CWS - Independent Living Program (ILP)

Your donations to the Independent Living Program will help probation and foster youth prepare for independent living. Such supports might include driver's education, bus passes, and other work-related expenses, as well as clothing, personal hygiene items, and emergency assistance as needed.

Tulare County Parks & Recreation

Each year, the parks in Tulare County are visited by more than 150,000 people, and County budgets are not large enough to resolve the growing needs of the parks. Your donations to the Parks & Recreation program go directly to the park in your community.  

Animal Services - General

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 enhancing outreach efforts.

Nutrition Education & Obesity Prevention (NEOP)

Donations to the Nutrition Education & Obesity Prevention (NEOP) program will be used to reinforce and support healthy cooking activities and to distribute nutrition information to participants during events such as the Fruit & Veggie Fest, while helping to empower low-income residents to increase fruit and vegetable consumption, physical activity, and food security. 

Tulare County 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.

About Us

Friends of Tulare County Brochure

 

Welcome to Friends of Tulare County!

Friends of Tulare County (FTC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the safety, health, and well-being of all residents of Tulare County.

FTC strives to assist underrepresented populations of all ethnicities and cultures through donations, charitable giving, and grant funding. Your tax-deductible donations help support your community.

Incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization on October 20, 2003,  FTC strives to assist underrepresented and disadvantaged populations of all ethnicities and cultures through donations, charitable giving, and grant funding.

FTC accepts donations on behalf of Tulare County to support programs that provide financial support for foster children, youth, and the elderly, as well as shelter and food for unwanted and abandoned animals. Your donation also helps with gang and suicide prevention programs, as well as public safety, fish and wildlife, parks and recreation enhancement, and assisting our aging population.

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:

  • Chief Michelle Bonwell, Tulare County Probation Department—President/Chair
  • Timothy Lutz, Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency—Vice-Chair/Secretary
  • John Hess, Tulare County Administrative Office—Treasurer
  • Jennifer Flores, Tulare County Counsel
  • Chief Charlie Norman, Tulare County Fire Department
  • Brooke Sisk, Tulare County General Services
  • Darla Wegener, Tulare County Library

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@tularecounty.ca.gov.

If you would like to donate to one of the programs listed in this website, 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.

County employees may make donations through payroll deductions by filling out the Friends of Tulare County Payroll Deduction.