Warm Fuzzies, New Friends
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.
#2. 826 LA
Locations in Echo Park and Venice
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826 LA is one of our favorite ways to volunteer in Los Angeles because of its inherent creativity. What other volunteer opportunity allows you to wander through a real life “Time Travel Mart*” on your way back to tutor? The goods sold in the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, such as Mammoth Chunks, Robot Milk, and Dark Ages Breath Ruiner, are created by the volunteers of 826 LA to help fund their space, who do everything from tutor to lead evening and weekend workshops and field trips that help children cultivate reading and writing skills. Volunteers play characters in the field trips, decorate the space, and transform the back of the Time Travel Mart into an imaginative playspace filled with writers, filmmakers, artists, photographers, and actors of all ages. If you’re a starving artist or any kind of creative looking to explore like you used to when you were a kid, this is probably the opportunity most suited for you. It’s so much fun that kids here don’t realize they’re learning and you won’t realize you’re volunteering.
*The photo above gives you an idea of some of the products they sell at the Time Travel Mart to benefit 826LA.