1500 volunteers @Dorsey for MLK Day!

For MLK Jr. Day of Service on Jan. 16, L.A. Works organized more than 1,500 corporate and community volunteers to beautify Dorsey HS, a Title 1 LAUSD school that has suffered from maintenance and facilities staff budget cuts. One of the facilities staff member shared with us:

 “You all did in a day what I’ve been trying to do in 4 years.”

Our volunteer power collectively supported improving the learning environment for the next generation of change makers.

We were honored to have Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, former five-time Laker Champion and current Laker television analyst Derek Fisher, Ret. Judge Candace Cooper (Dorsey alumna), Board member and actor Roger Guenveur Smith, and L.A. Works co-founder Bob L. Johnson kick-off the day of service.

To give you an idea of what was completed on the day of service…

88 plants were planted campus-wide
10 cubic yards of mulch was distributed

Light Construction-
6 pieces of baseball equipment storage
4 seedling tables
4 simple benches
4 planter benches
5 large square planter

Mural painting-
14 wall murals

62 fleece blankets
200 nutrition packets

Campus-wide clean up-
2 trailers of e-waste was collected
More than 250 bags collected from weeding, trash pick up, classroom cleaning
Wall repainting campus-wide

These events are expensive to organize. We would like to recognize and give one more thanks to our top sponsors because we couldn’t organize these events without their support: Target, Kaiser, Accenture, Macy’s, In a Perfect World Foundation, the Laker Youth Foundation, The Jonathan Club, and Councilmember Herb Wesson.

Want to join in?! We have hundreds of projects each month for you to try out and find an organization, issue area, location, and/or experience that is the best fit for you. Check out more projects on our website: www.laworks.com.

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

Seeking Intern: RSVP Program

About RSVP: RSVP (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program) is L.A. Works’ newest volunteer program that matches energetic and experienced volunteers age 55+ to opportunities that help support communities in need. RSVP is part of Senior Corps, a national volunteer program that allows you to use the skills and talents you have learned over the years and develop new ones while serving in a variety of activities.


Position Description: This position will entail providing the nonprofit sector with the volunteer support and resources it needs to continue providing programs for the disenfranchised communities of LA. The Coordinator will work on maintaining communication with our partner nonprofits, posting and tracking volunteer opportunities. They will work closely with a variety of nonprofits in identifying needs, building a volunteer project out of those needs from the ground up and ensuring the project continues to exemplify L.A. Works standards. We’re a fast-paced, energetic office open to new ideas to expand our program. If you love community service and engaging with people this opportunity could be for you! We look for experiences and interests that will be a great fit for both organization and intern.

Responsibilities: Outreach to nonprofits and volunteers, posting and tracking volunteer opportunities and hours, collecting and entering information, assisting with volunteer events, developing volunteer packets, streamlining procedures and representing L.A. Works in the field.

Requirements: Passion for community service. Great in a spokesperson role. Relationship builder. Excellent research skills. Knack for methodology and standardization. Great phone and email etiquette. Comfortable with initiative. Ability to multi-task. Good organizational skills and attention to details and deadlines. Enthusiastic and eager to learn. Computer experience in Microsoft Office.

Equipment Requirements: Personal transportation, laptop and cell phone.

Hours: 8-15 hours a week; days and times negotiable.

Compensation: Volunteer Only- Applicants must make their own arrangements with their host institution. Volunteers will benefit from this great learning experience, enhance their resumes, and build their personal and professional skills as they make a difference in the LA nonprofit community.

Location: L.A. Works is in Cypress Park, close to Elysian Park at the NE corner of Dodger Stadium. We are accessible by the gold line. This position will require being out in the field for some of the time.

Duration: Position is open year-round. Internship length is flexible, but with a minimum of 3 months.

Application Deadline: Immediate. But applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Application Procedure: E-mail a resume, writing sample, and cover letter outlining your interest, skills, availability and desired start/end dates to Jessica Manzo, RSVP Program Coordinator at jessica@laworks.com.

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.


  • 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.


What’s the Future of LA?

Future of Cities: Leading in LA

Future of Cities event in Beverly Hills, Calif., June 2, 2015, Photo by Jonathan Alcorn

Future of Cities event in Beverly Hills, Calif., June 2, 2015, Photo by Jonathan Alcorn

Los Angeles is a hub for innovation and creativity. We have brilliant entrepreneurs, passionate changemakers, amazing cultural institutions, and cutting edge universities. As with most major cities, however, Los Angeles is a series of contradictions. Along with great wealth; incredible weather; and fabulous cuisine – Los Angeles has a rapidly growing homeless population and serious income inequality that affects the quality of life for thousands of residents. As the largest volunteer action center in Los Angeles, LA Works’ mission is to help bridge the gap between the haves and have-nots. We do so by

Future of Cities event in Beverly Hills, Calif., June 2, 2015, Photo by Jonathan Alcorn

Future of Cities event in Beverly Hills, Calif., June 2, 2015, Photo by Jonathan Alcorn

making it easy to volunteer and help others. We also help Angelenos understand important social issues affecting our community.

On June 2nd LA Work’s co-founders Bob Johnson and Donna Bojarsky unveiled a new civic initiative: Future of Cities: Leading in LA. The initiative seeks to raise public awareness and create a higher level of civic engagement and responsibility among leaders in LA. A standing room VIP crowd gathered at the home of philanthropists Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker, to hear: LACMA’s Michael Govan; The California Endowment’s Robert K. Ross; Los Angeles Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Mary Melton; Director of the

Future of Cities event in Beverly Hills, Calif., June 2, 2015, Photo by Jonathan Alcorn

Future of Cities event in Beverly Hills, Calif., June 2, 2015, Photo by Jonathan Alcorn

Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, Dr. William Deverell; Zócalo Founder and Publisher, Gregory Rodriguez, and others discuss the unique character, challenges, and opportunities facing Los Angeles. L.A. Works is a leading Community Partner of the Future of Cities initiative. Here’s how you can help. Los Angeles ranks 45th among the top 51 U.S. cities in volunteerism. Service to others is an important form of civic engagement. It helps make Los Angeles a livable city for all of us.

Future of Cities event in Beverly Hills, Calif., June 2, 2015, (Moby, Eric Kressler, Bob Johnson). Photo by Jonathan Alcorn

Future of Cities event in Beverly Hills, Calif., June 2, 2015, (Moby, Eric Kressler, Bob Johnson). Photo by Jonathan Alcorn

Future of Cities event in Beverly Hills, Calif., June 2, 2015,  Michael Govan, David Ryu (Councilman-Elect). Photo by Jonathan Alcorn

Future of Cities event in Beverly Hills, Calif., June 2, 2015,
Michael Govan, David Ryu (Councilman-Elect). Photo by Jonathan Alcorn

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.

How has Service Enterprise benefited your org?

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.

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

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.

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

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: AmeriCorps VISTA Nonprofit Relations Coordinator

About L.A. Works: L.A. Works is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, volunteer action center that creates and implements hands-on community service projects throughout the greater Los Angeles area. We strive to empower Angelenos to address pressing social issues through volunteerism and community collaborations. L.A. Works has more than 25,000 registered volunteers who, by our best estimates, have contributed over 1,000,000 volunteer hours of service to thousands of nonprofits in the Los Angeles community. More information about L.A. Works: http://www.LAworks.com

About AmeriCorps: AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 men and women in intensive service each year through more than 15,000 nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. AmeriCorps members help communities tackle pressing problems while mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve. Members gain valuable professional, educational, and life benefits, and the experience has a lasting impact on the members and the communities they serve. 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. 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. In focusing on building effectiveness and sustainability of volunteer programs and delivery at organizations addressing anti-poverty issues including community and economic development, education and healthy futures, the L.A. Works Nonprofit Relations Coordinator will become familiar with the diverse organizations and volunteer opportunities throughout Los Angeles. The AmeriCorps VISTA member will help transform our nonprofit partners’ volunteer programs to increase their capacity for poverty reduction in the community through more effective volunteer recruitment, placement and engagement practices. This position will require an entrepreneurial attitude, a pro-active drive to identify challenges and possibilities, management of a diverse portfolio of projects, a strong attention to deliverables, strength in building connections, and working towards seeing effective results in the LA community. Additionally, 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;
  • Create a management plan to best track multiple projects of varying degrees with nonprofits to complete them in a timely and thorough manner;
  • Be proactive in reaching out to the community to set up meetings and discussions;
  • 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;
  • Create and disseminate marketing materials to the community to advertise the program;
  • Identify opportunities for further growth and expansion of L.A. Works volunteer opportunities and partnerships;
  • 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;
  • Proactive, self-directed, and results-oriented with the ability to work both independently and as a member of a team;
  • 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;
  • Open to and excited by the opportunity to inform our strategic thinking and work within an entrepreneurial environment;
  • 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;
  • CANNOT be engaged in any means of paid work outside of the full-time VISTA role;
  • 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.

Salary: A $15,996 per year stipend before taxes. It breaks down to about $1,333 a month before taxes.

Benefits: Childcare assistance if eligible, choice of Education Award or End of Service stipend, housing search assistance, health coverage, living allowance, travel coverage when applicable, relocation allowance if eligible, training accommodations onsite and offsite.

Location: L.A. Works is in Cypress Park, close to Elysian Park and just north of downtown Los Angeles, near Dodger’s Stadium. We are accessible by the gold line. This position will also be required to travel around Los Angeles by car.

Duration: One-year commitment.

Application Procedure: If you are interested in growing professionally within an innovative, highly respected organization through a year of service, we invite you to submit a single PDF document which includes the following to Gyasi Ross, Director of Programs, gyasi@laworks.com:

Application Deadline: Applications are due by Friday, October 31st.


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.

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 


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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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.”




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.




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.


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.