The Los Angeles bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games announced Tuesday that it has launched a “first-of-its-kind digitally powered Volunteer Service Program aiming to harness Angelenos’ passion for the Games,” as statement said. The program will show opportunities in 2017 for Angelenos to make a difference in their communities through volunteer work and community service, providing tangible benefits to the region during the bid phase.
Hundreds already signed up to the program at LA 2024’s sunrise celebration that was held last Thursday. They will engage with the program online through desktop and mobile experiences as part of LA 2024’s commitment to communicate with young people on their platforms and on their terms. In recognition for their service, participants will receive priority consideration for volunteer opportunities during the 2024 Games should LA be elected host city by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on September 13 in Lima, Peru.
The LA 2024 Volunteer Service Program will rely on the bid committee’s relationships with companies and non-profit organizations that want to see the Summer Games return to Los Angeles a third time, and the first time in the U.S. in 28 years. LA 2024 will collaborate with corporate, non-profit and philanthropic organizations on community service projects in the months ahead.
LA 2024 Chairman Casey Wasserman said “the LA 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be a celebration of all Angelenos and the diverse communities of Southern California. Eighteen million talented, creative and caring Angelenos are our greatest asset for hosting the Games.”
“If Los Angeles is elected host city, tens of thousands of Angelenos would volunteer to support the events and welcome the world to our city. But we’re not waiting until 2024.
“LA 2024 wants to use the power of the Games to galvanize volunteerism today, making LA an even better place to live for all Angelenos, well before the Games”.
LA 2024 Vice Chair and Director of Athlete Relations Janet Evans added “thank you to the hundreds of Angelenos who have already signed up to join LA 2024 as we give back to our communities and make a difference in our communities today.”
“We hope many more join us in this effort. Shows of support like these bring to life what polls tell us – that an overwhelming 88 per cent of Angelenos want to bring the Games back to LA in 2024.
“The Olympic enthusiasm that LA 2024 will harness to give back to our communities today is the same enthusiasm that athletes, fans and members of the Olympic Family can expect when they are warmly welcomed here in 2024.”
LA is competing with Budapest and Paris to host the 2024 Games. More information on the volunteer program is available at la24.org/volunteer.