09 Dec Jonathan Cartu Divulges: Charity events in the San Fernando Valley area, Dec. 9-16 –
Here is this week’s sampling of charities in the San Fernando Valley area that need your support through donations or volunteer work.
Adopt a Senior for the Holidays: Contact the Studio City Chamber of Commerce for a wish list from a senior (identified through the Sherman Oaks East Valley Adult Center and other area adult centers), Dec. 9-10. Purchase item(s) on the list (minimum $25), wrap or place in a gift bag with a signed, personalized card and deliver to CBS Studio Center in Studio City no later than Dec. 11. More than 500 seniors need “adopting” for this program. Also, donation through check or credit card option. 818-655-5916. Email: [email protected]
American Red Cross blood donations: Blood, especially type O, and platelet donations needed. Donation times and locations include: 12:15-7:30 p.m. Dec. 9-10 and 12:15-7:15 p.m. Dec. 11 and 8:15 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 7:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Dec. 15 (Woodland Hills Blood Donation Center, 6338 Variel Ave.); 11:45 a.m.-5:45 p.m. Dec. 9 (Granada Hills Pavilion, 11128 Balboa Blvd.); 1-7 p.m. Dec. 10 (Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 6020 Radford Ave., North Hollywood); 2-7 p.m. Dec. 10 (Elks Lodge #1497, 2232 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank); 1:15-6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 (Studio City Branch Library, 12511 Moorpark St.); 1-7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 15555 Saticoy St., Van Nuys). Make an appointment by phone 1-800-733-2767, or online redcrossblood.org
Flair Cleaners Holiday Clothing and Shoe Drive: Locations accepting donations of gently used or new clothes and shoes (no high heels), through Dec. 31. Donations benefit Hope of the Valley, MEND, National Council of Jewish Women Los Angeles Council Thrift Shop. Flair Cleaners locations: 4060 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Studio City (818-761-3282); 27011 McBean Parkway, Valencia (661-753-9900). Call for store hours; drop off items inside store. www.flaircleaners.com
Holiday Food and Toy Drive: Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian hosts the event, 10 a.m. Dec. 12. Bring new, unwrapped toys or nonperishable food items to donate. Reservations requested. Event held at First Christian Church, 4390 Colfax Ave., Studio City. 818-755-7676. www.paulkrekorian.org/events
LAPD Devonshire PALS 35th Annual Holiday Toy Drive: Donate new, unwrapped books, games, gift cards or toys for children up to age 17 by Dec. 13. Drop off items or a donation at Greig Smith LAPD Devonshire Youth Center, 8721 Wilbur Ave., Northridge. 818-885-6432. devonshire-pals.org; bit.ly/37o6e4B
Children’s Bureau seeking foster care and foster-adoption resource parents: Information meeting, 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 14. Reservations requested. An application may be downloaded from the website. Andrew’s Plaza, 11335 Magnolia Blvd., Suite 2C, North Hollywood. 800-730-3933. Email: [email protected] www.all4kids.org
Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum: Volunteers needed to clear out invasive weeds in Topanga Creek that runs through the theater’s property in preparation to plant native plants. Minimum age: 14. Hours: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 14, and also Jan. 11 and 25 and Feb. 8 and 22. 1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga. theatricum.com/heal-topanga-creek
Be a Santa to a Senior in Burbank (and other locations): Home Instead Senior Care organizes the event to give a gift to a senior who may be alone during the holidays. Visit participating locations for a Be a Santa to a Senior tree. Choose an ornament with a senior’s first name and gift suggestion. Buy a gift and return the ornament and gift to the original venue. Community volunteers and program partners will wrap and deliver gifts. Event runs through Dec. 15. 818-843-8688. Check the website for locations in the Burbank area and also the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys: beasantatoasenior.com. Information on Home Instead Senior Care: homeinstead.com
American Cancer Society Discovery Shop: Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. 8738 Tampa Ave., Northridge. 818-772-0194. www.facebook.com/discoveryshopnorthridge
Catholic Charities Guadalupe Community Center: Call for current needs. 21600 Hart St., Canoga Park. 213-251-3549.
FISH of West Valley: Call for current needs. 20440 Lassen St., Chatsworth. 818-882-3474.
Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission: Check out ways to donate money and volunteer in the San Fernando Valley. For volunteering: [email protected] or 818-392-0020, Ext. 1002. The mission also has three thrift stores: 18167 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills (9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; 818-363-2050); 19379 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country (10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday; 661-673-5951); 2790 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley (9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; 818-392-0020). www.hopeofthevalley.org
Lutheran Social Services: Call for current needs and volunteer opportunities. Valley Lutheran Church, 7400 Tujunga Ave., North Hollywood. 818-901-9480. www.lssccc.org
MEND food bank: Call for current needs or to volunteer. 10641 San Fernando Road, Pacoima. 818-897-2443. www.mendpoverty.org
National Council of Jewish Women of Los Angeles Council Thrift Shops: Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and Sunday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday. Donations drop-off: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. Locations include: 21716 Sherman Way, Canoga Park (818-710-7206); 12203 Ventura Blvd., Studio City (no longer accepting furniture donations; 818-505-1924); 14526 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys (818-997-8980). Volunteer at the shops: 800-400-6259. bit.ly/2BGZ0cT
North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry: The pantry is supported by a coalition of area religious congregations. Information about food and money donations at First Christian Church of North Hollywood (Disciples of Christ), 818-763-8218. www.nhifp.org
St. Charles Service Center: Call for current needs or to volunteer. 10825 Moorpark St., North Hollywood. 818-985-7365.
Salvation Army: Check out ways to donate money and volunteer in the San Fernando Valley. 818-781-5739. sanfernandovalley.salvationarmy.org
San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission thrift stores: Support the programs at the mission by purchasing goods or donating. Two shops: North Hollywood Super Thrift Store, 13422 Saticoy St. (hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 818-474-1291); Reseda Super Thrift, 18344 Sherman Way (hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 818-654-4806). sfvrescuemission.org/thrift
Santa Clarita Food Pantry: Call or check website for current needs. 24133 Railroad Ave., Newhall. 661-255-9078. www.scvfoodpantry.org
SOVA food pantry: Call or check website for current needs. 16439 Vanowen St., Van Nuys. 818-988-7682. www.jfsla.org/sova
Volunteer League of the San Fernando Valley: Donate gently used or new children’s clothing (to help out K-12 children in the Los Angeles Unified School District through the league’s Centre Clothes Corner). Call or check website or volunteer opportunities and how to make monetary donations. 14603 Hamlin St., Van Nuys. 818-785-4134. www.volunteerleague.com
Volunteers of America: Check out ways to donate money to the group that provides services to children and families in need, the homeless, at-risk youth, veterans, those released from prison and those who are trying to overcome addictions. The organization was founded in 1896 in New York City and opened a home for orphans in the same year in Los Angeles. 213-389-1500. Email: [email protected] voala.org
Volunteer opportunities through VolunteerMatch: Online resource includes opportunities for all ages. Listings are specific to current need by various organizations by zip code. VolunteerMatch now requires verification of your email address before you can refer yourself to an opportunity to ensure that a nonprofit is able to contact you after you have referred yourself to an opportunity. For facts…