• Events


    All events are rain or shine.

    Holiday Program


    In an effort to accommodate as many families as possible, we will be providing gift cards, toys and food for the families in our program. There are so many ways to serve our community because it is growing each and every year!


    Gift Card, Toy, & Food donation: Let us know the size of the family you would like to adopt, and we’ll send you specifications on their age and gender. This year you will be providing gift cards, toys and food for your family. You will also be provided with suggested gift cards, toys and board games that our centers have suggested. Because of the feedback we have received, this is the best way to help our community have a Happy Holiday!


    Adopt a stocking: A $25 donation will provide a child or teen with a stocking filled with goodies.


    Adopt a Women’s Essentials Tote: A $25 donation to complete our women’s bags with toiletries, feminine products, dental hygiene products, etc.



    Join us to fill stockings, make cards, donate gifts to families in need,

    donate hygiene items and many other events including a bake sale and raffle


    Email with any questions: info@friendsandhelpers.com


    Dec. 7, 2019 | Goodman in Irvine | 18201 Von Karman Avenue | 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


    Volunteers wanted and welcomed! No need to register.

    Adopt A Stocking

    This will provide a child with a stocking filled with goodies. This is such a treat for the children in our programs. They feel so cared for during the holiday. Their spirits are so high and full of hope and gratitude for a wonderful holiday.

    Adopt An Essentials Tote

    This includes basic hygiene items such as shampoo, conditioner, feminine products, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, shaving supplies, soap, lip balm, lotion as well as make up and socks.

    Donate a Gift

    Only brand new items accepted

    Please label your gifts for the appropriate age of a child 0-18 years old or for a mother 18 - 60 years old.

    Below are some ideas!

    -Books for women, teens and children of all ages

    -Make Up

    -Teen Items (jewelry, perfume, fun accessories)

    -Sports Balls (Basketball, Soccer ball, Football, etc)

    -Skateboards and scooters

    -Scarves and accessories


    *All donated supplies can be accepted at our events. For any corporate donations please contact info@friendsandhelpers.org.

    Gift Cards

    - Ralphs, Vons, Food for Less, Baskin Robins or Coldstone, Starbucks, Olive Garden, Red Lobster

    - Target, Walmart, Kohl's, Ross, Bed Bath & Beyond, Amazon, Best Buy, Toys R Us, Disney Store, Game Stop, H & M, Forever 21, Sephora, Old Navy, JCPenney, Foot Locker, Sears

    - AMC/Movies passes, Fandango

    - Gas Cards






    Snack Packs

    Water, granola bars, snacks for each child - Number one need can be fulfilled with your help.





  • The Mission

    Our goal is to provide support, education and encouragement for domestic abuse victims who have fled to a shelter or group home for safety. All of whom are trying to help themselves out of a violent, hurtful situation by receiving counseling, job training, financial planning and life skills.

  • A Heroic Journey

    Friends & Helpers was started in 1992 in Southern California by our Founder who was a victim of domestic violence. Abuse can strike anyone, anywhere. Those closest to them often have no idea what they are going through. Abuse destroys self esteem and self worth. It's emotional, physical and mental damage to one's health can be debilitating and deadly.


    Fortunately, our Founder was able to escape and seek refuge where she received counseling, food and protection. This safe foundation gave her the tools to heal and rebuild her life.


    "The shelter saved my life. It was a safe haven for me when I had no where else to go. Most individuals who flee don't have anything and rely on these shelters for basic necessities."


    Friends & Helpers was created to support the families within our local shelters. We support our centers throughout the entire year. Our community outreach includes our Back to School and Adopt A Family Holiday Program. We assemble school supplies, snack bags, hygiene items and holiday gifts as a way to provide the families with items we often take for granted and they desperately need all year round. This is made possible by your donations, volunteer hours and company sponsorships.


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  • Donations

    Your donation to Friends and Helpers is tax deductible. 100% of every dollar donated goes to serve our community.

    Brand new donation items are greatly appreciated and can only be accepted at our events.

    We can assist you with donations at info@friendsandhelpers.org.


    Gift Cards can be sent to:

    Friends & Helpers Foundation
    15260 Ventura Blvd. Suite 2100
    Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

    Phone: 818.757.1905
    Email: info@friendsandhelpers.org


    You may also donate below online via PayPal.

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  • Donate Now

    Snack Bag
    Adopt a Backpack
    Adopt A Grocery Bag
    Adopt A Women's Bag
    Adopt A Stocking
  • Help Now


    Click the Donate button below. If you do not want to make an online donation, you can send your donation directly to Friends & Helpers:


    Friends & Helpers Foundation
    15260 Ventura Blvd. Suite 2100
    Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

  • Volunteer Information


    None of this would be possible without you, our volunteers! We appreciate all of your time and effort.


    Registration: There will be a sign-in table at our events so volunteers do not need to register ahead of time.


    Age Limit: We welcome everyone who wants to volunteer and give back to those in need. We ask that children under the age of 16 come accompanied by an adult.


    Community Service: We are certified for community service hours. Please make sure to bring your Community Service Form to the event and we will have signature available upon completion of hours.



  • Back to School

    Our goal with our Back to School Program is to provide as many backpacks, school supplies and snack packs to the students in our shelters. We think it is vital that they have something brand new that they can call their own and be proud of at school. Our mission is to help the students stay engaged in their education and feel excited about going to school.

    Adopt A Backpack

    Donate $25 to provide a backpack full of school supplies for students of every age who live in centers or shelters. Our objective is to provide each student with the supplies they need to start the school year.

    Adopt A Snack Bag

    Donate $10 to provide a snack pack full of nonperishable snacks for students of every age who live in centers or shelters. Many students gain a sense of belonging by bringing our snack bag to school. It helps them feel comfortable with their peers and helps them stay focused in school.

    Donate School Supplies

    Only brand new items accepted


    -Notebooks (wide ruled and college ruled)








    -Pencil Pouches


    -Glue/Glue sticks

    -Folder/Report Folders

    -Art supplies

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  • Contact Us

    Friends & Helpers Foundation
    15260 Ventura Blvd. Suite 2100
    Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

    Phone: 818.757.1905
    Email: info@friendsandhelpers.org