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!
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Please note: The links below are from external sources and are provided for informational reference 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.
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.
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.
|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|
|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||None||Info for Prospective Volunteers|
|Madrona Marsh||Torrance||Environment||14||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|
|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
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|Switzer Learning Center||Torrance||Education, Youth With Special Needs||18||Info for Prospective Volunteers|
|The Children's Clinic||Long Beach||Family Services, Health||16||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|