volunteer with us

“I’ve lived in Los Angeles my entire life, and while I knew homelessness was a big issue, I never fully comprehended it until I volunteered with Safe Parking L.A. It’s so valuable for me to finally gain the context to better understand my community and its residents, and to actively think about volunteering within the framing of social issues.”
—Tansica, Fall ’21

To become a Safe Parking LA volunteer, fill out our brief interest form. Once you submit this form, a Safe Parking LA staff member will be in touch within two weeks to schedule an orientation with you or your group. Our volunteer orientation allows you to learn more about safe parking services, our organization, and volunteer opportunities. Everyone must complete an orientation before volunteering with Safe Parking LA. Please note that individual volunteers must be 18 years or older.

volunteer orientation

Stay tuned for our next virtual volunteer orientation! For more information, contact Dolores Sanico, Volunteer Coordinator, at doloress@safeparkingla.org or call (213) 408-2498.

available opportunities

Donations Volunteer

Department: Programs
Available To: Individuals/Groups

Summary: The Donations Volunteer will provide support by organizing and delivering donations to Safe Parking LA participants. Volunteers will develop first-hand experience assisting vulnerable populations and understand the services and goods SPLA provides its participants.

Meal Coordinator Volunteer

Department: Programs
Available To: Individuals/Groups

Summary: The Meal Coordinator will arrange with Safe Parking LA staff to distribute of meals to designated program parking locations. Volunteers will provide program participants the opportunity to enjoy a warm meal at the lot. Volunteers assist with both the preparation and distribution of meals.

Receptionist Volunteer

Department: Programs
Available To: Individuals/Groups

Summary: The Receptionist Volunteer will assist by answering phone calls in the SPLA office during staff meetings and other times to support coverage. Volunteers will give a warm, friendly greeting to callers and take down messages, passing on this information to the intake staff when they become available.

Welcome Ambassador

Department: Programs
Available To: Individuals/Groups

Summary: The Welcome Ambassador will make phone calls to newly enrolled SPLA participants. Volunteers will provide program participants the opportunity to share their experience on the lot and request items such as blankets, pillows, hygiene items, and other supplies that they may need. Volunteers will give participants a listening ear and communicate necessary information to program staff.

One-Time Volunteer

Department: Programs
Available To: Individuals/Groups

Summary: Volunteers or groups can set up a one-time meal drive and/or a donation drive at one of SPLA parking lots located in San Fernando Valley, Hollywood, Downtown Los Angeles, and West Los Angeles. Volunteers can also support events for our clients, such as the annual Holiday Party, Veterans Day celebration, and more. Volunteer role may vary based on the type of SPLA event.