City Volunteer Programs

The City of Los Angeles offers many ways for residents to volunteer with City departments. Learn more about the ways that you can get involved below.

Census Goodwill Ambassador Program

With less than a year to go before the 2020 Census, it’s vital Angelenos understand the Census’ importance and new reporting process. Los Angeles is historically one of the hardest to count  areas in the country, and a complete count ensures the city receives the funding and representation needed to deliver and enhance services and programs. Join the Mayor’s Census 2020 Initiative team and become a Census Goodwill Ambassador (CGA). CGAs will be deployed throughout Los Angeles to help educate their communities on the importance of the census. Email bobby.kobara@lacity.org with questions or sign up for one of the first training session below:
South Central, MONDAY, JUNE 3, 6:30-7:30PM
Wilmington, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5, 5:30-6:30PM
Pacoima, TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 6:30-7:30PM 
Boyle Heights, SATURDAY, JUNE 29, 9:30-10:30AM

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Los Angeles Public Library

The library has approximately 5,000 active volunteers throughout the library system’s Central Library and 72 branches, in a variety of volunteer opportunities. Each location has different volunteer needs including adult literacy tutors, docents, and Veterans’ Benefits Coaches.

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Department of Recreation and Parks

Volunteering with the Department of Recreation and Parks is a great way to strengthen your local community. With 444 park sites that span every Los Angeles neighborhood, volunteers can engage in a variety of ways including coaching, clean-ups, museum docents, senior programs and more.

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LA Animal Services

LA Animal Services is looking for volunteers who want to make a difference in the lives of abandoned and orphaned animals. They need friendly, outgoing and personable volunteers to assist the public and work with the staff in animal shelters and at on-site and off-site adoption events.

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Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Volunteers play a vital role in fulfilling the Zoo’s mission of “Nurturing Wildlife and Enriching the Human Experience,” from helping with office work to assisting our animal keepers. There are several ways in which you can volunteer your time, including becoming a docent or a general volunteer.

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Los Angeles Fire Department

There are a number of specialized volunteer programs within the Los Angeles Fire Department to allow you to learn new skills so that you can be prepared to help your family and neighbors during times of disaster, like earthquakes, wildfires and other unforseen circumstances.

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Los Angeles Police Department

Los Angeles Police Department employees are proud to serve alongside over 3,000 volunteers who take on a diverse range of responsibilities. Volunteers serve as a bridge between officers and civilians as they represent their communities in all aspects of Department-related functions.

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Los Angeles World Airports

Volunteers who serve with Los Angeles World Airports have the opportunity to represent Los Angeles by providing exceptional guest services for travelers from around the world. LAWA has three signature volunteer programs: the Volunteer Information Professionals (VIP) Program, the Pets Unstressing Passengers (PUP) Program and LAXceeders.

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