Veterans Services

Contributing toward the support of our local veterans through the VSO General Fund is a great opportunity for the members of the community to give back and thank veterans for their services.

Tulare County Parks–Lily Pond

For more than five decades the Lily Pond was a popular water feature in Mooney Grove Park. Due to the increasing cost of repair and maintenance over time, the Lily Pond is been non-functional for the past 15 years. To avoid demolition and to honor the history of the Lily Pond, the County is seeking donations from the community to help repair and restore the Lily Pond.

Step Up

Your donations to the Step Up program will be used for collateral items (i.e., T-shirts, backpacks, etc.), venue rental, event food, printing, speakers' fees, awards, materials, and other items associated with Step Up—a movement to encourage youth to participate in extracurricular activities, foster positive associations, and connect to constructive social networks.

At-Risk Youth (Human Services)

The funds donated to the Human Services At-Risk Youth fund benefit youth who are participating in an employment program and working to make the transition to adulthood and self-sufficiency. This program helps youth in need of emergency monies for necessities such as transportation, work apparel, utilities, medical, dental, and prescription expenses.

K/T AAA - Kings/Tulare Area Agency on Aging

The Kings/Tulare Area Agency on Aging helps provide programs and activities for local senior citizens, from arts and crafts to Medicare counseling, line dancing to home-delivered meals. Your donations to the Area Agency on Aging will help us continue to provide a wide range of services and activities to encourage older Americans to remain healthy, active, and involved in the community.

Homeless Fund

Donations to the Homeless Fund will help supply toiletries, clothing, identification card/application fees, furnishings, or cooking utensils/appliances, or may fund expenses like a utility bill or car repair for those experiencing, at risk for, or exiting homelessness.

Suicide Prevention Task Force (SPTF)

SPTF envisions a county without suicide and aims to accomplish this by implementing a full range of strategies, starting from prevention and early intervention. Your donations to the SPTF will help increase prevention and early intervention services, and help our community members better understand and recognize the signs and symptoms of suicide risk.

Child Welfare Services Receives Generous G for Kids Grant

On #GivingTuesday, the Child Welfare Services (CWS) General Fund received a $5,000 check from the G for Kids Foundation. Each year Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency CWS social workers and volunteers ban together to collect, wrap, and distribute toys to over 1,500 foster youth to ensure every child gets a holiday gift. Community donations also support various CWS programs and supplies for vulnerable children throughout the year including clothing donations, back to school supplies, birthday gifts, therapy kits, and much more! 

Thank you to G for Kids Foundation and Groppetti Automotive for supporting our community youth. To lean more and how you can help support foster youth and other Friends of Tulare County programs, visit our programs at


Tulare County Fire Chief Charles Norman (FTC Vice-President/Secretary), Mireya Anaya (CWS Division Manager), Alissa Savoie (CWS Staff Service Analyst), and Don Groppetti (President, Groppetti Automotive Family).
Mireya Anaya (CWS Division Manager), Alissa Savoie (CWS Staff Service Analyst), and Tulare County Fire Chief Charles Norman (FTC Vice-President/Secretary); background features G for Kids Foundation members and Groppetti Automotive support staff. 















About #GivingTuesday — A Global Generosity Movement

GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Since then, it has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. This year, GivingTuesday is celebrated on November 29.

Join the movement and give—each Tuesday or every day—whether it’s some of your time, a donation, or the power of your voice in your local community.

It’s a simple idea:  whether it’s making someone smile, helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts, and everyone has something to give.

On this #GivingTuesday, consider supporting our Friends of Tulare County, a non-profit striving to assist Tulare County’s underrepresented populations through charitable giving and grant funding. It accepts donations on behalf of the County that in turn provide financial support for a wide range of programs.

For more information & how to donate, call (559) 624-8000 or send an email to:

You can make a contribution by completing the FTC Public Donation Form or the Tulare County Employee Payroll Deduction Form on  

For more on GivingTuesday, visit:


Friends of Tulare County and AmazonSmile

Did you know that by shopping on, .05% of the value of eligible purchases will be donated to a charitable organization of your choice? There is no difference between using the platform and except that a donation will be made on your behalf.

Please consider choosing Friends of Tulare County (FTC) as your charitable organization. FTC strives to assist underrepresented populations of all ethnicities and cultures through donations and charitable giving. Keep your donations right here in Tulare County by selecting Friends of Tulare County when you shop at—knowing you are supporting our local efforts!