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3 Ways to Volunteer in Los Angeles

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We’ve all been in that place where a pint of Ben and Jerry’s becomes, like, a regular thing. Okay, a daily meal. Sometimes, getting out and volunteering can be just the cure to the LA blues, be it a career rut or a rough afternoon on the 405 stuck next to a car filled with Beliebers. Whether you have lots of free time, you want that golden feeling, or you’re just looking to meet some new friends; volunteering is a wonderful way to spend a few hours in Los Angeles that’ll make you feel more connected to your community. Here are three easy to schedule, flexible, and rewarding opportunities that we’ve tried ourselves and can recommend to you with a vote of confidence.

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#3. Reading to Kids

Locations are schools throughout Los Angeles
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If you’re looking to volunteer but can’t commit to a regular schedule, Reading to Kids takes place one Saturday morning per month in schools throughout Los Angeles. You’ll arrive onsite at your designated school around nine o’clock and become acquainted with the book you’ll be reading to a group of kids. The book changes each month depending on the age level you select. Reading to Kids pairs you with someone who has already been a reader and gives you plenty of time to review the text, try the crafts that compliment the book out for yourself before explaining it to the children, and to make sure you know the meanings of those vocabulary words before your time reading (thanks, Siri). After your debriefing, you’ll have a chance to meet your group of kids (the average group size is about six) and lead them to a nearby classroom for some quality time reading and crafting together. The experience is an incredibly rewarding three-hour time commitment. Reading to Kids is fun, well-organized, and even comes with a free breakfast before and complimentary appetizers after at a nearby Mexican restaurant. Also, if you’re an actor, it’s great practice keeping a sometimes fidgety audience entertained – just sayin’.

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