Human Services - At-Risk Youth

The funds donated to the Human Services 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.

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.

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.

News

New Tulare County Spay/Neuter Clinic Invites Your Participation
August 26, 2021
New Tulare County Spay/Neuter Clinic Invites Your Participation

If you care about the welfare of animals and are looking for a chance to contribute to their well-being, this opportunity is for you! With the new clinic set to open in the fall of 2021, TCAS would like to invite the community to participate in raising funds to subsidize the spay/neutering treatments, as well as other, minor medical care for these animals in need.

Friends of Tulare County Welcomes Your Participation
July 13, 2021
Friends of Tulare County Welcomes Your Participation

When state and local funding for worthwhile local programs runs short, Friends of Tulare County (FTC) steps in to help fill the gaps. Read on to learn how you can help, too!

Local Olympic Athlete Brooke Crain Raises Funds for Suicide Prevention
April 5, 2021
Local Olympic Athlete Brooke Crain Raises Funds for Suicide Prevention

To raise awareness about suicide prevention and battle the accompanying stigma, Visalia native Brooke Crain, two-time Olympian athlete (2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics) in BMX racing, wants to pay it forward and share what she has learned and experienced. Brooke is hosting a BMX Racing Clinic as a fundraiser event to promote suicide prevention awareness on April 10 in Bakersfield, California.

Pathways to Hope
March 1, 2021
Pathways to Hope

Friends of Tulare County is proud to present Pathways to Hope, a 20-page bilingual newspaper that showcases services within Tulare County. This newspaper was a result of the Listos California Grant, in collaboration with Self-Help Enterprises and the California Office of Emergency Services. 

Support the Stockings for Seniors Drive: Chipotle, Anyone?
December 10, 2020
Support the Stockings for Seniors Drive: Chipotle, Anyone?

Join the FTC Stockings for Seniors Drive to help bring some holiday cheer and much-needed cold-weather items to local homebound seniors. Read on to find out the ways that you and our community can help - including dining out at Chipotle!

Friends of Tulare County Announces Listos CV19 Youth Media Challenge Winners
November 9, 2020
Friends of Tulare County Announces Listos CV19 Youth Media Challenge Winners

Tulare County youth create art-focused messages on COVID-19 safety guidelines 

Join the See's Candies / Stockings for Seniors Fundraiser!
October 16, 2020
Join the See's Candies / Stockings for Seniors Fundraiser!

This year, the Stockings for Seniors drive is partnering with See’s Candies to hold an online fundraiser, from now until November 16. Give your loved ones­­­­­—or yourselves—a sweet treat while supporting a great cause!

Pizza for a Purpose: Support the CWS Children's Toy Drive!
October 5, 2020
Pizza for a Purpose: Support the CWS Children's Toy Drive!

Take part in the Friends of Tulare County -  CWS Toy Drive! You can help bring joy to Tulare County foster children by taking advantage of a special offer from HHSA’s community partner Pieology Pizzeria Tuesday, October 13, between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m.

Friends of Tulare County Hosts Listos CV19 Youth Media Challenge
August 31, 2020
Friends of Tulare County Hosts Listos CV19 Youth Media Challenge

The Friends of Tulare County invites youth in grades 712 in Tulare County to participate in the Listos CV19 Youth Media Challenge during the month of September. In collaboration with Self-Help Enterprises and the California Office of Emergency Services along with community partner Tulare County Office of Education, the purpose of the competition is to highlight youth-created art focused on promoting COVID-19 safety guidelines in languages representing Tulare County, utilizing two categories: graphic design and video.

In-Kind Donations Being Sought for COVID-19 Response
August 28, 2020
In-Kind Donations Being Sought for COVID-19 Response

The Friends of Tulare County Emergency Relief Fund Program is accepting donations to support the COVID-19 response. There is a real need to assist our residents who are isolated or quarantined due to contracting or being exposed to COVID-19. Many of these households are facing unexpected financial hardships due to job loss or the inability to return to work due to the virus.

AmazonSmile App Now Available on Mobile Phones
June 12, 2020
AmazonSmile App Now Available on Mobile Phones

AmazonSmile is now available in the Amazon Shopping app on iOS and Android mobile phones. AmazonSmile customers can now support Friends of Tulare County (FTC) using the Amazon shopping app. 

Friends of Tulare County Sets Up Emergency Relief Fund
May 28, 2020
Friends of Tulare County Sets Up Emergency Relief Fund

The Friends of Tulare County is accepting monetary donations through the Friends of Tulare County Emergency Relief Fund Program as well as in-kind donations of supplies, in support of the COVID-19 response. The Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency and Tulare County Fire Department are collaborating to accept in-kind donations at all Tulare County-operated fire stations.

Friends of Tulare County: How You Can Help During the COVID-19 Response
May 19, 2020
Friends of Tulare County: How You Can Help During the COVID-19 Response

Tulare County residents are resilient and come together during difficult times; many have asked how they could help during this COVID-19 pandemic. The Friends of Tulare County, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is accepting monetary and in-kind donations through the Friends of Tulare County Emergency Relief Fund Program. See how you might be able to help!

Friends of Tulare County Launches Dynamic COVID-19 Outreach Campaign
May 18, 2020
Friends of Tulare County Launches Dynamic COVID-19 Outreach Campaign

Friends of Tulare County (FTC), which serves a diverse population, began looking for a way to assist residents when the COVIC-19 pandemic hit Tulare County in March 2020. FTC realized the County’s need for additional resources to resolve funding gaps, as well as to be forward-thinking in every aspect of the way the County addresses the pandemic, while also assisting health care and community partners who bring a unique service to the county.

Don Groppetti and Groppetti Automotive Presents Generous Check to FTC/CWS Toy Drive
December 26, 2019
Don Groppetti and Groppetti Automotive Presents Generous Check to FTC/CWS Toy Drive

Friends of Tulare County and Tulare County HHSA CWS Toy Drive thanks Don Groppetti and Groppetti Automotive for their generous award of $7,500 towards the annual CWS Toy Drive. Thank you for supporting children and youth in the CWS program!

Community Generosity Key in Holiday Spirit for Seniors
December 19, 2019
Community Generosity Key in Holiday Spirit for Seniors

The Kings/Tulare Area Agency on Aging (K/T AAA) and its staff would like to thank all our wonderful community members, both the private individuals and the organizations that supported the Senior Holiday Stocking Drive in 2019. This year’s campaign was the largest ever, with 600 gift-filled holiday stockings being delivered to our local seniors. 

Thank You Community!
December 18, 2019
Thank You Community!

Child Welfare Services and Friends of Tulare County would like to thank everyone who participated in this year's toy drive. Toys were provided through the generosity of Tulare County's business organizations, civic groups, residents, and the faith-based community.  

Busy Elves Wrapping Gifts for Children and Youth in Foster Care
December 10, 2019
Busy Elves Wrapping Gifts for Children and Youth in Foster Care

Many little elves from across the community are busy this week wrapping gifts donated for the Friends of Tulare County and CWS Toy drive benefiting children and youth in foster care.

CWS Toy Drive: Fill the Trolley Events
November 14, 2019
CWS Toy Drive: Fill the Trolley Events

The Fill the Trolley events for the Friends of Tulare County Child Welfare Services Children’s Toy Drive will occur at the Sequoia Plaza Mall, 3303 S. Mooney Blvd. in Visalia on Saturday, November 16, 23, and 30, and at the Visalia Mall, 2031 S. Mooney Blvd., on Sunday, November 10, 17, 24, and December 1.      

Pancake Breakfast Drive Benefits Community Needs
October 24, 2019
Pancake Breakfast Drive Benefits Community Needs

Join us on November 2 anytime between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. for a delicious pancake breakfast with Friends of Tulare County at Applebee’s, Visalia. Tickets for this event are $10 dollars each, and a percentage of the proceeds will benefit the CWS Toy and Stockings for Seniors drives. Participants will also have the option of dining in or taking out.