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Our mission Our mission is to end homelessness for women in greater Los Angeles through housing, wellness, and advocacy.
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Downtown Women's Center - Temporary Volunteer Activity Suspension

Downtown Women's Center - Temporary Volunteer Activity Suspension

Current Volunteer Oppurtunites at DWC

Current Volunteer Oppurtunites at DWC

Downtown Women’s Center

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Ways to help

Provide Nutritious Meals to Unhoused Women

DWC’s Kitchen served over 260,000 meals in 2020 alone: our incredible Kitchen team serves three nutritious meals seven days a week and offers an important space for women to connect and to share a meal with each other. Kitchen volunteers help with meal preparation (e.g. chopping and measuring); help keep the kitchen clean and organized… See full description
  • Adults (18+), 55+
  • Recurring
  • Anytime
  • Formal
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • In-person, Indoor, Food Distribution, Food Packing
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Help Keep the Downtown Women's Center Clean & Safe

Help DWC’s maintenance team keep the center and Permanent Supportive Residence clean and safe by helping with basic maintenance tasks such as power washing walkways, changing lightbulbs, removing debris, etc. See full description
  • Adults (18+), 55+
  • Recurring
  • Weekdays
  • Individuals
  • In-person, Indoor, Outdoor, Maintenance
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Provide Basic Haircuts for Our Unhoused Neighbors

Provide basic cuts for unhoused and formerly unhoused women and gender diverse individuals. We work with your schedule! Unhoused and formerly unhoused women face many challenges, including lack of access to basic self-care routines that many of us take for granted, like regular haircuts, and the low self-esteem that goes along with it. You can… See full description
    , Groups
  • Adults (18+), 55+
  • One-time, Recurring
  • Anytime
  • On-site, Skilled
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10)
  • In-person, Indoor, Outdoor, Skills-based, Project-based
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Help Us Sort Donations for Women Experiencing Homelessness

Help us keep our donations area clean and organized! The sooner we’re able to process and put away in-kind donations such as clothing, food, and home goods, the sooner we can get it out to the folks that need it. If you like to organize, this is a great opportunity for you! This opportunity is… See full description
    , When
  • Adults (18+), 55+
  • Recurring
  • Weekdays
  • In-person, Collect Donations
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Welcome Formerly Unhoused Women Home

Our Permanent Supportive Housing Program provides 119 units of comfortable, safe, and affordable housing without time limits as residents work towards personal stability. Residence hosts provide a welcoming, supportive atmosphere in the lobby of DWC’s permanent residences, welcoming and checking in with the women, signing for packages, answering the phone and door, and chatting with… See full description
  • Adults (18+), 55+
  • Recurring
  • Anytime
  • Formal
  • Individuals
  • In-person, Indoor
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Welcome Unhoused Women to Our Day Center

The Day Center is the point of entry for women coming through DWC’s doors: it provides access to three meals a day, clean bathrooms and showers, changes of clothes, an address for individuals to receive mail, case management, and medical services. Day Center volunteers support our Day Center team by welcoming participants; helping distribute toiletry… See full description
  • Adults (18+), 55+
  • Recurring
  • Anytime
  • Formal
  • Individuals
  • In-person, Indoor, Outdoor
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Teach Unhoused Women Basic Computer & Employment Skills

As an integral part of DWC’s Workforce Development programming, the Learning Center offers a safe space for women seeking employment to search and apply for jobs and to participate in academic and vocational counseling sessions and job readiness workshops. Volunteers create a supportive, peaceful Learning Center environment by providing one-on-one assistance with computer questions, helping… See full description
  • Adults (18+), 55+
  • Recurring
  • Weekdays
  • Individuals
  • In-person, Tutoring, Indoor, Tech Support, Skills-based
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Group Volunteer Activities

Groups can volunteer to help through donation sorting; creating snack packs, toiletry kits, and welcome home kits; or in the cooking club.
  • One-time, Occasional, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Groups (2-10), Groups (10+), Corporate Teams
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays

Individual Volunteer

Individual volunteers can assist as administrative support, day center support, donation sorters, kitchen assistants, learning center assistants, MADE by DWC Store assistants, or as residence hosts.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends
How you help We need committed Los Angeles communities and people like you to help us change inequitable systems and individual lives. Our current corps of over 5,000 volunteers provide 25,000 hours of service annually, contributing to all facets of the critical work we do to support women in need throughout Los Angeles.
About us The Downtown Women’s Center (DWC) is the only organization in Los Angeles focused exclusively on serving and empowering women experiencing homelessness and formerly homeless women. Downtown Women’s Center is built on a friendship that grew between a homeless woman named Rosa and an outreach worker named Jill Halverson. This friendship inspired Jill to open DWC and establish a community through which the lives of women like Rosa could be restored. In the 40 years since Jill’s extraordinary act of compassion, we’ve reached thousands of women and transformed countless lives.
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