Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

How Can I Help?

Addressing this crisis will take all of us. We need YOU. 

There are many ways to help our community end homelessness. You can volunteer with a non-profit organization, provide feedback to your City representative on how to best serve your neighborhood, vote on a permanent funding stream to address homelessness long-term, stay informed on the topic, and help educate others.

Most of all, you can remind our homeless neighbors that they are INDEED a part of our community by talking with them, getting to know them, and assisting them when possible as you would with any housed neighbor.

Get involved in our community!

Thank you for your interest in ending homelessness! Our partners at The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority and United Way Home for Good are working to build out a more robust system for volunteer opportunities in the homeless services system.  In the meantime, we encourage you to connect with any of our CES Regional Leads to learn more about their potential volunteer opportunities.


You can also connect with L.A Works and find a volunteer opportunity in Los Angeles!

Volunteer Opportunities for the Community:

A great way to build community spirit in your office, campus, or local community is by collecting items for your homeless neighbors! All you need is a box and a little publicity! We recommend hosting donation drive. To make it a little easier, we have provided a flyer you can use. Collected items can be given to any Los Angeles shelters or centers taking donations. We recommend that you contact the organization first to ask what they need most, and then start your donation drive from there.

Here are some examples of different donation drives you can host:

  • Shoe Drive (new or lightly used)
  • Blanket/Sleeping Bag Drive
  • Backpack Drive
  • Clothing Drive
  • Hygiene Supply Drive (deodorant, feminine products, toothpaste/toothbrush, etc.)
  • Food Drive (collect non-perishable food items to donate to a local shelter or center that has a food pantry)
  • Educational Supply Drive (to give a helping hand to our homeless families and youth)
  • Basic Needs Drive (a combination of all of the above)


We have also provided a detailed list of items you can have donated. Please check with the organization first to identify their greatest needs.

Volunteer Opportunities for Groups and Individuals:

Contact an organization of your choice and ask about volunteer opportunities! Any amount of time given is an asset to the City's efforts to address homelessness as we work to educate, empower and mobilize citizens from every corner to become part of the effort.