Join Our Volunteer Community!
The Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities to individuals like you who strive to help their communities through volunteering.
DPSS serves an ethnically and culturally diverse community through programs designed to alleviate hardship and promote health, personal responsibility, and economic independence. Volunteers help in reaching these different groups in a more personalized manner.
The Department provides many benefits and services to low-income residents of Los Angeles County such as: temporary financial assistance, free and low-cost health care insurance and food benefits for families. These benefits are magnified by the kind and caring service offered by DPSS Volunteers.
Here are a few examples:
Toy Loan Centers
Help operate a community toy lending library by lending toys, books, and games to community children and/or collecting donations of usable toys, books and games at the toy lending library also known as a Toy Loan Center.
Assist professional and other staff on a variety of clerical assignments at a DPSS district office.
Assist by sponsoring and providing contributions of food, toys, and clothing to some of our Department's neediest individuals and families.
Community Outreach Events
Participate in DPSS sponsored community outreach events in and around Los Angeles County.
Volunteering benefits both societies at large, and the individual volunteer. Our program is designed to recruit and assign volunteers to projects that enhance, strengthen, and expand services to customers in departmental programs.
Please note that effective October 1, 2021, volunteers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and must provide proof of full vaccination. Therefore, new applicants must submit proof of vaccination prior to commencing any volunteer assignment for the Department.
We look forward to counting on your support and talents to advance the important work of the County.
For more information on other volunteer opportunities in LA County, please visit the County of Los Angeles volunteer website.
Bring joy to someone’s life this holiday season and become a sponsor for the Department of Public Social Services’ (DPSS) Adopt-A-Family Program. Each year, this long-standing tradition brings smiles to hundreds of families served by DPSS. In 2021, over 1,370 generous sponsors, provided gifts to over 1,880 CalWORKs, IHSS, Medi-Cal, and CalFresh families during the holiday season.
Los Angeles County staff, individuals, groups, and local businesses can all participate in this joyous and gratifying program by sponsoring families. Sponsors are matched with a family and provided with their contact information along with the family’s “wish list” of requested items. These new items may include; groceries, clothing, gift certificates, or toys. Collaborate with family and friends to make a difference and experience the true spirit of giving during the holiday season.
Option 2: Donate through Amazon Smile. Items received will be distributed to eligible families receiving Medi-Cal, CalWORKs, IHSS, or CalFresh. Select an item(s) from the Adopt-A-Family Wishlist (link below). You do not need to complete an online application if you only wish to donate through Amazon Smile.
For DPSS Customers: Customers that have an active Medi-Cal, CalWORKs, CalFresh, IHSS case may apply online (link below) or download a PDF application below. Instructions, eligibility requirements and how to submit your application are on the first page of the application.
For any questions, please contact us at
Telephone: (213) 744-4344