Resources for civic engagement, compiled by students in Philosophy 3330 at Cal State L.A. (updated December 10, 2019)

_governance and communities (at the local, city, state, and national levels)
Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils http://empowerla.org/find-your-council/
Los Angeles Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) http://clerk.lacity.org/business-improvement-districts
Los Angeles elected officials (including state and national officials) https://neighborhoodinfo.lacity.org/
Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (for unincorporated areas of the county) http://bos.lacounty.gov/
CA state elected officials (Assembly and Senate) http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov/
U.S. Congress (House of Representatives) https://www.house.gov/representatives/find/
 
 
_general volunteer opportunities
CSULA Center for Engagement, Service, and the Public Good (EPIC) http://www.calstatela.edu/engagement
L.A. Works https://www.laworks.com/
Volunteer Match https://www.volunteermatch.org/
 
 
_organizations (many with volunteer opportunities)
350.org (environment, global climate change, political action) https://350.org/
826LA (writing tutoring) http://826la.org/
AIDS Project LA Health (APLA Health) https://aplahealth.org/
Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) (political activism) https://www.acceaction.org/
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) volunteer opportunities https://www.aarp.org/benefits-discounts/?category=community-volunteering
American Cancer Society (health, national org) https://www.cancer.org/
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) (political action org) https://www.aclu.org/
American Heart Association (health) http://www.heart.org/
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) (advocacy, national org) http://www.aila.org/
American Nurses Association (ANA) http://www.nursingworld.org/
American Red Cross (disaster relief, blood drives, health, national org) http://www.redcross.org/local/california/los-angeles
American Society for Civil Engineers Los Angeles Younger Members Forum https://www.mlab-ymf.org/
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) https://www.aspca.org/
Anaheim Community Foundation (community org) http://www.anaheimcf.org/
Angel City Pits (pitbull rescue) http://www.angelcitypits.org/
Antelope Valley Care Center (nursing home, hospice care) http://antelopevalleycarecenter.com/
Arbor Day Foundation (environment, trees, national org) https://www.arborday.org/
Ascencia (homelessness, nutrition, meals, Glendale) https://www.ascenciaca.org/
Asian Americans Advancing Justice (political advocacy) https://advancingjustice-la.org/
Audubon Center at Debs Park (environment) http://debspark.audubon.org/
Autism Speaks (national org) https://www.autismspeaks.org/
Aviva Family and Children's Services http://www.avivacenter.org/
Bailey Human Care Center (hunger relief, Tujunga church org) https://www.tumc.net/bailey-center
Best Friends (animal rescue, adoption) https://la.bestfriends.org/
Beyond the Bell (LAUSC after school program: tutoring, recreation, etc.) http://btb.lausd.net/
Big Brothers Big Sisters (youth mentoring) http://bbbsla.org/
Black Lives Matter https://blacklivesmatter.com/chapter/blm-los-angeles/
Boy Scouts (youth development) https://www.scouting.org/
Boys and Girls Club of America (children's org, mentoring) https://www.bgca.org/
Brother's Helpers (hunger, nutrition, homelessness, Christian org) http://brothershelpers.org/
Burrito Project (food for homeless) http://theburritoproject.org/
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium (environment, San Pedro org) https://www.cabrillomarineaquarium.org/
California Center for Economic Initiatives (leadership development) http://www.ccfei.org/
California Community Foundation (advocates for systemic change) https://www.calfund.org/
California Environmental Health Association (CEHA) http://www.ceha.org/
Canning Hunger (food distribution) http://www.canninghunger.org/
Carson clubs and organizations (city of Carson community orgs) http://ci.carson.ca.us/CityManager/clubsorgs.aspx
Cat Adoption Tails (animal rescue, shelter) http://catadoptiontails.org/
Catholic Charities of Los Angeles (hunger, homelessness, etc.) https://catholiccharitiesla.org/
Center for American Progress (progressive policy institute) https://www.americanprogress.org/
Center for the Arts Eagle Rock http://cfaer.org/
Central City Neighborhood Partners (CCNP) (children, families, community development) http://laccnp.org/
Chelsea's Light Foundation (advocates for victim's of child sexual assault) https://chelseaslight.org/
Child Care Resource Center (CCRC) https://www.ccrcca.org/
Circle K (at Cal State L.A.) (community service; leadership development) http://csulacirclek.weebly.com/
Citizens' Climate Lobby (environment, political org, national org) https://citizensclimatelobby.org/
City of Hope (cancer treatment, health) https://www.cityofhope.org/
City Plants (environment; tree planting) https://www.cityplants.org/
Clean Air Coalition (environment, environmental justice advocacy) https://www.ccair.org/
Climate Reality Project (environment, national org) https://www.climaterealityproject.org/
Coaching Corps (youth org, mentoring, sports) https://www.coachingcorps.org/
Coalition for Economic Survival (CES) (advocates for low and moderate income people) http://www.cesinaction.org/
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) http://chirla.org/
Coast and Canyon Wildlife Rehabilitation (animals, environment, Malibu org) http://coastandcanyonwildlife.org/
Collegiate Association for the Research of Principle (CARP) https://www.carplife.org/
Comite Mexicano Civico Patriotico (cultural heritage preservation) http://www.cmcplosangeles.org/
Communities for a Better Environment (environmental justice) http://www.cbecal.org/
Community Coalition (South L.A. community org) http://cocosouthla.org/
Compton Initiative (neighborhood org) http://justdogood.org/
Concerned Citizens of South Central Los Angeles http://www.ccscla.org/
Cory's Kitchen (Irwindale food assistance) https://www.coryskitchen.org/
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children (neglect, abuse) http://www.casaforchildren.org/
Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE) https://care4yourfuture.org/
Days For Girls (feminine hygiene; global org) https://www.daysforgirls.org/
Defenders of Wildlife (environment, animals) https://defenders.org/
Democratic Socialists of America (political activist org) http://www.dsausa.org/
Didi Hirsch (mental health services, suicide prevention hotline) http://www.didihirsch.org/
DIG Burbank (parks, environment) https://www.burbankca.gov/departments/parks-and-recreation/community/dig-burbank
Disaster Healthcare Volunteers (opportunity for licensed healthcare providers) https://www.healthcarevolunteers.ca.gov/
Do Good L.A. (network of social entrepreneurs) http://www.dogoodla.org/
Dogs Without Borders (animal rescue) http://dogswithoutborders.org/
Downtown Women's Center (homelessness) http://www.downtownwomenscenter.org/
Dream Center (homelessness, hunger, abuse; faith-based org) https://dreamcenter.org/
East L.A. Community Corporation (neighborhood org: Boyle Heights and East L.A.) http://www.elacc.org/
Echoes of Hope (foster youth assistance) http://www.echoesofhope.org/
Education Through Music Los Angeles (ETM-LA) (youth development) https://etmla.org/
Educational Participation in Communities (EPIC) CSULA http://www.calstatela.edu/engagement/epic-office
El Centro de Ayuda (Boyle Heights community org) http://elcentrodeayuda.org/
Emergency Nurses Assocation (ENA) https://www.ena.org/
Engineering for Kids (youth STEM education) http://www.engineeringforkids.net/location/losangeles/home
Environment California (statewide environmental advocacy org) https://environmentcalifornia.org/
Equal Pay Today (women's advocacy, national org http://www.equalpaytoday.org/
Esperanza (aiding developmentally disabled individuals; mental health) http://esperanzaservices.us/
Familia Unida (disabilities, immigration, health, food pantry) http://lovefamiliaunida.org/
Family Promise (homelessness) https://familypromise.org/
Feeding America (hunger relief advocacy and volunteering, national org) http://www.feedingamerica.org/
Feeding San Diego (hunger relief, nutrition) https://feedingsandiego.org/
Fight for the Future (internet for public good advocacy) https://www.fightforthefuture.org/
Food Forward (hunger relief, nutrition) https://foodforward.org/
Food Not Bombs (hunger relief, activism, vegan) http://foodnotbombs.net/
Food on Foot (homelessness, nutrition) http://www.foodonfoot.org/
Foothill Family Shelter (homelessness, Upland org) https://www.foothillfamilyshelter.org/
Foster Army Animal Rescue (Riverside pet fostering/adoption) https://fosterarmy.org/
Free Arts for Abused Children http://www.freearts.org/
Friends In Deed (Pasadena food pantry) http://friendsindeedpas.org/
Friends of the Big Bear Alpine Zoo http://friendsofthebigbearalpinezoo.org/
Friends of Los Angeles River (FOLAR) (environment) https://folar.org/
Friends of Upland Animal Shelter (animal rescue) https://www.friendsofuplandanimalshelter.org/
Gang Alternatives Program (gangs, grafitti, youth programs) http://www.gangfree.org/
Gangs Out of Downey (GOOD) (gangs, grafitti, youth org, community org: Downey) https://gangsoutofdowney.org/
Gay for Good (G4G) (LGBT org) https://gayforgood.org/
Girl Scouts (youth development) http://www.girlscoutsla.org/
Girls Today Women Tomorrow http://www.gtwt.org/
Giving Spirit (homelessness) http://www.thegivingspirit.org/
GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) (LGBTQ org) https://www.glaad.org/
Glendale Arts http://glendalearts.org/
Glendale Youth Alliance http://www.glendaleca.gov/government/city-departments/community-services-parks/youth-employment-services-gya-
Global Inheritance (environmental org) http://www.globalinheritance.org/
Global Kindness (support families in need) http://myglobalkindness.org/
Graff Lab (graffiti art org) http://www.thegrafflab.com/
Greenpeace (environment, political action) http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/
Guide Dogs of America http://www.guidedogsofamerica.org/
Gun Owners of California (gun rights advocacy, political action org) https://www.gunownersca.com/
Habitat for Humanity (housing improvement) http://www.habitatla.org/
Harbor Community Benefit Foundation (environmental justice, health, Port of L.A.) http://hcbf.org/
Harbor Interfaith Services (homeless services in San Pedro) http://www.harborinterfaith.org/
Harbor Regional Center (help for those with developmental disabilities) http://www.harborrc.org/
Harm Reduction Coalition (drug users' rights, needle exchange, health) http://harmreduction.org/
Heal the Bay (environment) https://healthebay.org/
Heart of Compassion Food Distribution, Montebello (fighting hunger) http://www.heartofcompassionca.org/
Heritage Manor nursing home (elder care, Monterey Park) https://www.heritagemanorcare.com/
Hira's Legacy Foundation (dog training, rescue, education) https://www.hiraslegacy.org/
Hollaback! (fighting harassment, international org) https://www.ihollaback.org/
Homeboy Industries (gangs, incarceration, rehabilitation) http://www.homeboyindustries.org/
Homeless Shelter Directory (national database) https://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/california.html
Hope for L.A. (adult recovery, youth empowerment, community development, volunteering) http://hopeforla.org/
Hope for Paws (animal rescue) http://www.hopeforpaws.org/
Hope Worldwide (community services for the poor and needy) https://www.hopeww.org/
Human Rights Campaign (LGBT rights advocates) https://www.hrc.org/
Human Rights Watch (international org) https://www.hrw.org/
I Support the Girls (feminine hygiene; national org) http://isupportthegirls.org/
Idle No More (Indigenous sovereignty, environment) http://www.idlenomore.ca/
IMAN Foundation (Iranian-American Muslim org) https://iman.org/
Interfaith Food Center (homelessness, hunger, Whittier org) https://www.interfaithfoodcenter.org/
It Matters Period (menstral health; international org) https://itmattersperiod.squarespace.com/
Jamboree Housing (low-income housing) https://www.jamboreehousing.com/
Jenesse Center (domestic violence) https://jenesse.org/
Junior Achievement USA (financial literacy, children's education) https://www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-usa/home
KaBOOM! (children's playgrounds) https://kaboom.org/
Kids' Community Dental Clinic http://www.kidsclinic.org/
Kidspace Children's Museum https://www.kidspacemuseum.org/
Kitten Rescue (animal rescue, adoption) http://kittenrescue.org/
Kiwanis (children, communities) http://www.kiwanis.org/
Koreatown Youth + Community Center (KYCC) https://www.kyccla.org/
La Habra Community Emergency Response Team (communiy preparedness) http://www.lhcm.org/267/Community-Emergency-Response-Team
L.A. Community Health Project (drug use, needle exchange, health) http://chpla.org/
L.A. Kitchen (health, nutrition, local foods) http://www.lakitchen.org/
Lamp Community (homelessness, services and housing) https://lampcommunity.org/
Las Fotos Project (art, girls, photography, youth) http://lasfotosproject.org/
Lavine Family Innovation Fund (LIFT) (fighting poverty) https://www.liftcommunities.org/los-angeles/
Launch pre-school, Torrance Schools (for children with disabilities) http://launch.tusd.org/
League of Women Voters (politcal action) http://lwv.org/
Life Rolls On (physical impairment; disabilities) https://liferollson.org/
Lions Clubs International (community service orgs) http://www.lionsclubs.org
Live Your Dream (women's org, girl's development, domestic violence, sex trafficking) http://www.liveyourdream.org/
Living Help Center, Downey (reproductive health) https://www.livinghelpcenter.org/
Long Beach Parks & Rec volunteering http://www.longbeach.gov/park/recreation-programs/programs-and-classes/volunteer-opportunities/
Long Beach Rescue Mission (homeless services) http://lbrm.org/
Los Angeles Animal Services (pet fostering/adoption) http://www.laanimalservices.com/
Los Angeles Beautification Team (environment improvement: planting trees, graffiti removal) http://hbteam.org/
Los Angeles Bike Messenger Association (LABMA) https://www.labma213.com/
Los Angeles Conservation Corps. (youth development) https://lacorps.org
Los Angeles Crisis Response Team (CRT) http://lacrt.org/
Los Angeles Firemen's Relief Association https://www.lafra.org/
Los Angeles Homeless Outreach Portal (LA-HOP) https://www.lahsa.org/portal/apps/la-hop/
Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority https://www.lahsa.org/
Los Angeles LGBT Center (health, social services, housing, education) https://lalgbtcenter.org/
Los Angeles Mission (hunger relief, homelessness, substance abuse, rehabilitation) https://losangelesmission.org/
Los Angeles Regional Food Bank (hunger relief) https://www.lafoodbank.org/
Make-a-Wish-Foundation (granting wishes to terminally ill children, national org) http://wish.org
March and Rally L.A. (protests, advocacy, activism) https://www.marchandrallyla.com/
Mary's Kitchen (Orange County homelessness) http://maryskitchen.org/
Meals on Wheels (elderly, nutrition, food delivery) https://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/
Media Done Responsibly (arts education, mentoring) http://mediadoneresponsibly.org/
Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF) (Latino community org) http://www.maof.org/
Midnight Mission (homelessness, hunger relief, recovery) http://www.midnightmission.org/
Milo's Sanctuary (special needs cat rescue) https://www.milossanctuary.org/
Mother's Helping Others (MHO) (assisting poor families) http://www.mothershelpingothersinc.com/
My Friend's House Foundation (homeless services) https://www.myfriendshousela.org/
My Friend's Place (homeless youth services) http://myfriendsplace.org/
National Alliance to End Homelessness https://endhomelessness.org/
National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (health care) http://www.nafcclinics.org/
National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) http://www.nahnnet.org/
National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) http://www.nbna.org/
National Immigration Law Center https://www.nilc.org/
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) http://lanorml.org/
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
Newhall Community Center (Santa Clarita community org) www.santa-clarita.com/ncc
No-Kill Los Angeles (NKLA) (pet adoptions) http://nkla.org/
Operation Hope (financial literacy advocates, international org) https://www.operationhope.org/
Orange County Coastkeeper (environment) https://www.coastkeeper.org/
Orange County Family Justice Center (domestic violence, abuse, sexual assault) http://www.anaheimfamilyjusticecenter.org/
Orthopaedic Institute for Children (OIC) https://ortho-institute.org/
Pacoima Beautiful (environmental justice) http://www.pacoimabeautiful.org/
Pacoima Community Youth Culture Center http://www.pcycc.org/
Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy (environment) https://pvplc.org/
Para Los Ninos (children, poverty, education) http://www.paralosninos.org/
Paramount Care Foundation (Paramount community org) http://pcf.la/
Pasadena Humane Society (animal rescue) https://pasadenahumane.org/
Peace Over Violence (abuse, recovery) https://www.peaceoverviolence.org/
Penny Lane Centers (youth and families; homelessness, mental health) https://www.pennylane.org/
People Assisting the Homeless (PATH) https://www.epath.org/
People Concern (homelessness, mental illness, domestic violence, substance abuse, youth, veterans) http://www.thepeopleconcern.org/
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) https://www.peta.org/
Pico-Rivera city volunteer program http://www.pico-rivera.org/depts/parks/programs/volunteering.asp
Pipeline Programs at Charles Drew University (tutoring) https://www.cdrewu.edu/community/Pipeline
Place Called Home (South L.A. youth, education, arts, nutrition, health) https://apch.org/
Planned Parenthood (reproductive health, family planning, birth control) https://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-los-angeles
Plaza de la Raza (arts education) http://www.plazadelaraza.org/
Priceless Pet Rescue (animals; Chino Hills org) https://pricelesspetrescue.org/
Project Angel Food (nutrition, food delivery) http://www.angelfood.org/
Project Chicken Soup (meal delivery, health, nutrition) http://www.projectchickensoup.org/
Project Paper Bag (meals for homeless) https://www.facebook.com/projectpaperbag/
Project SAY (Support Anaheim's Youth) https://www.anaheim.net/1171/Project-SAY-Support-Anaheims-Youth
Project Sister Family Services (for sexual assault survivors) http://projectsister.org/
Psypher L.A. (psychological health; dance) https://psypherla.com/
Random Acts of Kindness (schools, children) https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/
Reach Out (Upland community org) http://we-reachout.org/
Read Across America (NEA project) http://www.nea.org/grants/886.htm
Reading Partners (tutoring children; literacy) https://readingpartners.org/
Reading to Kids http://www.readingtokids.org/Home/main.php
Rebuilding Together (home improvement) https://rebuildingtogether.org/
Reclaiming America's Communities through Empowerment (RACE) (gang prevention, intervention) http://race4communities.org/home.html
Rialto Child Development Center https://www.voasw.org/rialto_child_development_center
Ronald McDonald House (supporting children and families) https://rmhcsc.org/
Rotary International (community building) https://www.rotary.org/
Safe Families for Children (homelessness) https://safe-families.org/
Salvation Army (hunger, poverty, shelter, human trafficking, abuse, addiction, families, veterans, etc., international org) http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/
Samaritan's Purse (international Christian aid org) https://www.samaritanspurse.org
San Fernando Valley Arts Council http://sfvartscouncil.org/
San Gabriel Valley Humane Society (animals, pets) https://sgvhumane.org/
Santa Clarita Food Pantry (hunger relief) http://www.scvfoodpantry.org/
Santa Monica Mountains Trail Council (environment, parks) https://smmtc.org/
Sante Fe Springs Deptartment of Human and Family Services http://www.santafesprings.org/cityhall/community_serv/family_and_human_services/default.asp
Save Our Beach (environment, community org: Seal Beach, Long Beach) http://www.saveourbeach.org/
School on Wheels (tutoring homeless children) https://www.schoolonwheels.org/
SEAACA (animals, pet adoption & care, Downey http://www.seaaca.org/
Second Amendment Foundation (gun rights advocacy, political action org) https://www.saf.org/
Share-a-Meal (food truck; hunger relief) https://www.shareameal.net/
Share Our Selves Thrift Shop https://www.graceunconditional.com/share-our-selves-thrift-shop/
Shields for Families (supporting families in South L.A.) https://www.shieldsforfamilies.org/
Sierra Club (environment, national org) http://www.sierraclub.org/
Skid Row Housing Trust (homelessness) http://skidrow.org/
Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) http://sacnas.org/
Southern California Association for Non Profit Housing (SCANPH) http://www.scanph.org/
SOVA Community and Food Resource Program (nutrition and support services; Jewish org) https://www.jfsla.org/SOVA
St. Barnabas Senior Services (aging, elderly) http://www.sbssla.org/
St. Francis Center (homelessness, soup kitchen) https://www.stfranciscenterla.org/
Steven's Hope for Children (children's health, Upland org) http://stevenshope.org/
Stray Cat Alliance (no-kill cat shelter) https://straycatalliance.org/
Su Casa (domestic violence, Long Beach org) https://www.sucasadv.org/
Surfrider Foundation (environment) https://www.surfrider.org/
Sustainable Claremont (community org, various volunteer opportunities) http://www.sustainableclaremont.org/
Tarzana Treatment Centers (health, drug treatment, detox) https://www.tarzanatc.org/
TCD (Total Child Development) Kids (children, tutoring, mentoring) http://tcdkids.org/
Thaddeus Foundation (Pomona org for needy, esp. women and girls) http://www.thethaddeusfoundation.org/
Think Together (tutoroing, children's education) https://www.thinktogether.org/
TLC (True Lasting Connections) Family Resource Center (Downey community org) http://www.dusd.net/tlc/
Tree People (environment, planting trees) https://www.treepeople.org/
TRUST (Tenemos que Reclamar y Unidos Salvar la Tierra) South L.A. (community org) http://trustsouthla.org/
UCLA Blood and Platelet Donations (medical health) http://gotblood.ucla.edu/
UNICEF (children's rights, international org) https://www.unicef.org/
Union of Concerned Scientists (environment, energy, sceince-based action) http://www.ucsusa.org/
Union Rescue Mission (homelessness) https://urm.org/
Union Station Homeless Services (homelessness, Pasadena org) https://unionstationhs.org/
United We Dream (national youth-led immigration org) https://unitedwedream.org/
Valley Family Center (counceling, family services, domestic abuse, etc.) https://valleyfamilycenter.org/
Valley Village (serving adults with developmental challenges, Winnetka org) http://www.valleyvillage.org/
VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) https://www.vfw.org/
Vietnam Veterans of America https://vva.org/
Volunteers of America, Los Angeles (homelessness, addiction, incarceration, veterans, youth, families) https://voala.org/
Whittier Pregnancy Care Clinic (WPCC-Obria) (women's medical care) https://www.wpccchampions.org/
Whittier's First Day (homelessness) https://www.whittierfirstday.org/
Widows, Orphans, and Disabled Fireman's Fund https://www.wodff.org/
Wilderness Society (environment, national org) http://wilderness.org/
Wildhaven Ranch (Wildlife Sanctuary, Lake Arrowhead) http://wildhavenranch.org/
Wildlife Conservation Society (global org) https://www.wcs.org/
Women In Film (women's advocacy org) https://womeninfilm.org/
Women of Watts and Beyond (anti-violence org; community org) https://womenofwattsandbeyond.com/
Women's and Children's Crisis Center (violence, abuse, Whittier) http://wccshope.org/
World Harvest L.A. (food distribution) https://www.worldharvestla.org/
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) (environment, animals, international org) https://www.worldwildlife.org/
Wounded Warrior Foundation (veterans) https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/
YMCA (youth development, healthy living, social responsibility) http://www.ymcala.org/
Young Life (Christian youth ministry) https://www.younglife.org/