Community Links

Empower LA is about helping each person to realize that we are ALL capable of making a positive difference in others' lives. EmpowerLA Volunteer Directors (Mentors) are committed to working one on one with individuals to help each and every one find their passion and purpose.

EmpowerLA's vision is for Los Angeles to lead the world in people helping people. Their mission is to establish Los Angeles as the world model for engaging people in helping others, and to provide an avenue for people who want to get involved but don't know how. Additionally, EmpowerLA provides nonprofit organizations with an avenue to recruit from the school community for the school community.
Agape International Spiritual Center, through Action Agape, is now part of the EmpowerLA collaborative. We want you to use your creative mind to create your own ideal service opportunity based upon your talents, passions, and personal goodness. As part of this process, each volunteer will be matched up with their own personal EmpowerLA Mentor.

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or contact:
Volunteer Center of Los Angeles
Tel: (818) 908-5066
Fax: (818) 908-5147

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The Blazers: The Blazers Youth Services Community Club, Inc. is a nonprofit, community based youth services provider in South Central and West Los Angeles neighborhoods. The Blazers House is an inner city multimedia model community resource center providing public access to the community.  (323) 292-2261

Children’s Lifesaving Foundation: The Children's Lifesaving Foundation (CLF) is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization, dedicated to improving and enriching the lives of L.A.'s and Ventura Counties' at-risk and homeless youth and their families by financially helping them move out of a shelter into a home, and by creating positive opportunities through educational, creative, recreational and environmental camps.  (310) 450-3701

Children’s Nature Institute: Since 1985, The Children's Nature Institute (a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization) has educated young children through interactive experiences with nature, and helped to inspire a sense of respect and responsibility for the natural environment..
  (310) 860-9484

Common Peace, Center for the Advancement of Nonviolence: A Los Angeles based 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we teach “nonviolence” as a way of life that works for individuals, families and communities. Our aim is to establish “nonviolence” as the global standard for resolving conflict.
  (323) 931-9125

Food From the Hood: The mission of the organization is to utilize hands-on entrepreneur opportunities to foster business, academic, and life skills impacting challenged young people's ability to attend college and become self sufficient, contributing adults.  (323) 759-7000

Free Arts for Abused Children: Free Arts sparks the creative spirit of abused, homeless and at-risk children and their families to inspire and transform their lives through the power of artistic expression. Free Arts plants the seeds of hope and healing to help children build self-esteem, improve social skills, develop trust with caring adults and express emotions in a positive way.  (310) 313-4278

Jr. Posse: The Jr. Posse of Compton provides inner-city kids with an after school program that supports alternatives to the gang and drug lifestyles facing our children. Jr. Posse’s approach using horses is affirmed by international studies that show-teaming youth with animals teaches them responsibility, discipline, and increases self-esteem.  (310) 632-1247

Our House: OUR HOUSE believes that grieving children and adults deserve the opportunity to begin the healing process in a safe, warm, nurturing environment. We also believe that the healing process is enhanced through the relationships that are developed in support groups.  (310) 475-0299

Peace4Kids: Peace4Kids is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1998. Our mission is to provide foster children and youth in need of a sense of belonging, with a safe, nurturing environment where they are given the guidance to learn cooperation, conflict resolution, and build self-esteem.
  (310) 635-8500

People Who Care Youth Center (PWCYC): Since its inception, PWCYC has provided an urban haven where young people have the opportunity to receive mentoring and tutoring assistance, and also enjoy positive recreational activities.  (323) 778-8905

A Place Called Home: APCH is a dynamic youth enrichment center founded in 1993. Our mission is to provide at-risk youth with a secure, positive family environment where they can regain hope and belief, earn trust and self-respect and learn skills to lead to a productive lifestyle free of the gangs, drugs and poverty that surround them. We help inner city youth find their dreams through educational enrichment.  (323)232-7653

Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research: The Southern California Library is a Los Angeles treasure. Celebrating our 40th anniversary, we are devoted to making the history of labor, civil rights, women’s, immigrants’ and other grassroots movements meaningful, and useful, to a new generation.  (323)759-6063

St Joseph Center: In existence for over thirty years, St. Joseph Center has achieved significant recognition as an outstanding charitable partner in helping solve problems of needy families and individuals on the Westside of Los Angeles.  (310)396-6468

Vista Del Mar: Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services and it's affiliated divisions of Reiss-Davis Child Study Center, Home-SAFE Child Care and Julia Ann Singer Center are dedicated to the well-being and care of children and families in Southern California who suffer the emotional, physical, psychological and social consequences of abuse, neglect and abandonment.  (310) 836-1223

Westside Children’s Center: Since its founding in 1987, Westside Children's Center has been providing foster care and family reunification services to children ages birth to eight who experienced child abuse and/or neglect.  (310) 390-0551

Women Alive: Women Alive is a coalition of, by and for women living with HIV/AIDS. Women Alive originally began in 1991 as a support group for positive women in the Los Angeles area. Since then, Women Alive has built a strong network of support and information for women both locally and around the world.  (323)965.1564

Zeitgeist Community Learning Center: ZCLC is an innovative non-profit corporation providing free after-school and summer programs to elementary and middle school students in the Crenshaw District of Los Angeles. Zeitgeist means the spirit of the times. At ZCLC we are trying to capture that spirit and shape it into a positive force that affects the entire Los Angeles community.  (323) 299-2194

The Alcoholism Center for Women: ACW is incorporated as a 501(c) 3 organization with the mission of supporting the recovery from and prevention of alcoholism and other drug-related problems among all women at high risk for substance abuse. ACW provides a safe, sober, and stable environment where women can have their special needs addressed by professional staff in a supportive environment.

L.A. Youth Network: Since 1984, LAYN has provided emergency shelter and services to youth who have been living on the streets of Los Angeles. The goals for each child are to successfully complete the permanent transition away from street life to a safe and secure living environment and to fully participate in society.  (323) 957-7364

Community Services Unlimited Inc: CSU is a 501©, non-profit organization. Their mission is to foster the creation of communities actively working to address the inequalities and systemic barriers that make sustainable communities and self-reliant life-styles unattainable. They currently maintain three urban farms as part of their program.  (323)299-7075

The Center for LifeLong Learners: CLLL provides individuals of all ages the learning tools to achieve their highest potential at school, in the workplace, at home, and as proactive community members.  (323)732-1350

Strides/Sinlimites Therapeutic Riding Centers: The mission of Strides/Sinlimites Therapeutic Riding Centers is to improve the minds, bodies and spirits of children and adults with special needs through the highest quality of equine-assisted activities and programs.  (818) 341-4737