Volunteer Hub

How can you help?

The COVID-19 crisis has impacted our community deeply and many people are struggling and in need of help. It can be challenging sometimes to find the best way to lend a hand so we are compiling various volunteer opportunities into one comprehensive list. Please feel free to email editor@tag839.org if you hear of any other volunteer opportunities that you would like to share with the Animation Guild community.


With COVID-19 ravaging communities and industries across the world, we need to provide support to our most at-risk, elderly, and disabled members. To that end, the International has launched C.A.R.E.S. (Coronavirus Active Response and Engagement Service), a new initiative to organize aid for the most vulnerable. The initiative establishes a “Buddy System” — sign up to volunteer.


The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor is working with the Mayor of Los Angeles to build a base of volunteers that can help our city and county be ready to support our most vulnerable Angelenos.  They are calling on all union members in good health to stand with our community by volunteering to join our LA Labor COVID-19 Volunteer Corps to join our efforts over the coming weeks and possibly even months.

Sign up to volunteer by filling out a registration form: http://bit.ly/lalaborvolunteer Please contact Claudia Magana at Claudia@thelafed.org with any questions.

**** Urgent Volunteer Opportunity: Labor Community Services in partnership with the LA Regional Food Bank has scheduled six food distributions for union and community members delivering food to over 7,300 families that have been heavily affected by COVID-19.  In order to continue helping our fellow union members in need, they are holding one of the largest food drives in our history with plans to feed up to 5,000 families and they need your help to make this event a success. They are asking for volunteers to come help from 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. this Saturday, August 29, 2020 at the Plaza de la Raza (3540 N Mission Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90031). All volunteers are provided PPE (mask and gloves), refreshments and lunch. If you would like to volunteer please click HERE to access the RSVP form. 


In partnership with Local 705, 44, and 768, the CDG has a team working on building PPE mask kits for distribution. They are continuing to look for donation items for mask kits:

Elastic: 1/8, 1/4, Cord; Bias Tape; Twill Tape; Thread; Sandwich Bags & Freezer Bags; Unused Sewing Machines; Laundry Detergent; Shipping Supplies; Peel and Stick Labels; Gloves 

Please contact Brigitta Romanov, CDG Assistant Executive Director to coordinate donations: Bromanov@cdgia.com.

Click here to get instructions about how to make a mask and learn more about the effort.



Give Blood – Due to the coronavirus there is a critical need for blood. The Red Cross has many donation drives occurring across the county so  schedule an appointment and save a life! On Sunday, May 3rd, Locals 871 and 892 are hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. To participate, visit https://www.redcrossblood.org/ and use sponsor code IATSE871 to schedule an appointment. DUE TO COVID-19, THE NEED FOR DONORS IS EVEN GREATER. Please donate if you can!

Urgent need for Volunteers – The American Red Cross is closely monitoring the outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and preparing to carry out lifesaving missions in the event of any possible disruptions, as well as supporting public health agencies to help communities prepare. Their need for volunteers is constant and continues to evolve as they navigate this health crisis. They are working with public health officials to help keep local communities and volunteers safe. Volunteer opportunities include supporting blood donations and delivering much-needed services to your community. There are even a wide variety of remote (work-from-home) opportunities available.  Sign up to volunteer.

TTF Safety First! Courses

The IATSE Training Trust Fund has released a new online course – “COVID-19: Recommended Guidelines for Preventing Exposure in the Workplace.” The purpose of this course is to provide you with information and recommended practices to minimize the spread of COVID-19 upon returning to the workplace. The course is available in all TTF Safety First! accounts so if you already have an account, just log in to your existing account to start taking the course →

If you still need a TTF Safety First! account, you can complete an application online with a special link. This link is unique to our local. Please do not share the link with anyone outside the local or post it to any social media. When you click on the link, you will be redirected to an online application form. Fill it in, click submit, and within a few days you will receive an email with your account information so you can take the course.


California Food Bank – Food banks are in great need of volunteers to help pack and sort food. They are taking precautions to prioritize volunteer safety. Visit California Association of Food Banks at www.CAfoodbanks.org/covidhttp://www.cafoodbanks.org/COVID-19.

LAUSD Food Distribution Volunteers – The American Red Cross is conducting distribution of emergency supplies (feeding) at fixed points of distribution (PODs) in support of population affected by school closures in coordination with a whole community effort led by LA County Unified School District. More than 160 volunteers are needed every day at 50 plus sites. Learn more here.

Meal on Wheels – Vulnerable seniors are at greatest risk amid COVID-19. Let’s help keep them safe and cared for. Contact your local Meals on Wheels organization to volunteer, visit www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org.