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:

  • Marilyn Kinoshita, Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer - Chair
  • Deanne Peterson, Tulare County County Counsel - Vice-Chair/Secretary
  • Chief Charlie Norman, Tulare County Fire Department
  • Roland P. Hill, Tulare County Assessor/Clerk-Recorder
  • Michelle Bonwell, Tulare County Probation Department
  • Peg Yeates, Tulare County Information and Communication Technology

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.