"...at the heart of helping."

Our Purpose

Here at the Volunteer Center, we believe in the power of the volunteer. 

We believe in the importance of lending a helping hand.

We believe that, together, we can change the world... one act of service, one neighborhood at a time.


We love that moment when dedicated volunteers join together, roll up their sleeves, pitch in, and give their precious time to a worthy cause. We are committed to the idea that everyone, from any background, can find a fulfilling way to be of service. When you find yourself inspired to take action, but you aren't sure exactly where to begin, our Volunteer Center can help you. Our partnerships with hundreds of nonprofits keep us connected to the pulse of the community's urgent needs. We use that knowledge to connect you to a personally meaningful volunteer experience.

Our mission is "mobilizing people and resources to deliver creative solutions to community needs." Simply put, we serve as a powerful link between volunteers (like you) with time and talents, and nonprofits that really need your time and talents.

Sometimes during our community outreach, we find that there are gaps. We find groups of volunteers with enthusiasm for specific interests, but no matching volunteer opportunities. Or we discover an urgent community need is going unmet. That's when we lead the way by empowering volunteers to create new signature volunteer opportunities such as our Operation Teddy Bear, Food for Kids and Youth Leadership Development programs to give hundreds of volunteers a chance to immediately jump in and provide hands-on service here at the heart of our Volunteer Center.

Whether it's employees, families, teens, seniors, professionals or court-referred volunteers, we serve EVERY volunteer. That is what has kept us "...at the heart of helping" for more than 50 years!

Our Vision

With the addition of our new President/CEO, our Board of Directors is excited to embark on a multi-year strategic planning process to prioritize our goals and map out our future. We are in the process of looking closely at our mission, vision, and programs to decide how we can best serve volunteer in 2020 and beyond.

Our Service Area

We serve 44 cities stretching as far north to Santa Monica and Beverly Hills, all of the South Bay and beach cities, and all of Long Beach.

Our Funding Sources

Our general and administrative expenses are covered by our program fees. Our volunteer services including our online database, phone assistance, walk-in volunteer matching, and all of our signature volunteer programs all depend completely on generous private donations and grants from people like you.