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Volunteering, charitable opportunities in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles

August 22, 2014

By Holly Andres, Daily News, Los Angeles

Aug. 22--Northridge Sparkle Campaign needs old golf bags: Donate your golf bag to be used by the group to clean up parkways, sidewalks and streets in Northridge. Council District 12 Community Service Center, 9207 Oakdale Ave., Chatsworth. 818-882-1212.

American Cancer Society Relay for Life in Granada Hills: Team members take turns walking the route for 24 hours, 9 a.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday. Event raises funds for cancer research and celebrates cancer survivors. Check website for information on how to form or join a team. Granada Hills Charter High School, 10535 Zelzah Ave. 661-298-0886.

Children's Bureau seeking foster parents: 10 a.m.-noon Saturday. 11815 Riverside Drive, North Hollywood (800-730-3933).

National Women's History Museum -- Women Making History brunch: Event will raise awareness in a museum dedicated to women's history in American to be built on the National Mall in Washington D.C., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Honorees include Sophia Bush, Lesa France Kennedy and Callie Khouri. Tickets $128.50; $77.50 ages 12-18. Reservations required. Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. 703-461-1920.;

Entertainers for Education concert: Fundraiser for students at the Carolyn Miller High School in Paynesville, Liberia, 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday. Donation. Goal target is $2,000 by Sept. 1. North Hollywood First United Methodist Church, 4832 Tujunga;

Be the Light 5K Night Run/Walk: 8 p.m.Aug. 30. Fundraiser for A Light of Hope, a nonprofit addiction and recovery support center for ages 14-26 and their parents in Santa Clarita. Preregistration fee $25; $15 ages 12-18; $30 after Aug. 29. Start and end point is West Creek Park, 24247 Village Circle Drive. Route is along the San Francisquito Trail between Copper Hill and Decoro drives.

Malibu Country Mart's Fashion Show for Stop Cancer: Fundraiser features fashions from Morgane Le Fay and John Varvatos, 6-9 p.m.Sept. 4. Tickets $45; $80 couples. Reservations required. 3835 Cross Creek Rd., Malibu. 310-841-2600, Ext. 24. Email

Macy's Passport's Glamorama Fashion Rocks: Fundraiser for AIDS Project Los Angeles with cocktails, dancing, fashion and food, 8 p.m.Sept. 9. Tickets $85; $250 VIP. Reservations required. Create Nightclub, 6021 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles.

Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry summer food drive: Check website for items most in need. Drive runs 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Thursday through Aug. 29 at various locations, including City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd.; Santa clarita Sports Complex, 20880 Centre Point Pkwy.; Transit Maintenance Facility, 2400 Main St.; the city's corporate yard, 25663 Avenue Stanford; and the organization's pantry, 24133 Railroad Ave. 661-255-9078.

Cell Phones for Soldiers donation center at Gates, Kingsley & Gates Praiswater Mortuary: Donate gently used cellphones and accessories during business hours, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Ongoing program. 6909 Canoga Ave., Canoga Park. 818-348-3354.

Soles4Souls drive at Ron Kelly RE/MAX Olson & Associates: Donate gently used or new shoes 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. The drive runs through September. 11141 Tampa Ave., Northridge. 818-678-0140.

San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission: Cash donations and specific items are being solicited by the group to help clients after a recent fire destroyed its emergency shelter, food pantry and vehicles. 818-785-4476.


All Veterans Burial Squad: Call for meeting time. VFW Post 3834, 111 N. Hagar St., San Fernando. 818-899-4834 or 661-259-1441.

Animal Rescue Alliance: Volunteers needed for a variety of jobs including cleaning animal enclosures and office tasks with morning and evening hours. Call Kelly Holland, 818-718-4800 or Bob Karbel, 818-421-7498.

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. Wednesday-Saturday. 22335 Sherman Way, Canoga Park.

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.

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.

Granada Hills Veteran Memorial Park tribute walk brick donation: Honor a veteran with an engraved brick to be placed in the tribute walk located at the southeast corner of Chatsworth Street and Zelzah Avenue. Cost $125; $300 for three bricks. Information at 818-366-2020 or

Guadalupe Community Center: Donate nonperishable food and gently used clothes, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. weekdays. 21600 Hart St., Canoga Park. 818-340-2050.

Helping Hands for Animals: Donate gently used accessories, clothes and shoes, household items and toys, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Group supports a different animal-rescue group every month. 2800 W. Burbank Blvd., Burbank. 877-763-9685.

Lutheran Social Services: Volunteer drivers are needed for food pickup at local markets. The group is also seeking advisory board members to meet every three months. Current donation needs include pop-top foods, hygiene products and men's clothing. Dropoffs 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Lutheran Social Services Community Care Center, 6425 Tyrone Ave., Van Nuys. 818-901-9480.

MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity) Foodbank: Volunteers needed, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday-Saturday. 10641 San Fernando Road, Pacoima. 818-897-2443.

New Directions for Youth seeking tutoring volunteers: Adults 18 and older are needed to provide after school tutoring in all subjects, especially math, for middle and high school students. Volunteers must be able to commit to one day per week, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Locations will be at local schools or the organization's site, 7315 Lankershim Blvd., North Holly­wood. 818-503-6330.

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

Partners of Hope Food Pantry: Donate nonperishable food items or volunteer. Call for current needs. Hours: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. Pantry is located at Chatsworth West United Methodist Church, 10824 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Chatsworth. 818-341-1199.

The Pasture: Donate food and personal care items. Food pantry at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 7344 Apperson St., Tujunga. 818-353-3218.

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

Saint 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.

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.

School on Wheels seeking tutoring volunteers: Volunteers needed to help tutor homeless students for minimum one hour, one a week. Training locations include North Hollywood. Apply online. 213-896-9200.

Senior Outreach Department of Providence Saint Joseph: Help a senior with rides to the doctor and shopping or visits two-three hours a month. Norma Villalobos, 818-847-3846.

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

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 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.

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. 5700 Rudnick Ave., Woodland Hills. 818-346-5554.

Send information at least two weeks in advance to; fax 818-713-0058; Date Book Calendar, Daily News, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365-4200. 818-713-3708.


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