Other Ways to Give

Become an Operation® Teddy Bear Sponsor | Double Your DonationIn-kind donations | Amazon Wish ListYou Shop, Companies Donate

Donate your vehicle | Support our De De Hicks Legacy Campaign | Include us in your will, bequest or trust | Adopt a family during the holidays


Double Your Donation with Matching Gifts

Did you know that your generosity has the potential to be doubled? Many companies match their employees' donations, while some even match their spouses' and/or retirees' donations. Your volunteer hours may also be eligible for a volunteer grant donation!

Check to see if your employer offers a matching gift OR volunteer grant program. This tool provides information about the matching programs for many companies, including how to get started:

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In-Kind Donations of Goods or Services

Your in-kind donations help us serve students in need through our signature programs. Our Food for Kids program provides bags of food to low-income elementary school students each week, and our Operation Teddy Bear program distributes school supplies and our signature lesson in kindness to underserved first grade students each year. 

Help nourish local elementary school children by printing our handy Non-Perishable Food Shopping List to take with you next time you are at the store to pick up items such as:

  • Cereal
  • Instant Oatmeal
  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Protein (Chicken, Tuna, Beans) 
  • Pasta and Pasta Sauce
  • Canned Meals (Soups, Beef Ravioli, Chili, Beef Stew)
  • Packages of Raisins and Applesauce
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Peanut Butter

Please no glass jars and no food past the expiration date. Donations can be dropped off in the lobby of our office in Torrance (1230 Cravens Ave.) Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Click here for tips and tricks on running a successful food drive. 

Donate 4,200 identical literacy and educational items appropriate for first graders such as:

  • Reading Books
  • Coloring Books
  • Pencils
  • Rulers
  • Crayons
  • Paint sets
  • Math workbooks
  • Teaching supplies for 250 teachers

For more information on donating supplies for Operation Teddy Bear, contact Trisha Smith at trisha@volcenter.org or (310) 212-5009.


Support us using our Amazon.com Wish ListShop our Amazon.com Wish List

We've made it easy for you to support Food For Kids and the Operation Teddy Bear Dental Supply Drive by creating an Amazon.com Wish List! Skim the list here and consider adding something to your cart. These items will be sent directly to the Volunteer Center, and if you use AmazonSmile during check out, we will also benefit from the total purchase (see details below).


You Shop, Companies Donate

AmazonSmile

Many of us love how easy Amazon makes shopping for the things we need. Did you know they also make it easy to support a favorite cause just by shopping with them? Use the special AmazonSmile URL every time you shop on Amazon and you will automatically support your selected charitable organization, at no cost to you!

There are a few ways to ensure the Volunteer Center receives a percentage of your purchase on eligible items, whether it's for holiday gifts or everyday needs:

  • Select "Volunteer Center South Bay-Harbor-Long Beach" as the beneficiary for your AmazonSmile account, and then navigate to smile.amazon.com whenever you begin shopping on Amazon!
  • On your first visit to smile.amazon.com, you will search for and select a charitable organization to support.
  • To change your charity, sign in to smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser and select "Change your Charity" under "Your Account."

Ralphs Community RewardsRalphs Community Rewards

Do you regularly shop at Ralphs? Did you know that the shopping you're already doing could benefit the Volunteer Center when you select us as your Community Rewards beneficiary?

Here's how!

  • Log-in to your Ralphs.com account
  • Click My Account at the top right
  • Click Community Rewards at the far left
  • If you're not yet enrolled, search for "Volunteer Center South Bay" or our organization code "YJ184." 
  • You can also update the organization you're supporting by clicking Change Organization and searching that way.

Questions or problems? Contact Liz Reinhardt at liz@volcenter.org or (310) 212-5009.


Cars for causesDonate Your Vehicle Through Cars for Causes

To donate a car, truck or boat, click here or call (888) 493-9186.

  1. You get the tax deduction.
  2. Local towing at no cost to you.
  3. Fast pickup (within 24 - 48 hours).
  4. Email and paper receipts.
  5. Simple online donation form.
  6. No paperwork for you.
  7. You help a very worthy cause.

Cars 4 Causes® expertise allows them, when appropriate, to recondition and sell your donated vehicle through one of their proprietary sale locations. If your donated vehicle isn't retail worthy, they sell it through the finest wholesale auction houses or to their clean air buyers to maximize the donated vehicle sale price, meaning a greater tax deduction value for you! We accept all kinds of items:

  • Cars
  • Trucks
  • Vans
  • SUVs
  • Boats
  • Trailers
  • Motorhomes
  • Gadgets
  • RVs
  • Snowmobiles
  • Jet Skis
  • Motorcycles
  • Heavy Equipment
  • Personal Consumer Electronics

Endowment

Support Our De De Hicks Legacy Endowment Campaign

An endowment donation is a gift that keeps on giving. The principal donation is invested in perpetuity and the investment income provides ongoing annual support for the Volunteer Center and its programs. This type of giving is for those who want to leave an enduring legacy that will be remembered for generations.

Please contact President/CEO Sara Myers at sara@volcenter.org or (310) 212-5009 to discuss your wishes and obtain an endowment donation form. 


Wills, Bequests and Trusts

Estate planningYou could make a world of difference and leave a legacy that will be remembered for generations. It's simple!

Just state the follwoing in your will or trust:

  • Our full legal name: Volunteer Center South Bay-Harbor-Long Beach
  • Our address: 1230 Cravens Ave, Torrance, CA 90501
  • Our Tax ID number: 95-2301600
  • The nature of the gift (for example, cash, stock, bonds, or other property)
  • Any specific designation you would like, such as ensuring your gift will be preserved in our permanent endowment. 

It's even simpler to name the Volunteer Center as the beneficiary of property, such as a bank account, life insurance policy or retirement plan. The bank or other company usually provides a form for you to use. Let us know if you want your legacy to be used for an enduring endowment, capital improvements or programs to support the community. Please contact President/CEO Sara Myers at sara@volcenter.org or (310) 212-5009 for more details.