Volunteers are at the heart of all that we do at The People Concern!

Every day, we rely on the generosity of volunteers to effectively serve our community’s most vulnerable residents in myriad ways. Together, we can end human suffering and ensure all of our neighbors are housed, healthy and safe.

We are so grateful to our community of over 1,550 volunteers who dedicate thousands of hours to our most vulnerable neighbors!

We offer volunteer opportunities at several of our sites pertaining to homelessness and domestic violence.

Join our community of doers and change-makers!


You can directly impact lives and support our neighbors experiencing homelessness by volunteering with The People Concern. We offer individual and group volunteer opportunities year-round at our program locations in Santa Monica, Downtown/South LA and Lancaster.

Individual Opportunities

Individual opportunities require a regular commitment and can include assisting with the following:

Food Services - VolunteerFood
Case Management - VolunteerCase management
Reception - VolunteerFront desk reception
Donation Sorting - VolunteerDonation sorting & distribution
Wellness - VolunteerLife skills + wellness activities
Group Opportunities

Group opportunities can be scheduled on a case-by-case basis and can include the following:

Host a Meal - VolunteerFood services
Host Bingo - VolunteerHost Bingo
Ice Cream Social - VolunteerHost an ice cream or dessert social
Wellness - VolunteerLead a life skills or wellness workshop



Step One

Complete an online volunteer application.

After submitting the application, you will receive a confirmation email with next steps.

General Group Application

General Individual Application

Kensington Individual Application

Kensington Group Application

Step Two

Attend an orientation.

Orientations are held approximately twice a month, in Santa Monica and Mid City.

*Orientations are currently being held virtually due to COVID-19 safety restrictions.

Step Three

Submit documentation.

Volunteers must submit negative TB test results from within the last year, consent to a background check and complete the forms provided at orientation.

Step Four

Our volunteer team will contact you.

Once we received the completed paperwork and processed background check, our team will contact you to discuss all the possibilities.


We appreciate your desire to support our mission of providing high-quality and comprehensive support services to survivors of domestic violence through our Sojourn Program. Our dedicated volunteers are the lifeblood of Sojourn!

All interested individuals must attend a mandatory 40-hour domestic violence counselor training program mandated by California Evidence Code §1037.1. Trainings are held in the spring and fall. After you have attended all training sessions and volunteered with our organization for 6 months, you will receive a certificate of achievement which will indicate completion of your training.

Sojourn’s 40-hour training covers everything from crisis intervention and peer counseling skills to legal and social service resources, with help from experts in their respective fields. (If you are not interested in volunteering with Sojourn but wish to further your education on domestic violence, you can attend the training for a fee of $250.00.)

Click here to download the volunteer application. For more information, please email sojournvolunteertraining@thepeopleconcern.org or call 310-264-6640 ext 221.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities include working in the following areas:

Hotline - Sojourn24-Hour
Playgroups - SojournEmpowerment playgroups
Support Group - SojournSupport
Court Visits - SojournCourt/visitation accompaniment
Translation - SojournInterpretation/ translation
Therapy - SojournHorticultural therapy
Donation Sorting - SojournDonation sorting
Transportation - SojournTransportation
Clerk - SojournClerical Work

k9 Connection

k9 connection’s programs in continuation high schools offer teens the chance to break through learning and life barriers by training and bonding with homeless dogs. We are looking for creative, passionate, empathetic individuals to partner with the k9 staff in mentoring, educating and inspiring our students. Find out how you can make a difference through K9 Connection here!