• 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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  • Volunteer Information

     

    We love our volunteers, and we appreciate your time!

     

    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.

     

    Drop Off Locations

     

    Saturday, August 6th

    10am - 3pm

    1901 Main Street

    Irvine, CA 92614

     

    You can also drop off at any Galpin dealership on Roscoe Blvd. from

    August 2nd to August 28th.

     

    Sunday, August 14th

    2pm - 4pm

    Kevin Ryder and the KROQ promotion team will be at the Galpin Ford drop off.

     

    There will be bins in each dealership.

    Galpin Ford Address: 15505 Roscoe Blvd, North Hills, CA 91343

    Phone Number: (818) 787-3800

    Galpin Mazda Address: 15430 Roscoe Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91406

    Phone Number: (818) 742-3800

    Galpin Volkswagen Address: 15421 Roscoe Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91343

    Phone Number: (818) 895-3800

    Galpin Jaguar and Galpin Volvo Address: 15500 Roscoe Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91406

    Phone Number: (818) 894-3800

    There are many dealerships on Roscoe Blvd.

    During the week the hours are from 8:30am-9:30pm

    Saturday 8:30am–9pm

    Sunday 9am–8pm

     

    Click here to download the Back To School Flyer!

    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

    -Backpacks

    -Notebooks (wide ruled and college ruled)

    -Binders

    -Crayons

    -Markers

    -Rulers

    -Scissors

    -Pens

    -Pencils

    -Pencil Pouches

    -Erasers

    -Glue/Glue sticks

    -Folder/Report Folders

    -Art supplies

     

    * For any corporate donations or questions about donating supplies please contact info@friendsandhelpers.org.

  • Adopt A Family Holiday Program

    Here is an overview of what our Adopt A Family Event looks like. We provide children’s stockings, women’s and men’s essentials totes, snack bags and toys. Families and other donors from all over our community can adopt one or more of our in need families for the holidays. Without our community adopters, these victims in our shelters would not receive the joy of gift opening.

     

    What does it mean to Adopt A Family?

    By adopting a family, you will receive a wish list completed by the family at the shelter. The wish list includes ages and sizes. Each individual has made a list of three wishes to help you with your gift shopping. You do not have to purchase every single gift they have wished for, we just request the total amount of gifts range from $50 to $75. Additionally, if at all possible these families would love grocery gift cards for their holiday meal. You can request a family with a select number of members, or perhaps a family that resembles your own. We do our best to match you to a family based on what you can provide. Please know that you are providing the only holiday gifts your adopted family will receive.

    (Link will be available by November 1st)

    Adopt A Stocking

    This will provide a child with a stocking filled with Holiday candy.

    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.

    Adopt A Snack Bag

    Snack bags are 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 Needed Items

    Only brand new items accepted

    -Gift cards – Grocery, Amazon, Target, Sephora, Toys R Us, Kohl’s, Van’s, Macy’s, JC Penney, Best Buy, Vons, CVS, Walgreens, movies or restaurants

    -AMC movie passes

    -Toys for all ages!!! Our goal is 3,000 toys.
    -Books for women, teens and children of all ages

    -Make Up

    -Teen Items (jewelry, perfume, fun accessories)

    -Toothbrushes & Toothpaste

    -Shampoo and Conditioner

    -Shaving supplies

    -Lotion

    -Deodorant

    -Diapers

    -Feminine Products

    -Hair Care Items (Boys and Girls)

    -Lip Balm

    -Sleeping Bag

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

    -Skateboards and scooters

    -Nail Clipper Sets

    -Warm Socks

    -Scarves

    -Umbrellas

     

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

     

    Event Information

    Date and Time TBD

    If you wish to Volunteer please click on Volunteer Info tab

  • 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.

     

    Donations or gifts-in-kind for the Back To School Program can be sent to:

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

    Phone: 818.757.1905
    Email: info@friendsandhelpers.org

     

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

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

    Phone: 818.757.1905
    Email: info@friendsandhelpers.org