Volunteer to Support Your Community

Working Together Project was created by Elaine Wissucheck

Our community is dependent on a strong spirit of volunteerism. The Youth Center supports the community through this website which links volunteers with volunteer opportunities. Volunteer opportunities in our community for middle and high school students range from refereeing youth games to shelving and organizing books and food.

To Volunteer at The Youth Center or any other organizations, see more information below.

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 Precious Life Shelter and Thrift Shop (562) 431-5025 http://www.preciouslifeshelter.org/ Flexible, but they need help mostly on Saturdays from 10:00- 3:00 , especially on the 2nd Saturday of each Monday Volunteer opportunities can include doing any type of service at our Thrift and Gift Shop especially on Saturdays from 10-3 and especially the 2nd Saturday as they have a huge Yard Sale.  Precious Life provides a safe, loving environment for the woman who has no such place to have her child. Our clients have chosen to work toward selfreliance for herself and her child. Whether she parents or places her child for adoption, PLS supports her throughout the process. 
 Boy Scouts  (714) 546-4990 http://www.ocbsa.org/category/joinScouting/boy-Scouts-membership/ Vary - usually weekly meetings and weekend events Join a Boy Scout Troop. Boy Scout Troops are mixed with all grade levels for boys age 11 - 18. Food collections, cleaning and building projects and working with younger scouts are a few of the types of service done by Boy Scouts both in groups and by individuals. Leadership training within service opportunities is also encouraged. To prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. 
 Camp Fire Long Beach (562) 421-2725 www.campfirelb.org  Help with weekly summer camps and participate in monthly service projects that focus on the outdoors and environment. Join a Camp Fire group that meets monthly. It is best to join in elementary or middle school but you can join in high school. Camp Fire groups are co-ed and organized by grade level. To volunteer at summer day camp, you must attend training in the spring. Young people want to shape the world. Camp Fire provides the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are. In Camp Fire, it begins now. Light the fire within 
 National Charity League (562) 431-6505 www.nclsocoast.org  Some of the opportunities to serve in our community include working at local philanthropies that offer food, clothing, and personal items to individuals and families in need along with a teen shelter and a residential refuge for homeless women. We work with the elderly, adults with mental and physical disabilities and children who need help with homework. We also raise funds to support these philanthropies Our mission is to foster mother-daughter relationships in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences. 
 AYSO  www.ayso159.org Saturdays 8:00 am- 5:00pm Referee youth soccer games To develop and deliver quality youth soccer programs, which promote a fun, family environment based on our six AYSO philosophies 
 Girl Scouts (800) 979-9444 http://www.girlscoutsoc.org/en/about-girl-scouts/join.aspx Vary- usually weekly meetings and specific planned events Help with younger Girl Scouts in troops and summer camps and share in meaningful projects that promote civic responsibility. Community service may be simple things like planting flowers or cheering up older adults at a senior residence or it may start to be more expansive projects, like beach clean-ups, food and clothing collections for the needy or troops overseas, and helping children in long-term care facilities Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place 
 Katella Senior Living (562) 596-2773 www.katellaseniorliving.com Flexible Special events/parties, Discussion groups, Volunteering one-to-one with a resident, Music groups, Reading to residents, Outings, Craft programs, Show movies, slides, etc., Nail painting/manicures, Bingo, games, cards, puzzles, etc., Virtual (web-based), Other  To create and manage living environments that emphasize quality of life and enable residents and staff to achieve an optimum level of well-being, and to enrich the quality of life of our residents by creating a sustainable, nurturing and professional environment through caring, personalized service. 
 Lee Elementary School (562) 799-4540  alaughlin@losal.org  Contact Amy Laughlin to ask about service opportunities  
Multiple causes Los Alamitos High School Service Clubs (562) 799-4780 http://www.losal.org  Clubs include: American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Autism Youth Ambassadors, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Cause for Paws, Choose the Right, California Scholarship Federation, Guide Dogs of America, Griffins With A Mission, Habitat for Humanity, and much more!  
Multiple causes Los Alamitos PTA (562) 619-4422 judysearing@yahoo.com  Youth volunteers help at school fundraisers and other events. Contact Judy Searing for opportunities within LAUSD. To be a powerful voice for all students, a relevant resource for families and the communinity, and a strong advocate for the education and well-being of every student. 
 Los Alamitos/Rossmoor Library (562) 430-1048 http://ocgov.com/ocgov/OC%20Public%20Libraries See website For General volunteering opportunities: 9th grade and above. For the summer reading program: must be at least entering 8th grade in the fall. Assist with Shelving of books and other materials, assist with preparation of children’s programs such as craft programs and story time, register kids for the summer reading program, and assist with other tasks as needed. Empower & Enrich our communities 
 McAuliffe Middle School (714) 816-3320 aallen@losal.org  Contact school principal Annie Allen to ask about service opportunities  
 Oak Middle School (562) 799-4740 ekominsky@losal.org  Contact school principal Erin Kominsky to ask about service opportunities   
Animals SpcaLA (562) 570-7722 http://www.spcala.com/ Volunteers must sign up and commit to 8 hours a month (2 hours a week) for a year Youth Volunteers must submit the youth volunteer application, which can be found online, and attend and orientation. All applicants must have medical insurance and provide details as requested. All applicants must be willing to make the one-year commitment. All youth applicants must be 12-17 years old & submit their application with the General Volunteer Application of their adult teammate.  Dedicated to the prevention of cruelty to animals through Education, Law Enforcement, Intervention, and Advocacy 
School Weaver Elementary School (562) 799-4580 rbriggerman@losal.org  Contact school principal Robert Briggerman to ask about service oppotunities Weaver School believes in and focuses on a collaborative team effort with our staff, students, parents, and community members. We do not take lightly the trust you have placed in us with the education and well-being of your child. The school’s culture reflects the highest standard of professional dedication and performance.  
 Grateful Hearts Thrift Shop 562-431-0880 http://www.gratefulhearts.org/new Tues. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Wed. 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Sat. 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Must be 14 or older. Fill out application, go through short interview process, complete 1.5 hour training session. Will be shown opportunities upon acceptance Our mission is to meet the physical needs of those who are hurting and broken- hearted in our community. The Storehouse exists to distribute food, clothing, furniture and necessary household items to those in need. This is accomplished through the ongoing programs provided by our organization that are held throughout the year. 
Food Distribution Food Finders 562-283-1400 foodfinders.org M-F 9am-5pm Must be at least 16 or else accompanied by parent/adult. Most of the projects that use youth assistance in this organization are food drive sorting/packing, office/administration and sometimes help at events serving food and other tasks. Food Finders is a community-based food rescue organization that serves as a conduit for food, education, and awareness between donors, volunteers, agencies and people in need. 
Youth Shelter Casa Youth Shelter (562) 594-6825 Ask for Christina  casayouthshelter.org  Flexible Youth volunteers will mostly be doing off site work including food drives, gift card drives, hygiene kit collection, and assembly, book drives, school supply drives, sock and underwear drives, and sporting equipment drives.  The purpose of Casa Youth Shelter is to provide temporary shelter for runaways and youth in crisis, enabling them to come through the crisis with an increased personal strength and a sense of renewal while in a supportive environment, with family reunification as a primary goal. 
 Friday Night Lights 562-756-5307 losalfnl.com Fridays 3pm-9:30pm Must be high school aged. Picking up trash, working in the snack shack, and setting up fields To bring a high quality FUN Flag Football league to the cities of Seal Beach and Los Alamitos 
 Hopkinson Elementary School (562) 799-4500 egarcia@losal.org 10am - 2:30pm Contact school principal Evelyn Garcia to ask about service opportunities.  
 Los Alamitos Elementary School (714) 816-3300 gwilliams@losal.org  Contact school principal Dr. Sunghie Okino to ask about service opportunities  
 Rosmoor Elementary School (562) 799-4520 abelsha@losal.org  Contact principal Kiva Spiratos to ask about service opportunities  
Veteran Services Veteran's Services Center 714.749.3656 veteranservicescenter.org (M) 7am- 11pm (T-W) 6am-9pm (Th) 6am-6pm (F) 6am-12am (Sat-Sun) 6am-7pm The Volunteer Corps membership is open to anyone who is at least 18 years of age, and for high school juniors and seniors with parent written authorization. An orientation to the Volunteer Corps' duties and responsibilities is required in order to become a volunteer. During the orientation, an assessment of the skills and experiences of the candidate are reviewed. After completing an application, a period of On the Job Training (OJT) is scheduled. During OJT, a mentor will teach the new volunteers the personal, and informational skills necessary to be effective. To provide partnership, services, support, and resources to service members, veterans, and their families. 
Multiple causes We Care (562) 598-9790 wecarelosalamitos.org M-F 10am-2:30pm Various types of service depending on the needs of the organization such as working in the food pantry. Email first to set up an appointment for your volunteer opportunity. WE CARE’s Mission is to do our best to keep families within our community safely housed by providing a comprehensive, seamless range of services that begin by preventing homelessness whenever possible. 
Multi causes McGaugh Elementary School (562) 799-4560 rellis@losal.org  Contact principal Jerry Gargas to ask about service opportunities  
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