Wildfires are devastating communities across California, causing more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes and threatening many more. The Camp Fire in Northern California -- one of three blazing across the state -- is the most destructive in state history. We want to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you find access to shelter. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know the most effective ways to contribute.
Since 1984, Violence Intervention Program (VIP) has been a national leader in building transformative programs that raise the standard of care for all victims of child abuse in Los Angeles County. VIP is a non-profit, hospital-based program located at the LAC USC Medical Center in East Los Angeles. Our mission is to protect and treat all victims of violence, and serves over 20,000 victims of violence annually through medical, mental health and supportive services.
Project Description: The VIP program offers our child clients (8-18 years) with a big brother/big sister to engage in fun activities and have a positive role model in their lives.
Volunteer Role & Responsibilities: Volunteers serve as mentors to the kids in our program providing them with opportunities and inspiration to lead healthy and productive lives. Mentors participate in community based outings twice a month with their mentees. All mentors should be of good character and provide mentees with a postitive role model to look up to.
Time Commitment: A minimum of up to 1 year commitment, calling the mentee once per week to check in and taking the mentee out twice per month on a given activity . VIP reimburses for all mentor/mentee activities.
Volunteers must be at least 21 years old
Have a valid drivers license
Must be Live Scanned for fingerprints through the DOJ/FBI (VIP will conduct the check for volunteers)
Must take and pass a Drug Test
Show proof of clear TB test within last 6 months
Volunteers must be reliable, responsible and trustworthy
Benefits: Mentoring a child victim of abuse into a trustworthy and responsible and caring relationship, knowing you have perhaps changed the quality of this child’s life forever and given him/her hope and confidence to move forward in life.