work directly with our Ladies and behind the scenes.
Opportunities range from cooking and serving meals in
our kitchen, to leading a variety of workshops,
providing office support, sorting donations, and much
both volunteer groups and individual volunteers to serve
the needs of the more than 4300 women who visit our
Center every year.
Check out these volunteers who shared with us why they love
volunteering at DWC!
and DJ Feelgood of Skid Row Radio TV Thanks our
Downtown Women's Center thanks our incredible group of
volunteers who donate their time, skills, and smiles to the
women we serve. DWC resident and Skid Row Radio host, Monica
aka DJ Feelgood, interviews some volunteers about why they
enjoy coming to spend time with the women.
Volunteer to Staff
forged strong relationships with Gloria (left)
and Magdalena (right) and other DWC Ladies.
You can usually find Latoya
Hawthorne leading a product-making workshop with the Ladies
or behind the counter at our new MADE by DWC Resale
Boutique. She is well known by the participants because she
volunteered at the Center for a year before she joined the
“The best part of volunteering is making bonds with the
Latoya was living in downtown Los Angeles but like many
fellow city dwellers, had little knowledge of the Skid Row
neighborhood just a few blocks from her apartment. Then, one
night she took the wrong exit off the freeway and drove up a
street lined with tents and people sleeping on the
sidewalks. Unsure what that was about, a friend told her,
“Th is is Skid Row.”
Looking for a way to become part of the solution to ending
homelessness, Latoya began volunteering at DWC. Her favorite
volunteer opportunity was working directly with the women by
The women now know her so well, they always notice when she
dyes her hair or changes its style. She has come to know the
Ladies as well, forging strong relationships with them. “I
did a 180-degree turn after volunteering at DWC,” said
Latoya. “These women have endured many trials and
tribulations. I love that DWC offers support and resources
for these women to get back on their feet.”