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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 for the Homeless & Community (Lancaster)

Central Christian 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 ____________________ Attention: To help me save time, this is automatically posted in this group, but it's possible they won't have a meal service on this Thursday (holiday, venue conflict, project leader is busy/sick, etc.). I'll try to check every week, but if I forget, please check before going. Regardless of the date posted on here, please check their Eventbrite page to confirm if they have a meal on this date or not. https://www.eventbrite.com/o/stop-core-team-792038731 I don't want anyone to drive there and find out they canceled / rescheduled, so please check their Eventbrite page and register with them so they can update you in case anything changes. Thank you. ____________________ 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 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 event is from a church group, Central Christian Church. http://www.centralchristian.org/ministries#outreach ____________________ Some other events (such as food distributions or other meals for the homeless & community) that occur at churches sometimes don't have a religious component (i.e. proselytizing)...but this one does seem to, so please keep that in mind if anybody wants to participate. A few members from the Lancaster & Palmdale area joined our group, and currently, I've only found two volunteer events in that area, and both are from/with Christian churches...so it's up to you if you want to help with this or not. I asked them and they said being Christian or a member of their church group isn't required. They welcome anyone & everyone who wants to help...but my guess is many other volunteers will be members of their church group. It's your choice if you want to participate or not. ____________________ Their outreach ministry is called STOP. "Salvation Total Outreach Program" http://www.centralchristian.org/ministries#outreach "STOP is a community outreach program that provides meals/essential items to anyone who needs a helping hand in our community. Every Thursday we offer a hot meal at our church and sack lunches on the 3rd and 4th Saturday of the month." ____________________ https://www.eventbrite.com/o/stop-core-team-792038731 According to their Eventbrite registration page, "Volunteers are asked to arrive at 5:00 pm and bring food items heated and ready to be served. The meal will last from 6:00 pm and end at 7:00 pm. Cleanup will last 30-45 minutes. Thank you for your service." Their "mission statement is to provide meals for the homeless and those in need in the AV by preparing, serving, praying and inviting those who we meet to worship with us at our church. We will continue to seek others in need, to assist as many as possible, involve the entire congregation and share the gospel of Jesus Christ as we serve others while following the example that Jesus provided for us to serve." I messaged them and they said... "We do welcome volunteers. We would love to have you come help serve. We ask that volunteers show up at 5:30 pm. We have a quick orientation and then the dinner starts at 6pm. We meet in the main building in the room we call the Gallery. They prepare the sack lunches on the 3rd and 4th Saturday’s at 9 am in the church kitchen. We hope you can join us." I could be wrong, but my guess is if anyone wants to bring food or help in the kitchen, they want volunteers to arrive at 5:00 pm...and if anyone wants to serve food, then arriving at 5:30 pm should be fine. ____________________ To help, go to their registration page: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/stop-core-team-792038731 Click on the respective date you want to help on. Then click the green "Register" button. - You can help by... buying ingredients for their meal or "Food Preparation / Kitchen Help / Clean-up" or "Food Serving Line" - Minimum age to help is 16. ____________________ Any questions, contact them via http://www.centralchristian.org/ministries#contact https://www.facebook.com/ccclancaster [masked] [masked] ____________________ Photo Source/Credit: Central Christian Church

Food for the Homeless (Venice)

Share A Meal (Thursdays @ Venice)

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 ____________________ I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. This event is from Share A Meal and hosted by Jacquie and her husband, Ravi. https://www.meetup.com/LAVolunteer/members/244623652 https://www.shareameal.net/about ____________________ MANY regular/returning and new volunteers help them each week, but I still want to post their meal service so more people can learn about them and participate. Even if nobody else from this meetup group signs up, they probably will be crowded with others, so please keep that in mind if you decide to go. If several people show up, they try to get everyone involved, but some waiting/standing might occur. If possible, please try not to get mad/angry. Hopefully you can meet some nice and friendly people, and talk while waiting for the burritos to finish. ____________________ The founders of Share A Meal are awesome. I'm in awe and admiration of Jacquie & Ravi. Jacquie - https://www.meetup.com/LAVolunteer/members/244623652 - The following videos show what they're about: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/how-sikh-tradition-inspired-program-gives-1-000-burritos-homeless-n911501 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7NcPOxBK3w https://vimeo.com/140434015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b30GFqtgNLY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6ucBoHxDNo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KdD8L5rKbE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9hga3X1lwA ____________________ Five nights a week, they give out vegetarian burritos and water to people at different locations. Monday @ DTLA near Little Tokyo Tuesday @ Hollywood Wednesday @ DTLA near USC Thursday @ Venice Friday @ DTLA near Olvera St, Union Station, & Chinatown ____________________ All ingredients for the vegetarian burritos are provided by Share A Meal. Volunteers don't bring any food, but they appreciate donations of bottled water. A few volunteers help inside the food truck and "roll" the burritos. Once all the burritos are finished and warmed up, they go out to distribute. ____________________ If 6:45pm is tough due to work or traffic, arriving later is fine. Making the burritos is limited to a few people because space inside the food truck is limited. For passing out the food and water, more people can be accommodated and everyone can get involved. Note: You all know about traffic. The food truck usually arrives around 6:45pm, but if traffic is bad, they might be a little late. If anyone arrives and they aren't there yet, try waiting a few minutes. The food truck normally arrives by 7:00pm. Thank you for being patient. ____________________________________________ FAQ Q: Is this safe for women? A: Answering "Yes" or "No" is not up to me. It's up to you to decide. I sympathize if anyone feels anxious, afraid, and hesitant. For this, they go out in groups and nobody should be alone. Many homeless individuals are friendly, grateful, gracious, and appreciative of the food & water. And believe it or not, sometimes more women volunteer than men. Their photos are a good indication of who and how many people participate: https://www.facebook.com/ShareAMeal/photos Some people might feel uncomfortable going out on the streets at night and interacting with homeless individuals. Distributing is completely voluntary and optional, so please don't feel obligated or pressured. If anyone feels scared or reluctant, feel free to stop and leave at anytime (if it's safe to do so). ____________________________________________ Photos: Monday @ DTLA - http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.987525381357505 Tuesday @ Hollywood - http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.987528048023905 Thursday @ Venice - http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.992192930890750 Friday @ DTLA - http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.996583523785024 https://www.facebook.com/ShareAMeal/photos ____________________ Jacquie and her husband, Ravi, host this event. One of them is always there. Jacquie might not always check messages/comments via Meetup https://www.meetup.com/LAVolunteer/members/244623652 So if anyone wants to help, go to https://www.shareameal.net/weekly-service-nights Scroll down and register on their site. Enter your name and email address and click on "Register" - You can also fill out their registration form via http://files.meetup.com/1339032/Share%20A%20Meal.pdf and email it back to Jacquie via [masked] She can be busy, so if she doesn't respond, check their FB for updates - https://www.facebook.com/ShareAMeal ____________________ If anybody arrives early, the food truck should eventually show up by 7:00pm. Traffic may cause them to be late. Wearing comfortable clothes & shoes is recommended. Maybe bring a sweater/jacket if it gets cold at night. Children can participate with parent supervision/approval. A liability release waiver form needs to be submitted upon arrival. http://files.meetup.com/1339032/Share%20A%20Meal.pdf All ingredients for making the burritos are supplied by them (food truck). If anyone wants to contribute, they appreciate donations of bottled water. If parking on a street, please check posted signs/meters. Public bathrooms may not always be readily available or accessible, so using a restroom before arriving is recommended. ____________________ On Thursday nights, they meet on 3rd Ave in Venice, between Rose Ave. & Sunset Ave. There's no physical address. If using GPS or a navigation app, try going to the intersection of 3rd Ave and Rose Ave, Venice, 90291. If your GPS or navigation app needs an actual address, the closest thing I could find is 320 3rd Ave, Venice, 90291. https://goo.gl/maps/TzEm4ZoNtjN2 The food truck will go to 3rd Ave, between Rose Ave and Sunset Ave. If you see tarps, tents, and people on sidewalks, then that's probably the right area. On 3rd Ave, south of Rose Ave, if you see on the side, a building with orange doors (Public Storage), then the food truck usually parks around there. Parking on 3rd Ave should be free...but please check signs to confirm. After serving people on 3rd Ave, the volunteers go in the back of the food truck. It's a short/quick ride to Venice Beach to serve people on the boardwalk. ____________________ If anyone wants to help on a different weeknight, refer to: https://www.shareameal.net/weekly-service-nights

Food for the Homeless (Woodland Hills)

Woodland Hills 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. ____________________ 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 ____________________ The address for Woodland Hills Korean United Methodist Church is on Shoup Ave. From Shoup Ave, turn on Collins St to enter the church parking lot. https://goo.gl/maps/SfkKsRe75x12 Park near the main edifice, and look for a black gate that says "Keep Gate Closed." The gate shouldn't be locked. Look for a latch on the top to release. Walk straight and look for a large room. 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.

Food for the Homeless (Downtown LA)

Share A Meal (Fridays @ DTLA)

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 ____________________ I try to spread the word about volunteer opportunities and raise awareness about non-profits/charities that do good work. This event is from Share A Meal and hosted by Jacquie and her husband, Ravi. https://www.meetup.com/LAVolunteer/members/244623652 https://www.shareameal.net/about ____________________ MANY regular/returning and new volunteers help them each week, but I still want to post their meal service so more people can learn about them and participate. Even if nobody else from this meetup group signs up, they probably will be crowded with others, so please keep that in mind if you decide to go. If several people show up, they try to get everyone involved, but some waiting/standing might occur. If possible, please try not to get mad/angry. Hopefully you can meet some nice and friendly people, and talk while waiting for the burritos to finish. ____________________ The founders of Share A Meal are awesome. I'm in awe and admiration of Jacquie & Ravi. Jacquie - https://www.meetup.com/LAVolunteer/members/244623652 - The following videos show what they're about: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/how-sikh-tradition-inspired-program-gives-1-000-burritos-homeless-n911501 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7NcPOxBK3w https://vimeo.com/140434015 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b30GFqtgNLY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6ucBoHxDNo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KdD8L5rKbE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9hga3X1lwA ____________________ Five nights a week, they give out vegetarian burritos and water to people at different locations. Monday @ DTLA near Little Tokyo Tuesday @ Hollywood Wednesday @ DTLA near USC Thursday @ Venice Friday @ DTLA near Olvera St, Union Station, & Chinatown ____________________ All ingredients for the vegetarian burritos are provided by Share A Meal. Volunteers don't bring any food, but they appreciate donations of bottled water. A few volunteers help inside the food truck and "roll" the burritos. Once all the burritos are finished and warmed up, they go out to distribute. ____________________ If 6:45pm is tough due to work or traffic, arriving later is fine. Making the burritos is limited to a few people because space inside the food truck is limited. For passing out the food and water, more people can be accommodated and everyone can get involved. Note: You all know about traffic. The food truck usually arrives around 6:45pm, but if traffic is bad, they might be a little late. If anyone arrives and they aren't there yet, try waiting a few minutes. The food truck normally arrives by 7:00pm. Thank you for being patient. ____________________ FAQ Q: Is this safe for women? A: Answering "Yes" or "No" is not up to me. It's up to you to decide. I sympathize if anyone feels anxious, afraid, and hesitant. For this, they go out in groups and nobody should be alone. Many homeless individuals are friendly, grateful, gracious, and appreciative of the food & water. And believe it or not, sometimes more women volunteer than men. Their photos are a good indication of who and how many people participate: https://www.facebook.com/ShareAMeal/photos Some people might feel uncomfortable going out on the streets at night and interacting with homeless individuals. Distributing is completely voluntary and optional, so please don't feel obligated or pressured. If anyone feels scared or reluctant, feel free to stop and leave at anytime (if it's safe to do so). ____________________ Photos: Monday @ DTLA - http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.987525381357505 Tuesday @ Hollywood - http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.987528048023905 Thursday @ Venice - http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.992192930890750 Friday @ DTLA - http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.996583523785024 https://www.facebook.com/ShareAMeal/photos ____________________ Jacquie and her husband, Ravi, host this event. One of them is always there. Jacquie might not always check messages/comments via Meetup https://www.meetup.com/LAVolunteer/members/244623652 So if anyone wants to help, go to https://www.shareameal.net/weekly-service-nights Scroll down and register on their site. Enter your name and email address and click on "Register" - You can also fill out their registration form via http://files.meetup.com/1339032/Share%20A%20Meal.pdf and email it back to Jacquie via [masked] She can be busy, so if she doesn't respond, check their FB for updates - https://www.facebook.com/ShareAMeal ____________________ If anybody arrives early, the food truck should eventually show up by 7:00pm. Traffic may cause them to be late. Wearing comfortable clothes & shoes is recommended. Maybe bring a sweater/jacket if it gets cold at night. Children can participate with parent supervision/approval. A liability release waiver form needs to be submitted upon arrival. http://files.meetup.com/1339032/Share%20A%20Meal.pdf All ingredients for making the burritos are supplied by them (food truck). If anyone wants to contribute, they appreciate donations of bottled water. If parking on a street, please check posted signs/meters. Public bathrooms may not always be readily available or accessible, so using a restroom before arriving is recommended. ____________________ On Friday nights, they meet near 645 New High Street, Los Angeles, 90012 It's not a physical address. The food truck tries to park on New High St, between Cesar E Chavez Ave and Ord St. It's near Spring St, north of Cesar E Chavez Ave, and west of Alameda St. Street parking (meters) is available on New High St or adjacent streets in Chinatown. The rate for meters is around 50 cents or $1 an hour. Some meters require payment until 8:00pm, but please check signs & meter to confirm. If you see a tall apartment building and city hall in the background, then that's probably the right area. https://goo.gl/maps/GwBU2qMZ5WD2 If the food truck arrives late, after 7pm, thank you for your patience. When I went, the food truck parked on New High Street near "Sunshine Auto Park." Hopefully the food truck finds a parking spot in this area and is easy to see/find. After the burritos are finished, they walk around to pass out food and water. ____________________ If anyone wants to help on a different weeknight, refer to: https://www.shareameal.net/weekly-service-nights

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