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Not everyone wants to get involved in the same way. On this page we present different options to encourage others to get involved. For example:

Volunteer Your Time

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Barbara Vasquez.  Opportuities for service include  building maintenance and repairs (plumbing, electrical, painting, etc.) and working in the pantry (sorting clothes, distributing items, etc.).
Barbara can be reached via email at or at 323-462-1447.  Please leave a message and a return phone number if  she is not available when you call. 

Make a Financial Donation
Children of the Shepherd is funded by donations of individuals, churches, companies, and grants.  Those who attend the church help when they can but their means are extremely limited.  Donations can be mailed to: 
         Children of the Shepherd
         P.O. Box 906
         Hollywood, CA  90078-0906
A tax deductible receipt will be mailed to you.

How is your donation used?  It is used for the following expenses:  rent ($4,400/month), utilities, food for distribution, building maintenance, office supplies, and insurance. 
We also see that each person receives a birthday gift.  For some, this is the only gift they receive.  Items are purchased to supplement those that are donated.  
When funds are available and the need arises, we  help with educational supplies and housing.
No salaries are paid.  Everyone serving at COS is a volunteer, including the Pastor/Co-Director.  This allows us to use all donations for the basic needs listed above.
Christmas and Birthday Gifts
Gifts are given to the adults as well as the children for their birthdays and Christmas.  If you would like to contribute, please contact Barbara Vasquez for the current need.  Items always accepted are NEW toys (especially for boys and girls 10 to 17 years of age).and gift cards.  Not all stores in the suburbs exist in the city and those receiving the gift cards do not have cars.  Some suggestions are McDonald's, Jack in the Box, Sears, Ralphs, Radio Shack, and Sizzler.
The ladies like to receive new items for the home (pots and pans, appliances, dish towels, plastic storage bins).  Fans in the summer are helpful because they do not have air conditioning in their apartments.

Make a Donation of Items for the Pantry

From our pantry, we distribute dfferent kinds of items.  No items are ever sold.  They are distributed free of charge.  We do not operate a "thrift store."
We accept donations on the second, third, and fourth Saturdays of each month between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon.  (During November and December 2006, donations will be accepted on the first, second, and third Saturdays of the month.)
The address of the pantry is 1072 N. El Centro Avenue in Hollywood.  This is one building south of Santa Monica Blvd. on El Centro.  El Centro is between Vine Street and Gower Avenue.
The following items are gratefully accepted:
New and used items of clothing of all kinds and all sizes for newborns, infants, toddlers, children (including school uniforms), teenagers, men and women.  We also need shoes, socks, and underwear in good condition.  We prefer items that do not require dry cleaning.
Non-Perishable Food
Canned and packaged food are needed, especially canned meats (tuna is a favorite), vegetables, fruits and soup.  We purchase the majority of the food distirbuted (one ton per month) from the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank, but additional items are welcome and help defray the expenses.
Hygiene Items
Hygiene items needed are shampoo, conditioner, bars of soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, disposable razors, lotion, deodorant, lip balm, combs, brushes, sanitary napkins, diapers (especially larger sizes), toilet paper, and laundry soap,   Laundry powder is preferred over liquid.  We divide it into reclosable bags so it can be distributed to more people.  Many donors collect shampoo, conditioner, and lotion from hotels while on vacation or business trips and then donate them.
Pest Control
Most low-rent apartments in Hollywood are filled with cockroaches.  Our people relate cockroaches crawling on them and into their ears and eyes while sleeping.  The roaches also get into appliances and eat the wiring.  Please donate roach motels and boric acid in powder form to help control them.
Household Items
We distribute blankets, sheets, bedspreads, towels, washcloths, dishes, pots and pans, eating and cooking utensils, curtains, backpacks, sturdy carts on wheels, strollers, and furniture (beds, dressers, kitchen tables, etc.).  Please contact Barbara Vasquez before delivering furniture to be sure we have the need and/or space for it.
Several of our families currently have a need for a refrigerator.  Some can use the standard size and some need the small size.  Microwave ovens and coffee pots are also welcome.  Please be sure appliances are in good working order.  Generally, washers, dryers. and dishwashers are not allowed in the apartments.
Items in bold are most needed at this time.

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