Services and How to Donate

To donate to one of the programs listed below, send a check payable to:
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:


Adult Services

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.

Animal Control Cattery

There is not enough space or resources for the amount of cats entering the Tulare County Animal Shelter due to animal cruelty cases. This program’s goal is to provide cats with exercise and social interaction in a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere so as to increase the chance of rehabilitation, thus greatly increasing the adoption rate of these cats.

Animal Control Dog Adoptions

The Tulare County Dogs Adoptions program puts hundreds of shelter dogs in homes that are looking for a fantastic pet. Without this program, the majority of these dogs would be euthanized. The Dog Adoptions program is spearheaded by staff and volunteers who coordinate dog adoptions events, sponsorships and volunteer assistance. The Dog Adoptions Program is facilitated by a foster parent dog program that enables dogs with adoption potential that may need some additional time, veterinary care and training to receive personalized attention and care in a family environment before they are adopted. In some cases, the costs of adoption, including licensing, vaccinations and microchips are paid for by sponsorships.

Animal Control General

In addition to providing food and shelter for unwanted, stray, sick, and injured animals, the Animal Control program provides licensing and adoption services. Animal Control also responds to public complaints and reports of vicious animals, animal neglect, and dog bites.

At-Risk Youth

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.

Children's Toy Drive

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.

Community Living Center Friendship Club

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

Independent Living Program (ILP)

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.

Kings/Tulare Area Agency on Aging (K/T AAA)

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.

Maternal Child Adolescent Health (MCAH)

The MCAH program provides broad family-centered, integrated health services for women and children from early pregnancy through infancy, childhood, adolescence and early adulthood.

Mental Health - General

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.

Nutrition Education & Obesity Prevention (NEOP)

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.

Probation Placement Unit

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.

Project Lifesaver

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.

Senior Day in the Park

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.

Step Up

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.

Stockings for Senior Citizens

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. 

Suicide Prevention Task Force

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

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.

Tulare County Parks & Recreation

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.