"...at the heart of helping."

Other Ways to Give

Become an Operation® Teddy Bear Sponsor | Make an in-kind donation | Support our De De Hicks Legacy Campaign with an endowment gift

Shop with AmazonSmileDonate your vehicle | Include the Volunteer Center in your will, bequest or trust | Adopt a family during the holidays


In-Kind Donations of Goods or Services

Two of our programs heavily rely on the generosity of our in-kind donors. Our Food for Kids program tends to run low on food donations, and our Operation Teddy Bear program is always in need of school supplies. 

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

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

Donate 4,000 identical literacy and educational items appropriate for first graders such as:

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

If you would like to donate to Food For Kids or Operation Teddy Bear, contact Trisha Smith, Volunteer Services Manager, at trisha@volcenter.org or (310) 212-5009.  


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@volctr-sobay.org or (310) 212-5009 to discuss your wishes and obtain an endowment donation form. 


Shop with AmazonSmile

AmazonSmileMany 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."

Questions or problems? Contact Liz Reinhardt, Director of Marketing and Communications, at marketing.volunteercenter@gmail.com 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

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: 95-230-1600
  • 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@volctr-sobay.org or (310) 212-5009 for more details.