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Join Harvard's Global Month of Service for April 2014

Opportunities available all month during the month of April! Last year, Southern California alumni shared their time, energy and skills to volunteer with 18 local organizations, topping all other cities’ participation. Come join the fun this year!

This April, Harvard alumni, friends and family are again invited to participate in Harvard’s annual Global Month of Service. Last year over 100 local alumni volunteered, and this year we hope to double that number.

Our energetic local alumni have organized projects in over a dozen non-profit organizations throughout our region, offering a plethora of opportunities to volunteer during the month of April and beyond.  Whatever your skill, and wherever your neighborhood, we’ve got a volunteer activity for you. Don't miss this chance to give back to your local community, while working alongside fellow alumni.

Please refer to the following list for an overview of participating organizations. To sign up for a volunteer opportunity, scroll down to the organization with which you'd like to volunteer, and click the "register" link to go to the registration page. Once you register, the event alumni coordinator will be in touch with further details.

For questions, contact Liz Ryan, LA Community Service Coordinator, at lryan.ryanworks@gmail.com, or 310-822-6042.

Come have fun doing good!

Scroll down further to see volunteer opportunities by any of the following wonderful organizations: 

American Youth Symphony
Cabrillo Ivy League Mentorship Program

Collective Voices Foundation
Global Education, Peru
Harvard Tutors in the Schools
International Orphan Care
Kids Enjoy Exercise Now
LA's Best
Los Angeles Leadership Academy
Minds Matter of Los Angeles
Monday Night Mission
Partners for Potential
RK Squared
Shelter Partnership, Inc.
YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles

American Youth Symphony   register

When:  Project 1:  April 13 performance, 5:15 - 7:15 PM; Project 2:  pre-concert program assistance, dates and times per consultation of volunteers and coordinator; Project 3:  long-term during office days/hours (total 40 hours)
Where:  3424 Wilshire Blvd #830, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Desired number of volunteers:  1-2 per project
Contact: Varina Bleil, 310-470-2332 or varina.bleil@aysymphony.org
The American Youth Symphony is dedicated to the artistic development of a new generation of musicians and to guiding audiences to support them. Led by Music Director Alexander Treger, the orchestra trains outstanding players ages 15 -27, who seek to broaden their horizons. For Project 1 we are looking for front-of-house support during our April 13th concert at UCLA's Royce Hall.  Additionally, there may be a need for support setting up the post-concert reception.  Project 2:  Orchestra Manager, Isabel Thiroux, is in need of someone to help her with rehearsal set-up and general office program assistance (scanning music, copies of music, next season set-up, etc.)  Project 3: AYS is in dire need of someone to help us scan and organize our music library.  This would be an ongoing project as it will require approximately 40 hours in order to accomplish it in its entirety.

Cabrillo Ivy League Mentorship Program  register

When:  Last Thursday of each month, 3 PM - 4 PM.
Where:  Cabrillo High School, 2001 Santa Fe Avenue  Long Beach, CA 90810
Contact: Ethel Laczko, 626-429-3138 or etheledu@yahoo.com
Need speakers in different fields to speak  and mentor High School students interested in attending Ivy League Schools.

Collective Voices Foundation   register

When:  Dates per consultation of volunteers and coordinator
Where:  107 S. Fair Oaks #327, Pasadena, CA. 91105
Contact: Rob Chan, 312-543-4895 or robchan2013@gmail.com
The Collective Voices Foundation aims to inspire the voice and consciousness of under-resourced youth through innovative educational programs in collaboration with teachers, schools, and community partners.  EVERY voice matters.EVERYONE has a value. Together…EVERYTHING is possible.  Guest speakers and presenters to Middle and High School students are needed in areas of interest:  career exploration, music, art, science, architecture, environment, animals, etc. We have various opportunities to connect Harvard Serves with our programs at school sites.  Each site has a different focus, so we will help customize the experience so that each volunteer can have the best experience possible.  Thank you!

Global Education, Peru register

When:  Dates per consultation of volunteers and coordinator
Contact: Ethel Seminario-Laczko at 626-429-3138 or etheledu@yahoo.com
The program's purpose is to teach literacy in English to children from "barriadas" so they can become part of globalization process.This program runs in Lima, Peru- There is a need for fundraising, reading to students in English, transporting books, implementing technology to present a more current program. We also train  local teachers in" best practices" and teaching to standards.

Harvard Tutors in the Schools register

When:  One hour or more/week during school year.  Time of day TBD.
Where:  32nd St. USC Magnet School,  840 32nd St., Los Angeles
Contact: Priscilla Heim at 310-472-4478 or priheim@verizon.net
Alumni are invited to tutor children K - 12 in all subjects. A knowledge of your subject and an understanding of children is helpful.

International Orphan Care register

When:  Date per consultation of volunteers and coordinator.
Desired number of volunteers:  5 - 10
Contact: Waheed Gardezi, 949-422-4363 or waheed.gardezi@gmail.com
The mission of International Orphan Care (IOC) is to provide the orphans of Afghanistan with HOPE (Help the Orphans be Productive and Educated). IOC provides education, healthcare, nutrition and vocational training so that these children will be healthy and productive members of their community.  The organization supports schools in Herat and Jalalabad and medical clinics in Deh Sabz and Dogh Abad.  The school in Jalalabad is known as the Mir Mohammad Youssof Vocational School and schools in Herat are named Phoenix, The Future Makers and Danesh-e Payam.

Volunteers are needed for meeting and greeting guests,  setup and clean-up at black-tie fundraising event to be held sometime in April or May in Newport Beach.  On the day, 3- 11 PM.

Kids Enjoy Exercise Now  register

When:  Sunday, April 6th  - 10:15 AM - 11:00 AM Orientation, 11-12:00 PM Session. (And 1st & 3rd Sundays of every month, with the exception of holiday weekends and the month of August)
Where:  Elysian Park, 929 Academy Road, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Desired number of volunteers:  15-20
Contact: Amy Chou, 415-830-1605 or amy.chou@post.harvard.edu
KEEN is a national, volunteer-led, nonprofit organization that provides one-to-one recreational opportunities for children and young adults with developmental and physical disabilities at no cost to their families and caregivers. All of KEEN's programs are based on a single principle: pair a trained volunteer with an athlete and let them discover together how much they can do. Programs are all open and unstructured, allowing athletes facing significant challenges to have fun and be successful.
·       Absolutely Free
·       Volunteer-Run
·       Age Appropriate & Non-Competitive
·       Open, Unstructured and Flexible
·       Tailored for Each Athlete's Needs
·       Inclusive, Regardless of Severity of Disabilities.

LA's BEST register

When:  Depends on volunteer activity.  After school hours and/or weekends.
Where:  Elysian Park, 929 Academy Road, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Contact: Justin Fredericks, 310-625-7419 or justfred@post.harvard.edu
LA’s BEST provides after school education, enrichment and recreation programs for elementary school students in Los Angeles.  
We have numerous volunteer opportunities; we tailor the program and location to fit you. These include:
    ◦    After school program volunteers (i.e. homework helpers, activity assistants)
    ◦    Sports volunteers (to help coaches)
    ◦    Mentors (offering support, friendship and constructive examples to individual students)
    ◦    Special events volunteers (citywide events on weekends)
    ◦    Corporate volunteers
    ◦    Administrative volunteers (at the corporate office)

Los Angeles Leadership Academy  register

When:  Saturday, April 26, 9:30 AM - 4 PM
Where:  2670 Griffin Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90031
Contact: Roger Lowenstein, 213-381-8484 or rlowenstein@laleadership.org
L.A. Leadership is a public charter school in Lincoln Heights, serving some of the poorest families in California. The school has Kindergarten and first grade, and grades 6-12. Volunteers are needed to help with physical labor on the terraced hillside – digging, mulching, planting, extending the terraces, etc. If you have a pair of work gloves, bring them.  Otherwise all tools will be provided. We will have parents and some students volunteering as well, so that it will be a real community effort. We will provide lunch.

Minds Matter of Los Angeles  register

When: Volunteer’s choice of Saturdays, during the school year
Where: 19360 Rinaldi Street #705, Porter Ranch, CA 91326
Contact: Leanne Huebner at (310) 721-6228 or lpyott@yahoo.com
Our mission is to transform the lives of academically achieving high school students from low-income families by broadening their dreams and preparing them for college success.  We provide a rigorous program of tutoring, mentoring, SAT prep and scholarships to leading academic college summer programs.  Over our 20-year history, 100% of our graduates have been accepted to four year colleges.  Our LA chapter is 100% volunteer run. We have a variety of opportunities for volunteers depending on time, talent and interests; our biggest need are for mentors as we pair our students up with two mentors each.

Monday Night Mission register

When:  April 1, April 7, April 16, April 25, April 29. We can possibly add additional dates if these all fill up. (Volunteers are welcome on any & every weeknight – but Ryan will be available to join on at least these five dates).   Must arrive at 7:30 PM.  Can expect to be finished around 10 PM.
Where: No official office, but we meet downtown at the Burger King at 700 West Cesar E Chavez Ave, Los Angeles, 90012 before heading to Skid Row.
Desired number of volunteers:  8
Contact: Ryan Hanley,  443-534-4262 or hanley@post.harvard.edu
Monday Night Mission’s sole aim is to feed the less fortunate of Skid Row who are turned away from Skid Row shelters. Volunteers meet every weeknight to prepare food and travel together to Skid Row to serve the people living there. It was started about three years ago by Mel Tillekeratne and is entirely volunteer-run. We aim to feed between 200-500 people any given night, though numbers will vary. You must arrive at 7:30. Around 8:00 we will have a brief introduction/safety talk, and will then caravan to Skid Row where we set up an assembly line on the sidewalk and feed the homeless. New volunteers will have an opportunity to give the food directly to those we are feeding, while others assist with preparing plates and greeting people. We should be back to the Burger King around 9:30 and can expect to be heading home by no later than 10:00.

We have permission to leave our cars at the Burger King, so no worries about that. If necessary, Ryan can attempt to arrange carpools to downtown. If you can/would like to bring anything to serve, that would be great (but not required). Helpful items include: pasta (already cooked), sandwiches, bread, peanut butter, jelly, lunch meats, fruit (nothing too hard – no apples – bananas or oranges are a safe bet), packaged snacks, bottled water. If you will be bringing anything, please let Ryan know.  Make sure you wear closed toe shoes, and dress for the weather (we will be outside).

Partners for Potential  register

When:  April 12 - April 13 (Sat – Sun), 9am – 3pm
Where: 25022 Hawkbryn Avenue, Santa Clarita, CA
Desired number of volunteers:  10
Contact: Martha Notaras, 310-454-8094/ cell: 310-926-9670 or Martha@optimalcap.com
We provide programs for adults with developmental disabilities. Volunteers will be painting the exterior of a 4,000 square foot building that will be used as a new site-based day program for adults with autism, mental retardation and other disabilities.  Need to wear old clothes and shoes.  Children 12 and over are welcome to participate.

RK Squared  register

When: based on volunteer availability
Where: 200 E. Alessandro Blvd, #65, Riverside,   CA   95804
Contact: Ramona Davenport Rogers, 805-588-2555 or ramonarogers@prucalcc.com
Founded in 1996, the organization has collected and distributed thousands of new and gently used books among underprivileged children in Isla Vista, Lompoc and Santa Barbara County. In April, books are needed for donation to a SoCal shelter to establish a library, give the children some books of their own, and encourage staff to institute a story time to promote literacy.  Also seeking a volunteer to coordinate ongoing interface between the shelter and collections.

Currently collecting books for the children/teens to take with them when they transition out of the shelter we are working with, as well as more for the libraries.

Shelter Partnership, Inc.  register

When:  Saturday, April 5, 9 AM - 12 noon
Where: 5600 Rickenbacker Road, Bell, CA
Contact: Steve Renahan, 213-943-4589, srenahan@shelterpartnership.org
We collect new goods in our warehouse, for distribution to the nonprofit homeless service providers in Los Angeles County.  Things often come to us on a large scale, and we have several large scale donations currently that we need help processing and sorting so that they can be put into inventory sooner, and distributed to the homeless.  All the items are new, but they need to be sorted into smaller boxes and often times need the hang tags removed.     We ask that volunteers wear closed-toe shoes.

There is plenty of parking at our warehouse.  We will have water and coffee available for volunteers, as well as snacks.  Volunteers can visit our website at www.shelterpartnership.org and click on the S. Mark Taper Foundation Shelter Resource Bank tab on the top left to learn more about the project.  There is also a list of recipient agencies there.

YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles   register

When:  Saturday, April 26, 9 AM - 2 PM; and ongoing opportunities as well.
Where: Weingart Wellness YMCA, 9900 S. Vermont, LA 90044
Contact: Piper Kamins,  310-985-9250 or piperkamins@gmail.com
The Y is a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, for healthy living and for social responsibility. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

Details for Saturday, April 26:
 The Weingart Wellness & Aquatics YMCA in South LA is hosting “Healthy Kids Day” for their members and the greater community. They will have representatives from local health organizations, as well as carnival-style booths to provide a fun, interactive, and educational day for youth and their whole families.  Volunteers will help with set-up, and will then run the various carnival-style booths (e.g. bean bag toss, dunk tank, etc.).  
Desired number of volunteers: up to 25

Ongoing opportunities include coaching a sports team, leading a teen leadership development program after school, and helping at an early childhood development program for children ages 0 to 5. 

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