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Volunteer Services

Join Our Volunteer Community or

Participate in Our Adopt-A-Family Program!

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. 

Volunteer Opportunities
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Here are a few examples of volunteer opportunities:

  • 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.

  • Clerical Support 
    Assist professional and other staff on a variety of clerical assignments at a DPSS district office.

  • Adopt-A-Family 
    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 send completed applications to or via mail to the address below: 

Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services 
Volunteer and Special Programs 
2615 South Grand Ave., 2nd Floor 
Los Angeles, California 90007-2608 
Tel: (213) 744-4348 Fax: (213) 743-9998


Adopt-A-Family Program
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Bring joy to someone’s life this holiday season and become a sponsor for the Department of Public and Social Services’ (DPSS) Adopt-A-Family Program. Each year, this long-standing tradition brings smiles to hundreds of families served by DPSS.  In 2019, over 1,400 generous sponsors provided gifts to 2,000 CalWORKs 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 items may include; groceries, clothing, gift certificates or toys. Collaborate with family and friends to make a difference and experience the true spirit of the holiday season.

Participants are referred by DPSS Eligibility Workers, GAIN Services Workers, and Social Workers.

Adopt-A-Family 2020 Applications

For Sponsors: You may now apply online to sponsor a family for the 2020 holiday season. Please select the "Sponsor Application" below.

For Participants: You may download an application below. Instructions on eligibility and how to submit your application are on the application. 



Telephone: (213) 744-4344