We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. - Sir Winston Churchill
A common thread in much of David I. Karp's volunteer work is and has been his desire to help young people to prepare for the world and the society in which they live, through leadership training, character education and attention to life skills.
Another thread has been to help community organizations connect with youth programming to accomplish these same goals.
Volunteering at Loyola Law School and UCLA, to help students
Mr. Karp has participated in the Loyola Law School Mentor Program for first year law students, so as to be a friend and to help give perspective (and maybe sometimes advice) for the student's upcoming career in law.
Similarly, Mr. Karp has also focused his volunteer time and attention on the efforts of the UCLA Alumni Association, and otherwise on campus, to help undergraduates to learn life skills and to prepare for the business world. He has done so as a Mentor in the Alumni Scholars Club and in other ways. For instance, Karp has also participated as an interviewer for undergraduates in the "Interview with a Bruin" mock interview program of the Student Alumni Association, and has participated in the Alumni Scholars Club's annual career events, speaking to undergrads about his careers in law and mediation.
Volunteering in Scouting and in the programs of Learning for Life, to help organizations and their youth
For many years, Mr. Karp participated as a volunteer in the Boy Scouts of America, both locally and nationally. News articles describing his volunteer work have been published in the Los Angeles Jewish Journal (January 5, 2006) and in Freemasonry Today, the Official Journal of The United Grand Lodge of England (Spring 2007, Issue 40). PDFs of those articles may be found at the bottom of this page.
Locally, from 2008 to 2010, Mr. Karp served as a Co-Advisor, to help form and lead the San Fernando Valley Bar Association's Law and Government Exploring Post, for which he received the Association's 2010 President's Award. Exploring is a program of "Learning for Life."
Nationally, Mr. Karp is a co-founder, the former Secretary, and a former member of the Board of Directors, of the National Association of Masonic Scouters.
While affiliated with Home Masonic Lodge No. 721, F&AM, Van Nuys, California, Mr. Karp served as its Chartered Organization Representative for Cub Scout Pack 357 which met in Canoga Park, CA, until it disbanded. (Mr. Karp is now a member of Clarence F. Smith Daylight Lodge No. 866, F&AM, also in Van Nuys, CA, which Lodge honored him with the prestigious Hiram Award on December 10, 2020, for dedicated service to the Lodge and to Freemasonry in general.)
For over ten years, Mr. Karp was also the Chartered Organization Representative for Cub Scout Pack 311 and Boy Scout Troop 36 of Temple Beth Hillel (Reform), Valley Village, CA. Consistent therewith, Mr. Karp has always maintained strong personal convictions about inclusive Scouting, although this is no longer an issue nationally (fortunately).
Mr. Karp also served the Western Los Angeles County Councl (WLACC) as the Chair of its Jewish Committee on Scouting and its Council Relationships Chair. In WLACC's Cahuenga District, Mr. Karp served as Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner and its District Chairman. He also helped to form and support new units in the Jewish Community in the area, including Cub Scout Packs, Boy Scout Troops, and a Venturing Crew.
For his work In Scouting, Mr. Karp has received the Silver Beaver Award for Distinguished Service to Youth, the Vigil Honor of the Order of the Arrow, the Shofar Award of the National Jewish Committee on Scouting and the Daniel Carter Beard Masonic Scouter Award.
In addition to youth focused work, Mr. Karp has volunteered countless hours to the the Los Angeles Superior Court as a mediator ... in nearly 600 mediated cases for the court. In March 2007, Mr. Karp was acknowledged by the Los Angeles Superior Court for "Outstanding Volunteer Contributions" to the Court's Alternative Dispute Resolution Program.
Mr. Karp currently serves the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, as a volunteer mediator for its Appellate Mediation Panel.