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There are a variety of ways that YOU can make a difference in your community.  Why not volunteer for a park cleanup?  Maybe you would like to make a tax-deductible donation toward a park or recreational program in your neighborhood?  Or maybe you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the beautification of downtown or other area of the city, or even the acquisition of open space?  No gift is too small.  You can make a general donation toward the City or provide a designated contribution.

The Palm Springs Community Fund was established to allow residents to give a tax-deductible donation to the City's general fund or individual city programs.  Residents may donate any amount they wish and may donate to more than one area or city department.

Donor Form

Click here for City of Palm Springs Donor Contribution Form (PDF)

If you want your contribution used specifically for certain activities, please indicate your preference in the memo section of you check.

 

Listed below are just some of the areas where your donation is needed:

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General Donation
for City Activities   
 

You can make a general donation to the City which will be used for a variety of programs and purposes.

Palm Springs Library

The Palm Springs Library has its own donation programs through the establishment of a Library Trust Fund and the Friends of the Palm Springs Library.  There is a small bin in the Library for individual book donations and for large material and book donations. More information can be obtained at 760-668-8838 or visit the Friends of the Library webpage.

Parks and Recreation  

Earmark your contribution toward a specific park or recreational program such as arts and crafts, dance, athletics and other programs offered by the city's Parks & Recreation Department.  Donations will also help repair and replace playground equipment at our local parks.  Visit the City's Parks & Recreation Department website.

Tahquitz Creek
Trails

In March 2010, the City adopted the Tahquitz Creek Trail Master Plan, a $4.8 million improvement plan to create an appealing trail and recreation experience for residents and visitors of Palm Springs while enhancing the beauty and function of Tahquitz Creek. Stakeholders and members of the community helped the City shape the goals for the Master Plan. It is designed to be a collaboration between the City and the Riverside County Flood Control District, which owns the channel.

The Master Plan would improve approximately 1.5 miles of the Tahquitz Creek Channel spanning between the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians’ Tahquitz Canyon Visitors’ Center and one-quarter mile east of Sunrise Way, at the Mesquite Country Club. The project also extends to both sides of the concrete and riprap sided creek between North and South Riverside Drives.

Your contribution would help fund the recommended project elements within the Tahquitz Creek Master Plan when it is implemented.

Tree Donation Program    

The City has established guidelines for the donation of trees and other amenities in its parks.  Click here for details.

Dog Park Operation
and Development

 

Contributions received will be used for the sole purpose of operating the current Palm Springs Dog Park and the promotion, development, and support of a second dog park in the city, open to all dog lovers and friends to enjoy.

Community Center Program
Scholarships and Programs

Funds go toward the fee to participate in the City's community center programs including the James O. Jessie Desert Highland Community Center and the Demuth Community Center.

Your donation can be for transportation needs to assure that children participating in local recreation day and or winter camps have a unique camp experience.

Demuth Community
Center

Donations of items or cash contributions to improve the quality and experience at the Community Center.  Click here for the Demuth Community Center Wish List.

For more information call the Demuth Community Center at 760-320-6430.

James O. Jessie Desert Highland
Unity Center

Donations of items or cash contributions to improve the quality and experience at the Community Center.  Click here for the James O. Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center Wish List.

To donate or get more information call the James O Jessie Desert Highland Unity Center at 760-323-8271.

Palm Springs Animal Shelter

Contributions can can be made to the Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter to be made toward the capital cost of the new animal shelter, or to the City to help defray the operational cost of the shelter.

Click here for the Animal Shelter Wish List  for ongoing donation opportunities for goods and materials.

Land Donation and/or Open Space Acquisition

 

Your donation of land can be used to preserve natural/open spaces or build community amenities such as gardens, trails or parks.

Cash contributions would help purchase open space land within the City  to protect it from future development.

For more information, call the Community & Economic Development Department's Redevelopment Coordinator at 760-323-8260.

Trails
Programs

Funds can be used for the improvement of trails through the City, as well as the installation of informational signage on trails and at the trailheads.

CDBG
 Home Repair Program

The City administers a Home Repair Program for Very Low Income Homeowners. A contribution would help cover extraordinary health and safety repairs and or unexpected catastrophic circumstances for Home Repair clients. A description of the program is provided by clicking the following link.  Click here for information.

Historic Preservation

The City has a Historic Site Preservation Board, which among other responsibilities also designates sites for plaques within the City.  Contributions would cover cost of producing and installing plaques.

Historic Properties

In addition, there are a number of historic properties in the City, such as the Cornelia White House, the McCallum Adobe (two of the oldest properties in Palm Springs), the Frances Stevens School, the Palm Springs Visitor Center (the Albert Frey-designed Gas Station), and the Plaza Theater (home of the Palm Springs Follies) that have major capital needs related to their ongoing preservation and operation.  Contributions would pay for the restoration and capital improvements to the buildings to keep them serviceable and to help maintain their historic integrity.

Downtown Beautification

Your gift will help to keep our downtown appealing and accessible.  Click here for the Downtown Beautification Wish List of items or programs where your generous contribution is needed.

Palm Tree
Replacement Program

 

Your gift will keep our City beautiful by helping the City replace "iconic" palm trees in the downtown and also along major streets that have been lost due to age, or damage to ensure that there are no gaps or visibly missing trees.

Sustainable
Palm Springs

Your gift will help the City to be better able to be a stronger and more sustainable city.  Contributions will help to provide for the installation of water-and energy-savings measures at City Hall and other City buildings, as well as streetlights, median islands, parks, infrastructure, and more.  In addition, the Sustainability Program uses funds for community outreach and education on environmental and sustainability issues.  For more information call 760-323-8214 or visit the City's Your Sustainable website.

Palm Springs
Community Gardens

Contributions received will be used to construct and operate community gardens at various locations within the City for residents to enjoy, learn and intermingle.  Your gift can be a cash contribution or donation of materials, labor or land.  Click here for the Palm Springs Community Gardens Wish List.

Citrus Donation Program
(with Hidden Harvest)

You can donate unwanted citrus from your fruit trees to help Hidden Harvest feed those in need.  Fruit can be dropped off at the City Maintenance Yard at 425 North Civic Drive.  For more information contact Hidden Harvest at 760-398-8183 or visit www.hiddenharvest.org.

Police Department Programs

 

The Palm Springs Police Department runs a number of community outreach and assistance programs, many of which are largely volunteer. There are a number of programs and divisions that rely on your generous contribution of funds and/or participation to be effective. Click here to learn more about specific police department programs and how you can help and/or volunteer. 

Police Activities League (PAL) The summer program is open to ages 8 to 18. Registration is free. Contributions would assist the Palm Springs Police Youth Academy, Parents on Patrol, Sports Programs, Fundraising Opportunities, Operation Santa and more. For more information call the PAL Officer at 760-318-1226.

Mounted Police Search and Rescue Over the nearly 60 years of existence the Palm Springs Mounted Police Search & Rescue have performed over 1,000 technical rescues in the mountainous areas surrounding the greater Palm Springs area. These rescues are performed by horseback, hiking, and helicopter. As the difficulty of the rescues increase and the population of the city has grown, PSMP-SAR has become trained as a technical rock rescue organization. Click here for more information.

Citizens' Police Academy The Citizen's Police Academy is a Community Policing project that has graduated hundreds of students from all sectors of the community. Attendees participate in discussions about Patrol Procedures, Traffic Investigation, K-9, SWAT, Community Policing, Narcotics, Crime Scene Investigation, Internal Affairs, and many other interesting topics. Attendees are invited to experience simulated live-fire exercises at the Police Range, learn weaponless defense and handcuffing, and participate in a ride-along with a police officer on patrol. Your generous contribution would help in purchasing materials for training sessions. Click here for more information.

K-9 UNIT The PSPD K-9 Unit was founded in 1980. Currently, there are four officer positions assigned to the K-9 Unit. In addition to patrol dogs, there are two bomb detection dogs assigned to the Palm Springs International Airport. Nearly all the dogs in the history of PSPD's K-9 program have been donated thanks to the generosity of civic groups, local business owners, and individuals who realize the importance of this special program. Click here for more information.

MOUNTED POLICE ENFORCEMENT UNIT The Palm Springs Police Department Mounted Enforcement Unit (MEU) consists of sworn police officers who volunteer their time for extra duty on horseback. The Mounted Enforcement Unit is used for crowd control functions, high visibility enforcement for special events, and for public relations. Click here for more information.

Fire Department Programs

Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) As a community member you are an integral component in each phase and are the key to returning the community that you love back to what it was prior to an emergency or major disaster.  The first step you can take is to prepare yourself and your home.  The preparedness can come simply come from the development of a kit of supplies that will last everyone in your home, don’t forget the pets, for at least three days.  If you want to go one step further consider the 20-hour Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training the Department offers twice a year.  This training will provide you an overview of disaster kits, how to select and use a fire extinguisher, basic medical skills, how to mentally deal with what you have been through and most important how to work safety as a team to help your neighborhood.  Donations to the CERT program would be used for the following purposes:
• Provide tuition assistance for community members that cannot afford the 20-hour CERT course registration fee. 
• Teen CERT course costs.  The Department aims to provide a Teen CERT course at no cost to the teenager or their guardians.  We feel that my training the next generation they will be better prepared no matter where they go.
• Outreach and education materials and supplies.  Fire Department, utilizing CERT volunteers, participate in over 10 community events a year to spread the message of preparedness. 
• Supplies for the CERT program such as uniform shirts for volunteers, equipment for the CERT trailer, and training props for the CERT and monthly refresher courses.

ADA Improvements and Resources

The City of Palm Springs is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  It does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its services, programs or activities.  Upon request, reasonable accommodation is made to allow individuals with disabilities access to the communications regarding City services, programs or activities.  Contributions would assist the City in developing community education programs and materials related to public access, as well as the purchase of equipment (such as assisted listening devices) to help ensure the City's continued compliance with ADA.

Human Rights Commission

The City's Human Rights Commission was formed to promote improved relations, civic peace, intergroup understanding, and the full acceptance, respect, and participation of all persons in all aspects of community life so that all will be equal in the eyes of each other.  The Commission members provide volunteer hours in the accomplishment of the work of the Commission.  Contributions would assist in developing community education programs and materials related to the Commission's work.

Public Art Program   

The Palm Springs Public Art Program has its own donation programs established through the Public Art Ordinance.  Monetary gifts shall be treated like the others on this list; however, the Public Art Program has a policy for the donation of works of art.  More information can be obtained at www.palmspringspublicart.org or contact the Public Art Coordinator at 760-778-8408.

Special Events

Throughout the year the City of Palm Springs sponsors special events, many of them occurring on a yearly basis.

Your generous financial contribution can assist in the cost of operating these events and ensure that they continue to be memorable.

For more information E-mail us at ecodev@palmspringsca.gov

 

 

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