How to help charities and volunteer in the San Fernando Valley, Oct. 9-16


Goodwill Southern California: New retail store. Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. Sales at retail stores help individuals with disabilities or other vocational challenges through education, work experience and job placement. 6343 San Fernando Road, Glendale. 818-844-8420.

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).

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

New Horizons Walk on the Horizon Walk-a-Thon: Fundraiser to benefit programs for individuals with developmental/intellectual disabilities, 9 a.m. Oct. 14. Actor Jerry Mathers (“Leave it to Beaver”) is the celebrity guest. Minimum donation to walk, $35; $20 for children ages 5 and up. Register in advance. Check-in, 7:30 a.m. CBS Studios, back lot, 4024 Radford Ave., Studio City. 818-894-7422.

Wildlife Learning Center Safari Night Awards: Event includes animal interactions and dinner, 5 p.m. Oct. 14. Funds raised go to supporting the long-term care of displaced, rescued and zoo-born wildlife. Tickets $250. Reservations required. 16027 Yarnell St., Sylmar. 818-362-8711.

Last Chance for Animals Celebrity Benefit Gala: 6 p.m. Oct. 14. Tickets $295. Reservations required. The nonprofit seeks to eliminate animal exploitation through education, legislation and public awareness campaigns. Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills. 310-271-6096, Ext. 28.

Broadway to the Rescue – A Benefit for the Homeless: 7 p.m. Oct. 14. Tickets $20-$75. Proceeds go to Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission. Montalban Theatre, 1615 Vine St., Los Angeles.

AIDS Walk Los Angeles: The 6.2-mile walk begins, 10 a.m. Oct. 15. Sign-in, 8:30 a.m. Free to register. See website for donation suggestions. Funds raised go to APLA Health ( Walk begins and ends at Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N. Spring St.

Humor for Valley Community Healthcare: Comedy, music, wine and dessert pairing and raffle, 7 p.m. Oct. 19. Tickets $35 and up.. Reservations required. Toolbox LA, 9410 Owensmouth Ave., Chatsworth.

National Charity League, Inc., Conejo Valley Chapter: Boutique holiday shopping, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 19. Proceeds go to support scholarships for high school girl graduates and other NCL charities. Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center, 29900 Ladyface Court, Agoura Hills. Email:

We Can Survive: CBS Radio presents a concert with Alessia Cara, Kesha, Khalid, Lorde, Macklemore, Pink, Sam Hunt, Sam Smith and Harry Styles, 5:30 p.m. Oct. 21. Benefit in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Tickets $49 and up. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood.

National Alliance on Mental Health – Ventura County: Comedian Cathy Ladman hosts “Celebrate Recovery!” variety show, 6 p.m. Oct. 21. Tickets $125. Newbury Park High School Performing Arts Center, 456 Reino Road, Newbury Park.


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. Wednesday-Saturday. 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.

Lutheran Social Services: Call for current needs and volunteer opportunities. 21430 Strathern St., Canoga Park. 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.

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. 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.

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 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. 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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