Things To Do & Volunteering

“I want to get involved in my community this summer. Are there organizations in my area where I can volunteer?” – 17-year-old


Most parks and beaches do not charge admission, though many charge for parking. Several museums have free admission one day a week. Listen to the taped messages for admission schedules and fees.

The LA Reader, LA Weekly and OC Weekly are FREE newspapers that list entertainment events each week. Many of these events are free! In Riverside, look for the Entertainment Review. Most music stores carry one or more papers; some markets and newsstands also carry them. Check them out!

Be adventurous, use the resources listed here to discover new things to do and learn! Call to explore what’s available through the organizations and agencies listed. Your city can be a great place to have fun!


Some schools require students to do community service. Helping a non-profit organization providing services to those in need can be a great experience.


Autry Museum of Western Heritage

Second Tues of every month FREE.

4700 Western Heritage Way,
Los Angeles, CA 90027

Tues-Fri 10am-4pm & Sat-Sun 10am-5pm


Boys and Girls Club of America

Call for site nearest you. Activities may vary by location. 

1275 Peachtree St NE,
Atlanta, GA 30309

M-F 8am-5pm



California African – American Museum

600 Exposition Park Dr,
Los Angeles, CA 90037

T-Sat 10am-5pm



California Science Center

Also 323-SCIENCE

700 Exposition Park Dr,
Los Angeles, CA 90037

M-Sat 10am-5pm & Sun 11am-5pm


City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department

Call to find out about free and low-cost city sponsored events. 

201 N Figueroa St,
Los Angeles, CA 90012

M-F 8:30am-5pm


City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks

Call for information about recreation and park activities.

Los Angeles, CA

M-F 7:30am-4:30pm


County Beaches and Harbors Department

General Information about LA county beaches.

13837 Fiji Way,
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

M-Thurs 7am-6pm


Getty Center

1200 Getty Center Dr,
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Tues-Fri & Sun 10am-5:30pm & Saturday 10am-9pm


Girls Club of Los Angeles

Be a positive role model to some great girls who need you – become a mentor.  Community outreach, teen pregnancy programs, childcare center, state preschool. 

2057 W Century Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90047

M-F 8am-5pm



Griffith Observatory

Museum, science and astronomy, exhibits. Call Friends of the Observatory for volunteer information: 213-473-0879

2800 E Observatory Rd,
Los Angeles, CA 90027

T-F 12pm-10pm & Sat-Sun 10am-10pm



Comprehensive directory of non-profit and volunteering resources


LifeWorks is the youth development and mentoring program of the LA LGBT Center. They offer one-on-one, peer, and group mentoring opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth ages 12-24. Lifeworks’ goal is to help LGBTQ youth to realize their goals and dreams with a safe space, positive and affirming role models, and workshops & activities that are fun and educational. Check out their website to see all of the programs they offer! Youth Space: T-F 3pm-6pm.

1125 N McCadden Pl,
Los Angeles, CA 90038

M-F 9am-6pm


Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation

Park events, planning and development of parks. Also: 888-LA-PARKS (888-527-2757)

Los Angeles, CA

M-Th 8am-5pm



Los Angeles County Museum of Art

5905 Wilshire Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90036

M,Tu,Th 11am-6pm & F 11am-8pm & Sat-Sun 10am-7pm


Los Angeles Zoo

5333 Zoo Dr,
Los Angeles, CA 90027

M-Sun 10am-5pm


MOCA Apprenticeship Program

Behind the scenes at MOCA, working with MOCA staff, focus on exhibitions, special projects. Small stipend provided for efforts. 

250 S Grand Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90012


Museum of Contemporary Art

250 S Grand Ave,
Los Angeles, CA 90012

M, F 11am-5pm & Sat & Sun 11am-6pm & Th 11am-8pm (5pm-8pm FREE)


Museum of Flying

3100 Airport Ave,
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Fri,Sat,Sun 10am-5pm


Museum of Neon Art

$5 admission fee.

Glendale, CA 91209

Thurs-Sat 12pm-7pm & Sun 12pm-5pm


Museum of TV and Radio

465 N Beverly Dr,
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

W-Sun 12pm-5pm


Natural History Museum of L.A. County

$6.50 admission for students over 18 and under 17 years old.

900 Exposition Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90007

M-Sun 9:30 am-5pm


Ocean Park Community Center

24hr domestic violence hotline: 310-264-6644. Services to homeless youth. Street youth outreach. Offers emergency services, food, clothing, showers, medical care, referrals and transportation to shelters, and case management. 

1453 16th St,
Santa Monica, CA 90404

M-F 9am-5pm & S-Sun 9am-12pm


Page Museum and La Brea Tar Pits

5801 Wilshire Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90036

M-F 9:30am-5pm & Sat,Sun,Holidays 10am-5pm



Peer Education Program of Los Angeles, Inc. (PEP/LA)

Provide peer education and training to multicultural youth to talk directly, accurately and honestly with teenagers about HIV/AIDS prevention. Call for events in the community.

6399 Wilshire Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90048



People Who Care Youth Center

Provides after-school programs as well as case management and counseling to teens age 13-17. Also provides parenting classes, tutoring, and community service.

7315 Lankershim Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 91605

M,F 8:30am-5pm & T,Th 8:30am-6pm & Sat, Sun 7am-3:30pm (community service only)


Petersen Automotive Museum

6060 Wilshire Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90036

M-Sun 10am-6pm


Public Libraries

Provides you with the location of your nearest public library.

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic

Provide recorded textbooks and other educational materials in audio format for the blind. Shifts available days and evenings for ages 15 or older.

20 Roszel Rd,
Princeton, NJ 08540

M-Th 8:30am-8pm & F & Sat 9:30am-3:30pm (ET)



Riverside City Parks and Recreation

Recreation and leisure programs, facility rentals.

Riverside, CA

M-F 8am-5pm


Southwest Museum

4700 Western Heritage Way,
Los Angeles, CA 90027

T-Sun 10am-5pm



Teen ‘Scape at L.A. Central Public Library

Various teen programs, computer and recreational programs and library orientation.Volunteer opportunities.

630 W 5th St,
Los Angeles, CA 90071

M,W,F 10am-5:30pm & T,Th 10am-8pm



Teen Center at Virginia Avenue Park

Offers afterschool homework assistance, recreation, cultural arts workshops and volunteer opportunities.

2200 Virginia Ave,
Santa Monica, CA 90404

M-F 8:30pm-9:30pm & Sat 10am-2pm


The Loup

Interactive community online “chats” for 13-18 year olds.


Call for site closest to you. Activities vary by location.

Los Angeles, CA



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