Feel like giving back? Volunteer with a local non-profit!

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Thank you to Amy Dewhurst for putting this amazing list together!  

 

California Wildlife Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of native California wildlife.   Enrich your life or further your education by helping CWC rehabilitate orphaned, ill, or injured wildlife from the Santa Monica Mountains, Malibu beaches and surrounding areas of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Volunteering is a great way to meet others who share your concern for wildlife and to learn about our native animals and the environment.   HOTLINE: (310)458-WILD HOSPITAL: (818)591-WILD    www.californiawildlifecenter.org

NKLA (a Best Friends initiative):  NKLA (a Best Friends initiative).  Volunteers needed for dog walking/cat comfort at NKLA pet adoption center *West L.A.).  If you love animals, and like to exercise, the animals at the “No-Kill Los Angeles” shelter (NKLA) need your help. We need volunteers to help get our canine friends out of their kennels for their daily walks and playtime activities. If cats are your preference, we also need volunteers to spend time socializing with our feline friends.  A morning or afternoon of dog walking is more rewarding and fulfilling than any gym workout! Volunteers are needed for any and all hours (open 8AM to 8PM, 7 days a week), but weekday shifts are especially important. Please visit the website (http://nkla.org/Volunteer) for more information, or to schedule your orientation to begin helping our animal friends.

Boys & Girls Club of Venice:  Our mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring responsible citizens.  (310) 390-4477. www.bgcv.org

A Window Between Worlds (AWBW) – a nonprofit organization dedicated to using art to help end domestic violence.   Through creative expression, battered women and children gain a sense of renewal and power. For further information on our programs please call us at (310) 396-0317. e-mail  info@awbw.org pr visit www.awbw.org.   For other domestic violence resources, see our Domestic Violence Resource List.

Heal The Bay
Heal the Bay is a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to making Southern California coastal waters and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy and clean. We use research, education, community action and advocacy to pursue our mission.
1-800-HEAL-BAY www.healthebay.org

Surfrider Foundation – environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education. (949) 492-8170  www.surfrider.org

Venice Family Clinic – provides free, quality health care to people in need. Founded in 1970 in a borrowed storefront dental office, the Clinic has grown into the largest free clinic in the nation. Founder Phillip Rossman, MD, and co-founder Mayer B. Davidson, MD, called upon friends and colleagues to help. That spirit of volunteerism prevails today with more than 1,500 volunteers and $11.3 million in-kind contributions from hospitals, laboratories, specialty-care providers and pharmaceutical companies.
(310) 664-7532. itrejo@mednet.ucla.edu www.venicefamilyclinic.org

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826LA is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write.  Our services are structured around our understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention, and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.  With this in mind, we provide after-school tutoring, evening and weekend workshops, in-school tutoring,help for English language learners, and assistance with student publications.  All of our programs are challenging and enjoyable, and ultimately strengthen each student’s power to express ideas effectively, creatively, confidently, and in his or her individual voice.  http://www.826la.org

Abbot Kinney Memorial Library
501 S. Venice Blvd. (310) 821-1769

Angels at Risk – a non-profit organization dedicated to helping teenagers and their families at risk for drug and alcohol abuse. Angels at Risk believes that when the issue of addiction is addressed very early on in life that the future of teenagers, kids and their families can be changed forever. We know that by embracing the teenager’s struggle that the entire family is given the gift to heal and grow together.
(310) 457-1421 www.angelsatrisk.com

Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center is is located in our old Venice City Hall, built 1906. The Center offers an extensive program of public readings, free workshops, a project room, bookstore, publications, and chapbook/small press archive. During our nearly forty years in Venice, we have nurtured and presented many of the best writers, artists, and poets from the West Coast, around the country, and world. The Center is unique for its combined range of activities, constantly moving back and forth between the underground and the literary and artistic establishments.
681 Venice Blvd. (310) 822-3006 beyondbaroque@gmail.com www.beyondbaroque.org

Electric Lodge – a laboratory for artists and environmentalists. We engage our community through the visual and performing arts, innovative classes, programs and seminars, providing experiential contexts and opportunities for dialogue. The Electric Lodge is a torch bearer in the effort to stimulate public understanding and support for the creation of a sustainable worldwide eco-system.
1416 Electric Avenue (310) 306-1854 www.electriclodge.org

Food Not Bombs
“We Protest War & Serve Healthy Vegetarian Food to the Hungry”
(310) 365-0985 venicesantamonicafnb@fastmail.fm www.foodnotbombs.wetnostril.net

Harvest Home – provides shelter and assistance to homeless pregnant women. As a full-programmed residential home, we equip our residents with the knowledge to make healthier life decisions; cultivate their parenting skills; and increase employability through education. Our ultimate goal is that each woman will leave the home spiritually strong, with a new-found sense of self-worth, and better prepared to support and care for herself and her child. Harvest Home is where new lives begin.   Inside Out Community Arts. (310) 452-1223 info@theharvesthome.net www.theharvesthome.net

Inside/Out Community Arts
Through visual and performing arts workshops, performances and festivals, our missionis to give youth from all backgrounds the tools, confidence and inspiration to make a positive difference in their communities and the world…from the inside out.
(310) 397-8820 www.InsideOutCA.org

The Neighborhood Youth Association

1016 Pleasant View Avenue, Venice 90291.  Providing full day care and after school programs for at risk youth from 2-18 since 1906.   www.NYAyouth.org

Oakwood Recreation Center – To learn about programs and facilities log on to;  www.laparks.org/dos/ereg/facility/oakwoodRC.html
767 California Ave. (310) 452-7479

Pacific Resident Theatre
Based in Venice, California, Pacific Resident Theatre is a company founded by actors and dedicated to producing the classics, rarely performed plays, and the works of new writers.
(310) 822-8392 prtboxoffice@earthlink.net www.pacificresidenttheatre.com

SPARC-Social and Public Art Resource Center – an arts center that produces, preserves and conducts educational programs and community based public art works.SPARC espouses public art as an organizing tool for addressing contemporary issues, fostering cross-cultural understanding and promoting civic dialogue. Working within this philosophical framework, over the last 31 years SPARC has created murals and other forms of public art in communities throughout Los Angeles and increasingly in national and international venues. (310) 822-9560 www.sparcmurals.org

St. Joseph Center – the agency provides a variety of emergency and ongoing programs to assist low-income and homeless individuals and families in the West Los Angeles area. Services include child care, emergency food, homeless support services, mental health services, personal goods, services for older adults, services for veterans, and a thrift store.For more information please contact; Tiana Rideout, Volunteer Services Coordinator (310) 396-6468 x 326. trideout@stjosephctr.org www.stjosephctr.org

St. Joseph Homeless Service Center – referrals to shelter, has pre-arranged beds with Samoshel. Services include child care, emergency food, homeless support services, mental health services, personal goods, services for older adults, services for veterans, and a thrift store.  Hampton at Rose. (310) 399-6878

St. Robert’s Center – provides emergency food, information and referral and motel vouchers for residents of Santa Monica, Venice, LAX Airport, West Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and Culver City areas, including Malibu, Topanga, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood and Bel Air.  People who are undocumented or homeless are also eligible for assistance. (310) 392-8701. ccolaw@earthlink.net

Venice Arts mission is to ignite youths’imagination, mentor their creativity, and expand their sense of possibility through high quality, accessible media–based arts education programs; and to serve as a catalyst for people of all ages, living in low–income or underrepresented communities, to create and share personal and community stories through photography, film, and multi–media.
(310) 578-1745. info@venice-arts.org www.venice-arts.org

Venice Art Crawl :  Pop up galleries all over Venice 4 times a year.   The Venice Art Crawl is 100 percent volunteer produced and we wouldn’t be anything without you! So thanks and enjoy our shows!   www.veniceartcrawl.com.

Venice Arts Council
Venice is a vital hub for artistic activity in Los Angeles and the world. The Venice Arts Council celebrates and supports this tradition through preserving old roots and encouraging spirited new growth in the culture and community we cherish.   310-306-7372. emilywinters@verizon.net   http://www.veniceartscouncil.org

Venice Chamber of Commerce
The Venice Chamber of Commerce is a vital organization of local business leaders. Our goals are to promote and protect the local business community, to enhance the image of Venice and to stimulate networking among members … resulting in growth opportunities for all. We believe that everyone in Venice should have a voice in making Venice a better place to work and live. www.venicechamber.net

Venice Community Housing Corporation (VCHC) works to preserve the economic, racial and social diversity of Venice and the surrounding area by maximizing affordable housing and economic development opportunities and providing needed social services to the area’s low-income population.
(310) 399-4100. Linda Lucks.   www.vchcorp.org

Venice Community Service Center
The agency provides health services, mental health services and substance abuse services for people of all ages who live in the Los Angeles County area.
(310)399-9883

The Venice Garden & Home Tour.
A walking tour of 30 Venice homes- meet your neighbors   Tickets $60 in advance $70 day of benefiting the Neighborhood Youth Association’s Las Doradas Childrens Center in Venice for tickets and information: Barbara Baumann: 310-821-1857 online: www.venicegardentour.org

Venice Health Center – 905 Venice Blvd. – 392-8636

Venice High Alumni Associationwww.venicehighalumni.com

Venice Historical Society – Strives to increase public awareness of Venice’s irreplaceable historical, cultural and architectural resources. To gather and disseminate information for the preservation of structures and neighborhoods in Venice. To engage in activities that will promote the preservation and enhancement of the unique historic features of Venice.
(310) 967-5170. info@veniceofamerica.org www.venicehistoricalsociety.org

Venice Neighborhood Council – We are governed by state and local laws and assisted by the City of Los Angeles Department of Neighborhood Empowerment.
(310) 606-2015. info@venicenc.org. www.grvnc.org

Venice Peace & Freedom Party – Founded in Venice, the P&F spread across the state in 1967. It is an official ballot-status political party. We are committed to socialism, democracy, ecology, feminism and racial equality. We represent the working class, those without capital in a capitalist society. We organize toward a world where cooperation replaces competition, a world where all people are well fed, clothed and housed; where all women and men have equal status; where all individuals may freely endeavor to fulfill their own talents and desires; a world of freedom and peace where every community retains its cultural integrity and lives with all others in harmony.  (310) 399-2215 pfp@freevenice.org www.freevenice.org

Venice Public Art Walls-In Creative Unity (The Grafitti Walls)
ICU Art is a Venice based art organization that has been curating the Venice Art Walls since the year 2000. ICU Art is a protector of the walls and helped to save the walls from destruction in 1999 when the Venice Pavilion structure was torn down as part of the Oceanfront Walk refurbishment. As an advocate for graffiti artist and public art in general, ICU Art has developed a broad-based network of artists and support personnel to work on issues and projects related to various forms of public art.  (310) 309-7756. info@veniceartwalls.com    veniceartwalls.com

Playa Venice Rotary Club:

Rotary is an organization of business, professional, and community leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. www.playasunrise.org

Venice Skills Center – classes are designed for participants who seek to acquire a vocational skill, upgrade their current skills or master minimum competencies which will increase their marketability. We welcome adult students who can benefit from the programs offered as well as minors (students 16-18 years of age) who have been accepted into the Alternative Education and Work Center.
(310)664-5820. www.lausd.net/Venice_Skills_Center

Venice Skate Alliance:   The Venice Skate Alliance is a community group dedicated to everything SKATE the happens in Venice and surrounding areas.  facebook.com/pages/Venice-Skate-Alliance/106552323590?sk=info&tab=overview

Vera Davis Mc Clendon/Oakwood Youth and Family Center – Services at the center include adult/child mentoring, case/care management for at risk families, clothing, computer classes, family and individual counseling, health screening, job search/placement, occasional emergency food assistance, parenting skills development, recreational activities for youth, specialized information and referral for off-site social services and tutorial services. Agencies supported by CDD funds provide counseling programs, case management programs, child care and early childhood programs, day labor programs, dental treatment, domestic violence programs, medical services, mental health treatment, shelters, traffic safety programs.(310)305-1865


Join Westminster Schools
‘ Endowment Group” or like “WE Garden” and please visit our school websites:

http://www.lausd.net/Westminster_Magnet/Westminster_Magnet/Home.html
http://www.lausd.net/Westminster_Ave_EL/Westminster_Community/Home.html

 

 

Thank you to  Amy Dewhurst and the Beachhead for the list above.  www.freevenice.org

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