Finding Volunteer Opportunities

There are numerous ways to find local volunteer opportunities, and we've included some information below to help you with your search. Thank you for your interest in serving our community!

Please note: The links on this page are from external sources and are provided for informational convenience purposes only. It does not constitute the Volunteer Center’s endorsement or approval, and the external parties are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.


What Acts of Kindness Can DoDid you know that performing acts of kindness is good for your mental and physical health? Among the many benefits, practicing kindness:

  • Minimizes stress and improves depression
  • Boosts happiness - for both sides!
  • Reduces blood pressure and improves heart health
  • Contributes to our sense of community and belonging - important protective factors! - which are key contributors to a healthy, longer life

It also encourages empathy, which something we teach local youth and families through our new, all-encompassing program, Engaging Hearts and Minds.

Learn more about the health benefits of kindness from this CNN article and from the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, where you can also find more resources on practicing kindness!


Volunteer Opportunity Search Databases

Click any of the three images below to visit peer organizations' websites and use their volunteer opportunity databases to search for service opportunities.

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Volunteer Information for Local Organizations

Refer to the chart below to learn more about the volunteer opportunities at these local organizations. Click the links at the right to find more detailed volunteer information on each organization's website.

Please Note: The chart below was developed prior to the pandemic, so the three volunteer opportunity search databases above may be the better option in trying to find volunteer opportunities right now.

Organization Location(s) Area(s) of Focus Minimum Age to Volunteer More Information
1736 Family Crisis Center Torrance and Wilmington Family Services 18 Info for Prospective Volunteers
Beach Cities Health District Redondo Beach Family Services, Health 14 Info for Prospective Volunteers
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium San Pedro Animals, Environment None Info for Prospective Volunteers
The Children's Clinic Long Beach Family Services, Health 16 Info for Prospective Volunteers
Food Finders Lakewood Food Insecurity 7 with an adult Info for Prospective Volunteers
Friendship Foundation Redondo Beach Youth With Special Needs 8 Info for Prospective Volunteers
James Armstrong Theatre Torrance Arts and Culture 15 Info for Prospective Volunteers
Los Angeles Maritime Institute San Pedro Maritime, Youth Development 13 Info for Prospective Volunteers
Madrona Marsh Torrance Environment 14 Info for Prospective Volunteers
Museum of Latin American Art Long Beach Arts & Culture 13 Info for Prospective Volunteers
Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills Estates, San Pedro Environment None Info for Prospective Volunteers
Our Village Redondo Beach and Long Beach Youth With Special Needs 4 Info for Prospective Volunteers
Rancho Los Cerritos Long Beach History and Culture 13 Info for Prospective Volunteers
Richstone Family Center Hawthorne, Torrance, Inglewood Family Services None Info for Prospective Volunteers
Ride to Fly Rancho Palos Verdes Animals, Youth With Special Needs 14 Info for Prospective Volunteers
South Bay Literacy Council Gardena, Hawthorne, Lomita, Torrance, Wilmington Education 18 Info for Prospective Volunteers
South Bay Village Torrance Senior Services None Info for Prospective Volunteers

Click on "Forms" for the Volunteer Application.
Switzer Learning Center Torrance Education, Youth With Special Needs 18 Info for Prospective Volunteers
Toberman Neighborhood Center San Pedro Family Services 16 Info for Prospective Volunteers
Torrance Art Museum Torrance Arts and Culture 18 Info for Prospective Volunteers
Volunteer Action for Aging Various Senior Services 18 Info for Prospective Volunteers
The Western Museum of Flight Torrance History and Culture 13 Info for Prospective Volunteers