The Volunteer Center in Torrance is making it easier for people to lend a helping hand.

Officials announced the launch of this online tool that will offer interested volunteers a database to look for programs they can participate in. People will be able to use the search box and browse a list of volunteer opportunities as more non-profits and organizations are added. You can set up a free account to log on.

Head to VolCenter.Org and click on the Volunteer tab.

The Volunteer Center South Bay, Harbor, Long Beach services more than 49 cities ranging from as far north as Santa Monica down to Long Beach.