Service Projects

Help Often. That's our middle name. If you're looking for a place to connect with your fellow Assemblers and do some good for the community, you've come to the right place!

If you're looking to get involved with the Sunday Assembly community itself, check out the Volunteer section. Or stop by the Social section to sign up for member sponsored events or propose a meet-up of your very own.

SALA service events aim to do good in our communities while cultivating a culture of service among attendees of Sunday Assembly LA. While live, in-person events whose purpose is fundraising for a charitable cause are welcome, event listings containing a direct link to contribute funds to outside organizations will not be approved. Thank you for your understanding.

  • Saturday w/ Baby2Baby

     

    THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM APRIL 15TH TO APRIL 29TH. TIME TBA. 

    Baby2Baby works with homeless and domestic violence shelters, Head Start programs, and children’s hospitals to provide low-income children ages 0-12 years with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves.

    You asked for a weekend option for this fun, rewarding service event, so Baby2Baby is opening its doors on a Saturday for SALA volunteers! On Saturday, April 29th, while chatting and listening to tunes, we'll be sorting clothes, household items and toys at Baby2Baby's new facility in Culver City. Ages 13 and up are welcome. If you have new or very gently used items to donate, please bring them with you! This was a really rewarding volunteer day last time we went, and we're looking forward to going back to help. Please RSVP so we can let them know how many people to expect!

  • Be a Humanist Inmate Penpal

    The American Humanist Association is currently seeking humanists to participate in their open pal program, a facet of AHA's "Humanism For All" prison outreach. Contact with the outside world stimulates a positive, healthy, and hopeful attitude for those incarcerated. Research from inmate feedback has shown that having a pen pal helps combat feelings of isolation, encourage positive changes to self-identity, boost happiness, increase hopes for life beyond prison, and increase chances of successful reintegration. The purpose of this program is to connect humanist (or humanist curious) inmates to like-minded volunteer pen pals, and to foster positive relationships and healthy correspondence to promote humanist values.
    If you'd like to participate, please RSVP and we will email you with the name of your penpal. You have the option to write letters on paper and then mail or scan them, or email your letter to AHA. They will then forward them to the inmate to protect your personal information.  

    Pen Pal Program Volunteer Guidelines

    The purpose of this program is to connect humanist (or humanist curious) inmates to like­minded volunteer pen pals, and to foster positive relationships and healthy correspondence. The guidelines, listed below, are for volunteer pen pals.

    1. General suggestions for writing. Limit the amount of personal details you share. A good topic to start with is your relationship with religion. Share how you were raised, how you came to be a humanist, what books you like, etc. Keep the conversation intellectual and focused on ideas about the world, news, books, culture, etc.

    2. Be positive, and don’t make assumptions. Remember that not everyone in prison is guilty. You are not saving someone, and the person might not necessarily be miserable or unhappy. Wait for your pen pal to open up to you. Asking questions is okay, but don’t push. Be honest and firm about your boundaries and intentions with your pen pal.

    3. Don’t get too close. We provide guidelines to inmates that this is NOT a dating service and that they are NOT to ask their pen pals for money or send money. The purpose of the program is to provide friendship, intellectual exchange, and an educational opportunity.

    4. Please only include your letter.

    5. Your comfort and safety come first. If, at any point, you would like to stop your pen pal relationship, that is your choice. However, please notify us to let us know. We can find a different pen pal, or simply mark in our records that you decided to stop.

    6. We strongly prefer to send letters for you. You email your letters to us (either attached as a Word document or in the body of the email) and we will send them to your pen pal for you. Please make sure inmates send their reply to our address listed here, with attention to your name. (If you want you can keep on a first name basis.) 

     

    American Humanist Association

    1821 Jefferson Place NW

    Washington, DC 20036

    Thank you for your compassion and activism!
    All my best,
    Amy Boyle
    Director, Sunday Assembly LA