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Six Totally Rewarding Ways to Boost Your Good Karma in LA


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We could use all use a reminder that feeling good about yourself is about more than working on the the exterior. As you look around the city, there are so many crucial causes that need a little love, so why not work on bettering yourself from the inside by taking a little time out for a truly rewarding volunteering experience?

Because having your Best Year Ever should also mean helping others have theirs, we've rounded up a few of the city's coolest non-profits to put in a little work. Whether it's mentoring underprivileged youth or ridding our beaches of debris, these opportunities will kickstart your year's good karma while you benefit those in need.


826 LA

What: 826 LA (1417 W Sunset Boulevard and 12515 Venice Boulevard)

Why: The Dave Eggers-founded non-profit focuses on offering creative writing programs and tutoring to students from 1st to 12th grades. Volunteers, which must first go through a mandatory screening process, work directly with kids either in daily "field trips" in which they guide little ones through writing a unique, collaborative story, help with after-school homework, or assist in weekend workshops.



What: TreePeople (12601 Mullholland Drive)

Why: The eco-focused org is working to make our LA landscape greener and thus more climate-resilient, which means planting and caring for trees in urban areas and helping to restore damaged ecosystems in our mountains and forests. You can even create a private volunteering event by gathering a group of or more friends.


What: Taking the Reins (3919 Rigali Avenue)

Why: This equestrian program is geared toward ask-risk adolescent girls, who gain confidence by learning the responsibility of how to care for the barn's animals and garden. Though the non-profit doesn't regularly seek out volunteers, it hosts special events and project days where those looking to help the cause can pitch in to clean and maintain the facility.


Heal the Bay/Instagram

What: Heal the Bay (1444 9th Street)

Why: Because—duh—we want to keep our beaches safe, clean, and beautiful. Volunteers for this organization can help with everything from beach clean-ups, educating and welcoming guests to the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, and joining the Storm Response Team to help with El Nino's damage.


Kitty Bungalow/Instagram

What: Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats

Why: This animal rescue and relocating organization relies on volunteers to help socialize LA's alarming feral, stray kitten population (a result of neglect and failure to neuter/spay animals), which is crucial before finding them a furr-ever home. Having a talent for cuddling fuzzy babies is a strongly encouraged.


LA Confidential

What: Chysalis

Why: The non-profit looks for long-term solutions for homelessness by teaching tools for gaining and retaining employment. Volunteers work directly with the homeless by practicing interviews, assisting in resume writing, and other specific job training.