There is great value in encouraging teenagers to help other people through volunteering. – Sandra
Here are some local Santa Monica opportunities for teens to be of service:
Access Center (Ocean Park Community Center)
1616 7th Street
Volunteer Coordinator: (310) 450-4050
Drop-in center providing emergency services (sack lunches, showers, clothing, groceries) long term case management, and outreach services to homeless and low income people, needs:
Food and grocery preparation, lunch servers, clean-up crew, clothing room monitors. Youth volunteers are welcome, with parental consent.
1158 26th Street
Program which seeks to improve the lives of children through uncovering the potential within each child, providing them with the tools to nurture their unique talents — including access to a mentor — and inspiring them to pursue excellence in their endeavors and to become lifelong achievers needs:
Volunteer mentors to use their time and expertise to help guide a child’s learning; website and clerical help.
American Red Cross
Santa Monica Chapter
1450 11th Street
Volunteer Coordinator: (310) 394-3773
Santa Monica chapter of international relief organization needs:
First Aid and CPR instructors, public speakers, disaster team-members, first aid station team members, fundraising, and community information booths. Youth volunteers are welcome.
Binky Patrol of Santa Monica
1786 Sunset Avenue
Organization that makes and gives handmade blankets to babies born HIV positive or drug-addicted, children who are abused, in shelters, or foster care needs:
Volunteers to knit or sew blankets (no sewing experience necessary) and to deliver them. Youth volunteers welcome.
Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica
1238 Lincoln Boulevard
Volunteer Coordinator: (310) 393-9629
Educational and Recreational Youth Center needs:
Tutors, mentors and coaches to work with young people ages 7-18. Youth volunteers are welcome.
California Heritage Museum
2612 Main Street
Volunteer Coordinator: (310) 392-8537
Museum with rotating exhibits on decorative arts and the history of Santa Monica and California needs:
Docents/tour guides, museum shop volunteers, data entry for photo archive. Youth volunteers 16-and-over are welcome.
Center For Healthy Aging
Ken Edwards Center
1527 4th Street
Director of Volunteer Services:
Organization providing health and other services for older adults needs:
Assistance with health screenings, primary medical care, health education, peer counseling, mental health services, friendly visiting, money management; fundraising and clerical support.
Child Development Services
2802 4th Street
(310) 399-5865, ext. 539
Preschools for children three months to five years, after school care for school aged children needs:
Volunteers to work in the classrooms. Youth volunteers are welcome.
The Children’s Nature Institute
1440 Harvard Avenue
Volunteer Coordinator: (310) 998-1151
Organization that provides field trips, workshops, and events for children to teach respect for wildlife, parklands and each other through fun educational activities, needs:
Nature walk and field trip assistance, clerical assistance, project organizing.
City of Santa Monica
1685 Main Street
Volunteer Program: (310) 458-8300
Volunteers in a variety of areas, including: animal shelter, police department, Farmers’ Markets, special events, Westside Special Olympics, youth and senior activities. Youth volunteers are welcome.
1871 9th Street
Volunteer Coordinator: (310) 314-6220
Alcohol and drug addiction recovery program needs:
Twelve-step program meeting leaders, Bargain Center retail supervisors, clerical assistance, gardening and building project assistance.
The Westside HIV Community Center
2012 Lincoln Boulevard
Volunteer Coordinator: (310) 314-5480
Organization providing services to westside residents living with HIV/AIDS, and community education and outreach needs:
Administrative support, HIV testing services, receptionists, community booth and special event volunteers. Youth volunteers are welcome.
Daybreak Day Center and Shelter (Ocean Park Community Center)
1610 7th Street
Volunteer Coordinator: (310) 450-0650
Day Center providing food, showers, clothing, advocacy, and shelter providing transitional housing, case management, and independent living skills for homeless mentally ill women needs:
Volunteers to prepare meals, socialize with women, provide clerical assistance, teach classes (such as yoga, art, resume writing).
18th Street Arts Complex
1639 18th Street
Volunteer Coordinator: (310) 453-3711
Non-profit arts center supporting artists and art organizations dedicated to issues of community and diversity and contemporary society needs:
Clerical assistance, database work, publicity.
The Elizabeth Glazer
Pediatric AIDS Foundation
2950 31st Street #125
Volunteer Coordinator: (310) 314-1459
Organization that identifies, funds, and conducts critical pediatric AIDS research needs:
Clerical and administrative assistance, fundraising. Youth volunteers are welcome.
The Foundation for Consumer
& Taxpayer Rights
2701 Ocean Park Boulevard, #150
Volunteer Coordinator: (310) 392-0522
Consumer protection organization that promotes the Oaks project, challenges unfair insurance and educates the community on healthcare issues needs:
Grassroots activists with the Oaks program (a program which devotes itself to public participation and democracy), clerical assistance. Youth Volunteers are welcome.
Heal the Bay
3220 Nebraska Avenue
Volunteer Coordinator: (310) 453-0395
Organization promoting the health and safety of Los Angeles County coastal waters through education, community action, policy programs and research needs:
Beach cleaners, beach captains for “coastal cleanup day” in September, Malibu Creek stream monitors, fundraising, speakers bureau representatives, clerical help. Youth volunteers are welcome.
Helping Other People Eat (HOPE)
P.O. Box 3622
Santa Monica, CA 90408
Program Director: (310) 399-7020
Co-Directors: Paul Grymkowski, Moira LaMountain
Community-based nonprofit striving by means of direct action to eradicate hunger on the Westside needs:
Volunteers to collect and/or serve food, people with vehicles are especially needed.
International Wildlife Education
& Conservation (IWEC)
237 Hill Street
Volunteer and Intern Coordinator:
Grassroots wildlife conservation organization promoting the healing benefits of the human-animal bond and animal well-being in captivity and in the wild
Animal handlers, computer and newsletter help, and those with animal behavior or biology background. Also needs volunteers for Create-a-Smile Animal Assisted Therapy Team and Ride 2 Heal Therapeutic Riding Center.
Jewish Family Service
of Santa Monica
1424 4th Street, 3rd Floor
Non-profit, non-sectarian family service agency providing counseling for all ages, including an in-home senior program, needs:
Administrative assistance, friendly visitors and case aides for seniors, volunteers for holiday events. Youth volunteers are welcome.
Meals on Wheels
Santa Monica-Malibu-Pacific Palisades
P.O. Box 7001
or (310) 394-7558
Group committed to enhancing wellness by providing quality nutritious meals, nutrition education, coordinating community resources and referrals for homebound people, enabling them to maintain their independence and quality of life, needs:
Drivers, assistants to the drivers, clerical help, grant writing. Youth volunteers are welcome.
Retired Senior and Volunteer Program (R.S.V.P.)
A Program of WISE Senior Services
1328 22nd Street
Director of Volunteer Services:
Program which assists individuals 55 and over to put their skills and life experiences to work for their communities by guiding them in finding volunteer placements in non-profit agencies in Santa Monica and environs needs: people over 55 who are interested in volunteering. R.S.V.P. places volunteers in a wide variety of agencies, from hospitals to museums.
St. John’s Health Center
1328 22nd Street
Director of Volunteer Services:
Hospital and health center needs: clerical assistance, patient escorts, aides for Heart Institute and John Wayne Cancer Institute, gift shop volunteers. Youth volunteers 16-and-over are welcome.
1533 4th Street
Coordinator of Volunteer Services: (310) 451-1358
Agency providing social services to low income and homeless people, including case management, emergency food, referrals for shelters and other services, ESL classes, bible studies and educational and activity programs for youth needs:
Receptionists to meet and greet clients, clerical help, grocery bagging for food pantry. Youth volunteers are welcome.
Santa Monica College
1900 Pico Boulevard
Volunteer Coordinator: (310) 434-4419
Community college needs:
Assistance in various departments, including admissions, records, and the library.
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District
1638 17th Street
Coordinator of School and Community Partnerships: (310) 450-8338
School District serving elementary – high school-aged children in Santa Monica and Malibu needs:
Tutors in kindergarten – 12 grades, mentors for secondary school students, career mentors.
Santa Monica Museum of Art
2525 Michigan Avenue, Bldg. G-1
Museum Administrator: (310) 586-6488
Museum that exhibits work of art by local artists needs:
Assistance with special events, gallery sitting, clerical help. Youth volunteers are welcome.
Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center
1250 16th Street
Manager of Volunteer Services:
Hospital and Medical Center needs:
Volunteers to interact with patients and their families, clerical help.
Santa Monica YMCA
1332 6th Street
Volunteer Director: (310) 393-2721
Physical fitness and family activity center needs:
Babysitters, assistance in the fitness center, aquatics, weight room and at the front desk. Youth Volunteers are welcome.
Sojourn Services for Battered Women and Their Children (Ocean Park Community Center)
P.O. Box 7081
Hotline Coordinator: (310) 264-6646
Comprehensive domestic violence service agency that offers services including a 24-hour hotline, shelter, support groups, emergency response, children’s program and legal advocacy needs:
Hotline volunteers, support group facilitators, peer counselors, children’s program volunteers, emergency response team members, legal accompaniment. Attendance at a forty-hour training is required (Next training begins in Spring 2003). Youth volunteers 16-and-over are welcome.
Step-up on Second
1328 2nd Street
Job Coach: (310) 394-6889
Organization providing day services for adults with severe and persistent mental illness needs:
Facilitators for educational and support groups, assistance with outings and holiday events.
Turning Point Transitional Housing (Ocean Park Community Center)
1447 16th Street
Volunteer Coordinator: (310) 828-6717
Transitional housing program for homeless men and women that provides services including job counseling, life skills classes, money management, with the goal of transitioning residents into permanent independent housing and into the workforce needs:
Volunteers to prepare and serve breakfast and dinner meals, phone monitors, clerical help, special instructors (art, yoga, resume writing, etc.) Youth volunteers 15-and-over are welcome.
UCLA Ocean Discovery Center
1600 Ocean Front Walk
Volunteer Coordinator: (310) 393-6149
Educational aquarium with programs for school children and the general public needs:
Educational and wet lab docents, microscope docents, activity box monitors, admissions and information assistance, bookstore and gift shop volunteers. Training is provided. Youth volunteers 16-and-over are welcome.
Upward Bound House
1104 Washington Ave.
Volunteer Coordinator: (310) 458-7779
Housing with supportive services for senior citizens and homeless families needs:
Childcare, clerical assistance, computer class teachers and senior citizen companionship. Youth volunteers are welcome.
The Wellness Community -WLA
2716 Ocean Park Boulevard
Volunteer Coordinator: (310) 314-2555
Program providing psychological, social and emotional support to cancer patients and their families needs:
Receptionists, clerical help, outreach, fundraising, volunteers for special events. Youth volunteers are welcome.
Westside Food Bank
P.O. Box 1565
Program Director: (310) 828-6016
Food distribution service to 30-40 local social service agencies needs:
Office work, primarily computer-based, and delivery assistance for “second helpings” program. Volunteers are used on an as-needed, will-call basis. Youth volunteers are welcome.
WISE Senior Services
1527 4th Street
Director, R.S.V.P. Program: (310) 394-9871
Organization providing adult day care, elder abuse prevention, long-term care ombudsman, paratransit transportation needs:
Assistance in adult day care program, friendly visitors, long-term care, ombudsman, transportation. Youth volunteers are welcome.
YWCA of Santa Monica
2019 14th Street
Office Manager: (310) 452-3881
Organization providing women’s and children’s fitness, self-defense workshops, after school child care, crafts, sports, GED diploma program, career counseling, transitional housing program for young women emancipated from foster care, teen media literacy projects, girls’ basketball, breast cancer support and education, career mentoring, workshops on financial planning, speech writing, CPR, parenting and outreach programs needs:
Volunteers to participate in and assist with all of the above services listed. Also, assistance with special events, computer needs, Board of Directors’ activities. Youth volunteers are welcome.
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