Now Hiring: Director of RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program)

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. Building on the foundation and relationships L.A. Works has with nonprofits in the community, by June 30, 2017 this new program will engage more than 850 individuals in meaningful service experiences.

Position Overview: The Director of RSVP will spearhead the RSVP program for Baby Boomer volunteers, age 55 plus, at L.A. Works. This role will provide day-to-day administrative and programmatic management, leading the team of staff and skilled volunteers to achieve the outcomes set forth by CNCS. This program requires a Director who is entrepreneurial, results driven, an excellent program manager, passionate about service, and highly organized.  This individual should have an understanding of the Baby Boomer demographic. L.A. Works is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.

Responsibilities for ensuring overall success of RSVP program:

  • Managing relationship, requirements and reporting of federal RSVP grant to the Corporation for National Service;
  • Securing MOUs with Volunteer Stations (nonprofits and public agencies where RSVP volunteers serve) within grant specified focus areas;
  • Mobilizing 850 volunteers (age 55+) each year, within grant specified project activities;
  • Tracking and verification of these volunteers’ service; and
  • Recognizing and retaining the volunteers for continued participation each year.
  • Supervision of RSVP staff;
  • Directing RSVP staff in 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);
  • 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;
  • Preparation and management of program budgets totaling $300,000 annually;
  • Recruitment and ongoing engagement of local RSVP Advisory Board;
  • Limited private sector fundraising; and,
  • Relationship building, communications, and community building with community and civic organizations.

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;
  • Initiate criminal history check prior to hire;
  • Some evening and weekend commitments; and
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.

Reporting: This position reports to the Executive Director.

Salary and Benefits: Salary commensurate with experience. Medical insurance and parking provided.

To Apply: Interested candidates should send a single PDF file with a cover letter, resume, and salary history (current job and past two) to HR@laworks.com with “Director of RSVP” in the subject line. Only submissions providing all of the requested information will be considered. No calls or emails regarding the position will be responded to, unless initiated by L.A. Works.

The deadline to apply is July 31, 2016.

Check out the RSVP program here: http://www.laworks.com/RSVP

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Now Hiring: Logistics Manager

lawd14_004Logistics Manager

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 25 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.

Position Overview: In collaboration with the Director of Corporate Engagement, the Logistics Manager will provide support, training and leadership for new and returning Special Event Coordinators (SECs) as well as assist with general corporate program operations. The Logistics Manager position will also include the duties of a SEC as outlined below, including project management of large-scale corporate and Day of Service volunteer events. This is a perfect role for someone looking to grow his or her leadership and management experience. The ideal candidate will have strong communications skills, be a self-starter who can multi-task, have experience in event production, and experience working with and managing volunteers and/or teams of people. L.A. Works is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.

Responsibilities for Logistics Manager Role:
Under direction from the Director of Corporate Engagement, the Logistics Manager will manage and support a team of 3-10 SECs who are part-time consultants responsible for managing hands-on day of service projects for L.A. Works’ corporate clients. The Logistics Manager will also lead warehouse and inventory management in support of overall corporate program and Day of Service operations. Logistics Manager will:

  • Participate in hiring and assignment process for new SECs based on 2016-2017 departmental timeline;
  • Assist with initial and ongoing SEC training and development;
  • Provide ongoing supervision and support to SECs while on project assignment;
  • Act as liaison between Director of Corporate Engagement and SECs;
  • Train corporate volunteers as project leaders for event;
  • Supervise Warehouse Associate to lead operations for small warehouse of light construction equipment and volunteer event supplies. Maintain inventory, organization and safety standards.
  • Procure event supplies and ensure tools and supplies are properly distributed to/from project sites, make deliveries as needed.
  • Supervise Warehouse Associate to maintain tight inventory of supplies for pre/post-corporate events and provide direction for event production.
  • Foster and maintain in-kind donor relationships to strengthen event supply inventory.

Responsibilities also include:
Leadership and planning of hands-on day of service projects and non-traditional relationships with corporate partners, including:

  • Work with school, nonprofit, or agency assigned by Dir. of Corporate Engagement to develop a volunteer event for a team of corporate volunteers that fits within event budget;
  • Ensure that bulk/specialty supplies, water and snacks are ordered, loaded, delivered and pre-sorted ahead of time;
  • Process payments to contractors, vendors, SECs and day-of event support;
  • Coordinate with Dir. of Corporate Engagement to invite civic leaders, press, celebrities, etc. as needed;
  • Permits and school processes (insurance, approvals, etc.) handled as appropriate;
  • Ensure documentation of day’s activities, including: Pre- and Post- event photos as well as action photos of volunteers working, High quality photos of murals, and Final report with #s who served, hours of service, site, contact info, $ spent versus $ budgeted, etc. to be submitted to Dir. of Corp. Engagement; and
  • Survey corporate volunteers with post-event evaluation and capture contact info if they want to get involved in other L.A. Works projects (facility, managed, or referrals).

Key Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with minimum of four years progressively responsible management experience;
  • Experience training and supervising employees or long-term volunteers a plus;
  • Knowledge of the nonprofit sector; in-depth understanding of volunteer management and engagement practices;
  • A track record of delivering results while juggling competing priorities under intense time pressure;
  • 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, customer service and relationship building skills;
  • Ability to successfully adapt to varying communication styles
  • 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; and
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite.

Reporting: This position reports to the Director of Corporate Engagement.

Time expectations and salary: This is a full-time position. Salary is negotiable and will be stipulated in offer letter. The percentage of hours devoted to specific responsibilities subject to corporate event timeline.

To apply: Submit a coverletter, resume, and salary history in a single PDF document to HR1@laworks.com

Welcoming The Works: Golden Road’s Custom IPA for L.A. Works

Golden Road Brewing has welcomed The Works IPA to the brewery’s Custom IPA Series, TheWorks_Social1a seasonally rotating collection of hop­forward beers. For each Custom IPA, Golden Road teams up with a local non­profit dedicated to the betterment of Los Angeles. For this limited ­edition fall release, a portion of proceeds will directly benefit L.A. Works, Southern California’s largest volunteer network.

“I met Bob Johnson, Chairman of the Board for L.A. Works, years ago and was inspired by his natural leadership skills and his passion for Los Angeles,” said Tony Yanow, co­founder of Golden Road Brewing. “He has been leading people and changing lives for 25 years by connecting like­minded individuals with the chance to create positive change in their communities. The opportunity to support him and the people in his organization was an obvious choice for our fall Custom IPA release.”

Following in the footsteps of 2020 IPA and Heal the Bay IPA, Golden Road’s latest philanthropic IPA is a tribute to the thousands of people who make Los Angeles great. “When dreaming up the hop blend for The Works IPA, we practiced the same spirit of teamwork L.A. Works brings to improving Los Angeles,” said Meg Gill, co­founder of Golden Road Brewing. “By integrating lesser TheWorks_Social2 ­known hop varietals with Equinox and tons of Mosaic, each sip is a celebration of individual flavor profiles working together for a taste that is 100% Los Angeles.”

Since 1991, L.A. Works has worked tirelessly to increase volunteer participation in community service projects while educating and encouraging people to engage in the broader social issues affecting the greater Los Angeles community.

“L.A. Works and Golden Road Brewery is a match made in hops heaven; both organizations believe in inspiring greater civic engagement,” said Bob L. Johnson, Board Chairman and Co-Founder of L.A. Works. “When people enjoy a can of The Works IPA, my hope is they’ll think about how to pass on some of that happiness to their neighbors in need.”

“Angelenos are busy people – we work and play hard,” said Deborah Brutchey, Executive Director of L.A. Works. “Getting the L.A. Works message to people during their downtime will give them the chance to find out how easy it is to make service a meaningful part of their lives, whether they have 30 minutes or 30 days to share.”

The Works IPA will be tapped at the Pub at Golden Road on September 3, and is available on draught and in cans at local retailers like Trader Joes and Whole Foods throughout the market in early September.

Now Hiring: MusicWorks Program Coordinator

Now Hiring: MusicWorks Program Coordinator

Position Overview: In collaboration with the Director of Programs, the MusicWorks Program Coordinator will develop program plans, oversee the launch of MusicWorks, and be responsible for the day-to-day administration and management of the program. This candidate should be an excellent program manager, passionate about service and the arts, entrepreneurial, and highly organized. The ideal candidate will be someone that is knowledgeable about the music industry, and have a network or understanding of how to recruit volunteers with diverse expertise including professional musicians, composers, song writers, producers, engineers, etc. L.A. Works is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.

Responsibilities:

  • Survey existing volunteer music programs to avoid duplication and identify best practices;
  • Identify appropriate guest speaker roles for skilled music volunteers;
  • Develop marketing collateral;
  • Create and disseminate monthly e-newsletter.
  • Cultivate strategic nonprofit and community relationships;
  • Recruit, train (as appropriate) and place music industry volunteers;
  • Provide timely, accurate, and well-articulated quarterly and annual reports; and
  • Maintain proficiency in CRM database (Salesforce) for efficient tracking, reporting, record keeping and data management.

Key Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with minimum of three years progressively responsible management experience;
  • Music industry or arts experience;
  • Strong communications skills; self-starter who can multi-task;
  • Experience managing staff and volunteers;
  • Knowledge of the nonprofit volunteering sector;
  • A track record of delivering results while juggling competing priorities;
  • 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;
  • Strong 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.

About L.A. Works: L.A. Works is the largest volunteer network in LA and a national leader in the community service movement. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit volunteer action center, we create, manage, and implement hands-on community service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area. 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.

About MusicWorks: MusicWorks is a new volunteer initiative aimed at matching music industry professionals with local school age youth in nonprofit music programs such as: Sound Art, Little Kids Rock, PS Arts, and others. MusicWorks will take advantage of Los Angeles’ position as a leading force in the music industry to help bridge the gap in music education resulting from drastic budget cuts in arts education programs in Los Angeles public schools.

Reporting: This position reports to the Director of Programs.

This position will be suitable for someone available 25 – 40 hours/week. Salary will be commensurate with experience. 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 HR1@laworks.com.

 

California’s drought: Update from the front-line

As our state’s drought now stretches into a fourth year, L.A. Works is looking for ways to increase steve_waterawareness and conservation efforts among our volunteer and nonprofit community. I recently joined a site visit with the Metropolitan Water District to see for myself just what our water supplies look like.

Metropolitan provides water to 19 million people in 6 counties of southern California, and uses a variety of aqueducts, canals and reservoirs to maintain our access to it. Due to the drought and lack of conservation, our supply is alarmingly low.  What a wake up call!water3

An artificial lake in the eastern part of the county intended as an emergency reserve is now regularly accessed to meet needs, and reduced by 60%.

But extensive droughts are not a new phenomenon either in California, or other parts of our planet. Australia recently experienced a severe water crisis lasting over 10 years, but managed to drastically shift their usage and adapted to the new normal. While our massive population in Los Angeles County currently requires us to import huge quantities of water to survive (our population is 10 million but local water sources only provide an adequate supply to about 250,000 people), there are tremendous opportunities for all of us to become much more active, and effective in our water conservation.water2

Here are a few lessons and easy steps that I learned on this Metropolitan Water District trip to make a difference in water conservation:

1. Change out those old appliances for water-friendly new ones. Check out the many rebates and programs to help save water, and save money:  http://www.bewaterwise.com/
2. Take the 3-5 minute shower. And get a low-flow shower head. Adapt.
3. Swap your thirsty and expensive lawn and landscaping for native plants and tress. They’ll do just fine and you’ll save money and water.
4. Take the “Dirty Car Pledge”.  What’s wrong with a little dust? Do your part and make a difference.  https://lawaterkeeper.org/dirtyforthedrought/water1

Share your success stories!  Post, blog and tweet about what you’re doing to conserve water.  #LAWorksSavesWaterNow

Steve Gratwick, LCSW
Director of Special Programs
L.A. Works
www.laworks.com

 

Now Hiring: AmeriCorps VISTA Nonprofit Relations Coordinator

About AmeriCorps: AmeriCorps VISTA is one of three main service programs of AmeriCorps that connects full-time members to community organizations and public agencies to create and expand programs that build capacity and ultimately bring low-income individuals and communities out of poverty. Members gain valuable professional, educational, and life experience. http://www.americorps.gov/for_individuals/choose/vista.asp The term of service lasts for 1 year. A Pre-Service Orientation (PSO) Training is required for all members.

Position Overview: L.A. Works seeks a passionate, dedicated, highly motivated individual who is capable of managing L.A. Works’ nonprofit and volunteer relationships and is ready for a transformative year of growth as an AmeriCorps member. The L.A. Works Nonprofit Relations Coordinator will become familiar with the diverse organizations and volunteer opportunities throughout Los Angeles. This AmeriCorps VISTA member will help transform our nonprofit partners’ volunteer programs through more effective volunteer recruitment, placement and engagement practices. The ideal candidate will have strong communications skills, be a self-starter who can multi-task, and have experience working in nonprofits or with nonprofit volunteers. L.A. Works is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Develop relationships with a core group of nonprofit agencies, providing them with consultative support to assist them in identifying challenges and areas of growth in their volunteer program and guiding them through action plans to address the needs;
  • Meet multiple deadlines and benchmarks set by L.A. Works and the AmeriCorps grant;
  • Identify new, creative volunteer roles at nonprofit partner sites;
  • Conduct targeted recruitment efforts online and offline to improve volunteer matches and increase the number of volunteers placed at the nonprofit sites;
  • Manage the online volunteer management and recruitment system for Community Connections with a high degree of autonomy;
  • Contribute to quarterly and annual grant reporting;
  • Serve as a community ambassador at L.A. Works events to recruit volunteers for a wide variety of volunteer opportunities;
  • Serve as a resource for volunteer management inquiries and recruitment efforts;
  • Assist with the logistics and delivery of the Service Enterprise Initiative to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations’ impact via leveraging the time and talent of volunteers; and
  • Participate in staff events and projects including large scale Days of Service.

Key Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • Commitment and understanding of the AmeriCorps principles and values including the one year of service
  • Ability to adapt to the living allowance and other lifestyle challenges common for AmeriCorps members;
  • Comfortable and effective in a “coaching” role with nonprofit professionals;
  • A track record of delivering results while juggling competing priorities under intense time pressure;
  • Engaging public speaker and networker with ability to connect successfully with a wide range of individuals, especially nonprofit leaders;
  • Strong customer service skills with professional demeanor in person, in writing, and on the phone;
  • Superior, persuasive, and proven writing and marketing capabilities;
  • Proficient in developing processes and procedures to track data;
  • Interest in nonprofit work and belief in the value of community service; and
  • Access to personal car for travel throughout Los Angeles County.

Additional Requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license;
  • Must be at least 17 years of age and a U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident alien of the U.S.;
  • Some evening and weekend commitments;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Knowledge of databases and Google products a plus.

Duration: One-year commitment.

Application Deadline: Applications are due by Friday, June 19th @ 5 p.m. If you are interested in growing professionally within an innovative, highly respected organization through a year of service, please email a cover letter and resume to Gyasi Ross, Director of Programs, at gyasi@laworks.com

L.A. Works is committed to providing an inclusive workplace that includes people of diverse backgrounds and fully utilizes their talents to achieve its mission. We are committed to fostering and supporting a workplace culture inclusive of people regardless of their race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, marital status, age, physical abilities, political affiliation, religious beliefs or any other non-merit fact, so that all employees feel included, equally valued and supported.

LA’s Promise Awarded Service Enterprise Certification

We are proud to announce that LA’s Promise has been awarded Service Enterprise certification by L.A. Works. serv_enterprise_landing04a The Service Enterprise Initiative is a national program administered through Points of Light that recognizes nonprofits with exceptional volunteer programs. Nonprofits that operate as Service Enterprises more effectively address community needs and run on almost half the median budget than those nonprofits that do not leverage volunteers across all levels of the their organization.

To qualify for certification, organizations must go through a year long process that consists of attending a series of best practices workshops, creating action plans, and strategize with expert coaches from the Executive Service Corps on ways to best implement their plans.

We spoke with Caitlin Krier, Associate Director of Community Partnerships, about LA’s Promise’s journey in becoming certified.

L.A. Works:
Tell us more about LAP! How does your organization engage volunteers?

LA’s Promise:
Our mission is to graduate every student attending an LA’s Promise neighborhood school college and career ready. Through a robust school turnaround model, LA’s Promise partners with a cadre of schools committed to ensuring that students growing up in poverty receive an excellent education.

Something cool thing about LA’s Promise is that we have so many different ways for volunteers to get involved in our work. I believe in the idea that students are more likely to succeed when their schools are community hubs, and in order for that to work, we need to bring in folks from the community who are willing to share their skills, passions and resources with the students who need them. Volunteers can do everything from helping plant trees in our teaching gardens to leading workshops on post-secondary options to connecting students with internship opportunities at their companies. Since we’ve started this Service Enterprise work, we’ve been able to open up new volunteer opportunities as well, such as speaking at our middle school career day and helping secure in-kind donations for all of our school programs. We have also begun working with several university service groups to engage college students in leading activities such as college workshops and college fairs for our middle school students.

LAW:
How has Service Enterprise benefited your org?

LAP:
One big change has been with how we run events, especially those that fall on the weekends. Instead of begging our staff to come out and help, we are able to work with an amazing cohort of volunteers who are excited to participate and be a part of these events! Since weekends are usually better for volunteer availability, this has been a great match.

LAW:
What has been the most rewarding aspect of this certification journey?

LAP:
For me, the most rewarding part of the journey has been the process of self reflection and pushing ourselves to build service enterprise into everything we do. It was really cool to build a volunteer tracking and orientation plan from scratch, and to see those things be realized, especially our first volunteer orientation in February. We went from having a couple of volunteers to an entire database of people that we can call upon to help with projects and events throughout the year.

LAW:
What are some tips/advice you would give other organizations that are thinking about Service Enterprise/are already going through the process?

LAP:
My advice would be to not worry about your volunteer program needing to look a certain way. The self reflection piece is really key, because you’re able to hold onto the core values and vibe of your organization while enhancing it. We are never going to have 200 volunteers donating their time every week at LA’s Promise, and that’s okay! We have been creative about how volunteers can become an intricate part of who we are as an organization.

We are honored to award them with this accomplishment, and we are looking forward to seeing all the amazing work they continue to do with their volunteers!

Now Hiring: Special Event Coordinators

Special Events Coordinator (flexible, part-time contractor position)

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.

Position Overview: As a part of the L.A. Works leadership community, the Special Events Coordinator (SEC) will plan and lead corporate volunteer events on a per-project basis. This is a flexible contractor position, perfect for someone looking to grow his or her leadership experience and supplement his or her income. Coordinlawd14_004ators will be pre-trained and certified by L.A. Works. 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 for Special Events Coordinator Role:

Leadership and planning of hands-on community service projects for volunteers and nontraditional relationships with corporate partners. Overall project work consists of ~50% hands-on labor, physical work and project prep; 40% project planning; 10% project leading.



Special Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
●    Work with designated school, nonprofit, or community agency to develop and lead a volunteer event for team of 50-300 corporate employee volunteers that fits within event budget;
●    With support of Senior Special Event Coordinator, communicate with corporate liaison to ensure all corporate partner needs are being met;
●    Scope volunteer project activities and plan event logistics such as first aid, parking, run-of-show, etc.
●    Train corporate volunteers as site leaders for event;
●    Ensure that supplies, water, and food are delivered to project site and pre-sorted ahead of time;
●    Provide Senior SEC with supply order at least 2 weeks prior to event for purchase and delivery;
●    Secure all necessary permits and ensure school processes (insurance, approvals, etc.) are handled, as appropriate;
●    Document event activities through pre- and post- event photos, action photos of volunteers working, high-quality photos of murals. Create final report with # of people served, volunteer hours contributed, and other impact statistics;
●    Complete survey evaluation and any necessary event close out;
●    Promote L.A. Works programs and follow up with volunteers who want to stay involved;
●    Attend and lead signature Days of Service and other special events/corporate volunteer projects as needed.
●    Complete other duties as assigned.

Key Qualifications:
●    Bachelor’s degree with minimum of three years progressively responsible leadership experience;
●    Event planning or production planning experience, a plus;
●    Knowledge of the nonprofit volunteering sector; in-depth understanding of volunteer management and engagement practices, a plus;
●    A track record of delivering results while juggling competing priorities under intense time pressure;
●    Great organizational skills, detail-oriented and meets strict deadlines;
●    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;
●    Strong problem solving skills; ability to see the big picture as well as immediate needs; and
●    Great organizational skills, detail-oriented and meets strict deadlines.

Additional requirements:
●    Ability to lift up to 50 pounds;
●    Valid CA driver’s license;
●    Access to personal car for occasional travel throughout Los Angeles County;
●    Availability for some evening and weekend commitments;
●    Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite; and
●    Experience with Salesforce, a plus.
Reporting: This position reports to the Senior Special Events Coordinator.
Position Status: SECs are independent contractors, billed through 1099 forms. Work will be available on a project-by-project basis based on event availability and SEC schedule/performance. Transportation, mileage and other work-related expenses are the responsibility of each SEC and will not be reimbursed by L.A. Works.

Payment Structure: Payment is determined and paid on a contract basis for each individual project. In addition to SEC performance, considerations include complexity of project, number of volunteers, level of existing corporate contract relationship, potential public exposure of event, etc. Project estimate is $525-725 for ~35 hour project to start, upon the discretion of the Director of Corporate Engagement and Senior Special Events Coordinator.

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 and relevant skills to HR@laworks.com.

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

Beauty to Lift Women’s Spirits

 – Good Shepherd Centre for Homeless Women & Children
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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