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Give back to Carlsbad

Does your company have resources (time, funds, supplies) dedicated for nonprofit or community use? If so, there are a number of ways to use those charitable resources and give back to the City of Carlsbad.

Adopt a trail program

Contributions from community organizations, businesses and individuals are critical to the success of the growing Citywide Trails program. The safety, beauty and sustainability of trails are made possible through both volunteer and monetary support. For more information, download the Adopt a Trail brochure on the city’s website or call 442-339-2826.

Carlsbad Fire Department Foundation

The Carlsbad Fire Department Foundation was established with a mission to raise funds needed to enhance basic fire and rescue services, support public outreach, provide safety education, and provide scholarships to dependents of our firefighters and paramedics. Some of the programs and supplies funded include emergency medical supplies, communications equipment, educational materials and specialized training. For additional information, please visit www.carlsbadfdf.org or email info@carlsbadfdf.org.

Explorers programs

Exploring is a work-site based career exploration program that offers youth the opportunity to work with community organizations on a continuous basis, thus gaining valuable insights into a variety of careers. Carlsbad has Police and Fire Explorer programs that host fundraising events and accept charitable donations. To donate to the Carlsbad Fire Explorers Program, visit www.carlsbadfireexplorers.org. To donate to the Carlsbad Police Explorer Post 781, visit www.carlsbadpoliceexplorers.org or mail donation to: Carlsbad Police Station, 2560 Orion Way, Carlsbad, CA 92010. Checks can be made payable to Carlsbad Explorer Post 781 Inc.

Friends of the Arts

The Carlsbad Friends of the Arts is a nonprofit group dedicated to making the arts an integral part of our community experience. Founded in 1987, this group is committed to promote and support the programs and activities of the City of Carlsbad's Cultural Arts Office, including programs such as TGIF Concerts in the Parks, Family Open Studios, Three Part Art and the William D. Cannon Art Gallery.

Friends of the Carlsbad Library

The Friends of the Carlsbad Library, created in 1957, is a nonprofit, volunteer organization dedicated to raising funds to support Carlsbad City Library programs. For more information, contact carlsbadfriends@sandwich.net or call 442-339-2020.

Carlsbad Library & Arts Foundation

The Mission of the Carlsbad Library and Arts Foundation is to seek, cultivate and provide financial support for library and arts facilities and programs. For more information, contact 442-339-2060 or email info@carlsbadlibraryartsfoundation.org.

Carlsbad City Library

The library accepts tax deductible donations that will only be used to support library programs and services or purchase library materials. Carlsbad City Library is also pleased to accept books, magazines and audiovisual materials (DVDs, music CDs and audiobooks) that are in very good condition. For more information, visit the library’s donation page or email librarian@carlsbadca.gov.

Opportunity grants program

This program allows Carlsbad youth (17 and younger) to participate in recreation classes, camps and aquatic programs that they may not otherwise be able to afford. Grants of up to $150 per child are made to low-income families that live in Carlsbad. Your charitable donation could help give a Carlsbad child experiences that will last a lifetime. For more information, call 442-339-2826.

Ready Carlsbad Business Alliance

The Ready Carlsbad Business Alliance is a collaborative group of Carlsbad enterprises dedicated to business emergency preparedness and recovery. Ready Carlsbad Business Alliance is open to all Carlsbad businesses and supports the U.S. Department of Homeland Security goal of private sector preparedness collaboration. The alliance is supported by the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce and the City of Carlsbad. To get involved, contact Deb Beddoe, 760-603-1800 or deb@youropsmanager.com, or Kim Young, 442-339-2152 or Kim.Young@carlsbadca.gov.

TRUST Program

Teaching Respect, Unity and Sportsmanship through Teamwork or “TRUST,” is an award-winning program designed to instill the values of good sportsmanship and respect in all Parks & Recreation activities. Help promote positive values in the community by donating to the TRUST program. Opportunities include:

  • Promotional items, such as pencils, water bottles and notebooks, used to promote the program
  • Logo recognition on youth sports jerseys worn by hundreds of participants each year
  • Signage at Parks & Recreation facilities explaining the Code of Conduct

For more information on donations to TRUST, contact Kevin Gohres at kevin.gohres@carlsbadca.gov or call 442-339-5024.


Have your staff volunteer or offer their professional skills to a variety of city departments and offices such as:

  • Library
  • Arts Office
  • Public Safety (Police, Fire & Emergency Management)
  • Parks and Recreation (Trails, Recreation and Golf Course)
  • Senior Center

For volunteer information, contact Volunteer Program Manager Nancy Magpusao Burke at Nancy.MagpusaoBurke@carlsbadca.gov or call 442-359-6212.