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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Accepting donations on behalf of the County of Tulare, FTC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that accepts donations on behalf of programs and services provided by the Health & Human Services Agency, Tulare County DA, the Fire Department, Fish & Wildlife, Parks & Recreation, Probation, Step Up, the Suicide Prevention Task Force, Homelessness programs, and the County’s Emergency Relief Fund. Donations made to FTC stay right here to help support folks in our own community.

Recent donations received through FTC include over $120,000 to Animal Services, nearly $10,000 to the CWS Toy Drive, and a grant of over $200,000 from Listos California that was used for local COVID-19 messaging.

Friends of Tulare County was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2003. It is an all-volunteer organization consisting of a seven-member unpaid Board, and all work performed by FTC representatives with regard to solicitation of donations and applications for grant funding is performed by unpaid volunteers.

To learn more about how you can make a difference, call (559) 624-8000 or send an email to FriendsTC@tularecounty.ca.gov. Or you may visit the FTC website at: FriendsTC.org.

Additionally, county employees may make donations through payroll deductions by filling out the FTC County Payroll Deduction form found on the FTC website.

To donate to one of the programs listed on the FTC website, simply click on the Donate button found at the bottom of each program’s page. Alternatively, you may mail a check payable to:

FRIENDS OF TULARE COUNTY
5957 South Mooney Blvd.
Visalia, CA 93277
(Make a note of the specific program to which you wish to donate on the memo line.)

FTC welcomes your support of their efforts to add joy and inspiration to the lives of those in need and to increase the overall well-being of the community in which we all live and serve.