Be a volunteer for a day
LA Works is a nonprofit that encourages — and enables — volunteerism in our city. They do this all year round, from setting up regular tutoring to weekend trash cleanup to hanging with seniors (Fun With Nuns!) to brush cleaning at an endangered ape refuge. But maybe this isn't the kind of volunteering that sounds like fun to you.
If what you want is a one-time commitment, a day when you can feel like you're part of something great, the LA Works Day on Saturday June 3 is your ticket. Volunteers meet in downtown LA at California Plaza, eat a free breakfast, run off to do projects (cleanup, food bank work, who knows?) and then return for a free lunch, live music and goodie bags. For all this they ask you sign up in advance and pay a registration fee of $25, which goes to help fund their work on the other 364 days of the year.
Of course, doing LA Works day doesn't mean you can't have Fun With Nuns, too.