Venice Nonprofit Organizations

Mostly compiled by Amy V. Dewhurst

Please let us know if there are any mistakes in this list -

Abbot Kinney Memorial Library
501 S. Venice Blvd.
(310) 821-1769

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

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

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

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

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

Food Not Bombs
“We Protest War & Serve Healthy Vegetarian Food to the Hungry”
(310) 365-0985

The Fruit Gallery’s “Venice Veteran’s Day Project
Is an awesome event Honoring Our Troops here at home on Memorial Day May 25th.  This is a critical time for our veterans here at home that need our help and support. Please spread the word of this project event. With the help and support of our community we can identify every veteran in this area and honor them for their service of this great country.
(310) 452-3034 

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

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.

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

Israel Levin Center - Meals and other forms of help for Seniors. 201 Ocean Front Walk, 396-0205.

Jessie's Place - a non-profit corporation committed to providing assistance, food, shelter and education to disenfranchised people while building a bridge from a life of survival to one of fulfillment and choices.
(310) 398-2594

Latino Resource Organization
Provides advocacy, family life
education, HIV/AIDS services, information and
referral, substance abuse services and youth
(310) 578-6069

Lincoln Place Tenants Association
The Lincoln Place Tenants Association is composed of tenants of Lincoln Place Apartments who recognize Lincoln Place to be a prime example of high-quality affordable housing whose presence contributes to the beauty and vitality of the Venice community. We have successfully protected our tenancies and prevented developers from demolishing Lincoln Place for nearly two decades.
While the LPTA is currently focused on saving Lincoln Place from its largest threat to date, we also recognize that our struggle is part of a much larger struggle to preserve quality affordable housing. Please join us in our efforts to stave off overreaching developers by joining our demonstrations and special events, writing letters, and donating to our legal defense fund.

New Start
A counseling center for people whose lives are affected by unimagineable circumstances
(310) 664-1415

Oakwood Recreation Center - To learn about programs and facilities log on to;
767 California Ave.
(310) 452-7479

Pacific Resident Theatre
Based in Venice, California, Pacific Resident Theatre is a company founded by actors and dedicated to producing the classics, rarely performed plays, and the works of new writers.
(310) 822-8392

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

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

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

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

St. Joseph Homeless Service Center - referrals to shelter, has pre-arranged beds with Samoshel. 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.
Hampton at Rose.
(310) 399-6878

St. Robert’s Center - provides emergency food, information and referral and motel vouchers for residents of Santa Monica, Venice, LAX Airport, West Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and Culver City areas, including Malibu, Topanga, Pacific Palisades, Brentwood and Bel Air. People who are undocumented or homeless are also eligible for assistance.
(310) 392-8701

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

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

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.

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

Venice Community Service Center
The agency provides health services, mental health services and substance abuse services for people of all ages who live in the Los Angeles County area.

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

Venice Health Center - 905 Venice Blvd. - 392-8636

Venice High Alumni Association

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

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

Venice Peace & Freedom Party - Founded in Venice, the P&F spread across the state in 1967. It is an official ballot-status political party. We are committed to socialism, democracy, ecology, feminism and racial equality. We represent the working class, those without capital in a capitalist society. We organize toward a world where cooperation replaces competition, a world where all people are well fed, clothed and housed; where all women and men have equal status; where all individuals may freely endeavor to fulfill their own talents and desires; a world of freedom and peace where every community retains its cultural integrity and lives with all others in harmony.
(310) 399-2215

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

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.

Venice Surf and Skateboard Assocation
The VSA's main focus is to bring a world class skatepark to Venice,Ca. The preservation and historical recognition of the indigineous sport/art of skateboarding and the Venice skateboard/surfing community's contribution to the world of skateboarding and surfing. In addition, the VSA has focused on providing job training and jobs forthe community. Furthermore the VSA has provided surfing and skateboarding contest and demonstrations throughout the Los Angeles and greater Southern California region. Membership is open to all persons regardless of race,creed, religion, sex and or nationality.

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: -

Venice Unchained
Is a non profit organization dedicated to passing a city ordinance that will ban formula retail stores from Abbot Kinney and Ocean Front Walk.
Venice has largely been spared the blight of cookie-cutter stores that is homogenizing Main Streets across America.  But now that Venice is thriving and real estate has skyrocketed, the corporations are circling, and Pinkberry has already landed.

Vera Davis Mc Clendon/Oakwood Youth and Family Center - Services at the center include adult/child mentoring, case/care management for at risk families, clothing, computer classes, family and individual counseling, health screening, job search/placement, occasional emergency food assistance, parenting skills development, recreational activities for youth, specialized information and referral for off-site social services and tutorial services. Agencies supported by CDD funds provide counseling programs, case management programs, child care and early childhood programs, day labor programs, dental treatment, domestic violence programs, medical services, mental health treatment, shelters, traffic safety programs.

Women in Recovery, Inc. - provides a twelve-step oriented sober living program for chemically dependent