Volunteering is a good way to get experience in an area of interst and make sure it is right for you. The following list is a good place to start when looking for volunteer work. The following organizations have provided volunteer opportunties to CSUN psychology students for many years.
Hospitals and Clinics
*Note: Some of the agencies listed in this category require fingerprinting and authorization of a possible background check. Please confirm with the individual agency.
Children's Hospital of Orange County
Julie Millar or Lauri Dever
455 S. Main Street, Orange County
Training is provided. A minimum 60 hour commitment is required. Various placements are available - call for further details.
Glendale Adventist Medical Center
1509 Wilson Terrace, Glendale
No training needed. No minimum commitment required. Assist occupation and recreational therapists with arts and crafts, projects, and entertainment. Great for observation. Work with mentally disabled and mentally ill adults.
Schools and Educational Institutions
*Note: Many programs working with minors may require fingerprinting and possible background check. Confirm with the individual agency. May require a TB test.
Birmingham High School
Margie Keyser / Main Office,
Counseling Center, or Special Education
1700 Haynes St., Van Nuys
(818) 881-1580 Ext. 249
No training or experience required, nor minimum commitment. Work under supervision of school psychologist. Students have various physical disabilities such as visual or auditory impairment or loss. Work includes tutoring, supervision and observation. There is also work done with non-disabled. The health office is also in need of volunteer.
Lorantz School Special Education Center
9451 Wyandotte St.
No training or minimum commitment. Work with mentally retarded children. Assist with class participation, projects, etc. Work on social interaction skills.
Los Angeles Unified School District Ferangeles School Branch
12001 Art St.
Sun Valley, CA
No training or minimum commitment required. Foreign language helpful (especially Spanish) Tutoring, assisting teachers. Non-disabled children (possible disadvantaged background).
McBride Elementary School for the Handicapped
3960 Centinella Ave., Culver City
No training or minimum commitment required. Work with physically and mentally disabled children. Teacher's assistant type work as well as interaction with students.
Outreach Concern, Inc. (temp)
2030 East Fourth Street, Suite 237
Santa Ana, CA
Training is provided. A one year term of service with a commitment of two days per week is required. Duties include working with children, adolescents and their families providing counseling and support.
Rancho San Antonio
2100 Plummer, Canoga Park
(818) 882-6400 ext.123
Call for details.
San Fernando Valley Child Guidance Clinic
Dane Montano for both locations
9650 Zelzah, Northridge and 15157 Roscoe Blvd., Panorama City
(818) 993-9311 ext. 319
Training provided. Minimum 6-month commitment. Need tutors and teachers assistant's workings with emotionally and sexually abused children. Developmentally disabled. Call for details.
Sylvan Park School
6238 Noble Ave., Van Nuys
There is a commitment of one hour per week. Training and materials are provided. Duties can include tutoring, mentoring, and role modeling to students in kindergarten through the fifth grade. Call for further details.
West Valley Boy and Girls Club
19850 Delano St., Room 20, Woodland Hills
Call for more details.
Rehabilitation Centers and Halfway Homes
Camp Karl Holton
1st Floor Sierra Hall
12653 Little Tujunga Cyn Rd, San Fernando
No training or minimum commitment required. Work with juvenile males in detention facility. Provide tutoring, mentoring and positive relationship and role modeling.
Tarzana Treatment Center
18646 Oxnard St.
Tarzana (818) 996-1051, Ext. 1162
Training requirement varies with volunteer position. Call for further details. Substance abuse rehab.
Topanga West Guest Home
22115 Roscoe Blvd., Canoga Park
No training or minimum commitment required. Various positions available. Please call for further details.
Hathaway Homes Sylvia Fargoso 8955 W. Gold Creek Rd., Lakeview Terrace (818) 896-2474 ext. 264
Training not required. Contact only if you are willing to commit to a minimum of one year of volunteer work. Assist with recreation and arts and crafts. Call for details.
Lowman School Joan Sitnick 12827 Saticoy, North Hollywood (818) 765-3404
No training or minimum commitment required. Work with all age groups ranging from 3 to 22 years. Disabilities include autism and mental and physical disabilities.
New Horizons Yasmina Snidie 15725 Parthenia St., Sepulveda (818) 894-9301, x 344 Fax # 891-3267
No training or minimum commitment required. Work with mentally retarded youths and adults. Tutoring and class participation type work. Program focuses on teaching practical job skills (i.e. simple repetitive tasks, easy machines, etc.) Fairly high functioning clients.
HIV/AIDS-Related Organizations and Services
Minority AIDS Project
5149 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles
Various positions available depending on skill and training. Please call for details.
Jennifer (ask for volunteer application packet)
1616 N. La Brea Ave., Hollywood AND 14531 Gault St. #1, Van Nuys
(213) 962-8197 ext. 317
Training required and provided. Minimum 6-month commitment required. Training is 2 weekends plus Monday afternoons for 4-6 hour. Volunteers are asked to keep Monday afternoons free for group support and supervision. Provide emotional and peer support in-group and individual settings to persons facing life threatening illnesses, and to their loved ones. Shanti tries to accommodate the volunteers need in client matches, schedules and location.
Kohar Khosrovian 15099 Mission Hill Rd., Mission Hills
No training or minimum commitment required. Interview required. Facility is a nursing convalescent hospital, with most guests over the age of 65 years of age. Many require wheelchairs and walkers. Prefer Armenian speaking ability.
Jewish Home for the Aged
Shirley Friedman's or Linda Spitz 7150 Tampa, Reseda
No minimum commitment required. 3 hours initial orientation. Assist elderly with activities, serve refreshments, entertain, socialize and escort the more severely immobilized.
Woodland Care Center
Estrella De LaCruz
7120 Corbin Ave., Reseda
No training or minimum commitment required; only "kindness". Residential care facility for the elderly. Call for details.
Special Skills - American Sign Language
American Association of Deaf and Blind
Various duties and positions. Must know American Sign Language.
Women's and Children's Support and Shelter
Children of the Night
Dr. Lois Lee
14530 Sylvan St., Van Nuys
Working with runaways. Various positions available. Call for details on training.
Emily Janes Training Facilitator
Canoga Park, 91305
(818) 887-7481, ext 15
Facility provides support for battered women and children. Crisis hotline, Childrens programs, Domestic abuse response team(DART), speakers bureau, court advocacy, and other volunteer opportunities. Call for details on the training schedule.
Interface Women's Shelter
1305 Del Norte #130, Camarillo
Training and commitment required for some positions. Facility provides shelter and support for battered women and children. Call for more details. Korean Youth and Community Center Socorro Caudal 680 So. Wilton Place, Los Angeles (213) 365-7400 No training or minimum commitment required. Korean language ability preferred but not necessary. Provide tutoring, peer support, help with cultural and language transition to Korean youths and families. Call for details.
Optimum Behavior Services
Eduard S. Alterson
17134 Devonshire St #101, Northridge, 91325
Training provided and required. No minimum commitment required. Work with special needs children typically ranging from 3 to 6 years of age. One-on-one using a mixed technique approach teach children communication, cognitive, play, social, self-help and other functional skills. Services are provided in child's home and other settings. Excellent opportunity for hands on experience.
16661 Ventura Blvd #508 Encino, CA 91316
(818) 439-5115 voice
Great Opportunity for Junior and Senior Psychology and Child Development Students! Receive training and ongoing supervision while providing direct services to families of disabled children. Learn how to assess clients and perform behavior intervention. Earn credit hours. Gain knowledge and experience while you continue your education.
San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center, Inc.
Karen Quarterman, Manager of Consumer and Family Relations
6305 Woodman Ave.
Van Nuys, CA 91401
818 911-0123 fax
We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic students to assist with activities at our Youth and Family Centers. This is a great opportunity to become familiar with a community mental health center. Your hands on learning experience will include after school tutoring, arts and sports with children and teaching important social skills to our clients. For more information about our agency and to fill out a volunteer application visit www.movinglivesforward.org.
West San Fernando Valley Mental Health Service
15535 San Fernando Mission Blvd, Mission Hills
Various volunteer placements, and positions available. Call for details.