Suicide Prevention Task Force (SPTF)

SPTF envisions a county without suicide and aims to accomplish this by implementing a full range of strategies, starting from prevention and early intervention. Your donations to the SPTF will help increase prevention and early intervention services, and help our community members better understand and recognize the signs and symptoms of suicide risk.

K/T AAA - Kings/Tulare Area Agency on Aging

The Kings/Tulare Area Agency on Aging helps provide programs and activities for local senior citizens, from arts and crafts to Medicare counseling, line dancing to home-delivered meals. Your donations to the Area Agency on Aging will help us continue to provide a wide range of services and activities to encourage older Americans to remain healthy, active, and involved in the community.

Tulare County Parks & Recreation Lily Pond

For more than five decades the Lily Pond was a popular water feature in Mooney Grove Park. Due to the increasing cost of repair and maintenance over time, the Lily Pond is been non-functional for the past 15 years. To avoid demolition and to honor the history of the Lily Pond, the County is seeking donations from the community to help repair and restore the Lily Pond.

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.

Step Up

Your donations to the Step Up program will be used for collateral items (i.e., T-shirts, backpacks, etc.), venue rental, event food, printing, speakers' fees, awards, materials, and other items associated with Step Up—a movement to encourage youth to participate in extracurricular activities, foster positive associations, and connect to constructive social networks.

At-Risk Youth

The funds donated to the At-Risk Youth fund benefit youth who are participating in an employment program and working to make the transition to adulthood and self-sufficiency. This program helps youth in need of emergency monies for necessities such as transportation, work apparel, utilities, medical, dental, and prescription expenses.

Listos CV19 Youth Media Challenge

 

Congratulations Listos CV19 Youth Media Challenge Winners!!!

The Friends of Tulare County (FTC) is pleased to announce its award winners from the Listos CV19 Youth Media Challenge held in September for youth in grades 7–12 in Tulare County.

Thirty students representing five high schools highlight this year’s winners. Eighteen different media messages were chosen as being among the best, with the community’s top pick going to Victoria Picazo (Mission Oak High School), who submitted a 30-second Public Service Announcement called “Our Hopes.”   

In collaboration with Self-Help Enterprises and the California Office of Emergency Services, the purpose of the competition was to highlight youth-created art focused on promoting COVID-19 safety guidelines in languages representing Tulare County, utilizing three categories: audio, graphic design, and video.

Youth were asked to choose one theme (Hope, Connection, Safety, Responsibility, or I wear a mask for …) and select at least one COVID-19 safety action in their media submission, including proper handwashing, social distancing, mask wearing, and avoiding gatherings.

The artwork produced enables a wide array of media platform use that will be seen around the county, including bus wraps and interior advertisements, social media, Zoom backgrounds, radio spots, and television commercials.

“It has been our great pleasure to sponsor and promote the Listos Youth Media Challenge, and we look forward to seeing the creativity of our Tulare County students showcased on various platforms,” says Michelle Bonwell, Tulare County Chief Probation Officer and the current President/Chair of FTC.

FTC would like to thank its sponsors for being pivotal partners in the success of this event: Tulare County Office of Education, Create TC, SlickRock Student Film Festival, Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency, Momentum Broadcasting, EECU, United Way of Tulare County, Tulare Rotary Foundation, Tulare Super Target, and Kiwanis Club of Greater Tulare.