As the vendors packed up their tents and booths, stages were taken down, and cars full of happy campers emptied out of the Exposition Park parking lot; it would have seemed that OneLife LA 2017 was over. But in the hearts of every participant, something deeper was taking root. Something permanent. Like the words of Archbishop Gomez reminded us, “We need to always bear witness to the beauty and dignity of every life. OneLife LA is not an event; it’s a movement.” This pro-life movement thrives in the days of unification and wide-spread awareness during the month of January, but it demands the rigor of a tireless daily effort to uphold the dignity of life.
What are you going to do to contribute to this movement? How are you going to take the fire you felt in your gut on January 21st and propel it into a host of life-upholding moments and interactions? How will you use the stories of unseemly survival and redemption that so deeply moved you at OneLife LA to fuel you towards seeking similar redemption for vulnerable communities? Don’t let this be a day. Let it be your life.
We are amply blessed at OneLife LA to be sponsored by and partnered with so many galvanizing and inspiring ministries in the LA community. If you’re looking for a place to start living the pro-life movement, this is it. Everyone’s passion for life comes in a diverse set of gifts, strengths, and desires; we hope we’ve covered a lot of those in this list. So whether you’re looking to support the pro-life movement through your monthly tithing, volunteering or work, there is no shortage of honorable organizations looking for people like you.
Check out this list below and find your new mission field:
40 Days for Life- This focused pro-life campaign has a mission to access God’s power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion. Learn more and join a campaign!
A21- This non-profit believes they can end human trafficking through prevention, protection, prosecution and partnership. You can help by donating, volunteering, or fundraising. Learn more here.
American Red Cross- The Los Angeles Region of the American Red Cross is dedicated to helping victims of disaster and providing programs and services that help our community prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. They currently serve nearly 10 million people in 88 Los Angeles County cities. There are many ways to get involved from giving blood to being a social media advocate. Find the best way you can help.
App for Life- By creating a mobile pro-life prayer community they offer a platform where you can support unborn babies and their parents during the moments they need prayer most with real time intentions uploaded right to your phone. Get involved by downloading the app and joining their prayer community.
Covenant House California- Serving homeless and at-risk youth between the ages of 18 to 21, Covenant House offers food, shelter, clothing and counseling in the spirit of “immediacy, absolute respect and unconditional love.” Their work depends greatly on volunteers. See how you can help.
DreamCenter- Helping roughly 40,000 individual and families each month, Dream Center is a volunteer-driven organization that tries to help people get off the streets through a variety of ministries including mobile hunger relief, rehabilitation programs, shelters for victims of human trafficking, transitional housing, counseling, education, Bible studies and much more. Find where your gifts best fit their volunteering needs.
CDLF Counseling- CDLF provides counseling and support to those who have been impacted by various types of trauma. Through educational outreach to bring awareness to domestic violence and other forms of abuse, they work to prevent trauma from continuing to perpetuate. They have a clinical staff of over 40 therapists. There are volunteer opportunities, professional internships, and employment opportunities that could be a perfect fit for you.
Catholic Charities of Los Angeles- Catholic Charities programs focus on long-term empowerment for individuals, families and communities by addressing human suffering, poverty, hunger and nutrition, homelessness, immigration, health care, mental health and illiteracy. You can best help through donations and volunteering.
Family Promise of San Gabriel Valley- Family Promise helps homeless children by assisting their families to regain stable housing and employment within a volunteer-driven community. The key word being “volunteer”-driven.
Obria Medical Clinics- This pro-life pregnancy clinic offers free medical services for low-income women and families. There are dozens of ways you can volunteer whether hosting a baby shower for financially vulnerable moms, working as a college campus prolife organizer, or assisting staff nurses. Find their needs posted here.
Restorative Justice- The Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ Office of Restorative Justice provides spiritual care for the incarcerated, their families, and victims of violent crime while seeking to affect changes in public policy regarding the criminal justice system. Learn about the various ministries you can be a part of.
Olive Crest- Dedicated to preventing child abuse, Olive Crest has provided emergency and long-term shelter for abused, vulnerable, and neglected children. They provide homes, adoption placement, educational support, counseling, and family crisis intervention. Through donor support they are able to serve 3,000 children every day.
Treasures- This faith-based outreach program seeks to offer support to women formerly in the sex industry or victims of sex trafficking. Those with qualifying experience can join Treasure’s training sessions to help equip you with skills for proper community outreach and leadership. They are also looking for people who can give, pray, and volunteer.
Women’s Pregnancy Care Clinic- One of Obria’s clinics, the WPCC offers pregnancy tests and ultrasounds for pregnant women in financial need, parenting programs, and after abortion support groups. You can support through donations here.
Saving Innocence- They have a vision to rescue and restore child victims of sex trafficking through strategic partnerships with local law enforcement, social service providers, schools while educating communities to prevent abuse and increase neighborhood safety. They are best supported through donations, and sensitive volunteers and interns.
Students for Life of America- This national pro-life organization is dedicated to training college, high school, medical and law students so they can defend the preborn and help their mothers on their campuses. College students and high school youth ministers or teachers are encouraged to start a chapter.
Through God’s Grace- This ministry seeks to end human trafficking by empowering faith communities with resources. Find speaker resources, flyers, and clubs near you here.
Our sponsors also do incredible work! While they may not be accepting volunteers, they are always welcoming donations.
Knights of Columbus- Since 1882 the Knights have encompassed an almost infinite variety of local, national, and international service projects including Special Olympics, Global Wheelchair Mission, Habitat for Humanity, Food for Families and Coats for Kids. They have made it their mission to answer Pope Francis’ call to go to the peripheries. Supreme Knight Carl Anderson explains, “We can reach half way around the globe to help those in need and we can reach to our neighbor next door. And we do that every day. That makes us witnesses to the faith.” Learn more.
Know Greater Love- The Duffley family founded their organization to support their mission to “share God’s vision through [Christopher Duffley’s] singing.” Through his inspirational story and music they hope to renew families and revive and reveal hope for peoples’ hearts.
My Saint My Hero- Founded on the belief that “God is real, prayer works and love heals,” My Saint My Hero is more of a community than a company. They craft jewelry designed to empower women through meaningful work.