Whether you are looking to make a donation or a place to volunteer, there are many local charities that would love your support! It’s important to do your research before investing time and money into a charity. One of the easiest ways to do your homework is to look them up on Guidestar, a website dedicated in reporting on U.S. nonprofit companies. If you sign up for a free account, you can see important information like how funds are being distributed.
If you are looking for a local organization that accepts donations of good, check out our post on Local Charities That Accept In Kind Donations.
Here’s a list of local organizations in and around the South Bay. Have one to add? Email us.
Volunteer Center South Bay – Harbor – Long Beach
1230 Cravens Avenue, Torrance, CA 90501
The Volunteer Center recognizes the value of empathy and service to others, and we have been “at the heart of helping” for more than 50 years, referring thousands of volunteers to both traditional and court-referred service opportunities. The heart of our mission lies in knowing the most urgent, local needs. We discover this by regularly listening to the members of our community. When we discover a critical need is going unmet, we lead the response by assembling a team of caring, talented volunteers to create signature programs, such as Operation Teddy Bear and Food For Kids, which offer members of our community the opportunity to contribute to the solution. Learn more about our new Youth Mental Health focus and how we’re tackling this critical community need at www.volcenter.org/youth-mental-health.
Richstone Family Center
Address: 13634 Cordary Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250
Phone: (310) 970-1921
Today, Richstone continues to be one of the most progressive centers for trauma-focused treatment and the prevention of child abuse in Los Angeles County and the first Southern California recipient of a Blue Ribbon Affiliate designation from Parents as Teachers, recognizing Richstone’s commitment to providing quality services to kids and their families from communities in L.A. County’s South Bay and neighboring South L.A. areas.
Mychal’s Learning Place
Address: 4901 Rosecrans Ave, Hawthorne, CA 90250
Phone: (310) 297-9333
Mychal’s Learning Place believes that children and adults with developmental disabilities deserve to be challenged with opportunities that build self-esteem and independence, creating long-term success for life. In doing so, we encourage each child and adult to develop their individual talents and the skills necessary for them to interact and contribute to society. We believe that no disability should ever hinder the growth, passion, success, or independence of those who are willing to try.
1736 Family Crisis
Torrance Community Service Center- 21707 Hawthorne Boulevard, Suite 300, Torrance, CA 90503
Phone: (310) 543-9900
Since 1972, 1736 Family Crisis Center has been responding to the growing needs of victims of domestic violence, runaway and homeless youth, homeless families, homeless and at-risk Veterans, unemployed adults and youth, and other low-income community members in need of assistance. We are dedicated to providing professional, cutting-edge, comprehensive programs that are managed by licensed therapists, attorneys and our experienced staff. Men, women, children and families can access life saving support 24 hours a day through five shelters, four community service centers and five crisis and suicide hotlines. We are always accessible and ready to help kids, families, and Veterans so that they can permanently escape the worst possible conditions of poverty, homelessness and violence.
P.S. I Love You Foundation
1732 Aviation Blvd., Suite #130, Redondo Beach, CA 90278
Our goal is to create positive and personal differences in the lives of at-risk children so they can achieve productive lives, live with healthy habits and maintain peaceful attitudes toward themselves and others. We do this through teaching essential skills that influence the development of compassion, good choices, positive attitudes and confident minds.
Moms Demand Action
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Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures that can protect people from gun violence. Moms Demand Action campaigns for new and stronger solutions to lax gun laws and loopholes that jeopardize the safety of our families. Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and, along with Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Students Demand Action and the Everytown Survivor Network, it is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than 5 million supporters and more than 350,000 donors.
Based in Hermosa Beach, Sandpipers is a 100% volunteer women’s organization that has touched the lives of thousands of deserving individuals, children & families in the South Bay area, through our philanthropic programs. Sandpipers’ charitable programs include Holiday Food Baskets, Back to School Shopping, College Scholarships & many other community outreach programs.
Good Shepherd Shelter
Good Shepherd Shelter’s mission is to stop the generational cycle of domestic violence by providing individualized, comprehensive services and shelter to battered women and their children and by raising the level of community awareness through advocacy and education.
Baby 2 Baby
Donation locations throughout the South Bay
Phone: 323-933-Baby (2229)
Baby2Baby provides low-income children ages 0-12 years with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves. By distributing to non-profit partner organizations including homeless and domestic violence shelters, Head Start programs, foster care programs and children’s hospitals, Baby2Baby will serve more than 180,000 children in Los Angeles this year and tens of thousands more across the country through the Baby2Baby National Network.
Address: 1621 W. 25th #147, San Pedro, CA 90732
They provide to those in need: free new or nearly new formal wear, accessories, hair and make-up for Prom in a fun, carefree environment that inspires today’s young women to experience Prom with confidence. The fast-paced physical and emotional demands of senior year, lack of financial resources and the pressures of today’s social media culture, can impact confidence and self-esteem in young women.
At Maria’s Closet, we don’t let the cost of Prom weigh young women in our community down. We empower them – after all, it takes a village! We know that no senior wants to miss out on activities and events that they have been waiting for since the first day of freshman year! That’s why Maria’s Closet is empowering young women, one gown at a time!
Cancer Support Community
109 W. Torrance Boulevard, Suite 100 • Redondo Beach, CA, 90277
Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach offers free programs for cancer patients, their families and loved-ones. Our goal is to help as many cancer patients as possible recover from the physical and emotional effects of cancer. Our psychological support and educational programs are designed to address the loss of control, hopelessness and social isolation that cancer patients and their families often experience.
Walk with Sally
Address: 840 Apollo St #324, El Segundo, CA 90245
Phone: (310) 322-3900
Walk With Sally provides hope through our individualized mentoring and community support services to empower children experiencing trauma through a parent, guardian or sibling’s cancer journey.
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200 Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Toll free: 877-435-8650
A charity that funds research, provides patient/caregiver support, conducts community outreach and advocates for increased federal research funding for those affected by the world’s toughest cancer.
The Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation
2711 Sepulveda Blvd. #331 Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
The Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation Ocean Therapy is an adaptive surfing program to assist individuals coping with mental and physical illness in accessing the ocean environment. The purpose of our program is to increase perceived self-efficacy in our participants, through engagement in physical activity in the ocean environment, specifically, the activity of surfing. Ocean Therapy Surf Sessions can be a one-time activity or ideally, an ongoing program where growth and healing can be seen and measured. In the past five years, the JMMF Ocean Therapy program has touched hundreds of children and adults, often with life changing results.
Project Angel Food
922 Vine Street, Los Angeles, California 90038
Project Angel Food cooks and delivers over 500,000 nutritious meals each year, free of charge, to the homes of men, women, and children affected by life-threatening illnesses. Our vital food and nutrition services, including medically tailored meals and nutritional counseling, help underserved people throughout Los Angeles County who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves. Created in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, we expanded our mission in 2004 to help our neighbors who are struggling with any life-threatening illness burdened by hunger and malnutrition. We deliver more than 11,000 meals every week to people in need.
638 S. Beacon St., Suite 700, San Pedro, CA 90731
Building strong South Bay communities by fostering volunteerism and preparing youth to lead positive change. Sharefest works in LA’s neglected neighborhoods to empower youth, transform communities, and deliver hope.
Pregnancy Help Center
1311 Crenshaw Blvd Suite A, Torrance, CA 90501
They are a non-profit 501(c)(3) association located in Torrance, California. Committed to providing women and men with accurate and up-to-date information so they can make informed decisions about pregnancy and sexual health. We have a small staff, and our client advocates and nurses are all volunteers. Our offices are warm and friendly, and we treat everyone who walks through our door with the same level of attention, caring and compassion, with no pressure or judgment. All our services are free and confidential.
25520 Woodward Ave, Lomita, CA 90717
They are committed to offering women and their infants with healthy alternatives by providing safe living environments, training and education to end poverty, neglect, abuse, addictions and hopelessness.
No Limits for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children
9801 Washington Blvd. 2nd Floor, Culver City, CA 90232
No Limits was founded in 1996 by Michelle Christie, Ed.D. Recognizing the lack of opportunities for children with a hearing loss to improve their speaking abilities in a fun and non-academic setting, Dr. Christie designed an after-school theater program to help develop communication skills, expand vocabulary and grammar, and understand character development. Through role-playing, cultivating creativity, and developing public speaking skills, No Limits children began to confidently move into the hearing world.
1732 Aviation Blvd, # 138 (mailing address), Redondo Beach, California 90278
Today, iACT is an international organization pioneering processes, programs, and education campaigns to improve the humanitarian refugee response around the globe. iACT is about action and empowerment inspired through personal relationships. Teamwork is at the heart of our change model. We collaborate with experts and organizations across different sectors, and, most importantly, the refugee beneficiaries, in order to design and implement education, sports, and human rights solutions at the forefront of humanitarian efforts.
Single Moms Planet
1021 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Single Moms Planet is dedicated to uplifting under-resourced children, by educating their mothers. Building one strong family at a time. They do this through comprehensive programs of mentorship financial aid, family counseling and entrepreneurial training. Single Moms Planet provides support, accountability, and HOPE.
Daymaker empowers individuals to lift up those in need through an experience that is simple, transparent, and relatable. In just a few clicks, match with a child in need in your community, and support them through special product purchases over the course of the year.
Rainbow Services (Domestic Violence)
453 W 7th St, San Pedro, CA 90731
Rainbow Services is a non-profit organization, incorporated in 1983 to address the issue of domestic violence (DV). According to national estimates, one in four women will be a victim of DV in her lifetime, and the estimates for male victimization are as high as one in seven. The United States Surgeon General has long recognized DV as a public health epidemic, and both urban and rural communities cite DV as a leading cause of homelessness among women with children. The families we serve struggle to overcome the combined challenges of generational exposure to family violence and poverty, and their options for safe shelter are extremely limited due to inadequate local strategies to address homelessness for DV survivors and their children. Rainbow’s mission is to end the cycle of domestic violence.
Safety Belt Safe U.S.A.
514 N Prospect Ave. L-6, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. is the national, non-profit organization dedicated to child passenger safety. Our mission is to help reduce the number of serious and fatal traffic injuries suffered by children by promoting the correct, consistent use of safety seats and safety belts. Founded in 1980, SafetyBeltSafe U.S.A. is nationally recognized for program excellence, training, and up-to-date technical materials. We provide consultation to advocates, parents, business leaders, the media, and professionals working in the fields of health care, traffic safety, and education.
The Friendship Foundation
2108 Vail Avenue Redondo Beach, CA 90278
The Friendship Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides socially integrated programs to empower individuals with developmental disabilities to build friendship, independence, and live purposeful lives as active members of their community.
South Bay Children’s Health Center (SBCHC)
410 Camino Real Redondo Beach, CA 90277
To provide high-quality dental and mental health services to low income children and their families in the South Bay in a family-focused, friendly environment that is welcoming and approachable to all who come through our doors.
20316 Gramercy Pl. Torrance, CA 90501
The goal of K911 ResQ is to help every homeless, handicapped, discarded seniors and injured dogs that no one wants, rehabilitate them and find them a loving home by adopting them out at Cosmic Brewery. The end goal is an animal sanctuary, where the animals that no one wants can live out their days in a loving environment.
Have one to add? Email us.