The Mayor's Volunteer Corps offers five specialty corps that focus on specific interest areas and initiatives of the Mayor's Office. By signing up for a specialty corps, you are better able to identify and choose issues that might be the most important to you.
Clean Streets Team
On April 23rd, 2015, Mayor Garcetti issued an Executive Directive for City departments to work together to clean up our City streets. But we can’t do it without you. As a member of the Clean Streets Team, you will be a key part of our broader movement to #CleanUpLA.
Clean Streets volunteer events include neighborhood clean-ups with the Office of Community Beautification, MyLA311 reporting sweeps, and educational outreach for residents and business owners. Find out more at cleanstreetsla.org.
On April 8, 2015, Mayor Eric Garcetti released L.A.'s first-ever Sustainable City pLAn. The pLAn is both a road map to achieve short-term results while setting the path to strengthen and transform our City in the decades to come.
The Sustainability Corps works to create a Los Angeles that is environmentally healthy, economically prosperous, and equitable in opportunity for all. We need volunteers to support our Save the Drop campaign, CicLAvia and "Play Streets" events, tree plantings, waterway cleanups, parkway and median improvements, our efforts to increase access to healthy, affordable food, and much more.
The Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) works with various community stakeholders to reach out to and engage a broad spectrum of residents and community coalitions. MOIA develops programs and initiatives to support immigrant integration into the City of Los Angeles through the coordination of City services, outreach, and legislative advocacy.
The Immigration Corps needs volunteers to assist staff during events that help educate immigrant communities on various programs. Opportunities and events include application assistance workshops, education forums, and resource fairs that take place throughout the City. Multi-lingual volunteers and those with some legal expertise are highly encouraged to join us.
Mayor Garcetti joined the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness in June of 2014, and a great deal of work has been underway to accomplish this goal. Recent surveys have revealed that Los Angeles has housed over 4,000 veterans since January of 2014, leading the nation in this regard. However, as we come to the end of 2015, Veterans Affairs (V.A.) reports that there are still hundreds of unreached homeless veterans in Los Angeles. Despite these high numbers, Mayor Garcetti and all of Los Angeles are committed to ending veteran homelessness in this City.
The Veterans Corps needs volunteers to assist non-profit partners in engaging with homeless veterans. There are an estimated 500-750 homeless veterans in Los Angeles County who are not connected to any supportive services; with the assistance of our amazing volunteers, we hope to bring that number down to zero. In conjunction with Mayor Garcetti’s Office of Veterans Affairs, United Way Home for Good will be coordinating outreach days. All over the City, agencies in the L.A. Continuum of Care will host coordinated outreach events, as well as train volunteers on how to most effectively outreach to homeless veterans and link them to important services.
Ending Homelessness Corps
In September 2015, Mayor Garcetti announced the first steps of a comprehensive strategy to address the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles. In addition to long-term initiatives and short-term proposals to address emergency needs, Mayor Garcetti, Los Angeles City Council members, and homeless service providers are helping get Angelenos off the street and out of harm's way this winter. With El Niño winter storms hitting the Southland, we are about to experience our harshest weather conditions in years.
In response to anticipated storms, winter shelters across the City of LA are open longer and additional shelters will be opened as needed. The Ending Homelessness Corps is seeking Shelter Hospitality Volunteers and Outreach Volunteers to lend a hand. Volunteers will work with experienced shelter staff and homelessness service providers to increase their capacity this winter.