Why Volunteer

Our volunteers are the heart of The Laurel Foundation. Each year, over 200 volunteers donate approximately 13,500 hours to improve the lives of at-risk children, youth, and families who are living with HIV/AIDS, and transgender/gender diverse youth.  Volunteers are truly the lifeblood of The Laurel Foundation. They are the change agents in the lives of the children, youth and families that we serve.



When you volunteer with The Laurel Foundation it will be because you want to change the life of a child, but what you will discover is that your life will also be changed tremendously and you will grow in ways you never thought possible.



Through our extensive trainings and intensive volunteer experiences, The Laurel Foundation is not only changing the lives of at-risk children affected by HIV/AIDS, transgender youth and other at-risk youth populations,  but developing dynamic leaders who are using their learned skills to better their communities and to change the world.



By volunteering with The Laurel Foundation you will become part of a vast network of creative, passionate and talented individuals working in a variety of socially dynamic professions, but most importantly you will become part of a community that feels like family.

Ready to join the team?

Ways to Volunteer

The Laurel Foundation’s volunteers come from a wide variety of backgrounds and life experiences. Whether you are a student, working professional, or just someone with a passion for working with kids, there are so many different ways to get involved!
Please note: Camp Laurel refers to programs that serve our youth and families affected by HIV/AIDS. Camp Mulberry refers to programs that serve transgender/gender diverse youth ages 6-17.

Plan ahead and check out our Volunteer Opportunities 2023 Calendar to save the dates for all our upcoming events! Please contact us by email or call us at 626-683-0800 if you would like to attend any of the events as a volunteer. We hope to see you soon!


Winter Family Camp: February 17-21, 2023. 

Camp Laurel summer camp dates: July 30 – August 5, 2023.

Being a camp counselor is one of the most rewarding volunteer opportunities you could ever be involved in. If you love to help others, make life-long friendships, and expand your horizons, this is the volunteer position for you!

We have positions for cabin counselors, program counselors, mental health professionals, and medical professionals!

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For more information on how to become a volunteer please email our Volunteer Coordinator or call 626-683-0800 to for more details.

Camp Mulberry summer camp dates are June 24-July 1, 2023. 

Camp Mulberry is a safe space for transgender and gender-diverse youth. Our program allows our campers to experience the magic of camp surrounded by peers and mentors who understand their unique experiences. Being a volunteer is a great way to empower and support our youth.

We have positions for, cabin counselors, program counselors, mental health professionals, and medical professionals!
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For more information on how to become a volunteer please email our Volunteer Coordinator or call 626-683-0800 to for more details.

What our volunteers have to say…

Camp is a time to forget about the worries in our own lives and make a child smile! It is a time to just be silly and send out some good love and get some back!

Lorenzo – 38 Camps

The kids at Camp Laurel are unlike any I’ve encountered before. I’ve never met such a spirited, enthusiastic, entertaining, intelligent, and loving group before in my life.

David – 30 Camps

The Laurel Foundation will change your life; it brings out the best in all of us and is hard to imagine a better group of people.

Celery – 21 Camps

Camp has taught me that it is possible for a group of people, no matter how different, to work together and build a community that makes things better for each other.

Karen – 15 Camps
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