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Involvement Opportunities

May 04, 2000

L.A. Tofu Festival, sponsored by the Little Tokyo Service Center in Los Angeles, needs volunteers to set up food and health booths, and to work in the children's pavilion Aug. 12 and 13. Information: Julia Ishibashi, (213) 473-1602.

* Social Services Referral Center in Whittier, an organization that helps homeless and low-income clients with referrals involving food, shelter, clothes, job openings, medical and dental care and rehabilitation programs, and provides eyeglasses, bus tokens, haircuts, gas money for interviews, copier and telephone use, and an address for mail, needs computer-literate office volunteers. Information: Pat Messinger, (562) 691-5980.

* Our House, a Los Angeles bereavement center, needs volunteers to help facilitate child and adult grief support groups. Training is provided. Information: (310) 475-0299 or (818) 592-4080.

* Heal the Bay, a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to keeping the Southern California coastal waters clean and safe for humans and marine life, is offering an internship to anyone interested in entering the communications or media field. An eight-hour-a-week commitment is needed. Information: Volunteer Center, South Bay-Harbor-Long Beach, (310) 212-5009.

* Hawaiian Avenue Elementary School in Wilmington needs English-speaking volunteers to read to schoolchildren as part of the Rolling Readers program. Information: Volunteer Center, South Bay-Harbor-Long Beach, (310) 212-5009.

* San Pedro Boys & Girls Club TeenSupreme Center needs evening instructors for students enrolled in its beginning computer classes and to help in the club's weight-training room. Information: Volunteer Center, South Bay-Harbor-Long Beach, (310) 212-5009.

* Optimist Foster Family Agency in Los Angeles needs foster parents for at-risk children. Information: Kimberly Sutton, (800) 454-5561.

* Borderlink, a salon discussion and volunteer group, seeks participants. The group's bilingual members meet once a month at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Los Angeles for a salon group and once a month to participate in a volunteer event. Information: Jason Bloome, (323) 662-3180.

* San Fernando Valley Interfaith Council's Help Our Homeless Project, a transitional shelter, needs male volunteers for a variety of jobs, including interacting with clients. Information: Ana Huiza, (818) 718-6460, Ext. 3004.

* Glendale Salvation Army Meals on Wheels needs drivers to deliver meals weekday mornings. Information: (818) 246-5586, Ext. 32.

* Learning, Enrichment & Achievement Partners needs volunteer tutors Mondays through Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m. in Tustin to help students in first through fifth grades with schoolwork. Training is provided. Information: Sally Parkin, (714) 544-3141.

* Food on Foot, a group dedicated to feeding, clothing and helping to find employment for the homeless, needs volunteers to distribute food and clothing for one hour in Venice on Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. and in Hollywood on Sundays at 3:30 p.m. Information: (310) 442-0088

* Los Angeles Regional Foodbank needs volunteers to assist with its National Letter Carriers Food Drive on May 13 from 1 to 5 p.m. at post offices throughout Los Angeles. Information: Volunteer Center, South Bay-Harbor-Long Beach, (310) 212-5009.

* South Bay Literacy Council in Torrance needs English-language tutors. Tutors do not need to speak a second language themselves. Training is provided. A one-hour-a-week commitment is required. Information: Volunteer Center, South Bay-Harbor-Long Beach, (310) 212-5009.

* El Portal Center for the Arts, a North Hollywood theater, needs volunteer ushers for performances. Information: Karen Rushfield, (818) 508-9686.

Information for this column should be submitted typed and double-spaced to Involvement Opportunities, SoCal Living, Los Angeles Times, Times Mirror Square, Los Angeles, CA 90053.

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