Independent Volunteer Opportunities

If you would like to earn hours at an Independent Event that is not already on the approved list, then you must contact the AGS President to make arrangements for you to present your Independent Hours Opportunity at an AGS Board meeting.  You must obtain a letter from the organization, printed on organization letterhead, signed by an official of the organization, indicating the planned dates, planned number of hours to be worked, and the type of duties to be performed. The Opportunity must be open and available to any other AGS member who may be interested.
             
Hours completed at an Independent Volunteer Opportunity will only count if
the hours were approved by the AGS Board BEFORE the hours were earned.

Each time that you go to an Independent Volunteer event, you must have an AGS
Independent Hours sheet to be filled out in ink and signed by the event coordinator or representative.  If there are changes to the form, they must be initialed by the representative.  The printed name and phone contact of the repre-
sentative must also be on the Independent Hours form.

Remember: You must complete a total of 20 hours in order to receive recognition. A maximum of 10 hours may come from independent volunteer opportunities. A minimum of 10 hours must come from attendance of at least 2 events. It is your responsibility to track all independent volunteer opportunities with the Independent Hours Sheet.

You can also obtain independent hours sheet, from Applications & Forms page.


APPROVED INDEPENDENT OPPORTUNITIES:

Tutoring at Marina Del Rey Middle School new

Where:
Marina Del Rey Middle School, 12500 Braddock Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90066.
Time:
During or after school.
Contact:
Lindsey Farris: (310) 910-3477 or lindseyfarris@hotmail.com

Latino Center/African American Center

Where:
Santa Monica College, at the Counseling Village (near Pearl Street)
Time:
Very flexible.
Description:
Be aware, Latino Center needs volunteer tutors weekly and have a stable schedule instead of going there and only work for several hours.
Latino Center:  (310) 434-4459
African American Center: (310) 434-4232

Work at the Welcome Center!

When:
Very flexible
Where:
Welcome Center at SMC, on the east side of the cafeteria.
Description:
You must be outgoing, friendly, and willing to help new first time students.
Contact:
Please see Vinnessa Cook at Cayton center 110 to apply!

KCRW (Santa Monica Public Radio)

When:

These are the shifts that are available:

7:00A - 9:00A
9:00A - 12:00N
12:00N - 3:00P
3:00P - 6:00P
4:30P - 7:30P

Contact:
Connie (volunteerform@kcrw.org) or at (310) 450-5183
Description:
Volunteers are needed to help at the Santa Monica Radio Station. New volunteers usually start as a receptionist or office assistant.
Requirments:
Read requirements in link and  fill-out (and return) the questionnaire to volunteer@kcrw.org To learn more send an email.

SMC PEER TUTORING PROGRAMS:

Mr. Green's Math Lab

Where:
Math Lab
When:
Monday and Wednesday from 11 - 12 noon
Contact:
Mr. Green at (green_terry@smc.edu) or (310) 434-4728

Developmental Math Classroom Tutor

Where:
On campus and satellite campus
When:
Days and hours vary
Description:
Fran Manion matched an AGS member with an instructor who is interested in having a classroom tutor during in-class collaborative learning assignments.
Contact:
Fran Manion at (manion_fran@smc.edu) or (310) 434-4722, Math Department, Office 40H

ESL Program

Where:
SMC
When:
Arrange the hours with the contact person
Contact:
Director of International Programs, Darryl Keith Ogatha. (310) 434-4159
Requirements:
To assist the instructors and to participate in tutoring ESL courses.
For more information about tutoring at SMC visit (http://www.smc.edu/apps/comm.asp?%241=176

Learning Disabilities Tutoring Program

Duties:
Help students who has difficulties in subjects such as Math, English, and Bio3.
Where:
Learning Disability Center located next to the Math Lab.
Contact:
Audre Morris:  (310) 434-4684

Modern Language Lab

Duties:
Tutoring students in Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, French, etc.
Where:
Modern Language Lab at Drescher Hall 219
Contact:
  Rickey Madison or Ann Mirsky, (310) 434-4625

 

OFF-CAMPUS VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Work with Developmentally Challenged Students

Where:
SMC Emeritus campus
When:
Mon & Wed 2:15 - 4:45 (two different people can fill the positions) Thursday 2-4
Description:
Special program that works with developmentally challenged non-academic students attending a Life Skills program.
Contact:
Lunne M. Fuqua Disabled Students Services Specialist Ext: 4265

John Adams Middle School

Description:
Tutoring students in grades six through eight at John Adams Middle School
Location:
The school is located right across the street from Santa Monica College, on the corner of Pearl Street and 16th Street.
Types of Volunteer Tutoring:
ONE-ON-ONE TUTORING:
A tutor able to commit to at least one hour per week for the entire school year will be assigned a specific student with whom the tutor will work each week. This would take place during JAMS school hours, or right after school. The match would be made according to hours available, and subject strengths. Tutors can work their hour(s) anytime Mondays through Thursdays: 8:30-4:45 p.m., Fridays: 9:30-2:48.
A tutor who works in this capacity is encouraged to provide more than academic assistance. We ask that they become a role model and mentor as well, helping their student with organization, time management, and other necessary study skills important for student success. The impact of such a relationship on the JAMS student here is immeasurable.
SMART MOVES:
A tutor who is able to commit specifically to Wednesday afternoons from 3-5 for the entire school year can work with a new program called Smart Moves, a tutoring project already in place. The tutors would attend a training, and then work one-on-one with an assigned student. Participating in the project is a wonderful opportunity for both the tutor and JAMS student.
DROP-IN TUTORING:
A tutor unable to commit to regular weekly sessions or make a yearlong commitment but is still interested in volunteering at JAMS can work after school with students. JAMS has a program where teachers are available after school for drop-in tutoring in the library. The subject need is potluck, depending on the JAMS students who come in. An SMC tutor is most welcome to provide help in this program with the teachers. This program takes place Mondays through Thursdays, from 3-4:45.
Signing Up For the Program
  1. A potential tutor initially will need to complete two forms: an application form and a TB Test form. All tutors are required to have a recent TB test. TB tests are given free of charge in the SMC Health Office if needed. After getting the TB test results (or using past test results not older than two years), the forms can be submitted to me Maria Rodriguez, our wonderful point person at JAMS.
  2. Next, the tutor will meet with Ms. Rodriguez. She will give a brief orientation, then provide the next steps on how the student can get started, depending on the type of tutoring the SMC student will be offering. This should be a pretty quick process so the student can get started right away!
JAMS Contact:
Maria Rodriguez, Community Liaison, 310-452-2326, extension 215, mrodriguez@mail.smmusd.org




Neighborhood Youth Association

Date:
Monday-Friday
Time:
3pm-7pm
Location:
3877 Grandview Blvd. Los Angeles, Ca 90066
Description:
Tutor or be a sports instructor for grades 1-12
Parking:
At the Neighborhood Youth Association parking lot or at the elementary school next door, Grandview Elementary School
Contact:
Vasquez (310) 751-0241

Boys & Girls Club of Venice After School Program - Coeur D'Alene Elementary School

When:
Monday-Thursday from 2:30pm-4pm
Where:
Coeur D'Alene Elementary School, 810 Coeur D'Alene Ave. Venice, CA 90291
Program details:
Power Hour:
Daily homework help supervised by Boys & Girls Club Staff and Volunteers.
Tutoring:
One on one tutoring, members are matched with Boys & Girls Club Staff and volunteer tutors.
Computer Classes (Club Tech):
Members are taught basic computer skills along with internet safety through engaging multimedia activities. ARTS & CRAFTS, SPORTS, ACTIVITIES AND GAMES also need help!!!!!
Contact:
Armando Diaz or Gregg Weinstein at (310) 390-4477

Westchester Recreation Center's Halloween Haunted House

When:
From now on until October 31 Call 310-670-7473 to get the time for volunteering.
Where:
Westchester Recreation Center, 7000 W. Manchester Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90045
Description:
Volunteers will help construct haunted house, setting up & running carnival booths, being monsters & ushers etc. Volunteers will also experience with performing arts, make-up.
Requirement:
You will have to fill in an application form. You can get the application form Charles, the AGS External Vice President in the Tuesday board meeting or in the Thursday general meeting.
Contact:
Call (310)-670-7473 for more details

Children's Hospital of Los Angeles Blood/Platelet Donation

Description:
Volunteers may donate blood (1 Hour) or platelets (2 hours). Show your parking ticket when you donate to get it validated. You Must Provide Proof of Donation (e.g. receipt)
Where:
Children's Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA), 4650 Sunset Blvd., 1st floor (Corner of Sunset & Vermont)
When:
Arrange the hours with the contact person always by appointment.
Contact:
George (323) 361-2370
Requirements:
To donate blood, one must be healthy, at least 17 years old, and weigh 110 pounds or more. No tattoos or piercings under 12 months.

Revlon Run/Walk For Women

Description:
Help the Revlon Run/Walk for Women with this important fight against breast and ovarian cancer.
Directions:
Arrange the time, days and hours with the contact pearson or at the website www.revlonrunwalk.com
Contact:
Sharyn Kniner (310) 395-6779 or Robert Johnson (310) 268-8291

Boys and Girls Club Of Hollywood

Description:
You will be tutoring children in the learning center and helping them with math, science and english. The majority of the Children are below the 5th grade level.
Website:
http://www.bgchollywood.com/
Requirements:
  • Call to go through an interview
  • Fill out an application
  • Undergo a background check
  • Be over 16 years old
Where:
850 N Cahuenga blvd, Hollywood, CA 90038
When:
9:00am-11:00am M T W Th F
3:00pm-6:00pm M W Th F
2:30pm-6:00pm T
Contact:
Melissa Cummings, volunteer coordinator (323)464-7325, mcummings@bgchollywood.com

Edison Elementary School

Where:
2425 Kansas Ave, Santa Monica,CA 90404-5204
When:
8:00am-2:45pm M T W Th F
3:00pm-5:00pm M T W Th F
Contact:
Laura Del Barrio, volunteer coordinator (310) 828-0335
Requirements:
Call to notify them that you are going
Description:
You will be tutoring children and helping them with math, science and english. You can be an in class tutor (from 8am-2:45pm) or you can help them after school (3pm-5pm).

UCLA Medical Center

Where:
1260 Fifteenth St., Suite 1024
When:
9:00am-4:00pm M T W Th F
12:00pm-1:00pm CLOSED FOR LUNCH
Contact:
Elaine Eastwood Manager Volunteer Services (310) 319-3580
Qualification and Health Requirements:
  • Minimum age 15 years old
  • Agreement to volunteer for 80 hours within 6 months; commitment of four hours per week
  • 2-Step TB test (Two TB tests done within 365 days. The second TB test must be completed no sooner than one week after the first TB test_
  • Proof of 1st and 2nd MMR (Mumps, Measles, and Rubella Vaccine)
  • Proof of Varicella immunization
  • Tdap vaccination or declination filled out
Description:
You will help tend to the medical center's patients and get real life experience in a medical field.
More info: http://uclahelath.org/site.cfm?id=71

Out Of The Closet

Where:
6210 W. Sunset Blvd., 2nd Fl. Los Angeles, CA 90028
When:
10:00am-7:00pm M - Sun
Contact:
Steven Davis, volunteer coordinator (323) 860-0171 (8 am - 5 pm M-F)
Requirements:
Call to notify them that you are going
Description:
You will be helping the center sort and clean the donations that they receive. The center also needs help with filing.

SOVA Food Pantry

Where:
8838 W. Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035 (near pico & robertson)
When:
9:00am-1pm M W F
Contact:
Hessie Axelrod 310-288-0286
Requirements:
Call to notify them that you are going [2days prior to the day when you plan to go]
Description:
SOVA needs volunteers to help sort food, stock shelves, pack groceries or interview clients.

Tutoring Middle Schoolers

When:
Mon, Wed: 3p.m. - 4:30p.m.
Where:
Lincoln Middle School, 1501 California Ave.
Description:
Help tutor middle school students in the morning. A TB test will be administered to all students. If you're up to date on shots, bring in verification of them to have your shot waived.
Contact:
Jennifer Preuff (310) 393-9227 x7350 email:Jpreuff@smmusd.org
Aimee Stauffer atauffer@smmusd.org

Reading to Kids

Date:
2nd Saturday of every month (Nov 13th, Dec 11th, Jan 8th, Feb 12th)
Time:
9am-12pm (new students arrive 15mins earlier)
Location:
Gratts Elementary
309 S. Lucas Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90017
There are also 6 other elementary schools just west of downton (they are listed on the website)
Description:
Reading to Kids strives to bring children a brighter future by encouraging them to become better readers through monthly Saturday reading clubs at elementary schools near downtown L.A.
Requirements:
Good attitude, willingness to read to kids and an ability to excite them to the world of books. Must register (http://readingtokids.org/Volunteers/VolSignup.php3). Must be 18.
Contact:
(310) 479-7455
Email:
More general email address info@readingtokids.org
Karen Kiss (Karen.Kiss@reading tokids.org)_
Skylar Lenox (Skylar.Lenox@reading tokids.org)

LA Animal Services - Mobile Pet Adoption - 5 hrs

Date:
Every 2nd Saturday of the Month, 11am - 4pm
Locations:
  • North Central Shelter, 3201 Lacy Street, Los Angles, CA 90031
  • West LA, LA Animal Services, 11950 Missouri Avenue, Los Angeles 90025
  • West LA, LA Animal Services, 11361 West Pico Blvd., Los Angeles 90064
  • East Valley Shelter, 14409 VanOwen St., Van Nuys, CA 91405
  • South L.A. Shelter, 3612 11th Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90018
Description:
Helping to adopt out animals by walking out animals, cleaning up talking to public about explaining policies and responsibilities of owning an animal. Website.
Orientation:
Required! Download the flyer
Contact:
Volunteer Info call: (818) 374-5878
E-mail:
ani.volunteer@lacity.org

Meals on Wheels

Date:
Monday through Friday 11am-1pm
# of Volunteers:
Unlimited
Location:
1823 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Description:
Delivering food to senior citizens. Its chill if you drive, and its local. Great internships available as well.
Website:
http://www.mealsonwheelswest.org
Contact:
for meal deliveries call Joanna Vasquez (310) 394-5133 to set a date for volunteering email joannavasquezMOW@aol.com
Email:
RoseMOW@aol.com  for internship opportunities.
Comments:
Volunteers deliver meals to elderly/disabled homebound people. Also available is creative internships. Contact rosemary to discuss.

Westwood Hospital

Application:
http://www.healthcare.ucla.edu/volunteering/volunteering.htm
How Do I Get Started?:
To become a volunteer, all candidates must attend an orientation, which are held once a month. There are separate orientations for students and non-students. Afterwards, potential volunteers are personally interviewed by a coordinator then matched to an appropriate department.
Student Program:
All high school, undergraduate, graduate and professional school students are welcome. Over 300 volunteer positions offer unlimited opportunities for students to explore various healthcare-related positions. This program keeps in mind that students often have time constraints that require flexible scheduling. The Volunteer Services Youth Coordinator works to make your volunteering experience a valuable asset towards your career goals. Required to finish 80 hours but with 100 hours of service, you will receive a letter of recommendation. Each year, up to 10 student volunteers are awarded scholarships. Finalists and winners are announced late each spring at a special event.
How Can I Find Out More?:
For additional information about becoming a UCLA Medical Center volunteer, or the date of the next orientation, please call the Department of Volunteer Services at (310) 267-8180.

Santa Monica UCLA Hospital

Application:
http://www.healthcare.ucla.edu/shared/volunteering/sm
Requirements:
Becoming a volunteer is easy. Although our requirements vary slightly with each program (see detailed descriptions below), in general we ask that volunteers:
  • take a one-year commitment
  • work at least one four-hour shift per week
  • attend an orientation session
  • complete a tuberculosis screening
Comments:
Many of our volunteers enjoy their jobs so much that they donate many hours over the requirement and we are very appreciative of their generosity. In fact, some volunteers have been with us more than 30 years! To get started, call our Volunteer Services Department at (310) 319-3580. We look forward to meeting you soon.


St. John's Health Center

Location: 2121 Santa Monica Blvd.
 
Volunteer Opportunities <click here >

Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

          Location: 4650 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027

             Volunteer Opportunities  <click here>



Care Extender Program

Description:
Thinking seriously about a career in health care? Join the more than 300 college students or recent college graduates who participate in our Care Extender program. This innovative program provides young adults with a firsthand look at various health-related careers. Our Care Extenders are trained to assist health professionals in virtually all patient-care areas of our hospital. As a result, care extenders gain an in-depth understanding of hospital operations and the experience that helps refine their career interests and future areas of study. Many of our care extenders apply to medical school and some gain valuable leadership skills through hands-on participation in the administrative part of the program.
Website:
(http://www.geocities.com/careextenders/index.html)
Requirements:
  • Be 18 years or older
  • Be a college student or graduate
  • Make a one-year commitment
  • Attend a two-hour orientation session
  • Complete mandatory training following acceptance in the program.
Contact:
For more information about our Care Extender Program, call (310) 319-3581
Note:
application occurs every: January, April, July & October only

Eden Rose Alternative Program at Country Villa Maple
Convalescent Hospital

     Location: 2625 South Maple Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90011

     Contact:  (213) 747-6371

     Web site <click here>


Habitat for Humanity

Where:
Ventura County
Mission Statement:
Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County is an ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating substandard and poverty housing, not only in Ventura County, but around the world, making decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.
Mon & Wed 2:15 - 4:45 (two different people can fill the positions) Thursday 2-4
Description:
They are a construction company that utilizes donated land, volunteer labor and corporate sponsorships to build new homes for deserving families. Our specific service area is Ventura County and we currently have construction projects in Thousand Oaks and Piru (maps attached).  We also have a ReStore here in Oxnard that is always in need of volunteers.  Our construction schedule (weather depending) is every Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday in Thousand Oaks and every Wednesday & Saturday in Piru.  Our ReStore is open Tuesday-Saturday.
Contact:

Matthew J. Gilling

Director of Volunteer & Family Services

Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County

121 S. Rice Avenue, Oxnard, CA 93030

805-485-6065 Office | 805-791-8556 Cell 

Email:  mattg@habitatventura.org

Website: www.habitatventura.org

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Where:  8700 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048-1865
Website: Volunteer Opportunities
Contact:
   Volunteer Services at (310) 423-8044
 
  
 


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