Friends of Tulare County sets up emergency relief fund

The Friends of Tulare County, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is accepting monetary donations through the Friends of Tulare County Emergency Relief Fund Program as well as in-kind donations of supplies, in support of the COVID-19 response.

The Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency and Tulare County Fire Department are collaborating to accept in-kind donations at all Tulare County-operated fire stations. Donors are encouraged to contact their fire station to coordinate a drop-off. Please be patient, as fire personnel may be called away to emergency calls at any time. (Note: this does not include city, CAL FIRE, or federal fire stations.)

PPE Supply Donations

New/Unopened and Non-Expired
• N95 Masks (all brands and sizes)
• Surgical masks
• Face shields
• Surgical gowns
• Gloves (latex, vinyl, or nitrile)
• Hand sanitizer
• Eye protection (goggles)

• Cloth face masks, including homemade cloth masks, are also welcomed

Friends of Tulare County (FTC) began looking for a way to assist the community when the COVID-19 pandemic hit Tulare County in March 2020. With this goal in mind, FTC launched a dynamic COVID-19 campaign in collaboration with Self-Help Enterprises and a grant from Listos California, a state program that helps individuals, families, and communities prepare for and address disasters. The FTC campaign’s outreach focuses on precautions against COVID-19, symptoms of COVID-19, the spread of COVID-19, and members of the senior population (65+) who need assistance.

From May through July, various media platforms (e.g. billboards, radio, television) in multiple languages are being use to reach vulnerable community members throughout the county who may be challenged by linguistic, access, or functional needs (AFN). Additionally, the campaign is distributing its message via mobile apps, postcard mailers for seniors, and bandannas for the homeless population.

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