Volunteer with KYCC

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Volunteers are an integral part of KYCC. We are dedicated to engaging with members of our community to create real change through our many volunteer opportunities. In 2018, we had over 2,700 volunteers! There are many ways to get involved through KYCC programs and events. Whether you are a high school student or a business professional, your time and expertise can help strengthen our community. 

Please note that due to COVID-19 some volunteer programs have been altered, scaled back or temporarily suspended.  We will reply to all inquiries with updates based on their preferences.

If you can’t find an opportunity that suits you, feel free to contact us as we are also at times able to craft other positions based on our programs, needs, and your talents.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Unit Opportunity Description What next? Time Commitment
KYCC COVID-19 RESPONSE

EDD Enrollment Volunteer (Unemployment benefits)

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  • Due to the recent pandemic KYCC’s phone lines have been inundated with calls for help in filing for unemployment benefits. We are particularly in need of bilingual Korean/English volunteers to provide one-on-one guidance to our community members. 
  • All activities can be done from the safety of home with KYCC staff to train and support you along the way.
  • Volunteers must be at least 21+ years of age and bilingual Korean/English.
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6 hrs./week for at least 3 weeks

 

Unit Opportunity Description What next? Time Commitment
COMMUNITY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) 

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  • Volunteer tax preparers donate their time to make sure those with limited incomes are able to receive tax refunds and credits they are due.  All training is provided by KYCC.
  • Intake volunteers support the operation of the program from welcoming clients, gathering basic documents and answering general questions.
  • Tax preparation, training, certification and orientation can all be done from the safety of home.  Limited in-person opportunities will also be available.

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2-6 hrs./week or about 20-60 hours from January 15th to April 15th of each year

 

Low Income Tax Clinic (LITC) Volunteer

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  • CPAs, Enrolled Agents, and Attorneys donate their time counseling low income taxpayers on how to respond to IRS notices at all stages of tax controversy including return processing, exam, collections, and litigation.
  • Experienced Tax Attorneys or USTC Practitioners may counsel or represent low income taxpayers through appeals , settlement discussions with IRS Counsel, or before tax court judge.
  • Fellowship Application: Please email a letter describing potential projects and the fellowship programs for which you plan to apply, along with a resume, unofficial transcripts, and writing sample to Managing Attorney, Gina Ahn. All applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
  • Volunteers are required to be currently credentialed, in good standing, and able to sign the IRS Form 2848.
  • For school-based fellowship programs, please also include in your application the description of the fellowship offered by your law school (including compensation, duration, etc.).
  • Please contact us to sign up for this opportunity.

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Time commitment varies with level of representation and complexity of case.

 

 

Unit Opportunity Description What next? Time Commitment
DEVELOPMENT Communications Intern Learn more »
  • Learn communications and marketing skills
  • Build social media management
  • Develop website content
  • Help manage media relations
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8-12 hrs./week for at least 12 weeks.

Participation in one agency-wide event

  Graphic Design Intern Learn more »
  • Help create agency materials and merchandise
  • Boost your design portfolio and visibility
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5-10 hrs./week for at least 12 weeks.

Participation in one agency-wide event

  Experienced Photographer or Videographer Learn more »
  • Experienced photographer or videographer to develop, shoot and edit stills and/or short program videos (30-60 seconds).
  • Must have own equipment
  • Help nonprofit marketing by depicting programs and services
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1 two-hour shoot

Post production work

 

Koreatown Storytelling Project Intern

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  • Lead communication with youth journalists
  • Help facilitate workshops
  • Edit text and audio of oral histories
  • Graphic Design experience preferred (Adobe Creative Suite)
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8-10 hrs./week — two days a week from Dec. 15 – June 15. 

 

 

Unit Opportunity Description What next? Time Commitment
ENVIRONMENTAL

Volunteer Team Leaders

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  • Learn how to plant trees
  • Lead other volunteers at tree planting events
  • Attend one training
  • Attend three tree planting events per year
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1 training, 3 events/year

 

Volunteer Groups

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  • One-time beautification or tree planting event, anytime
  • Great for businesses, corporates, and large organizations or groups
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3 – 3.5 hrs.
 

Community Volunteers

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  • One-time beautification or tree planting event, anytime
  • Great for individuals who want to support by going out in the community
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3 – 3.5 hrs.
 

Environmental Services Intern

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  • Environmental Services interns assist in a variety of duties from assisting in our free tree distributions, leading a team of volunteers, supporting our tree planting or beautification events, canvassing, removing graffiti, or helping around the office.
  • Interns must be at least 18 years old.
  • Our Environmental Services office is open 7 days a week, from 6:30 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.
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At least 12 hrs./week with a three-month minimum commitment

 

Unit Opportunity Description What next? Time Commitment
PREVENTION EDUCATION

Coalition for Prevention and Awareness in LA Metro (CoPALM)

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  • Attend monthly coalition meetings and participate in CoPALM subcommittees (alcohol, marijuana, and/or prescription drugs).
  • Work alongside coalition members to plan and execute prevention-related events and campaigns.
  • All ages are welcome, but 15+ preferred
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4 hours/month 
 

Macarthur Park Community Initiative (MPCI)

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  • The MacArthur Park Community Initiative (MPCI) is a new community service-based project that promotes community connection, engagement and mobilization to reduce the exposure of marijuana smoke at MacArthur Park.
  • Members will be part of a community council to make MacArthur Park a safer and healthier place for the community. Members are trained in advocacy, leadership, and civic engagement.
  • Youth and adults are welcome
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Weekly meetings
 

Madres Que Luchan de Hoover

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  • Members are trained using the Creating Lasting Family Connections (CLFC) curriculum, which focuses on personal and family strengthening .
  • Group members are trained in leadership and advocacy and encouraged to actively participate in the broader community through school and neighborhood councils, city and county entities, and other events
  • Meeting food, transportation (bus tokens) and childcare are all provided for participants
  • Meetings are conducted in Spanish only
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Meetings are the 2nd and 3rd Tuesdays of every month from 8:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M. during the school year only
 

Manos Unidas de John Liechty/Prevention Council

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  • Volunteers are trained on topics such as leadership, community advocacy, event and project planning, and assessment
  • Group members are encouraged to actively participate in the broader community through school and neighborhood councils, city and county entities, and other events
  • Meeting food, transportation (bus tokens) and childcare are all provided for participants
  • Meetings are conducted in Spanish only
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Meetings are every Friday from 8:00 A.M – 10:00 A.M.  during the school year only (with the exception of 2nd Fridays)
 

Manos Unidas de K-Town

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  • Volunteers are trained on topics such as leadership, community advocacy, event and project planning, and assessment
  • Group members are encouraged to actively participate in the broader community through school and neighborhood councils, city and county entities, and other events
  • Meeting food, transportation (bus tokens), translation (English/Spanish/Korean), and childcare are all provided for participants
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Meetings are every Wednesday from 8:30 A.M – 10:30 A.M.  during the school year only
 

Mujeres Transformando la Comunidad 

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  • Volunteers are trained on topics such as leadership, community advocacy, understanding community dynamics, and assessment
  • Group members are encouraged to actively participate in the broader community through school and neighborhood councils, city and county entities, and other events
  • Meeting food, transportation (bus tokens) and childcare are all provided for participants
  • Meetings are conducted in Spanish only
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Meetings are the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month from 3:30 P.M – 5:30 P.M.  
 

Youth Drug Abuse Prevention Program (YDAPP)

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  • 10-month high school leadership program that trains youth advocates to raise awareness of substance use among their peers in Koreatown and neighboring communities
  • Youth are trained to lead alcohol and drug-free events, such as community clean-ups, health fairs and educational outreach throughout the year
  • Meetings are every Thursday during the school year from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M.
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Meetings are every Thursday during the school year from 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. with additional events as needed. 

 

Los Angeles Youth First Tobacco Coalition (LAYFTC)

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  • The mission of the LAYFTC is to reduce youth access to tobacco products and to create a healthier and safer community.
  • The LAYFTC takes a policy-based strategy to tobacco prevention and targets community-level activism and collaboration. Interested community members, residents, student groups come together to work with the LAYFTC to reduce tobacco-related harms, death and disease throughout Los Angeles City. 

  • Open to high school students.
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Meetings are at least once a month, with additional committee meetings as needed.

 

Prevention Specialist Intern

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  • Assist KYCC’s Prevention Education Unit through various community engagement activities for a public health campaign.
  • Assist in community-driven data collection efforts through public opinion surveying.
  • Assist in conducting community assessment policy/ political analysis through asset mapping, data collection and review, surveys and interviews;
  • Develop leadership and organizing skills amongst a diverse group of youth, parents, educators and other community stakeholders;
  • Occasionally communicate with a broad audience, including mainstream and ethnic-based media, parents, key community leaders, and local elected officials
  • Interns must 18-20 years old.  Ideal for those interested in public health, policy, community organizing and advocacy, data/survey collection or related fields.

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4-8 hrs./week with a three-month minimum commitment

 

Unit Opportunity Description What next? Time Commitment
YOUTH SERVICES After-school Tutor Learn more
  • Work one-on-one with youth ages K-12 on academic and enrichment activities
  • Support administrative aspects of the program such as student observations, meal program, setting up activities, etc.
  • Opportunities are available virtually or in-person.
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2 hours weekly minimum. 4 -month minimum commitment.
 

Bridge High School Volunteer Program

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  • Volunteers must be currently enrolled high school students.
  • Work one-on-one with youth ages K-8 on academic and enrichment activities
  • Support administrative aspects of the program such as student observations, meal program, setting up activities, etc.
  • Interested applicants may apply directly by submitting a 2020 – 2021 Bridge Application form available here
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4 hours weekly minimum. 6 -month minimum commitment.
  Enrichment Leader Learn more
  • With support of classroom instructor, lead enrichment activities for K-12 youth, including but not limited to computer coding, arts, dance, cooking, etc.

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One workshop per week. Six-month minimum commitment.

  Guest Speaker Learn more
  • One or multiple presentations on specialty topics relating to, but not limited to careers, college, life skills, the arts or health.
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Minimum of one event.
  Program Intern Learn more
  • Support the administrative, day-to-day, and longterm implementation of Youth Services programs. Duties can include, but are not limited to research, curriculum development, database entry, daily program support and participation in internal and external meetings related to program operations.
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Minimum twice a week, total of 4 hours weekly. Six-month minimum commitment.

 

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