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This group is different.

Many volunteer opportunities are posted.

If you want to make a difference and "be the change,"

Consider volunteering for community service events.

Giving back & helping others is rewarding, fulfilling, and satisfying!

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Examples of volunteering:

https://www.facebook.com/socalvolunteers/photos/?tab=albums

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3 groups to choose from:

• Volunteer in LA — https://www.meetup.com/LAVolunteer

• People Helping the Community in LA — https://www.meetup.com/LosAngelesVolunteers

• SoCal Volunteers United in OC — https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers

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Introduction & Elaboration:

https://www.meetup.com/LAVolunteer/events/154455182

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Suggestion:

If anyone joins this group, editing your email settings is recommended. Many "reminder" emails are automatically sent everyday by Meetup.com, which can become annoying and overwhelming. Changing email preferences takes a few seconds and is worthwhile.

After joining this group, go to https://www.meetup.com/account/comm/LAVolunteer

...and set "Meetup reminders" to "Never"

Feel free to change other settings to reduce emails.

For anyone using the Meetup app, in the lower right corner, click "Profile"

...then in the top right corner, tap the 3 vertical dots and then "Manage notifications" and then "Email Updates" and scroll down to tap SoCal Volunteers United and set "Meetup reminders" to "Never"

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Excerpts by JFK:

"Never before has man had such a great capacity to control his own environment, to end hunger, poverty and disease, to banish illiteracy and human misery. We have the power to make the best generation of mankind in the history of the world."

"We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans—born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage—and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this Nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world."

"My fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country."

"Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own."

— John F. Kennedy

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Upcoming events (5+)

Help Renovate Schools & Homes (Compton)

Compton Courthouse Parking

Hi. If you are using the Meetup mobile app on your phone, look down a few lines below and tap the red-colored "Read more" to expand the description. TAP THIS --------- If you are using a computer or laptop/notebook, then you should be fine. Okay, everybody should now be able to see the full description on their screen. Reminder for everyone: If Meetup sends too many emails, then look at the bottom of their email and click Unsubscribe or Manage your settings or account page. Recommended for anyone new to this group or volunteering for the first time: https://www.meetup.com/LAVolunteer/events/154455182 ____________________ Hi. Would anyone want to attend this event and help host? Hosting isn't hard. It involves being a point of contact in case others sign up and want to meet & volunteer together. If your plans/availability change, and you can't attend anymore, that's fine, just let us know and maybe someone else can step up to host, but if not, it's okay and we can cancel this meetup. ____________________ Thanks to Lisa for sharing about this. I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. This event is from The Compton Initiative. http://www.justdogood.org Hundreds of volunteers (individuals and church groups) join together for this community service project. Volunteers help with painting, cleaning, landscaping, and other tasks for schools and homes in Compton. Their video elaborates more on a work day - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fTRpaIwn0O0 ____________________ Note: Being Christian/religious or a part of a church group is not required. They welcome anyone / everyone who wants to help. Volunteers first meet together in the morning and are then placed into small groups and assigned a home or school. Children/minors can help with adult (parent/guardian) approval and supervision. Their answers to FAQs - http://justdogood.org/faq_volunteer ____________________ To help, sign up at go to http://justdogood.org/Volunteer and click "Volunteer" or register directly at http://justdogood.org/time - Tools and supplies are usually provided. Since this involves physical labor outdoors, wearing old/casual clothes and closed-toe shoes that you don't mind getting dirt/paint on is recommended. Maybe bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, etc. if the weather is warm/hot. Lunch, water, and a light breakfast snack are usually provided. ____________________ Photos: https://www.facebook.com/pg/thecomptoninitiative/photos https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.463801680396547 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.462537870522928 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.460380587405323 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.459995090777206 Videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/ComptonInitiative/videos ____________________ They used to post the meeting location/address on their website and Facebook page, but it doesn't look like they do anymore. I could be wrong, but I'm going to put the Compton Courthouse parking structure/garage as the meeting location. After registering with them, they will provide the exact address/location - http://justdogood.org/time If they are meeting at the Compton Courthouse, when parking, look for people wearing yellow t-shirts on the street/side-walk. They will direct you on where to park. The Courthouse address is on 200 W. Compton Blvd, but they usually park (for free) in the Courthouse parking garage on 400 S. Acacia Ave. https://goo.gl/maps/2BZLrgnk4Dq ____________________ If any members want to work together, consider coordinating with one another beforehand and maybe exchange contact info and decide how best to find each other. If nobody else from this group signs up, feel free to just show up. Many other volunteers will be there and nearly everyone is friendly with new volunteers. There are multiple sites to help with. Your choice. Look for signs that say "Site" followed by a number and pick a group to join. For example, you can choose to help at a school or at home/residence. ____________________ Photo Source/Credit: The Compton Initiative, City of Compton, & Louis Kravitz

Do you like Fruit, Veggies, Trees, or the Beach (Many Cities Throughout LA)

Hi. If you are using the Meetup mobile app on your phone, look down a few lines below and tap the red-colored "Read more" to expand the description. TAP THIS --------- If you are using a computer or laptop/notebook, then you should be fine. Okay, everybody should now be able to see the full description on their screen. Reminder for everyone: If Meetup sends too many emails, then look at the bottom of their email and click Unsubscribe or Manage your settings or account page. Recommended for anyone new to this group or volunteering for the first time: https://www.meetup.com/LAVolunteer/events/154455182 ____________________ Hi. Would anyone want to attend and help host? Hosting isn't hard. It involves being a point of contact in case others sign up and want to meet & volunteer together. If your plans/availability change, and you can't attend anymore, that's fine, just let us know and maybe someone else can step up to host, but if not, it's okay and we can cancel this meetup. ____________________ FAQ Q: What is the address (date or time) ? A: There are multiple/different projects each month, so the address (date and time) depend on which one you want to help with. It's up to you to decide what/when to help. Various projects occur on different Saturdays and Sundays, so peruse the links below and if something interests you, feel free to attend. If you want to invite other group members to join you, tell me which specific event you want to help with (location, date, time, etc.), and I'll add it to the calendar and maybe other members will join you. ____________________ If the other events currently posted in this group don't appeal to you or are geographically inconvenient, then there's a good chance one of the following volunteer opportunities is in/near your city. Does anyone want to... help others receive nutritious fruit & veggies for a healthy diet? or help SoCal have more trees and combat climate change? or help a beach stay clean & pristine? ____________________ I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. ____________________ Food Forward https://foodforward.org/about/what-we-do 1) Some residents in SoCal have yards (or groves) of fruit trees (orange, grapefruit, other citrus, etc.), and sometimes they can't eat all the fruit. Volunteers harvest/glean (pick) the surplus fruit off the trees. 2) At some farmers markets, some farmers donate excess fruit & veggies that is unsold. Volunteers walk around and collect the fresh produce. So instead of fruit and veggies spoiling and going to waste, nearby agencies (shelters/missions, soup kitchens, food pantries, etc.) can distribute the fresh fruit and veggies to individuals such as homeless, seniors, students, low-income families, etc. ____________________ TreePeople https://www.treepeople.org/about https://www.treepeople.org/about/what-we-do 1) They plant new trees and/or care for existing trees 2) They restore forests or parks (e.g. maintenance, weeding, watering, mulching, etc.). ____________________ Their photos & videos show what they are about: - Food Forward https://www.facebook.com/foodforwardla/photos https://www.instagram.com/foodforward https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzT9UXTdQmI https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIJiluhOPbE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPgEbwbpNZs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4N9pZMOdO8 - TreePeople https://www.facebook.com/pg/TreePeopleorg/photos https://www.instagram.com/treepeople_org https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3JNGpPSPSw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3avWI5jERQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGLekslb56U ____________________ Food Forward - https://foodforward.org/about/faq https://foodforward.org/volunteer/volunteer-faq - https://foodforward.org/about/backyard-harvesting If interested in helping glean/pick fruit from trees, look for the green-colored "Backyard Harvests" at https://foodforward.org/volunteer/sign-up-to-volunteer Minimum age to help is 5. - https://foodforward.org/about/farmers-market If interested in helping collect fruit & veggies at farmers market, look for the white-colored "Farmers Market Gleaning Events" at https://foodforward.org/volunteer/sign-up-to-volunteer Minimum age to help is 12. - Backyard harvests and farmers market gleaning events occur throughout LA County, even in the Ventura area. - And if anyone lives in/near Long Beach, another group does something similar in collecting fruit from trees, and they also could use volunteers. They are called Harvest Partners LB of City Heart. https://www.facebook.com/HarvestPartnersLB Click on "Harvest Partners LB" on http://www.ourcityheart.org or email [masked] ____________________ TreePeople - https://www.treepeople.org/about/contact-us If interested in helping with trees, look for their "Volunteer Events" at https://www.treepeople.org/calendar - If you see an event that interests you, then register on the TreePeople website. Kids/Minors are allowed to help with parent/guardian approval & supervision. https://www.treepeople.org/volunteer ____________________ If anyone wants to help at a beach clean-up: - Heal the Bay https://healthebay.org/events/category/heal-the-bay/nothin-but-sand/list or Look for "Nothin' But Sand Beach Cleanup" at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/heal-the-bay-945823743 - Surfrider LA https://la.surfrider.org/events - Surfrider Long Beach https://longbeach.surfrider.org/programs/beach-clean-ups - Jessica via [masked] or Stefanie via [masked] or Justin Rudd via [masked] http://www.justinrudd.com/beachcleanup.html - Palos Verdes Peninsula https://pvplc.org/_volunteer ____________________ ____________________ Photo Source/Credit: Big Sunday, California Coastal Commission, Dept of Parks and Recreation, Food Forward, Los Angeles Times, OC Coastkeeper, Russ Parsons, Samy's Camera, Save Our Beach, TreePeople, & UCLA

Care Packages for the Troops (Chatsworth)

Operation Gratitude

Hi. If you are using the Meetup mobile app on your phone, look down a few lines below and tap the red-colored "Read more" to expand the description. TAP THIS --------- If you are using a computer or laptop/notebook, then you should be fine. Okay, everybody should now be able to see the full description on their screen. Reminder for everyone: If Meetup sends too many emails, then look at the bottom of their email and click Unsubscribe or Manage your settings or account page. Recommended for anyone new to this group or volunteering for the first time: https://www.meetup.com/LAVolunteer/events/154455182 ____________________ Hi. Would anyone want to attend this event and help host? Hosting isn't hard. It involves being a point of contact in case others sign up and want to meet & volunteer together. If your plans/availability change, and you can't attend anymore, that's fine, just let us know and maybe someone else can step up to host, but if not, it's okay and we can cancel this meetup. ____________________ FAQ Q: Why can't I just show up? If I sign up here on Meetup, why do I also have to register on another site? A: I don't want anyone to show up to find out the event is on another day. They sometimes reschedule. Signing up with them will save you a spot with them and they can provide you with the address, parking info, instructions, and updates if anything changes. Scroll down for more info on how to register with them. ____________________ Attention: To help me save time, this is automatically posted in this group. I'll try to check the date each month, but if I forget, please check: https://www.operationgratitude.com/express-your-thanks/assembly-day To repeat, regardless of the date shown on here, please check their website to confirm the date is right. ____________________ I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. This event is from Carolyn Blashek and Operation Gratitude. https://www.operationgratitude.com They send thousands of "care packages filled with food, entertainment, hygiene, and handmade items, plus personal letters of appreciation to Veterans, First Responders, New Recruits, Wounded Heroes, their Care Givers, and to individually named U.S. service members deployed overseas and their families waiting at home." Their video shows what they are about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9Kg63C50vA ____________________ The date posted here on Meetup might be wrong. The most up-to-date, accurate, and current date and time is on their website, so please check their site: https://www.operationgratitude.com/express-your-thanks/assembly-day Scroll down and look for "Volunteer Assembly Days" To help, under the date you want to help on, click "Click Here to Register" https://www.operationgratitude.com/express-your-thanks/assembly-day ____________________ Their assembly events can get pretty busy and crowded. Sometimes it looks like there are too many people, but they try to get everyone involved with something productive to do. If anyone wants to help distribute on the assembly line, going early is recommended because it's popular and other volunteers seem to enjoy helping with that, so arriving early may improve one's chances of getting assigned that role. If helping with filling the care packages, some standing/waiting in line might occur. Thank you for being open-minded and patient. ____________________ “Assembly” work includes production of the care packages, labeling, taping, custom forming, letter reading and writing, running packages, re-stocking the lines, breaking down cartons and many other tasks." They "welcome children ages 12 and older; those ages 12-16 must have a responsible adult with transportation on the premises at all times." Wearing closed-toe shoes is required. ____________________ Photos: https://www.facebook.com/pg/OperationGratitude/photos http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.810553499054695 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.614858401957540 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.482877238488991 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.462603643849684 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.462931503816898 - Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQVlX0YXzeY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BOXwV8GtBg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02tcb7b34do ____________________ Plenty of free parking in their lot. https://goo.gl/maps/2Nsrndh7s7L2 When entering the building, look for a table (left side) to check in. If you didn't sign up, you might have to stand in a long line and fill out their registration form/waiver. If you signed up in advance, then the check-in process should be faster/shorter. ...so signing up before going is recommended. https://www.operationgratitude.com/express-your-thanks/assembly-day ____________________ Photo Source/Credit: Operation Gratitude

LA Food Bank (Commerce or South of DTLA)

Needs a location

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If your plans/availability change, and you can't attend anymore, that's fine, just let us know and maybe someone else can step up to host, but if not, it's okay and we can cancel this meetup. ____________________ FAQ Q: Why isn't the address posted? And if I sign up here on Meetup, why do I also have to sign up with another person or register on another site? A: I don't want anyone to show up to find out the event is canceled / rescheduled, or that they have too many volunteers and room isn't available for you to help. Registering with them will save you a spot with them and they can confirm the date, start time, address, parking info, instructions, and updates if anything changes. Scroll down for more info on how to register with them. ____________________ I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. This is from Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. http://www.lafoodbank.org On most Saturdays, volunteers are needed to help with sorting food or assembling food bags/boxes/packages. ____________________ Note: To help me save time, this is automatically posted in this group, but please read the description to confirm they are actually having an event on this date b/c the food bank is NOT open on every Saturday. To repeat, regardless of the date shown on here, please check with the food bank to confirm they are open on this date. ____________________ http://www.lafoodbank.org/volunteer/volunteer-information "All volunteers are asked to complete a liability release prior to participating in programs at the Food Bank. https://www.lafoodbank.org/wp-content/uploads/Release.pdf "Minimum age for volunteering is 14 years old." "Volunteers must wear closed toe shoes." "No sandals or open toe shoes allowed in the warehouse." ____________________ To help, go to http://www.lafoodbank.org/volunteer/individuals 2 choices: If you want to "help sort, inspect, and repackage donated food items from local food drives," then click "Feed the Soul While Helping Feed the Hungry" or If you want to "help assemble food packages for low income seniors, women with infants, and children in Los Angeles County. The food packages consist of food items like canned fruit, canned vegetables, rice, cereal and other non-perishable food items," then click "Take A Bite Out of Hunger!" Pick the corresponding date you want to help on and click the green "Sign Up" button to register. http://www.lafoodbank.org/volunteer/individuals - If their website is difficult to navigate, another site for signing up is: LA Works - https://www.laworks.com/opportunity/a0C1N00000Pho3qUAB LA Works video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdpDE0snrkc or VolunteerMatch - https://www.volunteermatch.org/search/org7501.jsp - Redundant Reiteration: This is automatically posted repeatedly. The food bank might not be open on this date, so please register directly with LA Food Bank or indirectly with LA Works. If you successfully signed up with one of them, then that should mean the food bank is open on this date. Thank you. Review all the info/details from whichever site you register on, especially the address because the LA Food Bank has multiple locations: 6055 Randolph St, Commerce, CA 90040 or 1734 E. 41st Street, Los Angeles, 90058 or on the other side - 1701 E. 41st Place, Los Angeles, 90058 or 2825 E. 54th Street, Vernon, 90058 Whichever location you help at, arriving early is recommended so you have time to find parking. ____________________ When you arrive, look for a table or line to check in and submit your waiver form. Examples of tasks include sorting fruit, bread, refrigerated products, and other food items. At the other warehouse location, volunteers help assemble food bags/boxes filled with various items. ____________________ Photos: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.824145321028846 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.461407657302616 https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.460994467343935 Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehwvQ3RLNRE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-jF1C-VB8k https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pV52xyb1txY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMmy0NQBhw8 ____________________ Photo Source/Credit: AEG

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