Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced the launch of the Mayor's Volunteer Corps, a service initiative to coordinate community improvement events across Los Angeles. Garcetti made the announcement at a kickoff event in Boyle Heights attended by approximately 200 volunteers.
"I truly believe that Los Angeles' greatest resource is its people -- the creative, passionate, and forward thinking individuals who turn away from the status-quo and focus on what's possible if we work together," said Mayor Garcetti. "Whether you are passionate about helping to end veteran homelessness or reducing drop outs, there's a place for you in the Volunteer Corps."
The Mayor's Volunteer Corps is divided into several specialty corps to address different key needs in Los Angeles. Each will have event programming focused on addressing a particular community concern. The five corps groups are:
Education Corps -- This corps is focused primarily on dropout reduction and inspiring children and teens to continue their education. It will promote LAUSD’s Student Recovery Day and work with the Mayor's Office of Economic Development to coordinate a long-term volunteer opportunities in FamilySource and YouthSource centers. The first Education Corps event will be working with the Cash for College program to help low-income students get the necessary financial aid to make college a reality.
Family Corps -- This corps promotes inter-generational volunteering and creating the future volunteers of Los Angeles, and will include opportunities for young children.
Workforce & Economic Corps -- Working together with the Mayor's Office of Economic Development, it will support initiatives in Los Angeles such as the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program that provides free income tax preparation to low-income families.
Neighborhood Corps -- This corps’ focus is on neighborhood investment and resiliency efforts. It has partnered with the Mayor's Great Streets initiative to give extra attention to key regions across Los Angeles.
Veteran Corps -- This corps will partner with the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs to channel volunteers to opportunities that will directly help veterans. An emphasis will be placed on veteran job attainment and ending veteran homelessness.
The inaugural event attracted approximately 200 volunteers from across Los Angeles who participated in a community cleanup along Cesar Chavez Ave., which is one of the mayor's designated Great Streets. Activities included planting trees, graffiti removal, and informing businesses along Cesar Chavez of resources available from the City.
More information on the Mayor's Volunteer Corps and upcoming opportunities to volunteer are available at lamayor.org/volunteer.