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Homeboy Industries is fortunate to have many volunteers who work in a variety of much-needed capacities throughout our organization. We are grateful for your interest.

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Volunteer Opportunities

We would not be able to provide the level of transformative care that we do, without the amazing volunteers to give of their time and talent to stand alongside our trainees. We are always fielding interest for our four primary professional volunteer opportunities to support our Tattoo Removal, Legal Assistance, Mental Health and Education teams. Additionally, we appreciate volunteers who can support in a variety of ways in both short and long term projects. To express your interest, please fill out our volunteer form below and someone will reach out. Thank you for your interest!


HOMEBOY 5K Run / Walk

Event Dates: Saturday, September 21, 2019

Event Details: Join thousands of people coming together to support Homeboy Industries at the 11th Annual Homeboy 5K Run/Walk. You can expect a morning filled with fun, music and laughter as we embark on a 5K Run/Walk throughout historic downtown Los Angeles. Both the 5K and Kids 1K Run will start and finish in front of Homeboy Industries’ iconic Chinatown headquarters.

Event Schedule:

7:05 a.m.:        Race Day Registration Opens

8:00 a.m.:        Announcements

8:20 a.m:         Father G Blessing

8:30 a.m:         5K Start

8:45 a.m.:        Non-Competitive 5K walk Begins

9:45 a.m.:        Kids 1K Fun Run Start

10:00 a.m:       Awards

10:00 a.m:       Course Closed

12 noon:          Event Concludes

Volunteer Assignments:

Volunteers are needed prior to the event and at the event. We soon will need volunteers to assist us in promoting the 5K. During the week prior to the event, volunteers are needed on two different times to assit the runners in registering and also picking up their 5K Race Packets. In addition, volunteers are need in the afternoon on Friday, September 20, 2019 to help set up for the race. On Saturday, the day of the event, volunteers are needed from 6:00 a.m.to 3:00 p.m. to assit the Homeboy staff. On the day of the event, you may volunteer all day or for a three to four hour predetermined period.

How to Volunteer: Click on this link: https://homeboy5k.rallybound.com/Forms/Volunteer

Questions: Contact David Goldstein, the Volunteer Coordinator by emailing him at: dgoldstein@homeboyindustries.org or calling him at (312) 953-8458.

The Other Art Fair

The Other Art Fair is the leading artist fair to discover and buy art direct from the very best emerging artistic talent. Founded in London, UK in 2011, the fairs are now strongly established in the US, UK, and Australia, with annual and biannual editions across the globe in London, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Sydney, and Melbourne.
After a successful debut edition in 2018, The Other Art Fair will return to Los Angeles presenting a handpicked selection of next generation art stars and thousands of original artwork encompassing all mediums. Celebrated for its unique and immersive visitor experience, The Other Art Fair Los Angeles will continue to delight and inspire art lovers with appearances from a distinguished Guest Artist, immersive art projects and theatre performances, live music, a mouth-watering restaurant and bar area, and much more.

To learn about The Other Art Fair, go to: http://la.theotherartfair.com/about/about-the-other-art-fair.

Two Opportunities:

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 to assist Homeboy in unloading art work and displays to setup for The Other Art Fair. This activity will take place during the day at times to be determined. This activity will take place at the Baker Hanger, 3021 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, California 90405

Thursday, September 5, 2019 to and including Sunday, September 8, 2019


Thursday September 5, 2019: 6pm-10pm

Friday September 6, 2019: 3pm-10pm

Friday Late Evening: 6pm-10pm

Saturday September 7, 2019: 11am-8pm

Sunday September 8, 2019: 11am-6pm

Volunteers can choose to volunteer for the entire time on a specific date or for half the time on a specific date.

Address: Baker Hanger, 3021 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, California 90405

Activities: Volunteers, in conjunction with our employee, are needed to staff two booths at the TOAF. One booth will showcase the “Art Heals” program at Homeboy and will have an  interactive art piece. The Art Heals booth will sell artwork created by both well know Los Angeles artist and by our own trainees. The other booth will showcase the division of Homeboy known as Homeboy Electronic Recycling. This company is an award-winning social enterprise, offering comprehensive IT asset disposition, data destruction and electronics recycling services. At TOAF, we will be accepting cell phone for recycling and promoting our services to the business community. There will also be an interactive art piece for the visitors to enjoy. How to Volunteer: Contact David Goldstein, the Volunteer Coordinator by emailing him at: dgoldstein@homeboyindustries.org or calling him at 312-953-8458. Please be sure to let us know the dates and times you can be available to volunteer

Spotlight: Tutors

At this time, what the Educational Services Department needs most are experienced teachers and tutors to work with our trainees as they prepare to take the GED Test. If you have experience teaching, or are highly qualified in math, language arts or computer basics, we would love to hear from you. Your support is critical as Homeboys and Homegirls pursue this next phase in their lives.

Spotlight: Mental Health

Licensed psychologists, social workers and marriage and family therapists who are willing to donate from one-to-four hours each week are encouraged to consider applying for our Volunteer Therapist Program, Homeboy Heals. The Program has two parts. Option one asks providers within a 10-mile radius of our facility to counsel one Homeboy client weekly – at no charge – in his or her private office. The second option, for those whose offices are further away, is to schedule a block of time each week at one of our Homeboy Industries locations.

Spotlight: Tattoo Removal

Homeboy Industries is fortunate to have many volunteers who work in various, much-needed capacities throughout the organization. We are always seeking volunteer doctors, nurses and medical professionals for the Tattoo Removal Program so we can add more clinic hours. If you are interested and a M.D., P.A., or N.P., please email: tattooremoval@homeboy-industries.org

Tattoo Removal Volunteers
Legal Services Volunteers
Therapists & Psychiatrists

Volunteer Application

We are grateful for your interest. If you would like to volunteer at Homeboy, please fill out the Volunteer Application here.

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