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Charity and volunteer opportunities in the San Fernando Valley, LA area, April 27-May 4

Charity and volunteer opportunities in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles area.

Oranges ready for pick up during a drive through food distribution in response to the COVID-19 pandemic sponsored by Yasiel Puig’s Wild Horse Children’s Foundation, Magaly’s Tamales, The Knotted Apron, and the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank in San Fernando on April 23, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)


American Red Cross blood donations: Blood and platelet donations needed. Appointments: 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. April 27 and 29, and also, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 30 (Woodland Hills Blood Donation Center, 6338 Variel Ave.). Also, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 1 (Westfield Topanga, 21710 Vanowen St., Canoga Park). Also, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 2 (American Legion Post 817, 13553 Reedley Ave., Panorama City). See website for guidelines on how to give blood and other locations. Make an appointment by phone 1-800-733-2767, or online

Blood drive at La Cañada Presbyterian Church: Give a donation to the American Red Cross, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. May 3. Make an appointment on the website and use sponsor code: lacanadapreschurch. 626 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge. Email: Gerard Marzilli at


Community Citrus Harvest Drive-Thru Donations: Citrus will be donated to the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission’s drive-thru food pantry. Bag or box up fruit and leave in truck for a hands-free delivery, April 28, and also May 5 and 12. Council District 12 Constituent Services Center, 9207 Oakdale Ave., Chatsworth. Call for drop-off time Monday-Friday, 818-882-1212. Email:

CORE: The nonprofit Community Organized Relief Effort is asking for donations and volunteers to help fight coronavirus. Read about the coronavirus testing.

Fuel Our Heroes LA: Four college students, high school friends at Harvard-Westlake School, Harry Gestetner, Alexander Klein, Simon Pompan, Sacha Pritzker, have launched a campaign to raise money for front-line healthcare workers to buy protective equipment, groceries and gas cards. The campaign has partnered with UCLA Health Auxiliary.

Healthcare Heroes Campaign by Classic Hotels & Resorts: Nominate a front-line healthcare worker for a chance to stay two-nights at a Classic Hotel & Resorts location of their choice in Carmel, Laguna Beach, or Scottsdale or Phoenix in Arizona. The company is donating 500 room nights as a thank you to front-line healthcare workers. Nominations close May 15.

Say Thanks campaign by Stonefire Grill: Post a thank you message to front-line healthcare workers and make a donation for meal deliveries to workers at local medical centers. All 13 restaurant locations have adopted one or more hospitals in their area to donate meals.

Surgical Masks for Pediatric Healthcare: A GoFundMe project of Dr. Daniel Bruckner, an Encino pediatrician.

Volunteer LA: A variety of ways and places to help in the Los Angeles area:

YMCA LA Emergency Community Impact Fund: Donations go to help provide

  •  Child care to first responders, front line medical workers and essential workers
  •  Grab & Go meals for hungry children
  •  Shower program for the homeless
  •  Home delivery of meals to home bound seniors
  •  Groceries to the food-insecure families who are suddenly out of work
  •  To host blood drives



American Red Cross, Los Angeles Region seeking volunteers: The organization needs 160 volunteers per day to help at more than 50 “Grab & Go” centers that give out meals to students in the Los Angeles Unified School District who are at risk for hunger. For qualifications and to fill out an application:

CDC Foundation – Combat Coronavirus Crowdfunding Campaign: The nonprofit is raising money for funding medical supplies and clinical research. Check website for details. 888-886-4232. Email:

FISH of West Valley: Call for current food pantry needs. 20440 Lassen St., Chatsworth. 818-882-3474.

Freedom Church: The Chatsworth church accepting monetary donations for their pop-up food pantry.;

Go Fund Me campaigns:

Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission: Seeking donations. 818-392-0020.

Khalsa Care Foundation drive-thru food pantry program: The Sikh community in Pacoima is accepting monetary donations for their Friday drive-thru food pantry that helps families in need in the San Fernando Valley. For more information on the foundation and the Sikh gurdwara in Pacoima:

LA Covid Volunteers: College undergraduates and graduate school students seeking college age students and non-students to volunteer to help and support health care workers. Check websites for details.;

LA Students Most in Need: A Los Angeles Unified School District charity to provide meals and supplies for students and family members.

Lutheran Social Services food pantry: Donations needed include non-perishable food, pop-top canned food and juices, hygiene items, cleaning and paper supplies. Iglesias San Pablo Church, 7400 Tujunga Ave., North Hollywood. 818-901-9480.

March of Dimes’ Step Up!: A virtual fundraiser for the organization that offers educational programs for mothers and funds for  research for healthier babies. Participants download the Charity Miles App that tracks their steps on smart phones or fitness watches. Participants then collect donations based on how many steps they’ve taken through May 15 when the campaign ends. More details and to sign at

Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles – Angeleno Fund: Provides financial assistance to individuals and families facing extreme economic Hardship.

Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles – Emergency COVID-19 Crisis Fund: Provides assistance for small businesses and families, help for the homeless, relief support for healthcare workers and critical healthcare equipment.

MEND food bank: Call about giving a donation or for current food pantry needs. 10641 San Fernando Road, Pacoima. 818-897-2443.

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.

ONEgeneration: Donations for homebound meal delivery for seniors. Also, to ask about becoming a volunteer send an emal: Call for more information, 818-705-2345.

Our House Grief Support Center:

Pop-Up Drive-Thru Food Pantry food donations: Donations accepted, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Tuesday. The drive-thru food pantry is by-appointment-only on Thursday-Friday for as long as the coronavirus emergency lasts. Northridge Fashion Center, 9301 Tampa Ave. (near California Pizza Kitchen). To support the pantry, or to make an appointment,

The Salvation Army: Needs monetary and in-kind donations. Supplies needed include baby items (diapers and formula), non-perishable food, hygiene items, cleaning and paper supplies. Find a location for in-kind donations by phone or website. 818-781-5739. Also, 800-725-2769.

San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission: Donations needed include food, hand sanitizer, hygiene items and sanitation wipes. Check website for current needs list. Monetary donations through the website. Drop off items, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. 8756 Canby Ave., Northridge (use intercom button for assistance). 818-785-4476.

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

SOVA food pantry: Jewish Family Services of Los Angeles SOVA Community Food and Resource Program. Call or check website for current needs and to volunteer. 16439 Vanowen St., Van Nuys. 818-988-7682.

United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ Pandemic Relief Fund: Donations help Los Angeles County residents who are unsheltered and low-income people in hardship with the economy due to coronavirus and who also may be in imminent risk of becoming homeless. Check the website for specific details on how the fund will be used.

Valley Community Healthcare: Donations requested for COVID-19 Community Support Fund.

West Valley Food Pantry: A coalition of churches and synagogues runs the pantry. Call or check website to make a donation or  for current needs, including volunteering. 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.