To donate to one of the programs listed below, send a check payable to:
FRIENDS OF TULARE COUNTY
5957 South Mooney Blvd.
Visalia, CA 93277
Please indicate the program on the memo line of your check.
Employees may make donations through payroll deductions by filling out the Friends of Tulare County Payroll Deduction.
Currently Friends of Tulare County is accepting donations on behalf of:
The Adult Protective Services program has the very serious responsibility of helping dependent or elderly (age 65 or over) adults remain safely in their homes by responding to requests for help or reports of negligence or abuse. Services are free of charge, and all elderly and dependent adults (including the disabled ages 18–64) are entitled to services without regard to income or property if there is a need for protective services.
The Public Guardian takes charge of the personal care and finances of a person who has been found by the court to be incapable of taking care of him- or herself. Generally, these are older, frail, and/or disabled adults. Often, they have been victims of abuse or neglect. When there are no friends or relatives who are able to act as caretaker, the Public Guardian helps out.
Tulare County Animal Services places hundreds of shelter animals in new homes with adopters who are looking for a fantastic pet. The animal adoptions program is spearheaded by staff and volunteers who coordinate adoption events, sponsorships, and volunteer assistance. The adoptions program includes finding foster parents who are able to temporarily care for shelter animals at their homes, giving animals time to grow, socialize, and receive personalized attention and care in a family environment before going to their “forever home.” Moms with litters have a chance to raise their puppies and kittens away from a shelter setting, enabling them to have more contact with people, children, and other animals.
The Animal Adoption Fund offsets the costs of adoption, including spay/neuter expenses, vaccinations, microchips, and dog licensing, by sponsoring either the full or partial adoption costs. This is especially helpful with the hard-to-place animals, older animals, those needing special medical treatment, and those needing extra help finding a permanent home. Animal Services holds special adoption events throughout the year to promote adoptions and pet ownership.
Animal Services has the following responsibilities: Maintaining the health and safety of the animals in their care and custody; overseeing the dog licensing program for county residents; providing outreach and education services; and responding to public complaints, reports of vicious animals, dog bites, and animal neglect cases. Animal Services’ primary goal is to find new homes for shelter animals through adoptions, foster parents, and rescue groups.
The Animal Services General Fund is used for purchasing educational materials; covering expenses associated with providing low-cost vaccination and microchip clinics to the county’s rural communities; purchasing general supplies to improve the animals’ health; transporting animals to rescue organizations; and for various other items to enhance the program’s education and outreach efforts.
Tulare County is a large county with pets in many households. For some people, accessing veterinary care or having their animals spayed or neutered and vaccinated can be difficult to afford. The Animal Services Spay/Neuter Fund provides reduced-cost spay/neuter vouchers. It also brings mobile spay/neuter clinics to small communities with no access to veterinary care and facilitates a trap, neuter, and release (TNR) program for community cats.
Funds donated to this program help youth in need of emergency monies for necessities such as transportation, work apparel, utilities, infant and household items, and medical, dental, and prescription expenses.
Conducted every December, this program collects toys to give as gifts to the nearly 1,700 previously abused or neglected children within the Tulare County Child Welfare System.
Friendship Club is a primarily Consumer-driven program that offers a social support network for folks receiving County Mental Health Services. The Friendship Club provides a place for consumers to gather and explore networking opportunities to strengthen recovery services. Having a connection to Friendship Club, through arts and crafts, games, and move days; enhances the quality of life and encourages a more positive self-image
Serving current and former probation and foster youth ages 16 to 21, ILP provides comprehensive case management services to assist youth acheive independent living skills, thus affording a smoother transition into adulthood. Services include educational modules, workshops, mentorship, employment counseling, educational assistance, and transitional planning.
K/T AAA provides senior programs, including home delivered and congregate meals, case management, Medicare counseling, information and assistance, health promotion, and elder abuse prevention. This program coordinates a wide range of activities to encourage older Americans to remain involved in the community.
The MCAH program provides broad family-centered, integrated health services for women and children from early pregnancy through infancy, childhood, adolescence and early adulthood.
The purpose is to increase projects and events that serve in a cultural competent appropriate manner residents of Tulare County. Projects and events are intended for populations in our community that are unserved or underserved. The Mental Health Department understands the need to increase mental health awareness, reduce Stigma, and bring dignity to the residents of Tulare County.
The mission of Tulare County Nutrition Education & Obesity Prevention (NEOP) program is to create innovative partnerships that empower low-income residents to increase fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity, and food security with the goal of preventing obesity and other diet-related chronic diseases. Various events, such as Fruit & Veggie Fest, held by NEOP at multiple venues are used to facilitate behavior change in the homes, schools, worksites, and communities of low-income Californians to create environments that support fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity. Donations will be used to reinforce and support healthy cooking activities and nutrition information that will be communicated to the participants during the events.
Using foster and group homes, as well as homes of suitable relatives or extended family members, this unit places wards of the court into appropriate housing.
In partnership with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office, Project Lifesaver helps save lives and reduce the potential for serious injury by providing rapid response tracking devices to children and adults who wander due to Alzheimer’s, autism, Down syndrome, and dementia.
Held annually by the Kings/Tulare Area Agency on Aging during Older American's Month in May, this event helps provide information and support along with an opportunity for seniors and their caregivers to have fun while interacting with others.
Working with partners, communities, stakeholders, youth and parents Step Up seeks to address issues that affect all youth in Tulare County by encouraging youth to participate in extracurricular activities, foster positive associations and connect to constructive social networks.
CSET Senior Services, Tulare County Adult Protective Services, and Public Guardian partner with the Kings Tulare Area Agency on Aging to provide holiday stockings and home visits to nearly 300 isolated and home-bound seniors in Tulare County.
Comprised of representatives from government, education, community-based service providers, and community members, SPTF provides training, activities, and education throughout the community to increase awareness of the signs of suicide risk and the available prevention and early intervention resources in Tulare and Kings Counties.
Tulare County Fire Department utilizes specialized tools for firefighting, personal protective equipment, and other items to support their mission. You can assist the Fire Department in purchasing essential equipment with your donation.
Aiming to positively affect family heritage and the quality of life within the County, Tulare County Parks manages and maintains the over 460 acres of park lands, which include picnic and camping areas, two disc golf courses, a number of lakes and ponds as well as the Tulare County Museum.