Service Learning

Service Learning

A superb education is much more than knowledge gained within the walls of a classroom. Service to our community helps develop our students’ realization of their ability to act as contributing and positive members of their community, both within and outside of Westmark.

Community Service Requirements & Recommendations

Community Service Opportunities

Quick Community Service Ideas

- Donate old clothes or household goods that are still in good condition and donate them to your local Goodwill or Woman's shelter.

- Donate children’s books, novels, and other reading materials to shelters, libraries, and schools.

- Write a letter to your Congressman about an issue that you care about.

- Collect unused makeup and perfume to any women’s shelter or center for abused women.

- The next time you go grocery shopping, pick up some non-perishables to donate to your local food bank.

Skill-based Volunteer Ideas

- Become a volunteer tutor. If you excel in a particular subject, share that knowledge with other teens that are struggling. Volunteer your services online non-profit or let your teachers know that you’re available to other students.

- Got a big vocabulary and a little time to kill? Test your skill on freerice.com. They’ll donate 10 grains of rice through the World Food Programme for every answer you get right.

- Volunteer to give music lessons to people in your community

One day Volunteer Events

- Participate in a clean up of a beach, riverbed or local park.

- Organize a car wash and donate the profits to any charity of your choice.

- Students Run LA
Offer your help taking registrations, handing out water bottles, cleaning up after, or other administrative tasks for a run. It might not feel as glamorous, but this volunteer work is actually really helpful! To sign up contact Paul at
(818)654-3360 or by email at paul@srla.org
https://srla.org/get-involved/volunteer

- UNICEF
Think you’re too old to collect candy, but still want to dress up? Collect money for a charitable organization like UNICEF, and no one will judge you. http://support.unicef.org/ers

Weekly Volunteer Opportunities

- Volunteer at your local library

- Help an adult learn how to read

- Tutor a neighbor or classmate

Group Volunteer Work

- Tree People
A great opportunity for team building, while doing something beneficial for the environment. Contact Mollie Stephans at (818) 623-4879 or mstephans@treepeople.org. 12601 Mulholand Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210 https://www.treepeople.org/volunteer/group

- Friends & Helpers Foundation
This is a great way to put a smile on the faces of families in need during the Holiday Season. For more info call (818) 757-1905 or email info@friendsandhelpers.org 15260 Ventura Blvd. Suite 2100 Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 http://www.friendsandhelpers.org

- One Voice
Help sort and package food baskets for families in need this holiday Season. For more info. Call (310) 458-9961. They are located at 1228 15th Street Suite C Santa Monica, CA 90404 http://onevoice-la.org/volunteer/

Veterans

- Operation Gratitude
Send a care package to deployed troops, veterans, or wounded soldiers. Write a thank-you letter and include some food (no homemade or canned food allowed). For more info call (800) 651-8031 or email info@operationgratitude.com (http://www.operationgratitude.com/)

- Support Our Troops
Donate supplies for care packages and include a thank-you letter to Deployed Soldiers. Contact (877) 879-8882 P.O Box 70 Daytona Beach, FL 32115 https://www.supportourtroops.org/our-programs

Kids

- Offer to Nanny or Babysit for free to a family in need.

- Become a mentor for a younger child.

- Bring new or lightly used toys to a children’s hospital. (Children’s Hospital LA, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital)

- Coach a sport you love, to a youth team.

- Give free music lessons to children in Schools

- Babysit children during a WPA meeting.

- Organize a reading hour for children at a local school or library.

- Milk and Bookies
Spread the love of reading to those who can’t afford books of their own. For more info call (323) 863-5742 or email info@milkandbookies.org 144815th St. Suite #202 Santa Monica, CA 90404. http://www.milkandbookies.org/

- My Stuff Bags Foundation
Help fill duffels, make blankets, re-package special large donations or make toiletry bags for children who have been pulled out of their homes. Contact Emily Appleby at (818) 865-3860 5347 Sterling Center Drive, Westlake Village, CA 91361 or visit http://www.mystuffbags.org/how-to-help/donate-time/ for more info.

- Arts For Kids
Offering kids after school arts programs. Contact Amy Knutson at (310) 586-1017. 1728 Abbot Kinney Blvd., #101, Venice CA 9029

Elderly

- Offer to rake leaves, shovel the walk, or do housework for an elderly neighbor.

- Visit a retirement home and spend time doing fun activities with the elderly who lack immediate family.

- Make Birthday cards for the Elderly.

- Ask residents at a Retirement home to tell you about their lives.

- Jewish Home of the Aging
Sing or play music to the elderly (Jewish Home of the Aging contact Stacy Orbach at (818) 757-4442 or stacy.orbach@jha.org.) http://www.jha.org/volunteer/

- ONEgeneration
Share your talents and skills with the elderly. Call (818) 708-6668 or email volunteer@onegeneration.org for more information. http://www.onegeneration.org/volunteer/

Animals

- Volunteer with animals. Check out your local rescue league, ASPCA chapter, or animal shelter to learn how. (Check age requirement).

- Offer to Dog-sit/Walk someone’s dog for free.

- Clean up a local dog park.

- Build and set up a birdhouse.

- Train your pet to be a therapy animal and bring it to hospitals or nursing homes

- Ace of Hearts
Volunteers engage their passion for animals into much assistance. Call (310) 358-3344 or email Dogsfromheaven@aol.com to volunteer.

Homeless & Poverty

- Volunteer on Thanksgiving Day with your whole family. Serve a meal, in your home or in a local shelter, to someone who needs it.

- Donate blankets to a Homeless Shelter

- Prepare a home-cooked meal for the residents of a nearby homeless shelter

- Make first aid kits for homeless shelters

- Volunteer at a Soup Kitchen

- Bake a batch of cookies or loaf of bread and deliver it to a soup kitchen.

- Project Chicken Soup
For more info call (310) 836-5402 or email info@projectchickensoup.org P.O. Box 480241 Los Angeles, CA 90048
http://www.projectchickensoup.org/PCSContact.html

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