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 in the San Fernando Valley including Woodland Hills Blood Donation Center, 6338 Variel Ave.: 11:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday; 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday; 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. See website for guidelines on how to give blood. Make an appointment by phone 1-800-733-2767, or online redcrossblood.org
American Red Cross Blood Drive at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 2. Register in advance on the website using sponsor code: ReaganLibrary. Donors receive a coupon for one free admission into the museum and a tee shirt (while supplies last). 40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley. Email: email@example.com. www.redcrossblood.org
California Saga 2 – All-Star Charity Concert to Benefit People Experiencing Homelessness: Performers include David Crosby, Al Jardine, Danny Kortchmar, Albert Lee, Steve Postell, Leland Sklar, Waddy Wachtel and Jesse Colin Young, 8 p.m. July 3. Doors open, 6:30 p.m. Tickets $25 and up. Check website for guest appearances. Proceeds benefit: Get Together Foundation, Hope of the Valley and the Midnight Mission. The Theatre at Ace Hotel, 929 S. Broadway, Los Angeles. 818-727-7884. gettogetherfoundation.com; www.hopeofthevalley.org; www.midnightmission.org; www.thetribeband.com
Saddle Up LA AIDS Ride: The 14th annual horseback ride and a barbecue dinner-dance, 5-7:30 p.m. July 13. Check-in for the ride, 3:30 p.m. Country Barbecue Dinner Dance after the ride (or for those only attending the dinner), 8-11:30 p.m. ($50 or $60 at the door if available; Pickwick Gardens, 1001 W. Riverside Drive, Burbank). Prepaid reservations for the horseback ride, $125. Registration deadline, July 10. Donation goal per rider $400. Benefit for the Life Group LA. No riding experience necessary. LA Horse Rentals, 1840 Riverside Drive, Glendale. Sunnie Rose, 888-208-8081 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. www.saddleupla.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: email@example.com. theautry.org/docents
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 818-713-3708.