In the Mood to Volunteer? Keep These 6 L.A. Charities in Mind

Sure, you could just write a check, but consider spending time assisting these inventive nonprofits that empower and improve

You tossed some loose change into a Salvation Army bucket, and it felt good. Want to hang on to that natural high even longer? Spend time assisting these worthwhile causes.


Sustainability meets charity at this urban farm located at Bell Shelter, a homeless care facility. Flex your green thumb and help feed those in need. If getting your hands dirty isn’t for you, GrowGood is always looking for people to run outreach, provide program support, and help fundraise.

Free Arts

Volunteers help put together events and workshops at this safe space where abused children can express themselves artistically. Own a surplus of art supplies? Check the wish list of items needed.

Downtown Women’s Center

Housing more than 210 homeless women and providing employment workshops and other services to roughly 4,000 women, the center is always in need of volunteers. Become a resident host or take part in a cooking club.

Homeboy Industries

This nonprofit has become a local institution with its gang-prevention focus, offering counseling, legal help, tattoo removal, job training, and other assistance to help Angelenos shape their lives.

Friends of the L.A. River

FoLAR hosts an annual L.A. River cleanup that has drawn 6,000 volunteers and filled 15 dumpsters. If interacting with the public is your thing, become a docent and help with political advocacy, tours, and teaching children about the historic importance of this waterway. 570 W. Avenue 26, Cypress Park,


The organization focuses on promoting human-animal bonds by helping elderly people and those with life-threatening disabilities care for their furry friends. Walk dogs, foster an animal, or deliver pet food.

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