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Heart of Los Angeles wouldn’t be what it is today without the strength and generosity of our volunteers. Every year more than six hundred people like you donate their time and talents to the youth of the Rampart District. Volunteer and internship opportunities range anywhere from special event assistance to long-term youth mentoring. We are accepting applications for volunteers for our Spring session. The session begins Tuesday, April 7th and runs through Friday, May 27th. Click on the link below to view the opportunities and if you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the form below and we will be in touch soon. We look forward to welcoming you into the HOLA family!

HOLA has been certified by California Volunteers as a Service Enterprise, a nonprofit that fundamentally leverages volunteers and their skills to successfully deliver on the social mission of the organization. California Volunteers is the state office that manages programs and initiatives aimed at increasing the number of Californians engaged in service and volunteering.

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For additional information, please contact Anitra Deavors-Ely, Volunteer Program Coordinator, AmeriCorps VISTA Member, at (213) 389-1148, ext 247 or by email at adeavors-ely@heartofla.org.

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Anitra Deavors-Ely AmeriCorps VISTA Member, Volunteer Coordinator
Work Phone: (213) 389-1148 ext. 247
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