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This group is different.

Many volunteer opportunities are posted.

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Description from the previous group organizer(s):

"People Helping the Community is a group of individuals who have the common interest to help those in need. Our members will team up with other organizations from all over Los Angeles to provide support wherever it's needed. We are active, and provide a variety of monthly volunteer events from feeding the homeless, trips to orphanages, visiting senior centers, Reading to Kids, Habitat for Humanity, and other great events."

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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/LosAngelesVolunteers/events/218808844

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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/LosAngelesVolunteers

...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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Upcoming events (5+)

Food Distribution (Irwindale)

Cory's Kitchen Inc

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/LosAngelesVolunteers/events/218808844 ____________________ 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. ____________________ Throughout Southern California, food is given for free to people who might be struggling (e.g. unemployed, disabled, homeless, low-income families, seniors on fixed incomes, etc.). Individuals, food banks, markets/grocery stores, food manufacturers, restaurants, farmers, and others donate food to partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, churches, and other charities & non-profits for reaching people in need of food. Caveat: Some distributions occur at churches. I could be wrong, but my conjecture is most food distributions don't involve proselytizing. If anyone is atheist, agnostic, anti-religion, non-religious, Jewish, Muslim, or of a different faith...please know I always ask the respective church group before posting if they allow anyone to participate. If you see this event here, then it should mean they are receptive of everyone outside their church group who wants to help (age requirements of kids/minors might apply for some). Also, if this location (or date/time) is not convenient for you, scroll to the bottom of this description for info on how to find other food distributions. ____________________ All food distributions differ. Each group might do things differently and have unique rules/restrictions. In general, examples of tasks include setting up tables, unloading/unboxing the food donations, neatly organizing and placing food donations on tables, helping with passing out food, assisting with the clients in line, registration/check-in, and clean-up. Some food distributions are outdoors...while some might be indoors. ____________________ I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. This is from Corey's Kitchen. http://www.coryskitchen.org/about-us They distribute food every Tuesday night. Their minimum age requirement is 15. ____________________ Photos: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Corys-Kitchen-Food-Pantry-165914730699972/photos https://www.facebook.com/pages/Corys-Kitchen-Inc/155368147835032 Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqx7FB9gfQU ____________________ In this group, this is automatically posted a few times per month, but their events actually occur every week, so if anyone wants to help on a different Tues than what is scheduled here, please feel to help on a date that is convenient for you. If this Tuesday is a holiday or if it might rain, or there's any other reason you want to check before going, please feel free to contact them to confirm the date, time, location, and if they still need volunteers. [masked] [masked] btw, sometimes events like this are unpredictable...maybe one week they are low on volunteers and another week/month they have a bunch of unexpected volunteers show up (students, another group/company, etc.). So if they are crowded and have "too many" volunteers, thank you for your patience and understanding with whatever happens. ____________________ If this location is not geographically convenient for you or your schedule. Other cities throughout SoCal have food distributions that might need volunteers. Some food distributions occur on weekday mornings. A few occur on weekday afternoons or evenings. While some occur on weekends. So there's a chance you can find one that is near you and fits your availability. Greater Los Angeles https://www.lafoodbank.org/find-food/pantry-locator https://foodforward.org/about/who-gets-our-food - Southern California http://www.foodpantries.org/st/california http://ampleharvest.org/find-pantry http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/foodbanks/CAfoodbanks.html

Food for the Homeless (Encino)

St Nicholas Episcopal Church

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/LosAngelesVolunteers/events/218808844 ____________________ FAQ Q: Why can't I just show up? If I sign up here on Meetup, why do I also have to sign up with another person? 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 event is from Pastor April and her group, New Friends Homeless Center. http://www.newfriendshomelesscenter.org - "Over 500 hot meals are served on..." Tuesday nights 5:45 - 8:30 pm @ Encino Friday nights 5:45 - 8:30 pm @ Woodland Hills Sunday afternoons 1:45 - 4:30 pm @ Encino - "The guests include homeless veterans, senior citizens, those who are disabled, those with special needs, low income guests and often their pets." "At each dinner, guests also enjoy live entertainment which includes a variety of talented performers, singers, dancers and comedians who volunteer their time to be a part of what New Friends is doing." "After dinner there is distribution of hygiene kits, pet food, clothes, blankets, tents and other needs as the guests leave for the night to head back to the streets." http://www.newfriendshomelesscenter.org/about-us ____________________ Volunteers help with setup (tables, chairs, etc.), serving food & drinks, and cleanup (tables, chairs, sometimes help clean pots, pans, etc). Some of you might have helped at other events where volunteers serve food by scooping food onto a plate and recipients go through a line to get food. Well, this event is different. When the guests arrive, they are seated and volunteers go around, serving the people. It's kind of like being a waiter/waitress. My impression is Pastor April wants people to be treated with honor and respect, and welcomed into one's own home as guests, so serving them in this manner reflects that sentiment. I don't know if everybody would enjoy this, but if anyone is curious or interested, I suggest checking out their photos to get a better idea of their meal service. However, if you see photos of volunteers helping in the kitchen (i.e. food prep or cooking), those are dedicated, regular volunteers who arrive early to help. I could be wrong. My guess is new volunteers don't help in the kitchen. The photos of volunteers in the dining room reflect what new volunteers help with. ____________________ Photos: https://www.instagram.com/newfriendshomelesscntr https://www.facebook.com/pg/Newfriendshomelesscenter/photos Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBTe2eNbmCc ____________________ Photos from... Friday night in Woodland Hills - https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1855605231216178 Sunday afternoon in Encino - https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1855613957881972 Tuesday night in Encino - https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1855670004543034 ____________________ To help, contact Pastor April via [masked] or [masked] - She wants volunteers to sign up directly with her. She might ask new volunteers where you heard about New Friends Homeless Center, feel free to tell her from an Asian guy name Wes (there is another Wes, so she might not remember me). I should have just told her my real name (Wiseman), but I drank Starbucks earlier, so I gave her my Starbucks name. Anyhow, Pastor April welcomes new volunteers. Totally understandable sometimes people get busy, stuck at work/in traffic, feel tired/sick, make other plans, etc. I know it's easy to RSVP on Meetup and not actually attend. Some people can be flakes/ghosts, but if anyone signs up with Pastor April, but can no longer help anymore, please contact her so they aren't short-handed and low on volunteers, and they have room for someone else to help. Thank you. - Redundant Reiteration: Signing up here on Meetup is insufficient. Signing up with Pastor April is necessary. Signing up with her helps them avoid having "too many" volunteers and she can update you in case anything changes. After registering with her, she can provide more info/details (when to arrive, where to park, what to help with, where to meet, etc.). ____________________ Photo Source/Credit: New Friends Homeless Center ____________________ St Nicholas Episcopal Church is across the street from Chase bank. https://goo.gl/maps/KjnVnfLZwoE2 Park in any spot that doesn't have a sign that says reserved. Walk past the main edifice on the west side. Walk past the black gate and go to the room on the right side. Ask for Pastor April and she should have a waiver form and name tag for you to fill out. She has done this meal service for years, so she has a structured routine and system. As long as you follow her instructions / directions, everything should go well. Thanks for helping. Have fun. Oh, btw, some other volunteers might be Christian and they might pray before the meal, but the event / meal service is inclusive. They told me being Christian / religious is not required. They welcome anyone/everyone who wants to help.

Prepare & Re-stock Food Pantry (Redondo Beach)

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church

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/LosAngelesVolunteers/events/218808844 ____________________ 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. ____________________ I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. This event is from St. Paul's United Methodist Church. http://www.stpaulsrb.org/outreach.html They have an outreach ministry called Project: NEEDS. On the first and third Thursday of most months, they have "a food pantry that distributes groceries to families and homeless people twice a month." The food distribution is on Thursdays, but they prepare the food pantry on certain Tuesday nights (6:00 - 7:00pm). My guess is tasks involve food sorting, re-stocking items, discarding old/expired items, going through donations, light cleaning, etc. If anyone wants to help with the actual food distribution on Thursday nights, contact them via [masked] Again, this is just with helping prepare/organize the food pantry. ____________________ If interested in helping, contact Donna Barr via [masked] She will know if more volunteers are needed. She can also tell you more (what the tasks are, when to arrive, where to park, where to go, etc.). Please check with them to confirm the date, just in case anything changes or this is rescheduled/canceled. Thank you. ____________________ More info is at http://www.stpaulsrb.org/outreach.html Even though this is at a church and other volunteers might be church members, they seem friendly and welcome anyone who wants to help...so being religious or Christian is not required. In addition to the food pantry prep on Tuesday nights, they also provide a dinner to people in the community from 6:00 - 7:00pm. They usually have enough volunteers from 5:00 - 7:00pm, but if anyone wants to help substitute whenever they need someone, feel free to check with them via [masked] or[masked] Food is provided. My guess is volunteers help with setting up, serving food, and light cleaning. http://www.stpaulsrb.org/outreach.html Based on Google Maps, the church has a small parking lot and street parking seems available. ____________________ If this location is not geographically convenient for you or your schedule. Other cities throughout SoCal have food distributions that might need volunteers. Some food distributions occur on weekday mornings. A few occur on weekday afternoons or evenings. While some occur on weekends. So there's a chance you can find one that is near you and fits your availability. Greater Los Angeles https://www.lafoodbank.org/find-food/pantry-locator https://foodforward.org/about/who-gets-our-food - Southern California http://www.foodpantries.org/st/california http://ampleharvest.org/find-pantry http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/foodbanks/CAfoodbanks.html

Play with Kids (Inglewood)

Needs a location

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/LosAngelesVolunteers/events/218808844 ____________________ 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 isn't the address posted? 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. ____________________ Location: If anyone wants a general idea of where this event occurs, it's in Inglewood, near La Brea Ave and Florence Ave. To get the actual address, register with L.A. Works. ____________________ I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. This event is through L.A. Works and Midnight Mission. https://www.laworks.com/opportunity/a0C1N00000GHRJ3UAP https://www.midnightmission.org/our-services/homelight "The HomeLight Family Living Program consists of 11 renovated, fully furnished apartments." "HomeLight provides more than just a safe residence for families shattered by abuse, addiction, poverty and hopelessness. It provides a comprehensive path to becoming healthy, happy and self-sufficient." "Victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, and those dealing with issues of sobriety and other unthinkable circumstances can find solace in knowing that HomeLight is a safe place where families can recuperate and be restored to a self-sufficient life." ____________________ To help me save time, this is automatically posted in this group, but please check the L.A. Works site to confirm they are actually having an event on this date. Regardless of what is posted on here, check their site in case there isn't an event on this date (holiday, inclement weather, project leader is busy/sick, etc.). Signing up here on Meetup is insufficient. Each person should also register with L.A. Works. https://www.laworks.com/opportunity/a0C1N00000GHRJ3UAP ____________________ This event is with L.A. Works: "The children at Midnight Mission’s Homelight Family Living Program look forward to every Tuesday night when L.A. Works volunteers spend time with them playing games, doing arts and crafts projects (from Play-Doh to rockets), reading books, and just having fun while their parents attend classes and counseling sessions." "The seemingly simple act of interacting with the children is a highlight of their day and can be of yours too!" These videos show what this event is about - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLZRN7gfPJo https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2016/03/01/volunteer-week-midnight-mission https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iP2aL5JoAA ____________________ Even though this is posted here, it's possible this event may be canceled / rescheduled, or they may have enough volunteers. So if anyone wants to participate, it's important to register with L.A. Works. Sign up at https://www.laworks.com/opportunity/a0C1N00000GHRJ3UAP Scroll down for the corresponding date and in the right column is a plus sign. Click on + to expand the box and click on "Sign Up" If this date is full, try signing up for a future date. ____________________ Photos: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.738195082957204 ____________________ Volunteers aren't expected to bring anything. There's a playground and basketball court. Ed, the project leader, provides toys, games, sporting equipment, and other items to play with. ____________________ After registering with L.A. Works, they will provide the address and other instructions/directions. The "apartment building (does not say HFL;­ this is a confidential location) [is] on north side of street with big black covered fence behind small trees." Street parking (residential neighborhood) should be available. Check street signs for any restrictions. After parking, "walk up to the driveway gate, on the left hand side is an intercom; press the buzzer; say "Hello" and/or "Front Gate"." The apartment building looks like: https://www.meetup.com/LosAngelesVolunteers/photos/502526/454990884 Push the intercom call button and someone should open the gate for you. Ask for Ed, the project leader. He's friendly and will help you get started. Here's a cool video about Ed - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jfcaouJltc

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