FYI: Volunteering in the Arroyo Verdugos
The following organizations can refer you to one of their chapters or affiliated organizations nationwide.
American Association Of Disabled Persons
AADP is an organization dedicated to preserving and uplifting the levels of dignity, unity and civil rights of disabled Americans. Our activities include providing social contact for disabled persons, advocacy/legal clinics, publication of the AADP newsletter and a volunteer resource center.
American Association of Retired Persons
AARP is dedicated to helping middle-aged and older American (50+), both working and retired, achieve lives of independence, dignity and purpose. AARP operates more than 30,000 volunteer programs nationwide. Other activities of the organization include: advocacy, Volunteer Talent Bank, and publication of Modern Maturity magazine.
American Red Cross
The Red Cross brings together trained volunteers and paid staff to help prevent, prepare for, and copy with emergencies. The ARC is chartered by the U. S. Congress to provide disaster relief at home and abroad. It collects, processes and distributes voluntarily donated blood and involves over 1.5 million volunteers. The best way to volunteer for the ARC is to call your local chapter or contact the American Red Cross for the chapter nearest you.
Association of Junior Leagues International
AJLI is the advisory and consulting organization of 285 Junior Leagues across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Great Britain. The Association and member Leagues, comprised of women, are united in a common purpose to promote volunteerism; to develop the potential of the League members for voluntary participation in community affairs; and to demonstrate the effectiveness of trained volunteers. Call the New York office for your local chapter.
Best Buddies is a national organization that operates on college and university campuses where college students can apply and be selected to serve as a "buddy" to a young adult, who is mentally retarded. These friendships promote regular interaction with the buddies.
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America
BB/BSA is the only national youth service organization based on the unique concept of a one-to-one relationship between an adult volunteer and an at-risk child to serve as a mentor and a role model. BB/BSA serves as a unified national voice and advocate for the special needs of children, and acts as a central clearinghouse for the exchange of ideas on service delivery and agency administration. BB/BSA serves and represents over 500 affiliated agencies throughout the nation, who can match volunteers with at-risk children.
Boy Scouts of America
BSA provides an educational program for boys and young adults to build character, train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship and develop personal fitness. The overall program includes opportunities for every age group: Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting, and Exploring. Volunteer adult leaders serve at all levels of Scouting in approximately 380 local councils, 32 areas and 4 regions, and nationally with volunteer executive boards and committees providing guidance.
Camp Fire Boys and Girls
Camp Fire is a national youth agency serving boys and girls from kindergarten through high school. Volunteers and staff help the kids develop self-reliance and self-confidence through a program of informal education and activities.
Christmas in April U.S.A.
Christmas in April is dedicated to keeping low income, elderly, and disabled homeowners living in warmth, safety, independence, and dignity through home repair and rehabilitation volunteer services. There are 116 programs that serve 280 communities.
Compeer matches community volunteers with adults and children diagnosed with mental illnesses. These supportive friendships are one-to-one, group or by phone; friends enjoy everything from a conversation to a special community event and schedule their own time together. Call Compeer to volunteer with the program nearest you, to start a program or for more information.
Corporation for National Service
The Corporation functions as a clearinghouse of information and technical expertise for service initiatives nationwide and as a service "venture capitalist," providing funding on a competitive basis for state and national service programs. The Corporation will administer the AmeriCorps program whereby volunteers can serve both part-time and full-time and receive a post-service award of $4,725 to be used for past or present education expenses. The Corporation will administer Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), Senior Companions and Foster Grandparents. VISTA volunteers work on various projects such as housing, economic development, literacy skills in low-income areas. RSVP offers older adults a meaningful life in retirement through a wide variety of volunteer service that is responsive to community needs. Senior Companion volunteers provide individualized support and assistance to other adults, primarily the frail elderly. Foster Grandparent volunteers provide one-to-one assistance to exceptional needs children including infants abandoned at birth, addicted to drugs or those who are HIV positive.
Easter Seal Society for Disabled Children and Adults, Inc.
The mission of the Easter Seal Society is to provide services that increase independence, function, and productivity of persons with disabilities of all ages and their families. Volunteer opportunities include special event planning, "day-off" assistance, office/clerical support, and assistance with Project M.E.D. and Children's Center Programs.
Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.
Established in 1912, Girl Scouts is dedicated to the development of girls ages 5 through 17 years old or grades kindergarten through 12th. Girl Scouting is a continuous adventure in learning including the importance of community service. 99% of the work is done by volunteers.
Formerly, Girls Clubs of America, Girls Inc. is a network of nearly 750 program centers. Over 8,000 volunteers are involved in programs to meet the needs of girls (ages 6-18) in their communities. Programs focus on substance abuse prevention, support in math and sciences, and teenage pregnancy prevention. Girls Inc., is also involved in research and development of informal educational programs for girls.
Habitat for Humanity International, Inc.
Habitat for Humanity is an Ecumenical Christian housing ministry whose objective is to eliminate poverty housing from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience. Through volunteer labor and management expertise and tax-deductible donations of money and materials, Habitat builds and rehabilitates homes with the help of the homeowner. Over 40,000 volunteers have helped build or rehabilitate over 2,000 homes for low-income families in the U.S. and in developing countries. (See local affiliates)
The Holiday Project
The Holiday Project is a nationwide, nonprofit public benefit corporation whose volunteers visit with people confined to hospitals, nursing homes and other institutions during Christmas and Chanukah and on other holidays throughout the year. During the 19911992 year, 15,442 volunteers visited with 135,007 people confined in 1,423 facilities in 411 communities in 30 states. Currently, Holiday Project chapters are represented in 36 states.
Laubach Literary Action (LLA)
LLA is the U.S. program of Laubach Literacy International. LLA has a network of 1,000 local programs involving more than 100,000 volunteer tutors across the U>S>, that reach over 150,000 new readers each year. Programs focus on English as a second language, basic literacy skills, and math and writing skills. Additional services include print and audio-visual resources, consultation, technical assistance and on-site training.
Literacy Volunteers of America
LVA combats illiteracy through a network of 455 community volunteer literacy programs in 45 states. These affiliates provide individualized student-centered instruction in basic literacy and English as a second language for adults and teens. They provide pre-service training and technical support to volunteers.
March of Dimes
The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects and infant mortality through community service, advocacy, and education. There are 112 local chapters. Volunteer opportunities include fund raising, administrative and other support services needed by the local chapters.
National Court Appointed Special Advocates Association (CASA)
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) is a nationwide movement of community volunteers who speak for abused or neglected children in court. The National CASA Association represents 556 CASA programs and 33,000 trained CASA volunteers in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
NESC involves senior executive retirees as volunteer counselors for national nonprofit organizations in the areas of education, health, religion, social services and the arts.
National 4-H Council
4-H is part of the cooperative extension service in each county as part of the USDA (Department of Agriculture). 4-H is a co-educational youth education program for ages 5-19. Volunteers can serve as club leaders and/or project leaders.
OASIS (Older Adult Service and Information System) is a national organization operating in 24 U>S> cities. OASIS is dedicated to providing a means for older adults to live independently, to expand their knowledge and to remain productive individuals. OASIS involves over 200,000 volunteers in its programs such as Educational Organizational Services and International Tutor Programs.
The goal is to provide year round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with mental retardation to create opportunities to develop physical fitness, courage, build skills, become a part of the community and make friends. (See Southern California Special Olympics)
The Virtual Volunteering Project
Contact the Virtual Volunteering Project for information on participating non-profit organizations, or learn how to find "virtual volunteers" for your organization. For more information, read this article on this new trend in volunteer service.
The YMCA gives people of all kinds support they need to succeed. The YMCA nurtures the healthy development of children and promotes positive behavior in teens. Local Y's are also reaching out to more and more children and families of low income communities and high risk environments.
The YWCA is the largest nonprofit community service organization in America, meeting the health and social service needs of 14 million people. It provides value-based prevention programs such as Art Gallery, Art Computer, Language, and Personnel Growth for the healthy development of children and teens and for the strengthening of families. It further offers many athletic facilities.
Volunteers of America, Inc.
VOA is a national nonprofit Christian ministry of service, operating more than 500 volunteer-based programs in over 200 communities in the areas of food, clothing, and shelter; health and rehabilitation; corrections; employment; and education.
Youth Service America
YSA works to promote opportunities for young people to serve their communities and their country. YSA provides assistance to full-time service and conservation corps and school-based service programs. YSA develops, collects, and distributes information and publications on youth service; develops policy on youth service; and assists in the professional development of personnel involved in administering youth service programs.
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