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VCLA's mission is to mobilize people and resources to meet community needs.Description
The mission of the Volunteer Center of Los Angeles ( VCLA) is to mobilize people and resources to meet community needs. VCLA is one of eight services of Assistance League of Southern California (ALSC), a social service organization headquartered in Hollywood. Founded in 1919, ALSC helps fulfill critical needs for 60,000 children, families, seniors, and other individuals each year. In 1951, the Hilltoppers Auxiliary of ALSC established the Volunteer Center of the San Fernando Valley, since renamed the Volunteer Center of Los Angeles.
VCLA is the premier agency promoting volunteerism in Los Angeles County, which has a geographical area four times that of Rhode Island and a population four times that of Utah. VCLA's main office is in Panorama City, with satellite offices serving Burbank, Van Nuys, Glendale, San Fernando, Santa Clarita Valley, Antelope Valley, Hollywood, and parts of greater Los Angeles.
VCLA refers more than 60,000 volunteers annually to over 2,500 agencies in need of volunteer support. Traditional volunteers are referred through the Volunteer Involvement Program (VIP) and the Volunteers in Service to America Program (VISTA). Seniors, defined as individuals over 55 years old, have several avenues through which to volunteer such as Foster Grandparents, Retired and Senior Volunteers Program (RSVP), and Senior Companions. VCLA also refers volunteers through a number of restorative justice programs.
Make a Difference in Your Community!
The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) provides opportunities for people 55 and over to make a difference in their community through volunteer service. RSVP volunteers contribute anywhere from a few to over forty hours a week, serving through schools, day care centers, law enforcement agencies, hospitals and other nonprofit and public organizations to help meet critical community needs. RSVP offers maximum flexibility and choice to its volunteers. RSVP matches the personal interests and skills of older Americans with opportunities to help solve community problems and offers supplemental insurance while on duty, and on-the-job training from the agency or organization where volunteers are placed.
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