St. Joseph Center relies on support from the community to accomplish its goals of helping low-income and homeless men, women and children achieve self-sufficiency. Your gift today can help us move a homeless family into housing; provide a senior on a fixed income with a weekly bag of groceries; advise a disabled veteran on how to manager his money — and much, much more! We are a 501(c)(3) organization, so your contributions to support our work are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. To direct your contribution to support a specific program please visit our online contribution page.

Contribute Online

Please make a contribution right now to support St. Joseph Center where we need help the most using this link:

Contribute By Mail

Download this PDF donation form and mail it to St. Joseph Center along with your check or credit card information. Please note on the form if you are making the donation in tribute to a special person or an event such as a wedding or as a memorial to a loved one or friend who has passed on.

Contribution Questions?

If you have questions about making a general donation, please phone 310-396-6468 ext. 336 or email us.

Other Ways You Can Help

There are many other ways you can help St. Joseph Center — click on the  headings below to learn more!

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers: Get more information about volunteer opportunities at St. Joseph Center and details on how to apply.

Some of the items that clients served by our programs are consistently in need of include food donations.

Food Pantry most-needed items:

  • Peanut butter
  • Canned meats and fish
  • Canned vegetables and fruits
  • Pasta, crackers, cereal, beans and rice
  • Canned sauce, soup and broth
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • 100% fruit juice
  • To help distribute food we always need sturdy paper grocery bags with handles (Trader Joe’s style) and empty egg cartons.

Additional food items for other programs:

  • Ensure for Senior Services
  • Individually packaged snacks for Homeless Outreach (granola bars, trail mix, etc.)
  • Snacks for children for our Family Services and Early Learning Center (crackers, teething biscuits, cookies, raisins and fruit snacks)
  • Jar foods – all flavors and stages for our Family Services and Early Learning Center

For food collection, please note:
We cannot accept items that have expired or are in glass containers.
Our Food Pantry can also use sturdy paper grocery bags with handles (Trader Joe’s style), plastic grocery bags, and egg cartons year-round.

Non-food Items

For Seniors, Veterans, and Homeless clients we suggest donations of:

  • Toothbrushes
  • Razors
  • Towels
  • Washcloths
  • Adult and children socks
  • Adult underwear
  • Body wash
  • Conditioner

For families with children, we suggest donations of:

  • Diapers (sizes 3-5)
  • Baby Wipes
  • School supplies
  • Art supplies

If you are able to donate one or more of these items – or organize a collection or drive for them at your school, workplace, place of worship, or other community group – please contact us.

Donation drop off times:

Monday & Thursday: 1:30pm-4:30pm
Wednesday: 1pm-4pm
Tuesday & Friday: 9am-11am 

For more information regarding these or other donatables please contact:
Volunteer Services Manager
St. Joseph Center
204 Hampton Drive
Venice, CA 90291-8633
Phone: 310-396-6468 ext. 326
Fax: 310-399-3040
E-Mail Address:

St. Joseph Center is always in need of new, unopened items for the people we help — and our new Amazon Wishlist makes it easier than ever to donate some of these items! You can order them using your Amazon account and then the items will be shipped directly to St. Joseph Center, where we will get them out quickly to the people who need them most.

Bequests are gifts made as a provision of your Will or Trust. We can provide language that you can include in the documents you prepare in the course of your estate planning efforts.

Planned gifts are gift arrangements that have specific tax advantages and often include lifetime income to the donor or to one or more beneficiaries named by the donor.

A planned gift or bequest can maximize your giving potential and even allow you to ensure your future financial security or that of a loved one at the same time that you make a donation to St. Joseph Center.

Planned gifts typically are funded either by cash or some kind of appreciated asset such as stock or real estate. Gifts of appreciated assets typically are able to maximize both one’s charitable deduction as well as one’s tax benefits. Common examples of planned gifts include:

Charitable Gift Annuity— A gift annuity is a contract between the donor and St. Joseph Center that provides advantages to both. The donor makes a gift and receives a guaranteed payment for life along with a charitable income tax deduction. The payout rate is based on the age of the donor at the time the gift is made. Charitable gift annuities may be funded with cash or securities. Payouts may be made annually, semi-annually, quarterly, or monthly.

Deferred Gift Annuity—A deferred gift annuity operates like an IRA and is similar to a charitable gift annuity, except that the payments are deferred to a future date. In addition, the donor obtains a substantial charitable income tax deduction in the year the gift is made. A deferred gift annuity is an excellent way for younger to middle-aged donors to make a gift and receive a charitable income tax deduction now, while providing income for the future.

Charitable Remainder Trusts—For gifts in excess of $100,000, this is a personalized life income gift that provides a donor with a lifetime income and a charitable income tax deduction. The donor selects the payout rate, usually between 5 and 8 percent, providing the donor and the donor’s spouse with an income every year for life. The higher the payout rate, the lower the charitable income tax deduction. If the donor funds the trust with appreciated securities, capital gains taxes can be avoided.

For more information or for sample language to include in your estate planning, please contact our Development Director at 310-396-6468 ext. 335. St. Joseph Center also recommend that you consult your CPA, lawyer, or an estate planning professional regarding Bequests and Planned gifts. We are happy to refer you to a qualified professional for more information.

St. Joseph Center encourages donations of stock, securities such as mutual funds, or other appreciated assets because these donations can bring you significant tax benefits as compared to a regular cash donation or a donation of cash derived from a stock sale. For example, direct stock donations help you avoid capital gains taxes and can help reduce your income tax burden.

Electronic delivery of stock shares is most secure and expedient, but you are also welcome to transfer certificates directly. To transfer stock to St. Joseph Center, you will need to provide the following information for audit and acknowledgment purposes:

Name and address
Name and number of securities transferred
Specific St. Joseph Center program(s) to which your gift should be directed (if any).

For the specific information your broker will need to facilitate a stock donation and for details regarding electronic transfers, please contact our Development Director at 310-396-6468 ext. 335.

Purchase tickets to our annual Voices of Hope gala or buy an ad in the event journal. Please call 310-396-6468, ext. 328 or email us for more information about our upcoming gala.

Donor Privacy Policy

St. Joseph Center deeply values our supporters’ contributions. To ensure their privacy is respected, we follow these policies:

  • We never sell, trade, or share donor or volunteer information with any other businesses, agencies, or organizations (except as mandated by law).
  • We do not send mailings on behalf of other organizations.
  • We offer donors the option to be recognized anonymously.
  • We honor donor requests to opt out of future solicitations.
  • We honor donor requests to opt out of informational mailings, such as our newsletter or annual report.

All donors who have questions or specific privacy concerns are encouraged to contact St. Joseph Center’s Development Department by calling 310-396-6468, ext. 328.

St. Joseph Center also endorses the industry-standard Donor Bill of Rights. This Bill of Rights for charitable givers was developed by the following four industry experts: American Association of Fund Raising Counsel, Association for Healthcare Philanthropy, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, National Society of Fund Raising Executives. It is industry-accepted and has been endorsed by many of the nation’s leading charitable organizations.

“Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes that they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

I. To be informed of the organization’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
II. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
III. To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements
IV. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given
V. To receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognition.
VI. To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
VII. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
VIII. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
IX. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share [note: this clause does not apply to St. Joseph Center, as we do not ever share names].
X. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.”