As Holidays Near, Frontgate Shares How To Help the Community in Los Angeles and Ventura County
Prince of Peace/West Valley Food Pantry
An interfaith community supported approach to alleviating hunger.
The West Valley Food Pantry (WVFP) began in 1975 as a small closet located in the kitchen of Prince of Peace Episcopal Church (POP). The Rector at the time, Rev. Jess Taylor, began the program by asking the POP parishioners to supply the pantry with canned goods. This small pantry (and small staff consisting mainly of Margaret Shively, the church secretary) provided food to three to five families a week over the course of several years.
In 1985, Clem Matzen, a retired social worker and member of POP, developed the idea of getting other churches and synagogues to join in the effort of feeding the local hungry in the West Valley. Clem gathered ten other churches and synagogues into the formal coalition which is the West Valley Food Pantry. Creating a coalition enabled the WVFP to obtain food from the LA food bank at a substantial discount and to supplement the pantry shelves with cost-free government food contributions.
Other organizations have added their support to the WVFP. The San Fernando Valley chapter of the National Charity League (NCL) began supporting the Pantry over 25 years ago and is today one of the Pantry's largest contributors. NCL mother-daughter teams work as volunteers directly with the clients and for special programs like Christmas gifts. The coalition decided to partner with the Family Rescue Center (Rescate) in Canoga Park around 1998. As out sister pantry, Rescate distributes food received from WVFP as well as other services to many Spanish-speaking clients
Homeless & Housing
You can help a few of the thousands of needy in our community that are unable to feed their families due to high unemployment and the poor economy. Donate a bag of food or write a check. Perhaps you have a surplus of vegetables from your garden or fruit trees that produce more than you need. And any donation of $1 or more to a food pantry goes a long way to help the families in need, as a dollar buys food for about 4 meals. The need is great, so we depend more on contributions and individual food drives to support our efforts
They accept unopened and unexpired food donations between these hours:
Monday through Thursday
9:00 am and 1:00 pm
9:00 am to 11:00 am.
They cannot accept food donations after these hours or on weekends. Please do not drop or leave food on the property unattended, as it will spoil and/or attract animals.
West Valley Food Pantry buys about $ 20,000 of food each month with bulk discounts from our local stores. Ralphs, Vons and Pavilions, Smart & Final, Trader Joes, Albertson's, Gelson's, Amazon Fresh, and Sprouts all support the pantry.
The average client at their pantry receives enough food for about a week's worth of meals, once each week, as we have a very limited budget that supports about 150 to 500 clients each day, 5 days a week
5700 Rudnick Ave
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Since 1971, Valley Village, a 501(c)3 organization, has been a leader in building transformative programs that raise the standard of care for all people with developmental disabilities in the San Fernando Valley. With over 48 years of proven successes, our hallmark approach to a continuum of care for adults with developmental challenges continues to be an effective model for providing dignity.
Bob Saget congratulates Valley Village on 50 years of service and shares his family story
Advocacy & Human Rights
Arts & Culture
Health & Medicine
People with Disabilities
Holiday Drive-Thru Event – Friday, December 17
The Valley Village Adult Development Center will host a Winter Wonderland Holiday Drive-Thru event on the evening of Friday, December 17, for Valley Village residents and program participants to experience the magic of the holidays. The event will feature holiday lights, decorations, music, and other surprises. Residents and participants will experience the holiday event as their care providers drive them through the Winnetka Day Program parking that volunteers will turn into a Winter Wonderland! The event will be held at 20830 Sherman Way, Winnetka, CA 91306.
Decorate from 2 to 5 pm
Drive-thru event from 5 to 7 pm
Clean-up from 7 to 7:30 pm
20830 Sherman Way
Winnetka, CA 91306
OVERDUE is a collective of individuals who pick up trash together to make their communities cleaner, greener and friendlier.
We started in October 2020 in the San Fernando Valley, CA and have picked up over 30,000 lbs of trash ever since. Our goal is to develop a network of empowered leaders of all ages who are taking responsibility in their neighborhoods.
Children & Youth
Justice & Legal
Malibu Beach Cleanup
We host monthly beach cleanups! The beach cleanups are crucial to protect marine life by picking up the trash on the beaches. On the cliffs by the beaches, there are needles, shattered glass and SO MANY plastic bottles. By picking up all the trash before the wind carries it away, we protect the marine life.
Lake Balboa Cleanup
We do frequent river cleanups as well. At the beginning of the cleanup at Lake Balboa, we could barely see the water due to piled up plastic pollution. We couldn’t even see the trees because unbelievable things like box springs, shopping carts and bookshelves were wrapped around the trees.
It’s awesome to see how fast nature heals and know that we can restore nature for our future generations!
Alliance for Community Empowerment
The Alliance for Community Empowerment Mentoring Program connects underserved transitional age youth with caring adult mentors from the community to help the youth reach their academic and personal potential. The time commitment for mentors is about one hour per week. The year-long program will begin with 3 months of group mentoring prior to the start of one-on-one matching. Group sessions are held via Zoom with the opportunity to form a virtual one-on-one match following the completion of the 3-month group commitment.
Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Become a mentor! ACE is always excited to welcome new mentors into their program. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a mentor, please click the link below to fill out an interest form and register for an information session. At the information session, you will learn about time commitments, program requirements, and other key aspects of ACE Mentorship. Are you that mentor who will make a difference in the life of a young person? Come find out!
Mon - Fri 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
6925 Canoga Avenue
Canoga Park, CA 91303
L.I.F.E. Animal Rescue (Living Is For Everyone)
We rescue dogs and cats from the shelter on their last day and find them loving homes. L.I.F.E. also rescues abandoned dogs and cats and occasionally takes in animals from families no longer able to keep them due to hardships. We need volunteers to help care for our cats and dogs at our rescue facility and to assist us on adoption days.
One Dog, One Life, Changed Forever.
Volunteers (over 14) are needed every Saturday at our adoption sites to sit with a dog that is up for adoption. Our adoption site is the Westlake Village PetsMart (10 a.m.-5 p.m.)
P.O. Box 1431
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
Visit us at our weekly adoption location at PetSmart:
PetsMart in Westlake Village
Every Saturday From 10am to 5pm
5766 Lindero Canyon Rd
SHELTER APP INC
Shelter App, Inc. is an All-volunteer Non-Profit Organization whose mission is to help Homeless and low-income families connect to services and resources using web and mobile app platforms.
Our Shelter App(formerly Strappd) has resources for Youth across US and resources for everyone in Colorado and in following Counties/Cities: Los Angeles County, King County(Seattle), Multnomah County(Portland), Orange County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, San Francisco County, Santa Clara County(San Jose), Alameda County(Oakland), San Diego County, Sacramento County, Ramsey County(St. Paul) and El Paso County.
App Users will be able to switch from List View to Map View and can filter services that are just open from the side menu. Users can click on any service to get more details like contact info, transit directions and schedule for that service. Flag button on Home Screen will help you connect to an App Admin or Service Provider for that resource. Users can click on Kudos button to show appreciation for the services they like.
If you are doing community service and interested in listing your service, you can add/manage a service by signing up in the app. You can also update the number of beds available for shelters that you manage. All details entered by the service providers will be reviewed by us before getting published in the app
Emergency & Safety
Homeless & Housing