Do you want to help your friends, family and neighbors lead safer lives? Would you like to be a leader in your community? Do you have energy, skills and time to spare? If so, there’s a spot for you on our team. From San Pedro to Northridge, Malibu to Little Tokyo, Downtown to Bel Air, we invite you to become a part of our growing cadre of safety experts.
When the next big earthquake, wildfire, flood, or other unexpected disaster strikes, Los Angelenos need to be prepared. MySafe:LA’s mission is to change behavior before it’s too late. We want to build a safer, more resilient community. We want Los Angelenos to be ready when wildfires, mudslides or earthquakes strike. Our volunteers make our mission possible. They’re making their own communities,
and all of Los Angeles, safer.
You don’t have to be a safety expert to be a MySafe:LA volunteer. We’re looking for energetic, interested and responsible people to help us grow. Are you outgoing? Do you like to work with other community-minded people? Are you creative and fun? Do you like kids, older adults, pets? We’d love to meet you.
We provide all the training. You have to be at least 15 years old, and be able to give us a minimum of four hours a week for 8 weeks, so we can get you up to speed. Then you’ll be ready for all kinds a fun, relevant activities. The kind of stuff that will make you feel good about what you accomplished.
If you want to present our safety programs to school kids and older adult audiences, we’re specifically looking for active or retired firefighters, professional educators and police officers,
or civilian CERT (LA City Level 3) members, EMTs or paramedics.
Our Administration team is in need of people familiar with grant development, statistical and research analysis, and surveys. We manage our workflow digitally, and people who can help us stay on track are at the top of our “most wanted” list. If you’re well organized, like a challenge, and enjoy working with people, we’d love to hear from you.
To qualify for our Administration Team, you should have previous experience as an administrative assistant, office worker, or be a college student interested in working with a non-profit organization. You also need to be a great communicator, digitally and in person.
We’re always interested in people who love social media. MySafe:LA was started by digital nerds who’ve been in web development since, well, since people called it the World Wide Web. We’ve been telling stories with digital video since the days when that was actually considered cutting edge. We’re digital storytellers. If you consider yourself a writer, an actor, a filmmaker, a minor YouTube celebrity, a Twitterholic, a Facebook fan, a Instagram junkie, a Tumbler dweeb…okay, I’m sure you’re getting the idea. We’d love to meet you.
To qualify for our Communications Team, you should have some experience in one of the following areas – journalism, writing, blogging, video production and editing, photography, social media or digital storytelling. Oh yeah – we’d also love it if you spoke another language! Bonus points for Spanish, Japanese, Chinese and Korean.
Are you a firefighter? Retired firefighter? Paramedic or EMT? A number of our volunteers are on the job, and all of them find their work with us rewarding. When you join our team and present our programs, you’ll be an instant hero. You’ll be interacting with kids overjoyed to see you – or older adults who’ll hang on your every word.
To qualify for our firefighter volunteer team, you must share your rank, time on the job, and how that professional experience translates to our organization. As an example, we own a fire engine. If you’re an engineer, we’d be very happy to talk to you. If you’re a Captain or Battalion Chief, your leadership and organization skills will help us deliver a better product. Details below.
After every class I teach, whether its kids or seniors, I walk away knowing that the time will come when at least one person will safely escape a fire, or survive an earthquake, as a result of what they have learned.
Many of our school programs target 4th and 5th graders, and frankly, there’s nothing like them. They’re smart, engaged, funny, and really into learning how to be safe and make their families safer. They’re completely magical.
The Junior Fire Inspector program is my favorite to teach. We make multiple visits to the schools and get a chance to get to know the students and teachers, as we teach them how to be a hero in their home and in their community.
Every time I install a smoke alarm, CO alarm, or teach a family about a family evacuation plan, I know that they have a better fighting chance to protect what’s important to them.
The families are very thankful for the alarms we install in their homes and I have been told that they can go to bed and sleep well knowing they’re safer.