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.

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 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.

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


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 Kings/Tulare Area Agency on Aging, Tulare County DA, Fire, Fish & Wild Life, Parks & Recreation, Probation, Step Up, and the Suicide Prevention Task Force.  

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:

  • 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