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, please email info@sundayassemblyla.org. Or stop by the Social section to RSVP for 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.

  • Night-before SPY Dinner Prep

    Calling all SALAmanders!
     
    Not everyone can make it out to serve dinner at 3:30pm on a weekday, but most of the preparation work for the meals we serve at SPY happens the evening before! 
     
    We'll be grocery shopping, chopping, cooking and refrigerating Wednesday night at Amy's and Michael's in Venice. All ages welcome.
    Then, our Thursday team will bring everything to SPY a couple blocks away and serve our carefully crafted creations to 60+ youth clients. You're welcome to come help on either day or on both days.
    Cash donations:
    If anyone can't be there in person but would like to help with a donation (groceries for this event cost $200-$300), please Paypal to sundayassemblyla@gmail.com and include the note "SPY" or mail to: Sunday Assembly LA, 12575 Beatrice St., LA, CA 90066. If you're using snail-mail, please email us to let us know so we can budget for the day accordingly.
     
    About SPY
    Safe Place for Youth provides a safe environment away from the challenges posed by the streets. Our Drop-In services are available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1:00 – 5:00 PM and Monday and Friday by appointment for youth to access life-saving support and critical resources. Healthy meals, showers and clothing help meet their basic survival needs. Once basic needs are met, youth are able to consider the positive sense of community and the opportunities available to rebuild their lives. The Drop-In Center is also where youth access case management, housing assistance, health and wellness care, education and employment support, counseling, healing arts workshops, access to phone, internet and mail services, legal assistance and bus tokens.
  • Serve Dinner at SPY

    SALA Help Often team at SPY

    Calling all SALAmanders!
     
    One of SALA's favorite charity partners, Safe Place for Youth, provides vital support to youth experiencing homelessness, was a tremendous success. We've been able to serve quite a few meals to their over 80 youth clients with a smile and we're excited to do this again.
     
    We'll purchase, prepare and serve dinner on Thur, Sept 27th. They've requested 8 volunteers to help serve lunch to about 65 clients.
     
    We can start shopping and meal preparation Wednesday night at my place and bring everything to SPY a couple blocks away on Thursday for the dinner, and we usually finish within 3 hours (when volunteers are welcome to go through the food line, or if we prepared just enough we can go out to a nearby restaurant).
     
    If anyone can't be there in person but would like to help with a donation (groceries for this event cost $200-$300), please Paypal to sundayassemblyla@gmail.com and include the note "SPY" or mail to: Sunday Assembly LA, 12575 Beatrice St., LA, CA 90066. If you're using snail-mail, please email us to let us know so we can budget for the day accordingly.
     
    Thank you for your help! SPY relies on sponsored meals to keep getting vital services to at-risk youth, and we appreciate your help in reaching those in need among this vulnerable population.
     
     
    About SPY
     
    Safe Place for Youth provides a safe environment away from the challenges posed by the streets. Our Drop-In services are available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1:00 – 5:00 PM and Monday and Friday by appointment for youth to access life-saving support and critical resources. Healthy meals, showers and clothing help meet their basic survival needs. Once basic needs are met, youth are able to consider the positive sense of community and the opportunities available to rebuild their lives. The Drop-In Center is also where youth access case management, housing assistance, health and wellness care, education and employment support, counseling, healing arts workshops, access to phone, internet and mail services, legal assistance and bus tokens.
  • Volunteer at Reading to Kids!

    Reading Club at Reading to Kids

    This October, come join us at Magnolia Elementary School while we help inspire a love of reading to under-served kids! Organized by Reading to Kids, all us volunteers will read aloud to children and create arts and crafts projects about the stories. Each child will receive a pre-donated book to take home, and the books read aloud are donated to the school's library. Helping Often by reading aloud to children imparts a love of books that leads to improved literacy, a more successful education, and a brighter future.

    These reading clubs are always held on the second Saturday of every month from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon (although new volunteers are encouraged to arrive at 8:45am). Before your first session, please complete the short online application at ReadingToKids.org and read up about what to expect during a Reading Club. During sign-up, please select "Sunday Assembly" as your volunteer group affiliation, and remember to sign up for Magnolia Elementary School to team up with other Assemblers (but please feel free to RSVP for any location if all the volunteer slots are filled up before you register). Parking for Magnolia Elementary is available at 1695 Magnolia Avenue.

    If you have any other questions, please email me at community@sundayassemblyla.org. See you there!

    What to expect at your first Reading Club: