Thank you for your interest in volunteering in the East Lake community. Steps to volunteer with East Lake Foundation:

  1. Learn about our Volunteer Options below to find the one activity that best suits your interest.
  2. Review Volunteer Qualifications.
  3. Complete Volunteer Online form to submit your application.

Step 1: Volunteer Options

Education Volunteer Opportunties

Charles R. Drew Charter School Junior and Senior Academies (6th-12th grade)

  • Tutoring and mentoring
  • Financial literacy programming
  • Info sessions about secondary education and career development workshops ie. A View from Drew, Career Lessons for Life, Take a Teen to Work, Drew Summer Experience – see additional information
  • Special events ie. Robotics Tournament, Science Fair, Designorama, Career Week

Charles R. Drew Charter School Elementary Academy (PreK-5th grade)

  • Read Alouds
  • Literacy Center
  • Math Lab
  • After School Program instruction
  • Special events ie. Fall Festival, Holiday Party, Project Based Learning Showcase
  • General classroom assistance 

Community Wellness

The First Tee® of East Lake

A year-round golf program that uses the principles of golf – discipline, hard work and integrity – to enhance the academic achievement and life skills to more than 800 East Lake area youth (5-17 years old). Participants play at Charlie Yates Golf Course, East Lake’s public, nine-hole course designed by famed golf architect Rees Jones. Volunteers assist with basic golf instruction and mentoring.

Family & Resident Volunteer Opportunities

Resident & Community Support Program (RCSP)

The RCSP focuses on providing all residents at The Villages of East Lake, our mixed-income apartment community, with community building and economic stabilization resources. Volunteers assist with community events including:

  • Set-up and/or clean up
  • Registration
  • Food service
  • Monitoring children’s activities
  • Vendor support

Sheltering Arms Early Education and Family Center

Located adjacent to The Villages of East Lake, Sheltering Arms serves 135 children from 6 weeks to 5 years old. Volunteer activities include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Teacher’s helper
  • Performances (music, singing, puppets, etc)
  • Reading Pals/Play Buddies General organization and clean up
  • In-Kind such as office supplies and printing, paper, equipment, and professional roup activities (civic, school, and corporate): Reading Pals/Play Buddies and assist with parties or enrichment activities


Step 2: Review Volunteer Qualifications

Whether volunteering as an individual or part of a group, each volunteer must meet the following qualifications:

  • Ability to pass a background check and provide contact information for two professional or academic references
  • U.S. citizen, or hold a current work visa, student visa or green card
  • Community service hours for school, work, club or court*
  • We welcome volunteers with a variety of skills and backgrounds
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills

*The types of offenses allowed include: DUI, traffic violations, loitering and various misdemeanors (at the discretion of the East Lake Foundation). Felony offenses are not eligible for community service with the East Lake Foundation or its programs. All individuals that have been court-ordered to perform community service of five (5) or more hours must provide documentation verifying the type of offense.


Step 3: Sign Up to Become a Volunteer

If you’d like to join us as an East Lake volunteer, please complete the form below. You will receive a confirmation email that it has been received. Volunteer Program staff will communicate with applicants via email or phone throughout the application process.