Charity and volunteer events in the San Fernando Valley area, April 16-23 – Daily News

Charity and volunteer events in the San Fernando Valley area, April 16-23 – Daily News

Jewish World Watch holds Walk to End Genocide marches in Pan Pacific Park in Los Angeles, on April 22, and one beginning at Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, on May 6. (Photo courtesy of Jewish World Watch)


The Taste of the Valley: Food and wine tasting presented by Valley Cultural Center, 5-8:30 p.m. April 19. Minimum age 21. Admission $60 before April 19; $75 at the door. Westfield Topanga, 6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park. 818-704-1358.

Race to Erase MS Anniversary Gala: Dinner, entertainment and a silent auction, 6:30 p.m. April 20. Performers include Siedah Garrett, Elle King and Flo Rida. Tickets $1,000 and up. Reservations required. Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. 310-440-4842. Email:

SOLID pancake breakfast: Supporters of Law Enforcement in Devonshire hold the annual open house event that includes Los Angeles Police Department displays and children’s activities, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. April 21. Cost $9 for the breakfast. Funds raised go to purchase supplies for the community police station for items not funded by taxes. LAPD Devonshire Community Police Station,10250 Etiwanda Ave., Northridge. 818-925-8335.

Community Clean-up on Earth Day in Porter Ranch: North Valley YMCA and Los Angeles Council District 12 host the event, 9 a.m.-noon April 21. Registration, 8:30 a.m. Reservations requested. Limekiln Canyon Park, 19514 Rinaldi St. 818-882-1212. Email:

We Rock the Spectrum’s Rock Walk for Autism and Special Needs and Resource Fair: Event includes special needs vendors, children’s fun zones plus food trucks, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 21. Schedule: walk registration, 8:30-9 a.m.; resource fair and activities, 9-11 a.m.; walk, 11 a.m.-noon; after party with dancing and music, noon-1 p.m. Free admission. Woodley Park, 6350 Woodley Ave., Van Nuys. 818-996-6620.

Jewish World Watch’s Walk to End Genocide: Support JWW’s programs that include educational awareness to stop genocide internationally, 9 a.m.-noon April 22. Check website to join or create a team or be a virtual walker. Registration: $36 ages 23 and older; $28 ages 12-22; $18 ages 5-11. Suggested fundraising goal, $100 (see website for ideas on fundraising). Pan Pacific Park, 7600 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. Upcoming: Second walk, 11 a.m. May 6 in Thousand Oaks. 818-501-1836.;

Pasadena Showcase House of Design Fundraiser: Tours begin, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 22. Minimum age 12. No pets. No backpacks, large bags or purses allowed (see website for other rules). Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday-Sunday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday; closed on Mondays; through May 20. Also available garden tours, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Admission $35-$40. Free parking and shuttle from Santa Anita Racetrack, Gate 6, Colorado Lot, Colorado Place (no address for house; shuttle service only). 714-442-3872.

Brave Trails Camp Out Benefit Soiree: The 12th annual event raises funds for programs that help LGBTQ ages 12-18 and their families, 6 p.m. April 22. Tickets $75. Reservations required. The Garland Hotel, 4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood.

Joe Torre Safe at Home Los Angeles Gala: Al Michaels hosts the fundraiser dinner with the theme “The 20th Anniversary of the MLB’s Greatest Team: The 1998 World Champion New York Yankees,” 6 p.m. April 25. Tickets $1,000. Reservations required. Funds raised go to Margaret’s Place programs to help middle and high school students with counseling on family violence and preventive ways to end cycle of violence in their families. The Hotel Bel-Air, 701 Stone Canyon Road, Bel-Air.

Fiesta of the Spanish Horse and the Mane Event: Four-day event that includes horse show competitions beginning April 26 (show competition viewing is free). The Mane Event show includes equine exhibitions and trick riding, 7 p.m. April 28 (horse barn areas are open during the day for attendees to visit with horses and their handlers). Tickets $15; $10 ages 65 and older and ages 5-12 (in advance; add $3 to each ticket price at the gate); $25 box seats, all ages. 50-50 raffle: $10 for one ticket; $50 for six; $100 for 15. Funds raised go to cancer research. Los Angeles Equestrian Center, 480 Riverside Drive, Burbank. 818-842-8444.

Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services Erasing the Stigma Leadership Awards: Fundraiser dinner and program, 6 p.m. April 26. Honorees include Joe Barksdale, Cynthia Germanotta, Oliver Platt and Rick Springfield. Dress code: business chic. Tickets $400. Reservations required. Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. 310-659-5517.

ONEgeneration Enriching Lives Spring Gala: The organization, celebrating 40-years of service to seniors in the San Fernando Valley, holds a dinner and awards presentation, 6-9 p.m. April 27. Honorees: Chris Wing, CEO of SCAN Health Plan, Grand Point Bank and the Grant Family. Tickets $250; email for tickets at Reservations required. Skirball Cultural Center, Ahmanson Ballroom, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles.

Voice for the Animals Foundation’s Wait Wait, Don’t Kill Me 2 – A Night of Comedy: Paul Scheer hosts the event that includes comedy by Whitney Cummings, Craig Ferguson, June Diane-Raphael, Lily Tomlin and Casey Wilson, 8 p.m. April 27. Tickets $50-$100. Broad Stage, 1310 11th St., Santa Monica. 213-403-0150.

Our House Grief Support Center’s Run for Hope: Event includes a one-mile “In Memory” walk (adults only; 7:30 a.m.), 5K run/walk and a family fun run, 9 a.m. April 29. Registration fee $45; $35 children. Preregister online. Funds raised go to grief support services at Our House locations including Woodland Hills. West Los Angeles Civic Center and Bandshell, 1645 Corinth Ave., Los Angeles. 888-417-1444.

New Directions for Youth Sunday Brunch and Fashion Show: 9 a.m. April 29. Tickets $95. Reservations required. Proceeds go to programs and services helping at-risk children. Macy’s At Westfield Topanga, 21900 Vanowen St., Canoga Park (use entrance on Vanowen Street). 818-503-6330.


American Cancer Society Discovery Shop: Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. 8738 Tampa Ave., Northridge. 818-772-0194.

American Red Cross Los Angeles Region: Seeking blood donations and volunteers for customer service at blood drives and drivers to transport blood to hospitals in need. 213-610-6104.

Assistance League of the San Fernando Valley Thrift Shop: Proceeds from sales go to the nonprofit’s charities. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Friday-Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Wednesday. 22335 Sherman Way, Canoga Park. 818-710-1888.

B’nai B’rith Bagel Brigade: Volunteers needed to pick up donated bread from bagel shops and supermarkets to be delivered to the needy. Volunteers needed for early morning and nights on choice of day. Frank, 818-376-0502.

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Thrift Shop: All proceeds go to the hospital. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday (except closed the last Sunday of the month). Donations accepted 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (clothes, collectibles, furniture, household items; call first regarding large pieces of furniture). 3301 Burbank Blvd., Burbank. 818-845-6606.

Community Distribution Center Food Bank: Donations of food needed, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 11350 Saticoy St., Sun Valley. 818-759-0616.

FISH of West Valley: Donate nonperishable food and hygiene products, 4-5 p.m. Saturdays. 20440 Lassen St., Chatsworth. 818-882-3474.

Guadalupe Community Center: Donate nonperishable food and gently used clothes, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays. 21600 Hart St., Canoga Park. 213-251-3549.

Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission: Check out ways to donate money and volunteer in the San Fernando Valley. For volunteering: or 818-392-0020, Ext. 1002. The mission also has three thrift stores: 18167 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills (9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; 818-363-2050); 19379 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country (10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday; 661-673-5951); 2790 E. Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley (9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; 818-392-0020).

Lutheran Social Services: Call for current needs and volunteer opportunities. Valley Lutheran Church, 7400 Tujunga Ave
North Hollywood. 818-901-9480.

MEND foodbank: Volunteers needed, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday. 10641 San Fernando Road, Pacoima. 818-897-2443.

New Friends Homeless Center seeks volunteers: The organization needs chefs, food servers, greeters and cleanup crew for Tuesday and Friday nights and Sunday afternoons. Locations include United Methodist Church, 5650 Shoup Ave., Woodland Hills (Friday) and St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, 17114 Ventura Blvd., Encino (Tuesday and Sunday). Donations appreciated. Apply through the website. 818-887-1109.

North Hollywood Interfaith Food Pantry: The pantry is supported by a coalition of area religious congregations. Information about food and money donations at First Christian Church of North Hollywood (Disciples of Christ), 818-763-8218.

Panorama Economic Development Corporation Food Pantry: For those in need, 4-6 p.m. Wednesdays. Bring your own bag. Line begins at the southwest corner of Parthenia Street and Woodman Avenue. 8755 Woodman Ave., Arleta. For giving donations, call for current needs. 818-894-2281.

ProCare Hospice seeking volunteers: Training provided for volunteers to work with patients who are facing life-limiting illness. Volunteers may use a variety of skills including arts and crafts, listening and caregiver relief to families in the San Fernando Valley. 818-895-8000. Email: Chaplain and Bereavement and Volunteer Coordinator Marc Angelo at ProCare Hospice, 10200 Sepulveda Blvd., Mission Hills.

St. Anne’s Thrift Shop: Proceeds from sales go to the St. Anne’s social service agency that provides programs helping unwed teen mothers and other programs for young women and children. Hours: 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 3315 Burbank Blvd., Burbank. 818-842-5564.

St. Charles Service Center: Donate nonperishable food, hygiene products, blankets and gently used clothing, 9-11:45 a.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday. 10825 Moorpark St., North Hollywood. 818-985-7365.

Salvation Army: Check out ways to donate money and volunteer in the San Fernando Valley. 818-781-5739.

San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission: Collecting cases of bottled water for the Rescue Survival Outreach Services. The mission’s Rescue SOS trucks, equipped with a mobile shower unit, clothing, food and hygiene items for distribution, currently needs bottled water to distribute. Donation hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. 8756 Canby Ave., Northridge. 818-785-4476.

Santa Clarita Food Pantry: Donate canned food, hygiene products, homegrown produce and cash or volunteer to work, 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-noon the first Saturday of the month. 24133 Railroad Ave., Newhall. 661-255-9078.

SOVA food pantry: Donate nonperishable food and personal care products, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-noon Sunday (except holiday weekends). 16439 Vanowen St., Van Nuys. 818-988-7682.

Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team fundraiser store: Variety of items for sale including accessories, clothes, home furnishings, gifts, jewelry, designer shoes and vintage collectibles. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 4521 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks. 818-849-5250.

Valley Community Healthcare seeking volunteers: Volunteer duties include providing information on available services for newly-insured and lower income patients. Volunteer must be able to work two hours with once a month minimum commitment. North Hollywood Center, 6801 Coldwater Canyon Ave. Jane Bainter, 818-301-6375, Ext. 1220. Email:

Valley Food Bank: Donate nonperishable food, diapers, household cleaning supplies and hygiene products, 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. 12701 Van Nuys Blvd., Pacoima. 818-510-4140.

Volunteer League of the San Fernando Valley: The organization seeks gently used children’s clothing (to help out K-12 children in the Los Angeles Unified School District through the league’s Centre Clothes Corner). Volunteer opportunities and monetary donations welcome. 14603 Hamlin St., Van Nuys. 818-785-4134.

Volunteer opportunities through VolunteerMatch: Online resource list includes opportunities for all ages. Listings are specific to current need by various organizations; plug in ZIP code for your area.

Volunteers of America: Check out ways to donate money to the group that provides services to children and families in need, the homeless, at-risk youth, veterans, those released from prison and those who are trying to overcome addictions. The organization was founded in 1896 in New York City and opened a home for orphans in the same year in Los Angeles. 213-389-1500. Email:

West Valley Food Pantry: The coalition of 11 churches and synagogues needs donations and has volunteer opportunities, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m.-noon Friday. Closed on weekends. Located at Prince of Peace Episcopal Church, 5700 Rudnick Ave., Woodland Hills. 818-346-5554.

Send information at least two weeks in advance to 818-713-3708.

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