Volunteer

Each year, more than 400 volunteers participate in providing life-changing services to homeless youth in Los Angeles at My Friend’s Place. Volunteer opportunities are available Monday through Friday for groups and individuals. We would love to have you join our family!

How do I Volunteer at MFP?
We are thrilled to have you join our team to make a difference in the lives of nearly 1,500 homeless youth in Los Angeles each year!

To get started:

  • On-site Volunteers must be 18 or older.
  • For any of the opportunities listed, one or more of the following may be required.
  • Interview
  • Completed Volunteer Application
  • Department of Justice Background Check
  • Copy of Driver’s License

Download and fill out our volunteer application to join the team!

Upon completion, mail to:

My Friend’s Place
Attn: Volunteer Coordinator
P.O. Box 3867
Hollywood, CA 90078.

Volunteer Opportunities for the Community:
Drives that collect items for homeless youth are a great way to build community spirit in your office or on your school campus. All you need is a barrel or box and a little publicity. We will supply My Friend’s Place literature for you to hand out. Collected items must be delivered to My Friend’s Place. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

•Shoe Drive
• Blanket/Sleeping Bag Drive
• Backpack Drive
• Clothing and Hygiene Supply Drive: Every day our youth need clean, casual clothing to help build their self-esteem and their ability to achieve their goals. We have the greatest need for sizes XL and up and men’s casual clothing.
• Snack Drive: As homeless youth move off the streets and into housing, they often struggle to make ends meet. We help them by providing canned items and other non-perishable food such as tuna fish, soup, peanut butter and bottled water.
• Gift Drive: For a variety of holidays, we give every homeless young person a new gift. We are happy to provide an extensive wish list that includes items such as gift certificates for food, clothing or movie tickets and more.
• Educational and Recreational Supply Drive: We offer a variety of educational and recreational activities for the young people. We are always in need of art and school supplies.

Volunteer Opportunities for Groups:
Groups require a team leader who will meet with our volunteer coordinator prior to the event. All group members will be oriented the day of the event. Limits on the size of a group will be determined by the volunteer activity—age restrictions may apply.

• Serve a meal: Serve a special meal to the youth. Group members donate to cover the cost, we order the food and you serve! (Options start at $350–please contact Camilla Brannstrom at 323-908-0011 x 107 for more details.)
• Beautify our Safe Haven: Help out by organizing clothing, cleaning or painting.
• Gardening: We have flower beds and planters that need a green thumb. Groups donate flowers, plants, and planting soil and a little tendering loving care.

Volunteer Opportunities for Individuals:
• Administrative / Fundraising: Help us build awareness about homeless youth through data entry, bulk mailings, special events and online networking initiatives.
• Direct Service: Help build trust with our youth by serving lunches, playing board games, conducting art projects or assisting in workshop facilitation.
• Workshops: Share a special talent or skill with our youth. Assist or direct workshops ranging from employment and education to the arts.
Check out our In Kind Donation Wish List here for more ideas, or contact Rachel Sanchez, Development Assistant, for more information at 323-908-0011 x 109 or rsanchez@myfriendsplace.org