Venice Nonprofit Organizations

  1. A Window Between Worlds (AWBW) - a nonprofit organization dedicated to using art to help end domestic violence.- Through creative expression, battered women and children gain a sense of renewal and power.
    (310) 396-0317
    http://www.awbw.org


  2. Angels at Risk - a non-profit organization dedicated to helping teenagers and their families at risk for drug and alcohol abuse.  Angels at Risk believes that when the issue of addiction is addressed very early on in life that the future of teenagers, kids and their families can be changed forever.  We know that by embracing the teenager’s struggle that the entire family is given the gift to heal and grow together. 
    (310) 457-1421
    http://www.angelsatrisk.com


  3. Beyond Baroque Literary/Arts Center is is located in our old Venice City Hall, built 1906. The Center offers an extensive program of public readings, free workshops, a project room, bookstore, publications, and chapbook/small press archive. During our nearly forty years in Venice, we have nurtured and presented many of the best writers, artists, and poets from the West Coast, around the country, and world. The Center is unique for its combined range of activities, constantly moving back and forth between the underground and the literary and artistic establishments.
    681 Venice Blvd
    (310) 822-3006
    http://www.beyondbaroque.org


  4. Boys & Girls Club of Venice
    “Our mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring responsible citizens”
    (310) 390-4477
    http://www.bgcv.org

  5. Electric Lodge - a laboratory for artists and environmentalists. We engage our community through the visual and performing arts, innovative classes, programs and seminars, providing experiential contexts and opportunities for dialogue. The Electric Lodge is a torch bearer in the effort to stimulate public understanding and support for the creation of a sustainable worldwide eco-system.
    1416 Electric Avenue
    (310) 306-1854
    http://www.electriclodge.org

  6. Food Not Bombs
    “We Protest War & Serve Healthy Vegetarian Food to the Hungry”
    (310) 365-0985
    http://www.wetnostril.net/FoodNotBombs.html


  7. Harvest Home - provides shelter and assistance to homeless pregnant women. As a full-programmed residential home, we  equip our residents with the knowledge to make healthier life decisions; cultivate their parenting skills; and increase employability through education.  Our ultimate goal is that each woman will leave the home spiritually strong, with a new-found sense of self-worth, and better prepared to support and care for herself and her child. Harvest Home is where new lives begin.
    Inside Out Community Arts
    (310) 452-1223
    http:/www.theharvesthome.net


  8. Heal The Bay
    Heal the Bay is a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to making Southern California coastal waters and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy and clean. We use research, education, community action and advocacy to pursue our mission.
    1-800-HEAL-BAY
    http://www.healthebay.org

  9. Inside/Out Community Arts
    Through visual and performing arts workshops, performances and festivals, our missionis to give youth from all backgrounds the tools, confidence and inspiration to make a positive difference in their communities and the world…from the inside out.
    (310) 397-8820
    http://www.InsideOutCA.org


  10. Latino Resource Organization
    Provides advocacy, family life
    education, HIV/AIDS services, information and
    referral, substance abuse services and youth
    services.
    (310) 578-6069
    http://www.latinoresource.org/

  11. New Start
    A counseling center for people whose lives are affected by unimagineable circumstances
    (310) 664-1415
    http://www.newstart-aconversation.com

  12. Oakwood Recreation Center - To learn about programs and facilities log on to;
    767 California Ave.
    (310) 452-7479
    http://www.laparks.org/dos/reccenter/facility/oakwoodrc.htm


  13. Phoenix House
    It is the mission of Phoenix House to:reclaim disordered lives. Encourage individual responsibility, positive behavior, and personal growth. Strengthen families and communities. Safeguard public health. Promote a drug-free society through prevention, treatment, education and training, research, and advocacy.
    (310) 392-3070
    http://www.phoenixhouse.org

  14. SPARC-Social and Public Art Resource Center - an arts center that produces, preserves and conducts educational programs and community based public art works.SPARC espouses public art as an organizing tool for addressing contemporary issues, fostering cross-cultural understanding and promoting civic dialogue. Working within this philosophical framework, over the last 31 years SPARC has created murals and other forms of public art in communities throughout Los Angeles and increasingly in national and international venues.
    (310) 822-9560
    http://www.sparcmurals.org

  15. Surfrider Foundation - environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's oceans, waves and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education.
    (949) 492-8170
    http://www.surfrider.org


  16. St. Joseph Center - the agency provides a variety of emergency and ongoing programs to assist low-income and homeless individuals and families in the West Los Angeles area. Services include child care, emergency food, homeless support services, mental health services, personal
    goods, services for older adults, services for veterans, and a thrift store.For more information please contact;
    Tiana Rideout, Volunteer Services Coordinator
    (310) 396-6468 x 326
    http://www.stjosephctr.org


  17. VENICE 2000 / H.E.L.P.E.R organization and its various innovative programs, such as Gang Intervention, Safe Passage programs, Youth Impact sessions and the Amer-I-Can program, which teaches the responsibilities of self-determination to all people, empowering those exempted from power and participation in the mainstream.
    (310) 823-6100
    http://www.venice2000.org


  18. Venice Arts mission is to ignite youths’imagination, mentor their creativity, and expand their sense of possibility through high quality, accessible media–based arts education programs; and to serve as a catalyst for people of all ages, living in low–income or underrepresented communities, to create and share personal and community stories through photography, film, and multi–media.
    (310) 578-1745
    http://www.venice-arts.org


  19. Venice Arts Council
    Venice is a vital hub for artistic activity in Los Angeles and the world. The Venice Arts Council celebrates and supports this tradition through preserving old roots and encouraging spirited new growth in the culture and community we cherish.
    310-306-7372
    http://www.veniceartscouncil.org/


  20. Venice Community Housing Corporation (VCHC) works to preserve the economic, racial and social diversity of Venice and the surrounding area by maximizing affordable housing and economic development opportunities and providing needed social services to the area’s low-income population.
    (310) 399-4100
    http://www.vchcorp.org

  21. Venice Family Clinic - provides free, quality health care to people in need. Founded in 1970 in a borrowed storefront dental office, the Clinic has grown into the largest free clinic in the nation. Founder Phillip Rossman, MD, and co-founder Mayer B. Davidson, MD, called upon friends and colleagues to help. That spirit of volunteerism prevails today with more than 1,500 volunteers and $11.3 million in-kind contributions from hospitals, laboratories, specialty-care providers and pharmaceutical companies.
    (310) 664-7532
    http://www.venicefamilyclinic.org


  22. Venice Historical Society - Strives to increase public awareness of Venice's irreplaceable historical, cultural and architectural resources. To gather and disseminate information for the preservation of structures and neighborhoods in Venice. To engage in activities that will promote the preservation and enhancement of the unique historic features of Venice.
    (310) 967-5170
    http://www.venicehistorical.org/


  23. Venice Neighborhood Council - We are governed by state and local laws and assisted by the City of Los Angeles Department of Neighborhood Empowerment.
    (310) 606-2015
    http://www.grvnc.org


  24. Venice Public Art Walls-In Creative Unity (The Grafitti Walls)
    ICU Art is a Venice based art organization that has been curating the Venice Art Walls since the year 2000. ICU Art is a protector of the walls and helped to save the walls from destruction in 1999 when the Venice Pavilion structure was torn down as part of the Oceanfront Walk refurbishment. As an advocate for graffiti artist and public art in general, ICU Art has developed a broad-based network of artists and support personnel to work on issues and projects related to various forms of public art.
    (310) 309-7756
    http://veniceartwalls.com


  25. Venice Skills Center - classes are designed for participants who seek to acquire a vocational skill, upgrade their current skills or master minimum competencies which will increase their marketability. We welcome adult students who can benefit from the programs offered as well as minors (students 16-18 years of age) who have been accepted into the Alternative Education and Work Center.
    (310)664-5820
    http://www.veniceskills.org/

  26. Venice Town Council - a grassroots organization that was dormant for the past 15 years, until revived in 2008. It is a grassroots, town hall style governing body of the City of Venice. All Venetians are eligible to speak and vote. It meets every second Friday. For more information: http://www.cityofvenice.wordpress.com