Chrysalis is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the resources and support needed to find and retain employment.
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Welcome to our Volunteer Center! Getting involved with Chrysalis is enriching -- you can make a real difference in the lives of the men and women in Los Angeles who are willing, ready, and able to become self-sufficient through employment.
Chrysalis offers numerous volunteer opportunities. To help you choose which volunteer opportunity is right for you, please read the descriptions below.
"Serving those who are just trying to live their
lives and do better is why I volunteer."
Client Services Volunteers play an integral role in empowering clients to build specific skills related to the job search process and instilling the self-esteem needed for clients to succeed beyond the interview. There are many ways that volunteers help to support our programs, including:
One-on-one resume preparation
One-on-one practice interviews
Class and workshop facilitation
Computer lab assistance
GED class assistance
Being a Client Services Volunteer is a rewarding experience. It allows you to work directly with clients, providing them with the knowledge and skills to find—and keep—a job. It's a weekly and ongoing commitment available at any of our three site centers, with an average of 1-4 volunteer hours dedicated each week. Is becoming an Client Services Volunteer right for you? Answer the following questions to find out:
Are you able to volunteer during Chrysalis' business hours?
Business hours are 8AM - 4PM, Monday - Thursday (closed between 12 & 1),
and 8AM - 12PM on Friday.
Are you able to commit to a consistent volunteer schedule for a minimum of 4 months?
Are you proficient in computers, and have excellent oral and written communication skills?
Are you comfortable working with impoverished communities, including individuals who may have a criminal background and/or a history of drug abuse?
Are you over the age of 18?
If you answered “Yes” to all of the above, we would like to discuss our available volunteer opportunities with you. Please complete the Client Services Volunteer Application Form. Our staff will contact you to schedule an orientation, which typically takes place on a monthly basis.
If you didn’t answer “Yes,” please consider getting involved with Chrysalis as a volunteer for special projects.
Special Project Volunteers
For Chrysalis supporters who are only able to help during nights and weekends.
Individuals who are interested in being a Special Project Volunteer are put on a list for outreach to participate in special projects, including: event preparation, holiday party assistance, event staffing, administrative support, and more. Most opportunities take place at our Santa Monica center or at an off-site location.
An ideal Special Project Volunteer is enthusiastic and open to performing a diverse set of duties but unable to make an ongoing commitment. Interested? Please complete the Special Project Volunteer Application Form today.
One-time, job-related Special Presentations
Do you have something worthy to share with our clients? Chrysalis provides opportunities for clients to learn from guest speakers about topics related to work and life skills. If you feel you have expertise to share with our clients, please tell us more about yourself and your ideas and sign-up to become a guest speaker. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Engagement & Team Building Opportunities
If your company is looking to get involved with Chrysalis, we offer a variety of opportunities for projects that combine hands-on volunteer work with financial support. It’s a great way to give back to the community and provide a project that strengthens your team on a new level. To learn more about our corporate involvement program, please email email@example.com.
Watching Keith teach Chrysalis’ Stress Management class, it is apparent that this is no easy task. As clients file in for the 10:00 am start time, the room is soon at capacity. Keith has a lot to cover in one hour while being engaging and using anecdotes that are relatable.
He asks the class about their personal stress triggers and multiple hands reach in the air. One woman explains, “Ninety percent of the time, the stress in my life is caused by me.” Keith nods knowingly.
In addition to offering up coping strategies, much of what Keith provides is empathy – he listens, he acknowledges, he invites participation, and it seems to be precisely what they need. The Chrysalis client population is stigmatized and judged by everyone. Keith knows that he can’t solve all their problems but what he can do is treat everyone as human beings and as individuals. "Serving those who are just trying to live their lives and do better is why I volunteer for Chrysalis.”