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Discuss your important beliefs with your friends and neighbors and take local action as possible.

Your tax-deductible donations to Friends Outside in Los Angeles County are always welcomed!

Caring is Contagious is a short fundraising film highlighting the pioneering work FOLA has done for almost fifty years serving the needs of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals and their families. Several clients and staff members are featured in the film as well as FOLA’s executive director, Mary Weaver.

See how our caring ripples forward and restores hope.



  • The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Lao Tzu

    While still grieving incalculable losses due to COVID, I am concerned that a possible palliative effect of this new year could be a false reassurance that somehow a new year will make our problems disappear.

  • Reflections on 2020

    As the year comes to a close, I suspect that many are looking forward to kicking it figuratively to the curb and toasting its conclusion on New Year’s Eve.  It has been a trying year at the least.  One of my personal guidelines is “If I am going to go through H – e – double hockey sticks, I am going to learn from it.”

  • IRS allowing a special charitable tax deduction this year

    The IRS is allowing a special charitable tax deduction this year for people who do not plan to itemize their 2020 taxes next year. Every donation is important and will be put to good use, in support of children and families affected by the criminal justice system. Thank you for your consideration and we hope you all have a nice and healthy holiday season.

  • 2020 Toy Drive

    Children with incarcerated parents face the holidays without one or both of their parents, amidst reminders of what the holidays are supposed to be — happiness, family togetherness, and bounty.

  • 2020 Year End Report

    2019/2020 Annual Report – Inside Friends Outside in Los Angeles County