About Us

Friends of Tulare County was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization on October 20, 2003. Friends of Tulare County is dedicated to promoting the safety, health, and well-being of all residents of Tulare County and strives to assist underrepresented and disadvantaged populations of all ethnicities and cultures through donations, charitable giving, and grant funding.

Friends of Tulare County accepts donations on behalf of the County of Tulare, including programs and services provided by the Health & Human Services Agency, the Animal Shelter, and the Sheriff's Department. (See the Programs tab for a list of all the programs we support.)

Friends of Tulare County is an all-volunteer organization consisting of seven Board Members. All board member positions are unpaid, and all work performed by Friends of Tulare County representatives with regard to solicitation of donations and applications for grant funding are performed by unpaid volunteers.

Current Board Members:

  • Deanne Peterson, Tulare County Counsel—President/Chair
  • Peg Yeates, Tulare County Information & Communication Technology—Vice-Chair/Secretary
  • Roland P. Hill, Tulare County Assessor/Clerk-Recorder—Treasurer
  • Michelle Bonwell, Tulare County Probation Department
  • John Hess, General Services Agency
  • Timothy Lutz, Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency
  • Chief Charlie Norman, Tulare County Fire Department

We welcome your support of our efforts to add joy and inspiration, and to increase the overall well-being of the community in which we all live and serve. To learn more about how you can make a difference, call (559) 624-8000 or send an email to FriendsTC@tularehhsa.org.