Volunteer Opportunities for Willing Helpers

El Vaquero Staff Writer

The Salvation Army is not the only organization that offers opportunites for volunteer work.

Here is a brief list of places where one can lend a hand.

Chrysalis — Volunteers wanted to help giftwrap toys for upcoming Holiday Parties. Help is needed from Dec. 11 through 13 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., and possibly the morning of Dec. 14. Chrysalis is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping economically disadvantaged and homeless individuals become self-sufficient through employment opportunities. For more information, contact Sehnita Mattison at (213) 895-7777, ext. 700.

Dream Center — The Dream Center is wrapping 10,000 toys to hand out this holiday season. Each session of gift wrapping is three hours long. There will be a brief wrapping class 15 minutes prior to session. Volunteers are needed through Dec. 14. For more information, contact Danny Slavens Jr. at (213) 273-7081.

Food on Foot — Volunteer registrations are now being accepted for the BIG Christmas Day celebration on Dec. 25. Volunteers are needed to distribute food and sleeping bags to over 500 homeless and poor individuals. The event will start at 2 p.m. and will run for approximately three hours. Volunteer spaces are limited and there is a $70 registration fee per person (including children.) Fees payable in advance by credit card only. For more information, contact Jay Goldinger at (310) 442-0088 or visit www.foodonfoot.org.

Best Buddies International — Want to make friends with someone new and make a huge impact on someone else’s life? Best Buddies International is seeking people to participate in their Citizens Program which matches volunteers with people with intellectual disabilities so that they can begin one-to-one friendships. For more information contact Derek Scalia at (800) 89-BUDDY or visit www.bestbuddies.org.

Covenant House California — The Covenant House California is currently seeking volunteers to help with their CHC Vocational program in Gardening and Horticulture. Volunteers are needed to help conduct workshops and absolutely no experience is required. All workshops are conducted through pre-written curriculum. Workshops will be held twice a month on a weekday to be determined based on schedule needs volunteers. Commitment to entire program is not required; just once a month for about three hours plus brief training will suffice. Workshops will include an introduction to the garden, composting and landscape design. For more information, contact Rashida Crutchfield at (323) 461-3131 or visit www.covenanthouseca.org.

Hope for the Homeless — Volunteer internship opportunity in a drug abuse program. Opportunities include Case Management, Substance Abuse Counseling, Community Organizing, Services, Non-Profit Administration and Employment Services. Basic requirements include a school syllabus, criminal background check, driver’s license and a TB test. For more information, contact Volunteer Coordinator Brandon Miller at (213) 612-0927.

For additional volunteer opportunities visit www.volunteermatch.org.