Here is this week’s sampling of charities in the San Fernando Valley area that need your support through donations or volunteer work.
American Red Cross blood donations: Blood, especially type O, and platelet donations needed. There are many locations to give blood in the San Fernando Valley including: 11:45 a.m.-5:45 p.m. July 15 (Granada Hills Pavilion, 1128 Balboa Blvd.); 12:15-7:30 p.m. July 16-17 and 7:45 a.m.-3 p.m. July 20-21 (Woodland Hills Blood Donation Center, 6338 Variel Ave.); 1-7 p.m. July 18 (Elks Lodge #1497, 2232 N. Hollywood Way, Burbank); 11 a.m.-5 p.m. July 19 (JC Penney, 9301 Tampa Ave., Northridge). See website for guidelines on how to give blood. Make an appointment by phone 1-800-733-2767, or online redcrossblood.org
Best Friends Lifesaving Center’s Hakuna Matata Cats and Kittens Adoptions: noon-8 p.m. July 19-21. Kittens are fixed, micro-chipped and vaccinated. Check website or call for cats or kittens for free adoption for this event. 15321 Brand Blvd., Mission Hills. 818-643-3989. www.bestfriendsla.org
Children’s Bureau seeking resource parents for foster or foster-adoption: Information meeting, 10 a.m.-noon July 20. Reservations requested. Andrew’s Plaza, 11335 Magnolia Blvd., Suite 2C, North Hollywood. 800-730-3933. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. www.all4kids.org
Kids Helping Kids Charity Event: Carnival for children with games and prizes and door prize drawings for adults, 1-5 p.m. July 20. Tickets $5 for 10 tickets (for games and food items). Volunteers needed (call if you can help). Proceeds benefit the 1736 Family Crisis Center that provides shelter and outpatient services for victims of domestic violence, runaway and homeless youth and assistance for veterans. Safari Room Restaurant, parking lot, 15426 Devonshire St., Mission Hills. Shirley, 818-361-7573 or 818-893-9768.
San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission Open House: Find out about volunteer work or other ways to support the organization, 1-2 p.m. July 20. Reservations are required. 8756 Canby Ave., Northridge. Email: email@example.com. bit.ly/2Xtvn7I
The Adult Skills Center 2019 Midsummer Concert: Fundraiser for the group that provides job training, employment and independent living services to adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities, preshow, 6 p.m. July 20, followed by the concert. Silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. Tickets $30. Temple Judea, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. bit.ly/2XvJAGb
Ashes of Hope Art Auction: Proceeds from sales of the online art auction go to the California Wildfire Relief Fund. Ash from the 2018 Camp and Woolsey fires was mixed with acrylic paint to create the art works by various artists. bit.ly/2Lkwhlw
Variety – The Children’s Charity of Southern California’s Poker & Casino Night: 7:30 p.m. July 24. Tickets $75 (casino games and dinner); $100 mid-stakes poker buy-in; $500 high-stakes poker buy-in. Reservations required by July 16. No tickets sold at the door. Paramount Pictures Studio Lot, 555 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles. www.varietysocal.org; bit.ly/2s6QOAJ
Flair 2019: Fashion Legacy Association for Industry Recognition’s “The Jazz Age of Fashion” show with designs from African American designers on July 27. Tickets $100 for fashion show and post reception (fashion show, 8, followed by reception); $150 for entire evening (6 p.m. reception, dinner and program). Reservations required. Proceeds benefit mentoring programs and scholarships for multi-cultural fashion designers. California African American Museum, Exposition Park, 600 State Drive, Los Angeles. www.flairinc.org
Docent training for the Autry Museum of the American West: Docents give guided tours of the galleries for schoolchildren during the week and for adult groups on the weekend. Must be able to give tours for a minimum of one year. Cost $50, includes reading material. Classes begin, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 2 and run Tuesday and Thursday through Sept. 16 (times may vary; dates to be confirmed). Call or email for more information. 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles. Susan DiCato, 323-495-4237. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. theautry.org/docents
Our House Grief Support Center’s Camp Erin LA: Weekend camp experience with grief support and traditional camping activities for ages 6-17 who have experienced the death of a parent or sibling, Sept. 6-8. Application deadline, Aug. 14. Free; space limited; in-person interview required in San Fernando Valley or West Los Angeles office (see website for eligibility rules). Venue is at Camp Bob Waldorf in Glendale. www.ourhouse-grief.org/camp-erin-la-oc
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. www.facebook.com/discoveryshopnorthridge
Catholic Charities Guadalupe Community Center: Call for current needs. 21600 Hart St., Canoga Park. 213-251-3549.
FISH of West Valley: Call for current needs. 20440 Lassen St., Chatsworth. 818-882-3474.
Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission: Check out ways to donate money and volunteer in the San Fernando Valley. For volunteering: email@example.com 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). www.hopeofthevalley.org
Lutheran Social Services: Call for current needs and volunteer opportunities. Valley Lutheran Church, 7400 Tujunga Ave., North Hollywood. 818-901-9480. www.lssccc.org
MEND food bank: Call for current needs or to volunteer. 10641 San Fernando Road, Pacoima. 818-897-2443. www.mendpoverty.org
National Council of Jewish Women of Los Angeles Council Thrift Shops: Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and Sunday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday. Donations drop-off: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. Locations include: 21716 Sherman Way, Canoga Park (818-710-7206); 12203 Ventura Blvd., Studio City (no longer accepting furniture donations; 818-505-1924); 14526 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys (818-997-8980). Volunteer at the shops: 800-400-6259. bit.ly/2BGZ0cT
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. www.nhifp.org
St. Charles Service Center: Call for current needs or to volunteer. 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. sanfernandovalley.salvationarmy.org
San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission thrift stores: Support the programs at the mission by purchasing goods or donating. Two shops: North Hollywood Super Thrift Store, 13422 Saticoy St. (hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 818-474-1291); Reseda Super Thrift, 18344 Sherman Way (hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 818-654-4806). sfvrescuemission.org/thrift
Santa Clarita Food Pantry: Call or check website for current needs. 24133 Railroad Ave., Newhall. 661-255-9078. www.scvfoodpantry.org
SOVA food pantry: Call or check website for current needs. 16439 Vanowen St., Van Nuys. 818-988-7682. www.jfsla.org/sova
Volunteer League of the San Fernando Valley: Donate gently used or new children’s clothing (to help out K-12 children in the Los Angeles Unified School District through the league’s Centre Clothes Corner). Call or check website or volunteer opportunities and how to make monetary donations. 14603 Hamlin St., Van Nuys. 818-785-4134. www.volunteerleague.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. voala.org
Volunteer opportunities through VolunteerMatch: Online resource includes opportunities for all ages. Listings are specific to current need by various organizations by zip code. VolunteerMatch now requires verification of your email address before you can refer yourself to an opportunity to ensure that a nonprofit is able to contact you after you have referred yourself to an opportunity. For facts about registering with VolunteerMatch (now required also) and providing email: www.volunteermatch.org/volunteers/resources/faq.jsp#1 Website: www.volunteermatch.org
West Valley Food Pantry: A coalition of churches and synagogues runs the pantry. Call or check website for current needs. The pantry is located on the grounds of Prince of Peace Episcopal Church, 5700 Rudnick Ave., Woodland Hills. 818-346-5554. www.westvalleyfoodpantry.org
Send information at least two weeks in advance to email@example.com. 818-713-3708.