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LIST OF COMMUNITY AGENCIES

Below is a list of agencies and programs that are currently available for CSULA student volunteers, interns, and trainees.  To get further information on these service-learning opportunities please click on the name of the agency or contact them by phone or e-mail.  If you are an agency representative and would like your organization included in this program please download, print, and complete the Agency Information Request Form in PDF format.  Acrobat Reader is required to view this document and a free download is available by clicking on the following button:

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Placements by Category (scroll down to view full alphabetical list):

 

Youth and Family
  1. ABC Child Development
  2. Ability First
  3. Alexandria House
  4. All People's Christian Center
  5. California Youth Authority
  6. Children of the Night
  7. Chinatown Services Center
  8. Gang Violence Bridging Project
  9. El Nido Family Services
  10. First A.M.E. Church
  11. Hollygrove
  12. La's Best
  13. Los Angeles Public Library Literacy Program
  14. Los Angeles Team Mentoring
  15. Los Angeles Urban League
  16. Para Los Ninos
  17. Peace Games
  18. Seek
  19. Soledad Enrichment Action
  20. Volunteers of America
Education
  1. Chinatown Services Center
  2. Gang Violence Bridging Project
  3. First A.M.E. Church
  4. LA's Best
  5. Los Angeles Public Library Literacy Program
  6. Los Angeles Team Mentoring
  7. Los Angeles Urban League
  8. Para Los Ninos
  9. Seek
  10. Self Help Graphics
  11. Soledad Enrichment Action
  12. Volunteers of America
  13. Weingart Center
  14. The Wall-Las Memorias Project

 

Mental Health
  1. California Youth Authority
  2. Chinatown Services Center
  3. El Nido Family Services
  4. Seek
  5. Volunteers of America
  6. Weingart Center
  7. Minority AIDS Project
  8. LA Shanti project

 

Health Issues 
  1. AIDS project
  2. Chinatown Services Center
  3. Clean Needles Now
  4. Soledad Enrichment Action
  5. Volunteers of America
  6. Weingart Center
  7. Minority AIDS Project
  8. LA Shanti project
  9. The Wall-Las Memorias Project

 

Women's Issues/Domestic Violence/Rape
  1. Alexandria House
  2. Center for the Pacific Asian Family
  3. Chinatown Services Center
  4. El Nido Family Services
  5. Feminist Majority Foundation
  6. LA Commission on Assault Against Women
  7. Volunteers of America
Community Empowerment and Development
  1. Acorn
  2. Chinatown Services Center
  3. Gang Violence Bridging Project
  4. First A.M.E. Church
  5. International Institute of LA
  6. Los Angeles Urban League
  7. Los Angeles Regional Foodbank
  8. LA Shanti project
  9. Minority AIDS Project
  10. Peace Games
  11. Self Help Graphics
  12. Volunteers of America
  13. The Wall-Las Memorias Project

 

Drug Abuse

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Homelessness 
  1. Volunteers of America
African/African American Communities
  1. First A.M.E. Church
  2. Los Angeles Urban League

 

Gay and Lesbian Communities
  1. LA Gay and Lesbian Center
  2. Volunteers of America

 

Latino Communities
  1. Alexandria House
  2. El Nido Family Services
  3. International Institute of LA
  4. Para Los Ninos
  5. Self Help Graphics
  6. Volunteers of America
  7. ABC Child Development

 

Asian/Asian-American Communities
  1. Center for the Pacific Asian Family
  2. Volunteers of America
  3. ABC Child Development
  4. Chinatown Services Center

 

 

ABC CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNITY SERVICES

3200 N. Rosemead Blvd.

El Monte, CA 91731

Phone: (323) 724-6100

 

Contact: Lucia Liberman-Bert

 

This agency services preschoolers between the ages of 3 to 5 years old at 21 sites from East Los Angeles to West Covina and La Puente.  Most of the family serviced are bilingual and includes a full spectrum of autistic and pervasive developmental delay disorders.  The agency is currently in need of Chinese-speaking (any dialect), Vietnamese-speaking, and naturally Spanish-speaking interns and volunteers.  For more information on undergraduate opportunities with this agency please click here or click here for graduate intern opportunities.

 

ABILITY FIRST (formerly Crippled Children's Society of Southern California)

Main Office:

2555 W. Colorado Blvd. 2nd Floor

Pasadena, CA 91107

Phone: (626) 396-1010

 

Contact: Wendy Feldman, MSW or Radawn Alcorn

 

This agency provides lifespan services specifically designed to help children and adults of all ethnic groups with physical and developmental disabilities realize their full potential.  The agency offers undergraduate volunteer opportunities as well as graduate internships for MSW and MFT candidates.  For further information please call the agency or click here to go to the agency's website.

 

 

 

ACORN (Association of Community Organization for Reform Now)

15 locations in low income neighborhoods please check agency website or call for appropriate placements

Contact: Peter Kuhns: Head Neighborhood Organizer

E-mail: caarcornlaro@acorn.org

ACORN® is the nation's largest community organization of low- and moderate-income families, with over 120,000 member families organized into 600 neighborhood chapters in 45 cities across the country. It organizes people to fight for social change. Its clients are also its members. Click here to find out how to volunteer locally or click here to go to the national website for more information. 

 

AIDS PROJECT LOS ANGELES

611 South Kingsley Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90005

Volunteer/Intern Coordinator: Jim Williams

E-mail: jwilliams@apla.org

(213) 201-1379

 Volunteers provide critically needed services to clients of APLA, advocate on behalf of people with HIV/AIDS, and provide prevention and treatment education and assist APLA staff with office duties and fund-raising activities.  Volunteer Resources is committed to recruit and train volunteers that provide quality, sensitive service to the diverse client base, which we serve. As a department, we work in collaboration with all divisions comprising APLA and AIDS Service Organizations throughout the country to best serve people affected by AIDS. Please go to this agency's Volunteers page, their Internship Opportunities page, or their homepage for further information.

 

 

Alexandria House

426 S. Alexandria Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90020

(213) 381-2649

E-mail: casaalexandria@aol.com 

Alexandria House offers homeless assistance, case management, health and mental health referral, ESL classes, referral to job services, after school and teen programs. Besides helping house residents they also provide Drop in community service. Click here for more information.

 

ALL PEOPLE'S CHRISTIAN CENTER

822 East 20th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90011

(213) 747-6357 ext. 22 or ext 23

Contact: Teresa Moran: RSVP Director or Norma Pacab: Volunteer Coordinator

The All People's Christian Center is a multipurpose community center: It offers parenting classes in Spanish and English, after school program for 1st-5th grades, LA bridges program for 6th-12th grades, free food program providing food and free resources. Click here for more information.

 

BROTHERHOOD CRUSADE

200 East Slauson Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90011

(323) 235-5536

 

Contact: Alonzo Neal

 

The Brotherhood Crusade has a long history of providing social services programs in the Los Angeles area that include job training and tutoring.  If you wish to be a part of something that produces positive change in the inner city please contact the Brotherhood Crusade's volunteer coordinator.  Please contact this agency directly for further information.

 

 

California Youth Authority

13200 S. Bloomfield Ave

Norwalk, Ca. 90650

(562) 868-9979 X 2477

Contact: Rafaela Corella

E-mail:  rafarila@cya.ca.gov

As part of the state's juvenile justice system, the CYA works closely with law enforcement, the courts, prosecutors, probation, and a broad spectrum of public and private agencies concerned with and involved in the problems of youth. They provide a range of education, treatment, and training services for youthful offenders committed by courts; direct these offenders to participate in community and victim restoration; assist local justice agencies with efforts to control crime and delinquency; and encourage the development of state and local programs to prevent crime and delinquency. Click here to find out how to volunteer locally or click here to go to the state website for more information. 

 

 

CENTER FOR PACIFIC ASIAN FAMILIES

543 North Fairfax Ave. Rm. 108

Los Angeles, CA 90036

(323) 653-4045

 

Volunteer Coordinator: Ingrid Park

 

Services or activities: Emergency Shelters, hotline, case management, victim advocacy for adults, teens, and children subjected to sexual assault and domestic violence.  Click here for more information.

 

 

 

Children of the Night

14530 Sylvan St. 

Van Nuys, Ca 91411

(818) 908-4470

Contact: Grace Elias: Volunteer Coordinator

E-mail:  cotnge@aol.com

Children of the Night is a private, non-profit, tax-exempt organization founded in 1979. They are dedicated to assisting children between the ages of 11 and 17 who are forced to prostitute on the streets for food and a place to sleep. Since 1979 they have rescued more than 10,000 girls and boys from prostitution and the domination of vicious pimps. More than 80 percent of these children have remained off the streets. They provide counseling, residential services, referrals to medical and mental health services, case management, education. Short term volunteers can help with workshops, clerical work, public speaking, and street outreach. Click here to find out how to volunteer locally or click here to go to the national website for more information. 

 

 

Chinatown Service Center

767 North Hill ST. 

Los Angeles, Ca 90063

(213) 808-1702

Contact: Judy Ng: Director of Human Resources

E-mail:  jng@apanet.org

Chinatown Service Center is the largest community-based Chinese American health and human service organization in Southern California. With a focus on Los Angeles County, CSC offers a range of services through six departments. These are (1) Social Service, (2) Counseling, (3) Family Health, (4) Community Economic Development, (5) Workforce Development, and (6) Youth Development. Services are available in a variety of Chinese dialects, including Cantonese, Mandarin, Toisan, Chiu Jou, and languages including Vietnamese, Spanish, and Khmer (Cambodian). Click here to find out how to volunteer or click here to go to their website for more information. 

 

 

Clean Needles Now

Multiple sites throughout Los Angeles depending on day of the week. Call for appropriate placement.

(323) 857-5846

Contact: Beth: Director or Teri: Volunteer coordinator

Clean needles now is Los Angeles based needle exchange service for injection drug users. They provide harm reduction, referrals, legal aid, and case management. Click here for more information.

 

Edmund G."Pat" Brown Institute Of Public Affairs
Gang Violence Bridging Project

California State University, Los Angeles. 
5151 State University Drive 
Los Angeles, CA 90032 
Phone: (323) 343-3773 

Fax: (323) 343-3774

Contact: Gilbert D. Sanchez, Project Director

E-mail: gshanche@calstatela.edu 

This project, established in December 1993, addresses three of the most underlying causes of the rise in gangs and gang violence: lack of educational opportunities for youth at-risk or currently involved with gangs; alienation of at-risk youth from productive community involvement; and the failure of public policies to support alternatives to suppression of gang violence prevention. Through grass-roots collaboration, capacity-building within communities, and partnerships with local residents, multicultural community organizations, government and University, the GBVP has been able to develop effective initiatives within its target communities of East Los Angeles, Pico Union/Westlake, and South Central Los Angeles.  Please see this agency's website for further information. 

EL NIDO FAMILY SERVICES

Administrative Office:

500 Shatto Place, Suite 425
Los Angeles, CA 90020

 

Contact Persons: 

Cathy Martinez, Volunteer Coordinator

12502 Van Nuys Blvd #201
Pacoima, CA 91331

Phone: 818-896-7776

Fax: 818-834-7976

E-mail: CATALINAELNIDO@AOL.COM


Alexx Tobeck, San Fernando Valley and Santa Monica
818-896-7776

E-mail: atobeck@elnidofamilycenters.org

Lambra Gatewood, South Central Los Angeles, Carson and Compton
323-971-7360

 

El Nido has been providing services since 1925. Current services include: case management for pregnant and parenting teens, counseling for families affected by child abuse or school failure, parenting classes, and pregnancy prevention programs. This agency has offices in Antelope Valley, Carson, East Compton, Mission Hills, Pacoima, Santa Monica, and three locations in central and south central Los Angeles.  Please see this agency's web page for Volunteer Information or see the web page for Volunteer Matching for further information or contact the agency's staff listed below.

 

 

 

The Feminist Majority Foundation

8105 West Third Street.

Los Angeles, CA 90048

(323) 651-0495

Contact: Sylvia Uriarte: Volunteer Coordinator or Michelle Wood: Intern Coordinator

E-mail: suriarte@feminist.org

The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), which was founded in 1987, is a cutting edge organization dedicated to women's equality, reproductive health, and non-violence. In all spheres, FMF utilizes research and action to empower women economically, socially, and politically. The organization believes that feminists - both women and men, girls and boys - are the majority, but this majority must be empowered. To carry out these aims, FMF engages in research and public policy development, public education programs, grassroots organizing projects, leadership training and development programs, and participates in and organizes forums on issues of women's equality and empowerment. Their sister organization, the Feminist Majority, engages in lobbying and other direct political action, pursuing equality between women and men through legislative avenues. Click here to find out how to volunteer locally or click here to go to the national website for more information. 

 

 

FIRST AME CHURCH

2270 South Harvard Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90018

(323) 730-9180

 

Contact: Rev. Joyce Randall

 

Welfare to work program which offers employer referrals, economic development offers housing assistance and provide training for 1st time home buyers program, 22 clubs and organizations, 30 plus task forces for youth development.  Click here for further information.

 

 

HOLLYGROVE (Home for abused and neglected children)

815 North El Centro Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90038

(323) 463-2119 Ext. 3602

 

Debbie Weston, Manager of Volunteer Services

 

The following is the agency's mission statement: "Hollygrove is child-centered and family focused.  Our mission is to provide abused and neglected children with a safe and nurturing environment where each child can heal and develop emotionally, intellectually, spiritually, and physically.  Our goal is to help our children achieve essential living skills, join healthy families and become responsible, contributing members of society."  For further information please click here.

 

INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF LA

435 s. Boyle Ave.

Los Angeles, Ca 90033

(323) 264-6210

 

Contact: Daniel Mesa

 

The International Institute is a multi-faceted senior center offering a variety of activities and services geared toward older people. Students are able to help out in a number of areas including, support groups, activity planning, home visits, and case-management. For more information please click here.

 

 

LA GAY AND LESBIAN CENTER

1625 N. Schrader Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028

323-993-7684

E-mail: volunteer@laglc.org

 

"The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center exists to:  EMPOWER people to lead full and rewarding lives without limits based on sexual orientation and gender identity, by providing the highest quality educational, cultural, and wellness programs to residents of Los Angeles County; HEAL the damage caused by discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, by providing the highest quality health and social services to residents of Los Angeles County in need; and ADVOCATE full access and equality for all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, by promoting our communities' needs at local, state, and national levels.”   For information on volunteer opportunities please call or e-mail the agency with the information above or see their web page on volunteering.  

 

 

LA's BEST AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT PROGRAM

200 North Main Street, Suite 700

Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 847-0899

 

Contact: Meaghan Townsend

E-mail: mtownsen@mayor.lacity.org

 

Supervised and safe after school education, recreation, and enrichment activities for elementary school children, ages 5 to 12, throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District. Click here for further information.

 

 

 

LA COMMISSION ON ASSAULTS AGAINST WOMEN

Los Angeles Office:

605 West Olympic Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90015

(213) 955-9090

 

Contact: Patti Occhiuzzo Giggans, Executive Director

 

This agency provides counseling for victims of domestic violence. Click here for further information.

 

 

LOS ANGELES PUBLIC LIBRARY LITERACY PROGRAM

4625 West Olympic Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90019

(213) 228-7540

 

Contact: Maggie Johnson

E-mail: mjohnson@lapl.org

 

One in five Americans can't read well enough to meet daily needs.   Literacy volunteers provide individual instruction in basic reading and writing skills.  Training is provided.  For further information please see the agency's Volunteer Opportunities web page.

 

 

Los Angeles Regional Foodbank

1734 East 41st.

Los Angeles, CA 90058

(323) 234-3030

Contact: Ana Martinez: Volunteer Specialist

E-mail:  amartinez@lafoodbank.org

The mission of the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank is to mobilize the resources of our community to fight hunger, the causes of hunger and the problems related to hunger. This is the processing warehouse from food packages for over 1000 charities. They feed over 400,000 people per week. Click here to find out how to volunteer or click here to go to the agency website for more information. 

 

 

 

LOS ANGELES TEAM MENTORING

600 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 620

Los Angeles, CA 90017

(213) 489-5667

 

Contact: Karina Kelly

 

Team mentoring for middle school children throughout the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Click here for further information.

 

 

LOS ANGELES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT (LAUSD) SCHOOL VOLUNTEER PROGRAM (SVP)

450 North Grand Avenue, G253

Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 625-6900

 

Contact: Joan Suter

 

The SVP provides the "Bridge" for community involvement in LAUSD schools.  Services include: recruitment, placement, training, retention and recognition of volunteers from the Los Angeles private and public sectors of schools within the boundaries of the Los Angeles Communities.

  Please contact this agency directly for further information.

 

 

LOS ANGELES URBAN LEAGUE

3450 Mount Vernon Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90008

Phone: (323) 299-9660
Fax: (323) 299-0618

Contact: Sandra Carter, Vice President of Programs

E-mail: scarter@laul.org

 

LAUL has expanded it's programs to include comprehensive services, placement and training to meet the needs of "at-risk" youth, skilled semi-skilled and disadvantaged adults, displaced workers, older workers, small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.  Currently the League operates (16) programs, ten (10) offering classroom training in academic skills development and job-specific vocational training.  Job Placement is the ultimate measurement tool to determine if quality exists in service offered, for this reason, workforce preparation, pre-employment readiness, job development and placement are built-in performance measures in all the League's workforce preparation programs. Please see this agency's website for further information.

 

 

Minority AIDS Project
5149 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90016
(323) 936-4949
Fax (323) 936-4973

Contact: Volunteer Coordinator

Send E-Mail To: MAP5149@aol.com

 

This agency provides case management, home health care, day program, mental health & support groups, counseling & buddy program, housing assistance, transportation assistance, food pantry & clothing bank for individuals diagnosed with HIV and a mobile testing unit with anonymous HIV testing that is open to the public. Please see this agency's website for further information. 

 

PARA LOS NINOS

845 East 6th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Phone: (213) 623-8446, x580 
Fax: (213) 623-8716

 

Contact: Jeanine Uribe, Para Los Niños volunteer coordinator

E-mail: juribe@paralosninos.org

 

This agency is a nonprofit family service agency designed to raise at-risk children out of poverty and into brighter futures through positive educational opportunities and support involving families and communities. The agency serves more than 3,000 families each year and more than 1,200 children, ranging from 6 weeks to 18 years old, each weekday. Programs and services are located at 18 sites in Pico-Union, Central, East and South Central Los Angeles, and Ontario.

  Click here to find out more about the agency. Click here for volunteer information.

 

 

Peace Games, INC

Main Office:

600 Corporate Pointe - 12th floor

Culver City, Ca 90230

(213) 716-4606 or (310) 474-1321 

Contact: Minerva Chavez

 

Peace Games is an innovative violence prevention program that encourages elementary school students to be peacemakers. The unique Peace Games approach engages whole student communities- families, teachers, teens, and college and community volunteers – to teach lessons of cooperation, communication, and conflict resolution using games, discussions, and community service projects. It is the goal of Peace Games to empower children so they may create their own safe classrooms and communities. Click here to go to the Peace Games website for more information.

 

 

SEEK EDUCATION, INC

2050 Huntington Dr.

San Marino, CA 91108

(626) 943-7772

Contact: Terri Peng Volunteer

E-mail: seekeducationinc@yahoo.com

Seek provides behavioral treatment for children with mental health problems or learning disabilities. The agency also provides consultation in home and school settings for children. Volunteers may be assigned to assist therapists in conducting these behavioral treatment programs. Click here for more  information.

 

Self Help Graphics

3802 Cesar Chavez Ave. 

Los Angeles, Ca 90063

(323) 881-6444

Contact: Volunteer coordinator

Agency URL (web address): http://www.selfhelpgraphics.com

Self Help Graphics & Art, Inc. is a community based visual arts center located in the heart of East Los Angeles. Over the past 26 years, Self-Help Graphics has emerged as the leading visual arts institution serving the predominantly Chicano/Mexicano community of Los Angeles. In that time, Self-Help has earned national acclaim for its programs and services which promote the rich contribution of Chicano art and culture to the American landscape. Surrounded by a local population of nearly 3 million Chicanos/Mexicanos, Self-Help Graphics has become a popular and vital community resource of cultural identity and pride, as well as a center of art opportunity, training, and creativity. The mission for Self Help Graphics is three-fold: To foster and encourage the empowerment of local Chicano artists, to present Chicano art to all audiences through its programs and services, and to promote the rich cultural heritage and contribution of Chicano art and artists to the contemporary American experience. Click here to find out how to volunteer or click here to go to the agency website for more information. 

 

 

L.A. Shanti
1616 N. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
voice: 323 962 8197 Ex 326
fax: 323 962 8299
TDD: 323 962 8398

Contact: Johnathan Gaffney, Volunteer Programs Associate

E-mail: volunteer@lashanti.org

Volunteer Training Line: ext. 505 Click here for general volunteer information
Special Events Volunteer Line Line: ext. 551 Click here for information on volunteering for special events
Special Events Info Line Line: ext. 501

This agency provides case management, mental health & support groups, and counseling for individuals diagnosed with HIV.

 

 

Soledad Enrichment Action

3763 E. 4th St.

Los Angeles, CA 90063

(323) 267-0321

Contact: Joe Rodriguez: Director of Family support cooperative group

E-mail: JoeRdrgz@aol.com    (note capital letters)

Soledad Enrichment Action provides a wide variety of programs for kids and their parents. The primary emphasis is on tutoring and mentorship but there is also a focus on education and health. Click here for more  information.

 

VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA LOS ANGELES

3600 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1500
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Tel: 213-389-1500
Fax: 213-385-7599

 

Volunteers of America began services in Los Angeles in 1896. In 1930 the need for a rest stop for itinerant workers brought the opening of a reading room that later became the Men's Service Center. Also, that same year a local Christian mission turned over their entire operation to Volunteers of America.  Today, the affiliate provides Early Head Start and Head Start services, childcare, low income family housing, youth drug and delinquency prevention, Upward Bound and Talent Search, housing and outreach for runaway youth, alcohol and other drug detoxification and recovery services, housing for the homeless, re-entry services for ex-offenders, elderly housing and home-delivered meals. Food programs served 22,674 people in 1997.

Please contact the agency directly using the information above for further details.

 

 

 

WEINGART CENTER FOUNDATION

566 South San Pedro Street

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Phone: 213-689-2264

 

Contact: The Weingart Center Volunteer Coordinator

E-mail: volunteers@weingart.org

 

This agency receives more than 2,000 requests for assistance every day, serves more than 1,300 meals every day, provides housing for over 650 people every day, provides the only medical clinic in the central city (and will soon house the only TB control unit in the region), provides the only mental health crisis intervention clinic in the region, offers small group and one-on-one tutoring in basic literacy and life skills, offers its clients workshops that address the barriers to employment faced by individuals who are homeless, provides transportation tokens for its clients in order to get to job interviews and other appointments.  See this agency's website for further information. Volunteers should click here for further information.  Interns should click here for further information.  

 

 

THE WALL-LAS MEMORIAS PROJECT

111 N. Ave. 56
Los Angeles, CA 90042

(323) 257-1056 Phone
(323) 257-1625 Fax

E-mail:  thewalllasmemorias@earthlink.net

Contact: Allen Caguin

The Wall-Las Memorias Project provides cultural HIV/AIDS awareness to the traditional community. The organization provides outreach and conducted educational sessions at high schools, colleges, health fairs, churches, community forums and neighborhood meetings. Please go to the agencyÂ’s website for more information.

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