Dogs just want a forever home. (File photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

Here is this week’s sampling of charities in the San Fernando Valley area that need your support through donations or volunteer work.


Pet adoptions at Best Friends Lifesaving Center: Cats, dogs and kittens have a waived adoption fee, 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Nov. 29. 15321 Brand Blvd., Mission Hills.

Motor 4 Toys – Charity Car Show and Toy Drive: Donate new, unwrapped toy (minimum value $15) and see antique, exotic and one-of-a-kind cars at the 16th annual event, 6 a.m.-noon Dec. 1. Pierce College, 6201 Winnetka Ave., Woodland Hills.

#GivingTuesday – Dec. 3: Find out ways to give near where you live.

LAPD Devonshire PALS 35th Annual Holiday Toy Drive: Donate new, unwrapped books, games, gift cards or toys for children up to age 17 by Dec. 13. Drop off items or a donation at Greig Smith LAPD Devonshire Youth Center, 8721 Wilbur Ave., Northridge. 818-885-6432.;

Mid Valley Family YMCA’s An Evening of Hope Gala Fundraiser: 6 p.m. Dec. 5. Honorees: Philip “Flip” Smith and Valley Presbyterian Hospital. Tickets $100. Reservations required by Nov. 27. Airtel Plaza Hotel, 7277 Valjean Ave., Van Nuys.

Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara Holiday Boutique: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 7-8. Portion of vendor sales goes to programs to help people with cancer. St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church, 5801 Kanan Road, Westlake Village.  805-379-4777.

Spark of Love Toy Drive in Chatsworth: Support Los Angeles Fire Department Station 96 firefighters’ toy drive by donating new, unwrapped toys, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 7. Donation location: Ralph’s parking lot, 21431 Devonshire St. 818-519-9225.

The World’s Big Sleep Out – Help the Homeless in Los Angeles area: Live entertainment including comedy, music and bedtime stories in Los Angeles, 4:30 p.m. Dec. 7 to 6 a.m. Dec. 8 (and a video link to London and New York events). Confirmed performers in Los Angeles: Don Friesen, Ellie Goulding, Seth Green, Randy Jackson and his All-Star Band, Sean Kingston and Ziggy Marley. See website for registered charities that will benefit from the event. Registration $20. No minimum goal for donation; see website for ideas on fundraising. Join as a team so you get a designated area. Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena.

Valley Cats Bowl-a-Thon: 5-7 p.m. Dec. 7. Cost $30, includes shoe rental and two hours of bowling. Reservations required. Arrive by 4:45 p.m. for alley assignment. Winnetka Bowl, 20122 Vanowen St., Winnetka. 818-883-5252 or 818-421-3740. Email:

LAMusArt Winter Benefit: Event includes a reception with a silent auction followed by a dinner and concert, 6 p.m. Dec. 7. Dress code: cocktail attire. Proceeds from the dinner go toward enrolling underserved students in East Los Angeles in low-cost/free year-round creative arts programs at Los Angeles Music and Art School. Tickets $150. Reservations required. Fundraising goal for the event: $34,500. Tamayo Restaurant and Art Gallery, 5300 E. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles. 323-262-7734.

Be a Santa to a Senior in Burbank (and other locations): Home Instead Senior Care organizes the event to give a gift to a senior who may be alone during the holidays. Visit participating locations for a Be a Santa to a Senior tree. Choose an ornament with a senior’s first name and gift suggestion. Buy a gift and return the ornament and gift to the original venue. Community volunteers and program partners will wrap and deliver gifts. Event runs through Dec. 15. 818-843-8688. Check the website for locations in the Burbank area and also the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys: Information on Home Instead Senior Care:


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.

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: 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 food bank: Call for current needs or to volunteer. 10641 San Fernando Road, Pacoima. 818-897-2443.

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.

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.

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.

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).

Santa Clarita Food Pantry: Call or check website for current needs. 24133 Railroad Ave., Newhall. 661-255-9078.

SOVA food pantry: Call or check website for current needs. 16439 Vanowen St., Van Nuys. 818-988-7682.

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.

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:

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: Website:

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.

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

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