Philanthropists In Our Community

FRIENDS takes a look back to celebrate philanthropists in our community!

A cornerstone of Friends’ mission is serving hot meals to those in need in a dignified setting. Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, acquiring nutritious food has become even more efficient. Here are a few highlights:

Anonymous donor  a 1991 Dodge Cargo Van! The Van replaces the use of personal vehicles that have been kindly shared by Muriel Dufendach, Tom Laddel and others that have logged countless miles to pick up food and other donations.

In addition to the delicious food items prepared and donated by Friends volunteers, Friends gives a shout out to the unwavering support and generosity of Trader Joes, Albertsons, Smiths, Pizza Hut and Panda Express for their sustaining food donations.

Just in time for last Thanksgiving (2014,) Friends had some extra help that made a big difference in its outreach programs for the hungry. AAA, on 10075 S. Eastern Ave., Ste. 109, Henderson, NV 89052 donated $600 worth of Turkeys to FID! Additionally, AAA donated the peace of mind, security and logistical support that comes with an AAA membership for the driver of Friends cargo van.

A 1991 Dodge Cargo Van is a hauling machine. Yet before putting it to work at Friends it underwent a front-to-back, top-to-bottom, side-to-side analysis and we are pleased to report it is running well and has the new parts needed for our busy desert freeways and surface streets.  Under the watchful eye and donated services of Alan Martini, the Friends Van is on the road with new tires, new spare rim and matching tire, new brakes, a tuned transmission, new plugs, new belts, countless other major and minor repairs, completed maintenance and the replacement parts that make it road worthy and safe for its mission.

Grants are essential to finance the Friends In The Desert Foundation, Inc.’s dedication to feeding the hungry. These community organizations have recently helped Friends continue its mission though grants:

NV Energy (January 2015)
Nevada State Bank (February 2015)
Clark County (2014)

HELP of Southern Nevada has assisted over 30 individuals from Friends explore transitional housing and training! Coordination with other organizations is a key strategy Friends believes will enable some of our guests to find their way off the streets or maintain a home that needs just a bit of food or other assistance.

Global organizations want to support the charitable organizations that you believe in. Friends is pleased to announce that you can assist Friends in raising funds by simply recognizing FID when you make purchases at Albertsons and

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Friends every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Friends In The Desert Foundation. For more information CLICK HERE

The Albertsons Community Partners program is a way to reward non-profit organizations in the local community. Friends has enrolled in the Community Partners program and received custom key tags. Each time a Friends supporter shops and scans the key tag; the organization earns a percentage of their purchase. The shopper’s price doesn’t change, but the shopper’s consideration of Friends and the generosity of Albertsons will help to sustain the Friends mission. For more information CLICK HERE . To get a Friends Albertson’s key tag, stop by Friends.

Coronado High School – CHS Student Council officers and their volunteer initiatives have made a significant, positive impact on Friends ability to meet the needs of the homeless and disadvantaged. We are grateful for all you are doing for the community. Watch for more about CHS in action in future newsletters. (To view photos of student council representatives preparing and severing meals and sack lunches at Friends in 2014 and 2105. CLICK HERE TO VIEW)

We received money from the Kasner Family Foundation to buy a commerical freezer. We received money from Wells Fargo, City of Henderson, Clark County, Cox Charities, Engelstad Foundation, Nevada Energy, Nevada State Bank, Washington Federal Foundation and many others.

November 2015