The Wooten Center needs and appreciates the support of volunteers to assist with our programs. There are a variety of ways you can help in the areas of education, recreation, college and career readiness, performing and visual arts, administration, fundraising, communications, facilities improvement, and more.

Wooten Center volunteers help with homework and play basketball with students. You can serve in our office typing or answering phone calls. You can be a tutor or guest mentor at our College and Career Day. Volunteers can serve once, occasionally or on an ongoing basis.

How to Apply: 


Click here for our volunteer application.

College interns must submit a volunteer application as well. Teen Helper interns do not need to submit a volunteer application. Please submit our afterschool or summer registration forms instead. High school and college students may be eligible to receive service hours or class credit. Check with your school.

Background checks provided by the center are required for all ongoing adult volunteers. People with convictions for child abuse or neglect or other violence, and people currently or recently on probation or parole for substance abuse or similar offenses cannot serve as ongoing volunteers with Wooten students. 

After receiving your application, our associate director will contact you to schedule a phone interview to discuss your interests and our opportunities and procedures. She will invite you to the center for a tour. Click on the following orientation button for an overview of our programs and procedures.

Christiane Townsend, education director
Volunteer Opportunities at the Wooten Center

One-on-One Tutoring

We have two options for volunteers who would like to work directly with one or more students in grades 3-12, helping them attain grade-level proficiency. Both options below request at least one hour per week, per student. 

Private tutors help students complete homework assignments and projects, addressing academic challenges that surface, largely in math or language arts.

i-Ready Study Group mentors use our student assessment results to target challenges specifically in reading and math. Mentors use i-Ready lessons designed to meet student needs. See the video above featuring Wooten education director Christiane Townsend providing an overview of the lessons to be used in the tutoring sessions.

All volunteers must complete our application and a background check provided by the center. Results typically come within 2-5 days.

For questions, contact Christelle at (323) 756-7203, x23.


Special thanks to our board chair Paul Wetmore and his fellow Merrill Lynch financial advisors for your volunteer service as mentors kicking off our i-Ready Study Group for grade-level proficiency. 

Day of Service With Our Veterans

Saturday, June 20, 7am-4pm   FLYER   RSVP 

Some 40 veterans from the USC Alumni Veterans Network and The Mission Continues will be painting our six storefront buildings at 91st and Western. Join them for a day of service and fellowship at home.


The VA will provide information and resources for our veterans. KROQ will have a booth there with djs to help entertain the troops!

Street parking will be available in the blocked off area on 91st St. between Western and Hobart.


Thank you to Sherwin-Williams for 35 gallons of paint. Thank you to HKS Architects for referring their vendor and to SAA interiors + architecture for the design support.


Thank you to Kaiser Permanente for a $2,500 grant for our new signage and other items needed for our beautification. 

Thank you

Thank you for your interest in serving as a volunteer at our youth center. For more information or to follow up with your application, contact our associate director at (323) 756-7203.

Here's a partial list of agencies and businesses providing volunteers for our youth and center. Thank you everyone!

Archdiocesan Youth Employment Agency

Brotherhood Crusade

Hire LA's Youth

Holman CDC Jobs for Kids

Kinecta Federal Credit Union

Los Angeles Community College Human Services Dept.

Loyola Marymount University Community-based Learning

Merrill Lynch

Pepperdine University Seaver College

UCLA Volunteer Center

USC School of Social Work and School of Education

YO! Watts

Above: Students taking their i-Ready assessments

Below: Our six storefront buildings on Western at 91st

"Loyola Marymount University students find meaningful ways to support the people and programs of the Wooten Center. Community-based learners earn academic credit and service organization members complete service hours. These experiences illustrate compatibility between LMU's mission to educate the whole person and develop deeper understanding among students about how to achieve
significant local and global impact."

Lezlee Matthews, Ph.D., Director, Community-Based Learning, Center for Service and Action, Loyola