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Service Opportunities

 

Students feeding cows at amy's farm

What are you passionate about?

Find your passion through service to others.  Through volunteer work, you can gain valuable experiences while contributing to a cause that is meaningful to you.  One-time events are great, but long-term service can help you develop skills that will strengthen your community and your resume. 

TIPS:
  • Research organizations thoroughly
    • Are you passionate about their cause?
    • Do their values align with yours?
    • Can you commit to the hours they need?
  • Be professional
  • Honor your commitments
  • Keep track of the hours and work you do
  • Meet new people & expand your network

Below is just a small portion of possible volunteer opportunities in our area.  Go to VolunteerMatch.org to find many more near you.

Animal Welfare

Ozzie & Friends Rescue - Rowland Heights, CA
MISSION STATEMENT:  We are a non-profit, tax-deductible 501(c)(3) adoption dog rescue dedicated to placing homeless dogs in good homes! We are committed to training, rehabilitating, vetting and promoting them at various events!
 
Volunteers in Defense of Animals - La Puente, CA
MISSION STATEMENT:  Our mission is to protect and help dogs and cats from homelessness neglect, abuse, cruelty and abandonment. VIDA does not belong to any one person but instead to all of its volunteers. We adopt out about 4-5 dogs and cats each week and rescue dogs from high-kill shelters, low income neighborhoods, and even dogs from Mexico. We also have spay and neuter operations and have saved thousands of animals already.
 

Community

American Red Cross - Various Locations
MISSION STATEMENT:  The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.​
 
Amy's Farm - Ontario, CA
MISSION STATEMENT:  We aspire to cultivate community life, friendships, and social justice; educate health and sustainability for people and places; and preserve agricultural lands and organic ways of growing food.  We are a real, working polycultural farm focusing on sustainable, organic methods to farming. We provide fresh produce to our local community.  We offer education with hands-on, guided tours to visitors of all ages through our educational 501c3 non-profit organization.
 
Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board - Ontario, CA
MISSION STATEMENT:  We are a values-based, dynamic organization expanding our reach by facilitating and promoting the general well-being of people through research, education, advocacy, counseling, and housing.  Inland Fair Housing and Mediation Board [IFHMB] is a private non-profit agency that serves as an intermediary to resolve issues related to housing discrimination, homeownership and housing sustainability, rental complaints, and disputes in court, with the goal of empowering individuals and enriching the communities it serves.
 
Project Access, Inc. - Various Locations
MISSION STATEMENT:  To be the leading provider of vital health, education and employment services to families, children, and seniors living in low-income housing communities. Our goal is to help keep family members employed, children in school, and seniors active.
 
San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity - Various Locations
MISSION STATEMENT:  Families and individuals in your community in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. With our help, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability, and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families. Through shelter, we empower.
 

Environmental Causes

Back to Natives Restoration - Various Locations
MISSION STATEMENT:  To encourage and actively participate in the restoration and conservation of Orange County and California wildlands, through education and restoration programs featuring native plants and biodiversity as a centralizing theme.
 
Eaton Canyon Nature Center Associates (ECNCA) - Pasadena, CA
MISSION STATEMENT:  Our mission is to develop in children and adults an appreciation of the natural world, and to preserve Eaton Canyon as a natural area for future generations.
 
Orange County Coastkeeper - Various Locations
MISSION STATEMENT:  To protect and preserve Orange County's marine habitats and watersheds through education, advocacy, restoration, and enforcement.  Orange County Coastkeeper is a non-profit corporation founded in 1999, to identify and remedy pollution affecting water quality in Orange County's rivers, bays, and coastal regions.
  
Planet Rehab - San Dimas, CA
MISSION STATEMENT:  Planet Rehab's mission is to raise awareness of current environmental challenges, educate all ages as to what can be done to protect existing eco systems. One of the ways Planet Rehab seeks to effect change is through our Animal Sanctuary wherein we give people the opportunity to connect with nature.
 
Riverside County Parks - Various Locations
MISSION STATEMENT:  To acquire, protect, develop, manage, and interpret for the inspiration, use and enjoyment of all people, a well-balanced system of park related places of outstanding scenic, recreational, and historic importance.
 

Healthcare, Mental Health, & Medicine

Charter Hospital of San Gabriel Valley - Covina, CA
MISSION STATEMENT:  To provide the most meaningful and comfortable experience to our patients and their families during the end of life journey. Volunteers remain the heart of hospice providing companionship and care to patients. Volunteers listen to patients when they wish to share their life experience, and this gives patients a chance to reflect on the meaningful moments that gave their life purpose. In an attempt to spare family members’ sadness, patients will sometimes speak openly to a volunteer, providing the patient a safe person to share their feelings with.
 
Foothill Family Shelter - Upland, CA
MISSION STATEMENT:  The mission of Foothill Family Shelter is to assure children and adults a future by helping them acquire skills that will enable them to maintain a home, job and at the same time develop the necessary self-esteem to function as a successful stable adult.
 
Hope House for the Multiple-Handicapped, Inc. - El Monte, CA
MISSION STATEMENT:  Hope House for the Multiple-Handicapped exists to improve the lives of children and adults with co-occurring autism, intellectual disabilities and mental health needs by building opportunities for discovery, choice and self-determination.
 
Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California - Ontario, CA
MISSION STATEMENT:  To provide education and life-enhancing programs and services to individuals with sickle cell disease, to broaden public awareness about sickle cell disease and to promote medical research and education to ultimately find a cure.
 
VITAS Healthcare of San Gabriel - Various Locations
MISSION STATEMENT:  VITAS Healthcare recognizes the importance of a strong and innovative program. Volunteers are an integral part of the hospice program, allowing VITAS to continue personalizing, enhancing and expanding services offered to patients and families. By exemplifying the VITAS Values, volunteers serve as patient and family advocates and are proactive in meeting the needs of patients and families. VITAS integrates volunteers into the hospice team by actively recruiting, training, supporting and creatively utilizing volunteers to meet patient and family needs. Volunteers and their contributions are respected and valued.
 

Homelessness & Food Insecurity

Claremont Homeless Advocacy Program - Claremont, CA
MISSION STATEMENT:  CHAP is a grassroots, all-volunteer group that seeks to end homelessness in Claremont, California, by advocating for and supporting homeless adult individuals within the community.
 
Claremont Meals on Wheels - Claremont, CA
MISSION STATEMENT:  Since 1973, Claremont Meals on Wheels has operated as a private, nonprofit, all-volunteer organization and community service. We deliver nutritious, hot mid-day meals Monday through Friday (with Saturday meal, if ordered) to older homebound adults, persons with disabilities, those recovering from surgery, and other persons who have no alternative source of meals.
 
Elim Community Food Pantry - Covina, CA
MISSION STATEMENT:  Elim Community Food Pantry is a vocal advocate for the hungry and displaced. We put into action the call to feed those in need.  We are a food pantry serving our community within the San Gabriel Valley for the past 4 years. We are here to be of service to our clients that come to our facility in Covina on a weekly basis. We provide approximately 30 lbs. of staple foods including both non-perishables and fresh produce.
 
Food Finders - Various Locations
MISSION STATEMENT:  To eliminate food waste while improving nutrition in food insecure communities.  Food Finders is a food rescue organization serving Los Angeles and Orange county. We work with food donors big and small to rescue food and deliver it to over 300 non-profit partnering agencies. In 2014 we provide enough food for 6,475,560 meals! Not only are we providing meals and keeping good wholesome food out of landfills, we are reducing the production of harmful green house gases.
 
Inland Valley Hope Partners - Various Locations
MISSION STATEMENT:  The Mission of Inland Valley Hope Partners' is to bring together churches, individuals, businesses and community groups to ensure the empowerment of people in need, by providing food, shelter and supportive services. We Believe... In the worth and dignity of every person. We are all connected in the human family. God calls us to serve one another. In empowering people. In the value of working together.
 
School on Wheels - Various Locations
MISSION STATEMENT:  The mission of School on Wheels is to enhance educational opportunities for homeless children from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Our goal is to shrink the gaps in their education and provide them with the highest level of education possible. Our program serves as a consistent support system to homeless students at a time of great stress and fear. We bring the message to our students that they are cared about and important.
 
Shepherd's Pantry - Glendora, CA
MISSION STATEMENT:  Provide emergency food, clothing and emotional support to families in need in times of crisis; provide the tools and resources to help families become self sufficient.
 

Museums

Latino Art Museum - Pomona, CA
MISSION STATEMENT:  The Latino Art Museum is a non-profit organization created to promote the works of talented Latin American artists living in the United States. We strive to instill a sense of appreciation for Latino art in the minds and hearts of children and adults. We offer Bilingual Spanish and English education and exhibition programs to encourage children and adults to experience, understand and appreciate contemporary Latin American Art.
 
Planes of Fame Air Museum - Chino, CA
MISSION STATEMENT:  Planes of Fame Air Museum is a non profit organization dedicated to collecting, restoring, displaying, and preserving aircraft and memorabilia for the educational benefit of current and future generations.
 
Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology - Claremont, CA
MISSION STATEMENT:  The Raymond M. Alf Museum of Paleontology expands knowledge of the history of life and inspires a sense of our moment in time through scientific research, exploration, and educational programming.
 
Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum - City of Industry, CA
MISSION STATEMENT:  The Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum creates advocates of history through the stories of greater Los Angeles. 
 

Youth & Education

Center for Financial Empowerment - Various Locations
MISSION STATEMENT:  The Center for Financial Empowerment is committed to improving the lives of teens and young adults in underserved communities through financial education.
 
Children's Advocacy Center for Child Abuse Assessment & Treatment - Covina, CA
MISSION STATEMENT:  The Children’s Advocacy Center is committed to using a multi-disciplinary team approach to assist children who are victims of physical or sexual abuse, or who have witnessed acts of violence, as well as providing these services to people of any age with developmental disabilities. All services will be provided in a supportive environment by individuals trained in national best practices to optimize positive outcomes and reduce trauma.
 
Children’s Foundation of America - Various Locations
MISSION STATEMENT:  Children's Foundation of America provides the opportunity for every person to help children heal, learn and thrive.
 
CoachArt - Various Locations
MISSION STATEMENT:  CoachArt’s mission is to create a transformative arts and athletics community for families impacted by childhood chronic illness.
 
Covina Public Library - Covina, CA
MISSION STATEMENT:  Covina Public Library's mission is to provide an institution where informational, educational and recreational materials are easily accessible to the entire community; to meet the library's ever changing needs; and to develop a staff that is well able to select, organize and maintain the library's collection and meet individual needs. Built on the bedrock of literacy and essential to the library’s mission, are its goals to address the community needs and trends of people in all stages of life and to bridge library services to provide opportunities to help library constituents develop their human potential and provide opportunities, for them to improve their economic status.
 
Diamond Bar Friends of the Library - Diamond Bar, CA
MISSION STATEMENT:  The Friends of the Diamond Bar Library helps fund programs, events, workshops, materials, and equipment for the Diamond Bar Library
 
Pomona Public Library - Pomona, CA
MISSION STATEMENT:  The Pomona Public Library is dedicated to free and equal access to information, knowledge, independent lifelong learning, cultural enrichment, and the joys of reading for our diverse community.