Find volunteer opportunities from among the list of local organizations here.


South Pasadena Festival of Balloons

Volunteer Jennifer says, “It’s so exciting to see a community come together to celebrate a national holiday.”

The South Pasadena Festival of Balloons committee coordinates the July 4th activities in the City of South Pasadena. The activities include: Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, July 4th Parade, party in Garfield Park, and the Fireworks at the South Pasadena High School Football Field.

Volunteers are needed to help with the parade, (working registration, lining up parade entries, running parade operations, and running activities in the park). Elementary students are needed to carry banners in the parade for dignitary cars. To volunteer for the other jobs you must be a high school student or older.

The organization is coordinated through the City of South Pasadena. The committee meets once a month on the last Wednesday of each month at City Hall. The meetings start at 7:30pm.

Ted Shaw, Chairperson


Compiled by: Chris Glaeser. Updated 07/09/2012


South Pasadena Girl Scouts

Twenty-four year volunteer Debra says, “Volunteers contribute to the development of young women.”

Girl Scouting is about building girls of courage and character through a multitude of activities. The service unit is comprised of about 40 troops with girls of all ages and provides assistance with recruitment, troop formation, programs and service projects, and cookie sales.

We are looking for volunteers with enthusiasm and caring for helping girls grow strong. Teenagers who are already Girl Scouts can volunteer to assist troops with younger girls in a variety of ways – leading badge activities, going on outings, helping with service projects. The troop leader (parent) often needs another pair of helping hands, and the teen volunteer can earn service hours while serving as a role model for younger girls.

Adult volunteers (women and men) can assist troop leaders in the same way. Adults can also volunteer to assist the service unit manager with service unit-wide activities like picnics or sing-alongs or service projects. Adult volunteers do not require prior Girl Scout experience. Because we need teen and adult volunteers to help with troop and service unit activities, there is no regular schedule. The volunteer can help as much or as little as his/her schedule allows.

Contact: South Pasadena Service Unit Managers for the Girl Scouts of Los Angeles: Lori Baird or Leslie McKee

Lori Bard

Home: 626-441-2343

Cell: 626-375-0418

Leslie McKee

Compiled by: Jennifer Glaeser – Girl Scout Gold Award Project 2010.
Updated 07/09/2012


Mission Hospice

Volunteer Erin says, “The best part about volunteering at Mission Hospice is meeting new people.”

Our mission is to provide hospice care to patients with a limited life expectancy and emotional support to their families. Our primary goal is to improve “quality of life” when the quantity of life is limited.

Volunteers are a tremendous support to the hospice staff and the families we serve. Teen volunteers provide office support to our medical records staff and bereavement departments.

With several hundred patients on our service every year, the office is a great way to see firsthand how a modern medical organization operates. Our bereavement dept. supports the families of our deceased patients.

Hospice volunteering is an intensely gratifying experience. As a member of the hospice team you are vital to the care of our patients and families. We welcome your thoughts and ideas about ways to improve our operations. Volunteers help by connecting families to community resources through mailings as well as tracking families and the services we have provided. In addition to the office, adult volunteers visit patients and families and offer emotional support.

Patient visit volunteers must be over 18 and complete an 8 week training program. Volunteers are required to be consistent, compassionate and diligent in their duties. We interview and run background checks for all our volunteers. There is also a short orientation for office volunteers. Teen Office volunteers create their own flexible schedules with a minimum of 2 hours per week. The office is open Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm. For more information visit:

Location: 625 Fair Oaks Avenue

South Pasadena, CA 91030 (Free parking in the back)

Contact: Mission Hospice Volunteer Coordinator (626)799-2727

Compiled by: Jennifer Glaeser – Girl Scout Gold Award Project 2010. Updated 2/05/2010


Pasadena Humane Society

Two year volunteer Rosie says, “The best part about volunteering at the humane society is playing with the dogs and knowing that they are not alone.”

Teen volunteer Jade who wants to be a veterinarian says, “It’s always good to help out and it’s so easy to provide these animals with attention and care.”

Our mission is to find loving homes for companion animals and to educate communities how they can respectfully coexist with wildlife.

We are looking for volunteers age 15 and older who love and respect animals. All Juniors (age 15+) and Adults are allowed the same volunteer opportunities from socializing with dogs, cats, and rabbits, helping in our clinic with spay/neuter surgeries, going out with the Mobile Outreach Van, helping in the office with Lost and Found, answering phones, working with our wildlife, becoming an adoption counselor, working with our Behavior Staff, or our Companion Animal Program and Barks and Books in local libraries. To volunteer you must attend a 45 minute Information Meeting, a 3 hour Orientation session, and a 3 hour Kennel Training.

For more information visit

Volunteers can volunteer whenever we are open for business:

Tuesday to Friday 9-6

Saturday 9-5

Sunday 11-5

We are closed on Mondays

Location: 361 S. Raymond Ave.

Pasadena, Ca 91105

Contact: Sandy DeMarco, Vice President

Volunteer Services 626-792-7151 x.104

Compiled by: Jennifer Glaeser – Girl Scout Gold Award Project 2010. Updated 2/05/2010


Huntington Hospital

Volunteer Abby says, “I always get a good feeling inside knowing that I am helping others and that I am appreciated.”

Our mission is to excel at the delivery of healthcare to our community. Volunteers assist in over seventy different areas including nursing stations, the gift shop, thrift shop, information desk, blood donor center, and basic errands and escort duties.

We require high school students to have completed the ninth grade before applying. We also require a minimum commitment of forty hours. Typical high school student schedules are one day a week for two hours.

Volunteer shifts are from two to four hours, Monday- Sunday between the hours of 8am and 7pm. For more information please visit

Location: 100 W. California Blvd (between Fair Oaks and Pasadena Ave.)

Contact: Mary Jayne Johnstone- Student Volunteer Supervisor


Compiled by: Jennifer Glaeser – Girl Scout Gold Award Project 2010. Updated 2/05/2010


South Pasadena Senior Center

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life of the older adults of the community through programs, services, and activities.

Adult volunteers can greet the public, answer phone calls, schedule appointments, provide tours of the facility, and do general office work. Youth volunteers can participate in projects where they work with an adult serving meals at special events or make cards for special holidays.

We look for volunteers who are eager to work with older adults and who are patient and understanding. We require our volunteers to go through an interview process. Volunteer shifts are 9-12 or 1-3 Monday through Friday. For more information please visit

Location: 1102 Oxley Street

South Pasadena, Ca 91030

Contact: Lucy Hakobian


Compiled by: Jennifer Glaeser – Girl Scout Gold Award Project 2010. Updated 2/05/2010


South Pasadena Tournament of Roses

Volunteer Ana says, “The best part about working on the float is being able to work with my friends to create something beautiful that represents our city.”

The Mission of the South Pasadena Tournament of Roses Committee is to create positive exposure for our city through participation in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, which will elevate our community and our organization by using principals based on voluntarism for the successful completion of our annual floral entry.

We need volunteers to decorate the rose parade float and to setup and cleanup for fundraising events. We require our volunteers to be twelve years of age or older and to download and fill out a medical release form from our website. Rose float decorating begins after December 25 and goes until New Years Eve. Volunteers are welcome to come and go as they please between the hours of 9am and 9pm. Our organization has no real home base but float decorating takes place at the South Pasadena War Memorial building located on 435 Fair Oaks Ave. in South Pasadena.

For more information please visit or e-mail

Compiled by: Jennifer Glaeser – Girl Scout Gold Award Project 2010. Updated 2/05/2010


Holy Family Church: Giving Bank

Holy Family Church’s Giving Bank takes seriously our baptismal call to be responsible, respectful stewards of one another.

Recognizing that God works in and through the world, and in

each one of us, the Giving Bank provides direct relief to those in the local Los Angeles area who face food insecurity and hunger. Our action is implemented in a welcoming spirit of Christian love for one another, recognizing that all involved are assembled as God’s community.

Volunteers assist in the distribution of food to approximately 230 families every Monday between 9:00 a.m. and 10:45 am. All tasks are performed on Mondays, except for major holidays when the Giving Bank is closed. The various volunteer responsibilities include runners, baggers, hospitality, food handlers, homeless luncheon preparation, and clothing ministry.

Our volunteers are required to have a friendly attitude towards clients and other volunteers, to have the ability to work within a group setting, and to have the ability to be flexible with the tasks assigned. Those interested in volunteering at the Giving Bank will complete a Volunteer Interest Form and will be advised of regulations regarding Giving Bank resources, fingerprinting and VIRTUS “Protecting God’s Children” awareness training. We also require our volunteers to volunteer for about two to three hours a week. Volunteers please wear something you wouldn’t

mind getting dirty! Please wear sleeves and flat closed-toe shoes. For more information please visit

Location: 1527 Fremont Avenue

South Pasadena, CA 91030-3824

Contact: Carrie-Ann Lue Sue

Director of Community Services

(626) 403-6140

Compiled by: Jennifer Glaeser – Girl Scout Gold Award Project 2010. Updated 2/05/2010


Almansor Center

Teen volunteer Abigail says, “I hope that I better these kids’ lives, but really they better mine.”

The Institute’s mission is to empower at-risk individuals to take charge of their own learning and become competent, caring, contributing members of society; and to provide training opportunities for parents, caregivers and professionals in support of those efforts.

Most teen volunteer opportunities are in our Early Education Program, working with children ages 6 weeks through pre-K. This includes reading to them, playing with them, working on craft projects with them, and so on. If you’re not sure which age group you’d like to work with, we suggest that you start in the Infant Room, as the need is greatest there. Note: The Almansor Center is known for its work with special needs students, but there is a mix of special needs and ‘typical’ children in the Early Education classrooms.

Most adult volunteers are interns who are seeking opportunities to work in their chosen field, in such as speech therapy or teaching autistic students. General-community members often assist with special events at the Almansor Academy (grades kindergarten through 12), such as our annual Thanksgiving Luncheon. They are also eligible to work in the Early Education classrooms (see above).

Volunteers are required to fill out an application, supply the results of a TB test administered within the past 12 months, and come in for training. Adults age 18 and older must also pass a background check.

The Almansor Center follows a traditional school year. The hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday (except holidays). Most people work one or two hours once or twice each week for a predetermined length of time. One of the things people enjoy about volunteering with us is that we are very flexible with scheduling. Many students want to volunteer during summer break, which is fine; we also have opportunities available during the school year.

For more information please visit

Location: 1955 Fremont Avenue South Pasadena, Ca 91030

Contact: Julie Griffith, Development Associate

(213) 607-4342

Compiled by: Jennifer Glaeser – Girl Scout Gold Award Project 2010. Updated 2/05/2010


South Pasadena Arts Festivals

The South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce hosts two arts events annually as part of its mission to create a vibrant arts scene in South Pasadena. In May it’s the South Pasadena Eclectic Music Festival & Art Walk, a city-wide celebration of live music in a wide array of styles at several venues throughout the business district. The Experimental Stages, Jazz Stage, the Americana Stage and the Community Stage all present free music and introduce new artists alongside industry veterans. The Eclectic Stage offers world-class musicians at an extraordinary price. There is also an art walk scheduled that afternoon and evening.

In the fall it’s ArtsFest, a gallery and studio tour with a focus on the visual arts in the burgeoning gallery scene along Mission Street. The featured exhibition is a marvelous show from the California Art Club, est. 1909 with the results of their most recent South Pasadena Plein Air Paint-out.

Volunteers are needed to sell tickets, serve food, wine and beer and hand out event programs to thousands of attendees. If you’d like to assist, call Laurie Wheeler at the Chamber, or email

Location: 1121 Mission Street, South Pasadena, Ca 91030

Contact: Laurie Wheeler, Events Manager

(626) 441-2339

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