Whether you have an afternoon to spare, resources to give, or a talent to lend, there are many ways to get involved and support foster youth and families around Los Angeles. Below are a few opportunities but check back as we update this page regularly. Thank you!
Volunteer Opportunity: United Friends of the Children – College Within Reach
UFC has partnered again with the USC School of Social Work to help foster youth get on the path to college. Open to students in grades 6-12 living in foster care or emancipated foster youth, as well as caregivers and social workers. College Within Reach will be held on Saturday, September 17th on the campus of USC. Attached is a flyer with more details and a link to sign up. Click here to sign-up!
“Independence City” Event at Rio Hondo College
Foster youth are invited to spend the day at Rio Hondo College on June 17, 2016 (Registration: 9:30AM-10AM Event: 10AM-2:30PM* Free lunch and snacks provided). “Independence City” is a day of activities and festivities aimed at preparing youth for life as adults. Youth will experiment with adult living, including learning about options with AB12, housing, higher education pathways, and how to find a job and keep it. Plus, learn about cooking, nutrition, budgeting, and more. Contact the Foster/Kinship Care & ILP/Guardian Scholars Office at 562-908-3435 to register. For more information, view and download flyer here.
3rd Annual Backpack Drive & Family Fun Fest
Rays of Light Philanthropic, Inc. is collecting and giving away 1,000 new supply filled backpacks to homeless and children in foster. Bring the Family to the Backpack Drive and Fun Fest, Saturday, July 23rd from 12Noon to 4:30PM @Tarzana Recreation Center, 5655 Vanalden Ave, Tarzana, CA 91356
Peace4Kids is dedicated to empowering foster youth by providing Community as Family. P4K creates a strong foundation through programs focused on creative expression and life skills, allowing our youth to discover their unique voice and limitless potential for success.
“The Mobile Village: Kitchen, a Peace4Kids original concept five years in the making. Through P4K, Raquine and his peers created a solution to the missing food legacy for youth in Foster Care. They fulfilled their desire to build a deeply connective environment, while simultaneosly improving health outcomes and addressing food inequity trends in South LA.” Learn more about the Mobile Village Kitchen and support via donations or wishlist.
Hope In A Suitcase
Without a suitcase or duffel bag of their own, many children and teens entering foster care have to carry whatever belongings they can fit into a plastic trash bag. Hope in a Suitcase is a new volunteer driven non-profit in Los Angeles. Our mission is to provide children entering foster care with a suitcase and basic essentials to make their transition a little easier. Everyone can play at role at this critical point in a foster youth’s life. Watch this short video and visit Hope In A Suitcase online for more.
United Friends of the Children
United Friends of the Children empowers current and former foster youth on their journey to self-sufficiency through service-enriched education and housing programs, advocacy, and consistent relationships with a community of people who care. UFC is seeking to build a meaningful, long-term relationship with its volunteer community and is looking for volunteers eager to connect with our organization’s mission and youth. You can make a difference in small and big ways from a one day event to long-term commitments – either way, you are contributing to the success of foster youth.
For more information, visit United Friends online.
One Simple Wish
One Simple Wish was born in 2008 to empower more people to support children who’ve been victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment in very simple yet meaningful ways. Children deserve happy childhoods. One Simple Wish creates them.
Online, you can browse through hundreds of wishes posted on behalf of foster children and at-risk youth all over the United States and find one that speaks to your heart and your budget. From school supplies to toys to sporting equipment and lots more, each wish is as unique as the child who makes it. All wishes are under $500 with most ranging from $10–$100.
You can join One Simple Wish in brightening the life of a child who needs to believe in love and hope again.
CASA of Los Angeles
A Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is a trained, dedicated and caring community volunteer assigned to lift the voice of a child in foster care. CASAs are sworn in by dependency court judges to advocate for what is in the child’s best interest. With legal standing to fully investigate a child’s circumstances, CASAs make recommendations to the court regarding how the system and community can best serve and support the child. Our volunteers have the ability to broadly influence the life of a foster child by advocating across many important life issues, including permanent placement, health care, education, mental health and enrichment activities.
Our most significant accomplishments happen every day – when an overlooked opportunity is found, a service is secured or an adult connection is made that will help keep a child safe and give him or her an opportunity to succeed.