The Travelers Aid Society of Los Angeles will recognize the work of its volunteers who serve their communities during National Volunteer Week, Sunday to Saturday, April 15th to 21st.

The Travelers Aid Society has 265 volunteers at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) who assist passengers seven days a week, society officials said.

Travelers Aid Society of Los Angeles, a nonprofit organization, is celebrating its 85th year of service this year.

Its branch at LAX has been in operation for more than 50 years.

Travelers Aid Society volunteers are trained to provide directional assistance and meet-and-greet service, and to support distressed passengers.

ìOur volunteers are unique in that they are trained to give more than directional assistance but are capable of helping a passenger in a time of crisis,î said Christine Okinaga, Travelers Aid Society volunteer director.

ìDuring national volunteer week, we want to remind our community that there is a wonderful volunteer opportunity at LAX to help the many travelers enjoy their travel experience and stay in Los Angeles,î she said.

Travelers Aid Society is currently accepting applications for volunteers.

Okinaga said prospective volunteers should have good people skills, like to problem-solve, have a calm demeanor and a good sense of humor, and be able to commit to volunteering four hours a week.

Once selected, volunteers are trained for over nine weeks in hospitality, tourism and crisis intervention.

Travelers Aid Society operates nine information booths at the Arrivals Levels of each terminal at Los Angeles International Airport. Volunteers are available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends.

Information, Christine Okinaga, at (310) 646-2270.

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