Downtown’s The Midnight Mission is one of the best-run organizations of its kind, offering counseling, education, training and job placement to the city’s homeless population, as well as food, shelter, personal hygiene and medical care. Along with regular meal services and food donation drives, the Mission holds special Thanksgiving and Christmas events. If you’d like to help during a special event, start with some regular volunteer hours—the Mission’s website has a form you can fill out to help match you with the right service.
Staying true to its nickname as the City of Angels, Los Angeles has a vast number of charities working to service those in need and better support our community. From homeless shelters to food banks and even horse therapy facilities, nonprofit organizations are always looking for volunteers to help produce events throughout the year.
We Angelenos have lots of reasons to be thankful for living here, but we also have a responsibility to take care of our city—its people, animals, trees, beaches and more. If you’re looking for ways to give back, start your charity work by choosing from our list of some of the best places to volunteer, from Santa Monica to Downtown Los Angeles. And while most of these charities specialize in big holiday events, they all offer volunteer opportunities the rest of the year, too.