. Works addresses three principal needs: to increase volunteer participation in the community; to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations to achieve their missions through access to volunteer labor and other resources; and to educate and encourage people to engage in the broader social issues affecting the greater Los Angeles community.  L.A. Works has more than 30,000 registered volunteers who have contributed over 1,000,000 volunteer hours of service to thousands of nonprofits in the Los Angeles community.

RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 and over. Funded by the Corporation for National Community Service as a part of the larger Senior Corps initiative, RSVP engages older Americans in volunteer opportunities across the country. These volunteers have been a critical resource for nationwide response efforts—in everything from hunger prevention to natural disasters including Hurricane Sandy. L.A. Works has received new, three year renewable grant funding to launch a Los Angeles RSVP program. Building on the foundation and relationships L.A. Works has with nonprofits in the community, this new program will more than double the volunteer resources L.A. Works provides to the community.

Position Overview: The RSVP Coordinator position will be responsible for maintaining relationships with the nonprofit Volunteer Stations (nonprofits and public agencies where RSVP volunteers serve) for effective RSVP volunteer placement as well as for RSVP member recruitment, engagement, and placement. This position requires someone with an entrepreneurial spirit, passionate about service, energetic, and highly organized.  This individual should be knowledgeable about issues facing today’s older adults. In collaboration with the RSVP team, this position will be responsible for providing input on the annual program plans, and will ensure expected outcomes are achieved.  The ideal candidate will have strong communications skills, be a self-starter who can multi-task, and have experience working in the nonprofit sector. L.A. Works is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.

Responsibilities:
* Assisting Volunteer Stations with development and creation of volunteer roles in database portal (HandsOn Connect);
* Coaching and consulting services to Volunteer Stations to identify measurable outcomes associated with RSVP volunteers and developing tracking processes for these outcomes;
* Training Volunteer Stations on database portal utilization;
* Overseeing the database portal for Volunteer Station reporting;
* Participating in nonprofit, volunteer and leadership training and orientations;
* Recruitment, training, placement, and management of RSVP members;
* Management of the volunteer tracking and reporting in database portal (HandsOn Connect);
* Building the RSVP volunteer member community; including creating meaningful volunteer recognition events as well as identifying additional ways to recognize RSVP members;
* Creating and managing enewsletter content and communications for RSVP members;
* Leading teams of RSVP volunteers on L.A. Works’ large-scale Days of Service; and
* Providing timely and well-articulated reports, including identification of barriers and potential solutions.

Key Qualifications:
* Bachelor’s degree with minimum of three years progressively responsible nonprofit program management;
* Knowledge of and significant experience in the volunteering sector;  in-depth understanding of engagement of older adult volunteers a plus;
* Open to and excited by the opportunity to inform our strategic thinking and work within an entrepreneurial environment;
* Strong customer service skills with professional demeanor in person, in writing, and on the phone;
* A track record of delivering results while juggling competing priorities under intense time pressure;
* Excellent written and oral communication skills;  bi-lingual in Spanish or other language dominant in the L.A. market a plus; and,
* Proactive, self-directed, and results-oriented personality with the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.

Additional requirements:
* Ability to lift up to 30 pounds;
* Valid driver’s license; comfortable with driving a van or large vehicle for supply delivery and pick-up;
* Access to personal car for occasional travel throughout Los Angeles County;
* Some evening and weekend commitments; and
* Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.

Reporting: This position reports to the Director of Special Programs.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and will be accepted until the position is filled.
Application Procedure: Please email a single pdf file that includes a cover letter outlining your interest, skills, and recent salary history along with your resume to HR@laworks.com.

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Featured Project: Beauty and Charm: To Lift Women’s Spirits

Beauty to Lift Women’s Spirits

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Written by L.A. Works Volunteer Reporter Wendy Green

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Project Leader: Jessica Bavel

Who is Jessica Bavel?


I suppose I’m just a regular girl. 

This is always a difficult question to ask yourself who you are. 

I suppose I’m a lot of things. I try be a good sister, a good daughter, a good aunt. 

I grew up in LA. I’m one of four I have 2 brothers one sister. 

My mother is Puerto Rican and my father is black, I’m very fortunate to get the best of those 

worlds. I love to hang out with my family we have so much fun. We might throw on some 

salsa music my mum will get and start dancing its just easy and good fun, I just love my 

family.



Tell me about your journey as a volunteer.
I’ve been in a position where growing up was difficult and no matter what happened I 

remained determined- only because I had someone there. I had influences that impacted 

me either directly or non directly, it’s just the thought of having someone there. I really 

would like to be that person, a person who helps others. Its the reason I signed up with L.A. 

Works its actually why I started volunteering. 

I do a lot of volunteering such as working at Food Banks, Downtown Woman’s Center and 

elderly homes but my focus has always been with woman. I suppose its because I am a 

woman and I can relate to them on a larger scale.

Tell me the project you lead called Beauty and Charm: To Lift Women’s Spirits. 


I just love this project. The project runs once a month, volunteers come together to offer 

facials, manicures, pedicures, make up application and you don’t have to be a beautician 

its just about women enjoying each other company- eating , talking, laughing, its really 

good fun.



Do you have a volunteer story to share?
Yes I do. One day I had a lot of volunteers turn up, the clients were so spoiled they had so 

many women pampering them. I noticed one of the clients who had signed up, hadn’t 

shown. I inquired and was told she was in her room and was feeling pretty low, she didn’t 

feel like joining in. With a bit of coercing she came down and sat in a chair within a few 

minutes there was a group of women all over her. We had so many volunteers that day, that 

she had a person on each foot and hand, someone giving her a facial, someone making 

her a coffee.They were all laughing and having a great time. At the end of the day she 

came up to me and told me how much the experience meant to her. She had never 

experienced people to be so kind, she had never been pampered like that in her whole life. 

Stories like that are what this project is all about.

How do you feel volunteering impacts the community?
Establishing a connection with another human being is important, its fundamental, we 

relate to each other, we connect we one another- that should be embraced more. 

Unfortunately in our society there is a complacency, an interdependency, people are only 

worried about themselves. When you connect with someone its wonderful, dare I say even 

magical. Some people say magic doesn’t exist but when I connect with woman Ive never 

met before and there’s a connection, it’s really powerful, its magical.

What do you believe makes a good project leader?
A project leader needs to have sincerity. The ability to lead and inspire people. To have 

passion for what your doing which then creates a common goal. If a volunteer can see how 

much work and effort you put in as a project leader, hopefully that inspires them and in turn 

they too can make a difference.

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What are 5 words would sum you up?
Happy, Bubbly, Loving, Sassy and Compassionate.

Tell me a little about your heritage.
I’m African American. I’m a mix of black, French and American Indian. I live in California, an actual LA native.

Tell me about your volunteer experience
Well today I’m volunteering at a project called Beauty and Charm Lifting Women’s Spirits. It was really touching and lots of
fun. I haven’t volunteered in so long and I wanted to start the New Year volunteering at least once a month. I found L.A. Works and I liked the fact they had something for everybody. It caters to all personalities, interests or an intention that you would like to accomplish from volunteering. I found Beauty and Charm which is totally up my alley. Women bonding over manicures and facials-how much fun does that sound.

Volunteering is really important to me. My dad passed away when I was 12. Part of the grieving process is to find ways to heal, to cope, to have acceptance. One of the ways I did that, was when I was in my freshman year at University, I volunteered with Relay For Life.  In my junior year we didn’t have Relay for Life at my University (we didn’t meet the quota) so I started a team at another University. We had one month to raise $1000, we ended up raising $2000 which is exceptional for Hampton Virginia. From that the Atlantic region contacted me and wanted to reopen Relay for Life at Hampton, which I headed. I then started Colleges Against Cancer. My intention was to try and raise money to help fund research so no other person, had to lose a person to cancer like I did. I had so much fun with those projects, I just wanted to get back into volunteering when I got back.

What do you gain from volunteering?
Well that’s interesting. I don’t really volunteer to gain a personal gratification I just like putting smiles on peoples faces, so I suppose if I’m able to do that then thats what I gain. I don’t need to know someones personal story. I just like being together, laughing hanging out. I really like meeting new people. I actually thought I would be coming with a bunch of friends but they couldn’t make it, so I came alone and I ended up making new friends.

What would we be surprised to learn about Jade Howard?
My father was a legendary Jazz recording artist but unfortunately I cannot play an instrument, sing or dance.

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Ive seen you at so many volunteer groups tell me when you started?
I’ve been volunteering in LA for a few years. I was searching the internet for things to do and volunteering came up. I was interested in what that was and meant, so here I am.

You volunteer a lot, I’m guessing on a weekly basis, tell me why your so passionate.
Well it sounds silly but as I said I was just looking for something to do and the word volunteer came up. I searched some more and thats when I found L.A. Works. L.A. Works had a calendar that made it very easy . I thought that is a great thing to do and gave it a go. I do it every week so I can be involved with the community, I want to participate. I did try other places but L.A. Works just made it so simple and easy.

What do you gain from volunteering?
People saying thank you. People commenting they feel inspired and motivated by us coming by.

Do you have any volunteer stories?
Not individual stories but people are always so grateful. People are so appreciative and I’m appreciative for the opportunity, it creates a great vibe.

What makes a good volunteer?
It’s an ongoing process I don’t think its one factor that makes someone good at it. You learn every time you volunteer.

Did something inspire you to be so active within the volunteering community?
No not really I just wanted something to do. I wanted to be involved and L.A. Works was there and made it easy to volunteer.

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Volunteer Leader Spotlight: Mary Connors

L.A. Works had the privilege of learning long-time project leader, Mary Connor’s volunteer story when we nominated her for the Halo Award. We’re still waiting to hear if we won this year, but don’t want to wait to share the story of this inspirational leader.

The quote on a poster at Mary Connor’s desk says “Leadership is action, not position”. Mary embodies action.
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Mary is a longtime Angelino, having moved here from New Jersey with her sister right after high school. She loves California, and would never leave. She has been an aerospace engineer for over 30 years, starting her career with Hughes Aircraft Company, and staying in place while the company changed hands several times over the years.

Mary’s dad worked but her mother stayed home and raised their family of five. She always instilled in her family to love others and have compassion. “I grew up in a small town and our house was always filled with kids from the neighborhood. Even though we didn’t have much, mom always fed whoever was in the house no matter how many of us there were,” she shared.

Back in 2009, Mary stumbled upon the L.A. Works website while looking for some new ways to get involved in the Los Angeles community. Working full-time was not enough; she had energy to burn. She started with one-time L.A. Works activities…a beach clean-up, food pantry work and the like. Soon she was volunteering at the Food Bank two to four times a month. But then, Bobby Marin, the L.A. Works volunteer leader for the Los Angeles Food Bank needed a replacement. Mary stepped up. Through L.A. Works, she has coordinated the Greater Los Angeles Food Pantry project since March 2010. Intimately involved in management of the facility, she supervises the receipt, sorting, distribution and delivery of food to individuals and groups, and the delivery of bulk orders.

The Food Bank has a corps of volunteers that are long time workers. The number can range from seventy to one hundred volunteers in the summer to two hundred to three hundred the rest of the year. Volunteers come as individuals as she did. They also come in groups from schools, colleges, churches and workplaces. It also attracts frequent newbies to join their ranks. Mary has described the volunteers as being like family. Mary is proud of the fact that the Greater Los Angeles Food bank is the most efficient food bank in the country. Ninety-seven cents of everydollar goes to food. Non-food items get passed along to groups that can use them. The food comes from the USDA, local grocery chains, private donations and virtual donations online.

Mary is committed to leading the Food Bank project twice a month but goes more often. She has recruited new leaders to take over the other two Saturdays of each month. As if running the Food Bank project is not enough, Mary also volunteers regularly at another L.A. Works project at Alexandria House. She describes her work there as doing anything that needs to be done to help the resident families. Alexandria House is a transitional housing facility for single women and children. They house about nine families at a time and the average stay is about ten months. They have a huge support system for these women, not only giving them shelter but also providing classes on parenting, job skills, and financial skills. They provide childcare for the residents. They are also a community center providing for the needs of the surrounding community through a volunteer run thrift store that provides donated goods at a low cost.

Mary has also helps L.A. Works lead large-scale community building events like L.A. Works Day of Service, Martin Luther King Day of Service, and Cesar Chavez day. When not volunteering through L.A. Works, she is also involved quite a bit with her church. Just before Thanksgiving the church members collect fill bags of groceries to be donated to families from an inner city school. A few years ago her pastor had her take over that project completely. Before Mary, the church would feed about 30 families. After she took over the project, the church doubled the number of families served. Mary inspired her church family to make this leap by including them in her volunteer efforts at the Food Bank.

Why does she do this? Her answer is as simple as it is heartfelt: “That’s how my mom raised us. She taught us that even if you don’t have money you could always help someone in need. Sometimes just by listening to them, giving them your time, neither of which costs us anything and is sometimes all we have to give.”

Featured Project: Baby2Baby

Wednesdays just got better. Oh Baby.
Written by L.A. Works Volunteer Reporter Chelsea Spencely

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Every Wednesday, Baby2Baby opens their doors to volunteers to help categorize donations of toys, stuffed animals, bottles, clothing for babies to 12-yr olds, books, blankets, shoes, socks, diapers, and even maternity clothing. All donations go to the 67,000 families in Los Angeles who need help providing some of the everyday
necessities to their loved ones.

In addition to separating donations into varying categories, volunteers have the IMG_6986
opportunity to decorate gift bags for a specific client, adding a little personalization
and excitement for a child receiving a gift bag. This can go a long way. Perhaps a volunteer pairs pink shoes, a princess shirt, or even a princess wand from the bin marked “imaginative play” for a client in love with Pink!

Baby2Baby works directly with non-profit organizations like the Los Angeles Unified School district and the Department of Family Services of Los Angeles. Amanda Peterson, Warehouse Coordinator says, “Whomever needs it [the donation] big or small, these
organizations come here. Some we see three times a week, others once a month.”

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The team maintains an efficient donation cycle, but there is still much work to be done to reach the five hundred thousand-plus of people in Los Angeles in need of assistance.

 

 

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Check out laworks.com for an opportunity to sign up for the next Give Back Wednesday
and be sure to go to Baby2Baby.com for more information.

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L.A. Works AmeriCorps VISTA members support nonprofit capacity building efforts

AmeriCorps VISTA members, Hazel Morales and Max Ferguson play an important role in supporting L.A. Works’ nonprofit and volunteer relationships. Their work has contributed to a transformative year of growth at L.A. Works and partnering nonprofit organizations. “L.A. Works has assisted us in identifying what volunteer positions would help to build the organizations capacity,” said Education Advocate at Legacy LA. Jeanny Marroquin. “Through L.A. Works’ publications of our organization and the available volunteer positions, our pool of volunteers has tripled.”

As the AmeriCorps VISTA Nonprofit Relations Coordinator, Hazel offers targeted volunteer engagement and management coaching to nonprofits serving low-income communities. Through her one-on-one coaching and guidance she helps build effective and sustainable volunteer programs to build volunteer capacity.

Max Ferguson is our Nonprofit Relations Coordinator for the HandsOn Tech program. HandsOn Tech is a partnership between Points of Light and Google that seeks to provide technological expertise to nonprofits by engaging pro bono volunteers, especially those experienced in online tech tools. Skilled volunteers lead workshops for groups of nonprofit professionals as well as providing one-on-one coaching to selected organizations.

Throughout the year L.A. Works has organized workshops on Google for Nonprofits, digital marketing, and web design. Corporate supporters that we have partnered with to provide workshops include Google, Treasury Boutique, Wix and General Assembly.

“The HandsOn Tech program helped us learn and understand new technological trends” shared Claudia Sandoval Marketing and Communications representative from Centro Latino for Literacy. “In an ever-increasing tech world, small organizations like ours have been faced with many tech hiccups and the HandsOn Tech workshops provided us with the resources necessary to create solutions.”

If you would like to contribute to L.A. Works’ nonprofit capacity building and become a skills based volunteer email hazel@laworks.com. For tech related volunteer opportunities please reach out to Max@laworks.com.

Now Hiring: Director of Programs

L.A. Works Director of Programs
The Director of Programs will provide day-to-day administrative and programmatic management to support L.A. Works’ volunteer program and nonprofit capacity building services.  In collaboration with the Executive Director and the L.A. Works leadership team, this position will identify unmet areas of need to strategically build L.A. Works’ services to effectively engage volunteers in the community. The focus of the program is to build a community of changemakers and bring important resources to the our nonprofit partners. The ideal candidate will have strong communications skills, be a self-starter who can multi-task, be knowledgeable about the latest trends in the nonprofit sector, and have experience working with and managing volunteers. L.A. Works is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.

Responsibilities:
•    Management and development of volunteer program to mobilize 30,000 volunteers annually;
•    Cultivation of strategic nonprofit and community relationships;
•    Planning and organizing Managed Projects across LA County – short-term, recurring volunteer projects led by L.A. Works-trained volunteers- while ensuring quality of projects and volunteer experience;
•    Strategically growing the changemaker leadership program;
•    Delivery of monthly volunteer leadership trainings; presentations of effective volunteer management practices to the community;
•    Management of Service Enterprise Initiative- training and certification program for more effective and sustainable volunteer integration into nonprofits- includes: development of timeline, recruitment of participants, organization and delivery of curriculum, volunteer management support, overseeing budget;
•    Supervision of 3 AmeriCorps staff members and successful delivery of 2 AmeriCorps programs;
•    Provision of timely, accurate, and well-articulated quarterly and annual reports;
•    Recruitment, training and management of individual volunteers and groups for year-round opportunities including but not limited to internships, large-scale Days of Service, committees and leadership roles;
•    Development and maintenance of CRM database (Salesforce) for efficient tracking, reporting, record keeping and data management; and
•    Creation and dissemination of monthly e-newsletter.

Key Qualifications:
•    Bachelor’s degree with minimum of three years progressively responsible management experience;
•    Knowledge of the nonprofit volunteering sector; in-depth understanding of volunteer management and engagement practices;
•    Demonstrated success of executing and managing projects from start to finish;
•    A track record of delivering results while juggling competing priorities under intense time pressure;
•    Strong customer service skills with professional demeanor in person, in writing, and on the phone;
•    Comfortable delivering presentations and guiding a room of participants;
•    Proactive, self-directed, and results-oriented personality with the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team;
•    Excellent networking and relationship building skills;
•    Ability to be creative and resourceful to develop new, unique programs and initiatives;
•    Great organizational skills and detail-oriented nature; and
•    Open to and excited by the opportunity to inform our strategic thinking and work within an entrepreneurial environment.

Additional requirements:
•    Ability to lift up to 30 pounds;
•    Valid driver’s license;
•    Access to personal car for occasional travel throughout Los Angeles County;
•    Some evening and weekend commitments;
•    Experience with Salesforce, a plus;
•    Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.

Reporting: This position reports to the Executive Director.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Application Procedure: Please email a single PDF file that includes a resume and a cover letter outlining your interest, skills, and recent salary history to HR@laworks.com.

Now Hiring: Director of RSVP

L.A. Works is pleased to have the opportunity to hire a new member to the team. The position description and application process follows.

Director of RSVP Position Description

About L.A. Works: L.A. Works is a 501(c)3 nonprofit volunteer action center that creates, manages, and implements hands-on community service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area. With more than 20 years of success, L.A. Works addresses three principal needs: to increase volunteer participation in the community; to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations to achieve their missions through access to volunteer labor and other resources; and to educate and encourage people to engage in the broader social issues affecting the greater Los Angeles community.  L.A. Works has more than 30,000 registered volunteers who have contributed over 1,000,000 volunteer hours of service to thousands of nonprofits in the Los Angeles community.

RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 and over. Funded by the Corporation for National Community Service as a part of the larger Senior Corps initiative, RSVP engages older Americans in volunteer opportunities across the country. These volunteers have been a critical resource for nationwide response efforts—in everything from hunger prevention to natural disasters including Hurricane Sandy. L.A. Works has received new, three year renewable grant funding to launch a Los Angeles RSVP program. Building on the foundation and relationships L.A. Works has with nonprofits in the community, this new program will more than double the volunteer resources that L.A. Works provides to the greater Los Angeles region.

Position Overview: The Director of RSVP will provide day-to-day administrative and programmatic management, including supervision of staff and skilled volunteers.  This program requires a Director who is entrepreneurial, an excellent program manager, passionate about service, energetic, and highly organized.  This individual should be knowledgeable about issues facing today’s older adults. In collaboration with the Executive Director and the L.A. Works leadership team, this position will be responsible for developing the annual program plans, and will ensure expected outcomes are achieved.  The ideal candidate will have strong communications skills, be a self-starter who can multi-task, and have experience managing volunteers. L.A. Works is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.

Responsibilities:

  • Ensuring overall success of RSVP program implementation;
  • Supervision of RSVP staff;
  • Planning and organizing Managed Projects – short-term, recurring group volunteer projects led by RSVP volunteers, including groups of RSVP volunteers;
  • Development and maintenance of strategic relationships with larger Volunteer Stations (nonprofits and public agencies where RSVP volunteers serve);
  • Overseeing volunteer and leadership training and orientations;
  • Leading teams of RSVP volunteers on L.A. Works’ large-scale Days of Service;
  • Providing timely and well-articulated reports, including identification of barriers and potential solutions;
  • Management of federal RSVP grant requirements and reporting to the Corporation for National Service;
  • Preparation and management of program budgets totaling $300,000 annually;
  • Llimited private sector fundraising; and,
  • Recruitment and ongoing engagement of local RSVP Advisory Board.

Key Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with minimum of five years progressively responsible management experience;
  • Knowledge of the nonprofit volunteering sector;  in-depth understanding of engagement of older adult volunteers a plus;
  • Demonstrated success providing fiscal management of government grants;
  • Open to and excited by the opportunity to inform our strategic thinking and work within an entrepreneurial environment;
  • Strong customer service skills with professional demeanor in person, in writing, and on the phone;
  • A track record of delivering results while juggling competing priorities under intense time pressure;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;  bi-lingual in Spanish or other language dominant in the L.A. market a plus; and,
  • Proactive, self-directed, and results-oriented personality with the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team.

Additional requirements:

  • Ability to lift up to 30 pounds;
  • Valid driver’s license; comfortable with driving a van or large vehicle for supply delivery and pick-up;
  • Access to personal car for occasional travel throughout Los Angeles County;
  • Some evening and weekend commitments; and
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.

Reporting: This position reports to the Executive Director.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and will be accepted until the position is filled.

Application Procedure: Please email a single pdf file that includes a resume and a cover letter outlining your interest, skills, and recent salary history to HR@laworks.com.

Featured Project: The Compton Initiative

Written by L.A. Works Volunteer Reporter Marvin Lee

Around 1600 volunteers gathered in the city of Compton on February 1, 2014.  These volunteers, comprised of local people from Los Angeles and Southern California as well as some from other States, came to faithfully serve a community that is stricken with violent crime and extreme poverty.

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The Compton Initiative is an organization that strives to do good throughout the LA area by providing community service opportunities on a quarterly basis.  The February 1st work day was the first of four work days.  Their motto, “Just do Good” is written on the yellow shirts that you see worn by the volunteers.

Upon arrival at 7:00 AM, the volunteers were served a hearty breakfast to get fueled for the day.  As the crowd grew, community leaders and city officials addressed the group with words of inspiration and gratitude; words that were genuinely spoken before the volunteers were released, almost as if they were commissioned to do good.  At the beginning hour during the assembly of volunteers, Aja Brown, Mayor of Compton, expressed her enthusiastic welcome and was met with a receptive thankfulness.  She addressed the common good of creating change and to make an overall positive impact in a community that would otherwise be left to social adversity.  A sense of community and support could be felt throughout the venue; this was a feeling shared by an amazing group of individuals of diverse ethnicities and backgrounds who recognized a need to help.

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There were over 30 worksites in which the volunteers could participate.  “Our goal is to beautify the city,” was the motto of the day.  Hundreds of people from various church organizations, schools, corporations, and other charity groups took on painting, repairing, gardening, and building tasks to renovate schools, public spaces, homes and other properties.  The Compton Initiative provided uplifting tasks for the nearly 2000 people who participated, those who not only came to serve, but also to show that they care.  Their contribution directly affects the enjoyment and quality of life of others who are less privileged, and those who are aware of the condition but cannot create change alone.  As one local Compton resident wisely said, “We came to bless the city of Compton.”

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People from Edison Electric Company brought families, husbands and wives, sons and daughters,friends and relatives to participate.  The attention given to all the many work sites paves the way for future volunteers.  It brought together friends, family members, and individuals of diverse ethnicities to spend time together as a unified team with the common hope of doing good.

There was tremendous wealth experienced on that day.  It is as if there was a desire to change within themselves by realizing that their personal sacrifice of time and effort would, in retrospect, translate to change for the greater community that is on the receiving end.

Please visit their website for more information: http://www.justdogood.org/

Also, please visit www.LAWorks.com for access to more fun volunteering opportunities.

Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Shipra

shipraShipra Gupta graduated from the University of Southern California where she double majored in Cinematic Arts Critical Studies and minored in Screenwriting. Shipra is excited to be joining the L.A. Works team because her role as a copywriter intern will provide her with the opportunity to produce thoughtful copy and execute effective marketing strategies. Shipra believes this position will allow her to draw upon her previous experience in entertainment and digital publication as well as her passion for social issues. Eventually, she would like to write long form pieces about culture for a major publication such as xoJane, Buzzfeed, The Atlantic or Vulture. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cross stitching, and tweeting. She is also involved in an arts collaborative called cARTel: Collaborative Arts L.A. The collaborative group puts on art events throughout the year, including Brokechella and the No Budget Film Festival. A fun fact about Shipra is that you can find her on the back cover of an anthology of folktales featuring strong female characters. The cover illustrator chose her as a model for the book, which can be found on Amazon.

L.A. Works & College Summit Promote College Success

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Last fall, L.A. Works volunteers served 30+ hours with College Summit Southern California, the local arm of a national nonprofit that partners with under-resourced high schools to get more students to and through college. Volunteers helped low-income high school and college students with meeting their academic goals.

In October and November, volunteers worked directly with high school seniors, helping them strengthen their personal statements, tighten up their resumes, and complete and submit their college applications. In November and December, they supported students’ professional growth by conducting mock interviews with them and sharing personal insight about their careers in the STEM field.

Most recently, L.A. Works volunteers attended a Résumé Workshop for first-generation college students where volunteers helped students critique sample resumes. This volunteering is part of a year-long managed project led by volunteer Jessaca Rowe, which will provide professional development sessions for college students on a variety of topics.

Interested in getting involved? Volunteers are currently being recruited to help our high schoolers complete the FAFSA, which qualifies students for federal dollars to pay for college. All training is provided. Later, in March and April, we’ll be looking for Career Month volunteers to speak on career panels, conduct mock interviews, and participate in speed networking sessions. For more information email Brian Rosenbaum, Community Engagement Coordinator, at brosenbaum@collegesummit.org.