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Give Back by Volunteering with Local Organizations

August 26, 2020 9:00 AM
by Elizabeth Scharetg

Give Back by Volunteering with Local Organizations

As we settle into month six of the COVID-19 public health emergency, you may be looking for a way to give back or get involved. Santa Monica’s non-profit partners are in need of volunteers to help continue service to those they serveWe’ve rounded up a handful of organizations looking for volunteers. Explore opportunities below and reach out to them directly to get involved. Thank you for helping make the Santa Monica community stronger through this challenging time. 


St. Joseph Center 

Opportunity: Needs grocery delivery drivers.  

Contact: Shelly Aydin, Volunteer Relations Manager, 310-396-6468 x326 | c: 310-367-0058   

Salvation Army Food Not Bombs Event

Opportunity: Needs food donation pickup volunteers for the Food not Bombs Thursday night meal service. Volunteers pick up food donations at three Santa Monica stores on Wednesday and Thursday mornings between 7:45 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. 

Contact: Christopher Wilke at 310-753-7545 or  

Meals on Wheels West  

Opportunity: Needs volunteers on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. to help with meal delivery to homebound community members.  

Contact: Meal Delivery Volunteer Coordinator at or (310)394-5133x2.  

Salvation Army Rehab on 11th and Olympic  

Opportunity: Need Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous or other inspirational speakers to provide counseling sessions via Zoom or in person. Registered Nursing volunteers are needed to provide TB testing on siteOther volunteers are needed to help with separating donations in the warehouse. Contact: to volunteer.   

Santa Monica Farmers Markets 

Opportunity: Join the amazing team of volunteers at the Santa Monica Farmers Markets. Volunteers are needed to meet operational and health regulations and to run all four of the City's farmers markets.

Contact: Online application form and more information.

American Red Cross

While the American Red Cross has a constant need for volunteers, the health crisis and explosive wildfires across the Western United States pose new challenges and opportunities for service. Volunteering opportunities include serving in wildfire relief operations, donating blood, and other volunteer roles.


There are other opportunities to give back and support a resilient Santa Monica. For more information about ways to give back, visit  To make a donation to the We Are Santa Monica Fund, visit  If you are a local non-profit and are in need of volunteers please contact 

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