SANTA ANA, Calif., Jan. 10, 2011 -- Volunteers in Orange County have been answering the call to help assemble food boxes for the hungry, build a community garden, harvest crops for those in need of food, repair and clean books, sort and pack medical supplies, assess the county's homeless population, and even remove invasive vegetation from a regional park and help dig out mud and debris in local canyon communities affected by the recent heavy rains.

These community-minded volunteers and worthy projects are being matched up by OneOC, formerly Volunteer Center Orange County, as a part of the organization's annual day of reflective community service to acknowledge the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The activities are planned for Saturday, January 15 and Monday, January 17, 2011, and into the remainder of January 2011.

More than 1,000 volunteers are expected to sign up to assist on the projects. Tau Lambda Chapter, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity members will be speaking about Dr. King’s life and vision at the beginning of volunteer projects at Community Action Partnership, Second Harvest Food Bank and Early Literacy Program.

“We hope that volunteers will join their friends, neighbors and co-workers in giving something back to the community in honor of the example set by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” said OneOC President and CEO Daniel J. McQuaid.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Sorting and Packing

Giving Children Hope

Volunteers are needed to sort medical supplies used in under-served domestic or international communities, sort and package items used for emergency disaster relief, fix medical equipment used in under-served domestic or international communities, fill backpacks full of food for homeless children in Orange County, sort donated product or over-the-counter medicine for our Mission Store, and help with facilities maintenance and housekeeping.

Projected Volunteer Numbers: 15
Volunteer Shift: 9:00AM - 12:00PM

8332 Commonwealth Avenue
Buena Park, CA 90621

Narco Channel Habitat Restoration at Laguna Niguel Regional Park

County of Orange - Orange County Community Resources - Orange County Parks

Volunteers are needed to assist with invasive species removal (Pampas Grass and Spanish sunflower) at "Narco Channel" on site. Volunteers will work with County staff and learn about the non-native plants found in Laguna Niguel Regional Park and their negative effects on our parklands.

Projected Volunteer Numbers: 10
Volunteer Shift: 9:00AM-12:00PM

Laguna Niguel Regional Park
28241 La Paz Rd
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

Monday, January 17, 2011

Assembling Food Boxes for the Hungry

Community Action Partnership’s Orange County Food Bank

Volunteers are needed to pack boxes of food to be distributed to the hungry in Orange County. “Assembling Food Boxes for the Hungry” will take place at the Community Action Partnership’s food warehouse in Garden Grove. All volunteers must register online.

Projected Volunteer Numbers: 120 at each shift
Volunteer Shifts: 9:00AM - 11:00AM, 11:30AM - 1:30PM, 2:00PM - 4:00PM

11870 Monarch Street
Garden Grove, CA 92841

Book Doctors: Book Repair/Cleaning

Early Literacy Program

Help the Early Literacy Program clean, repair and label donated children's books that will be redistributed to the Orange County Community. Books will be available for cleaning. Donations of gently used children's books will gladly be accepted.

Projected Volunteer Numbers: 20 at each shift
Volunteer Shifts: 9:00AM - 11:00AM, 1:00PM - 3:00PM

2101 E. Fourth Street, Suite 160B,
Santa Ana, CA 92705

Corporate Highlight: PIMCO employees will be at the 9:00AM - 11:00AM shift

Build a Community Garden

YMCA of Orange

Volunteers are needed to help paint the garden fence, spread mulch and participate in other beautification activities. Be sure to wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty and closed toe shoes. The YMCA of Orange is constructing a learning garden. The goal is to educate students in the after-school programs with the Y in nutrition, while motivating them to make healthy choices. The community garden will also act as a means of reaching out to the community in Orange, Ca. The YMCA will benefit from the engagement of volunteers from the community, whom we will reach out to with volunteer opportunities in support of the garden. YMCA of Orange families will benefit from the healthy lifestyle being promoted by the garden. In addition to getting students and volunteers outside and reengaged with nature, our Y aims to use the garden as a stepping stone for community healthy-cooking classes led by volunteer chefs.

Projected Volunteer Numbers: 50
Volunteer Shifts: 10:00AM - 12:30PM and 1:00PM – 3:30PM

2241 E. Palmyra
Orange, CA 92889

Harvesting for the Hungry

Second Harvest Food Bank/Society St. Vincent de Paul

Volunteers will harvest crops that provide fresh food for the hungry in Orange County. “Harvesting for the Hungry” will take place at the Second Harvest Food Bank’s Incredible Edible Field in Irvine.

Projected Volunteer Numbers: 60 volunteers at each shift
Volunteer Shifts: 9:00AM - 11:00AM, 1:00PM - 3:00PM

The Incredible Edible Park
15058 Harvard Avenue
Irvine, CA 92612

LemonAid Stands

Team Kids, Inc

Team kids would like to encourage any child who wants to serve on MLK Day or the preceding weekend to join kids across Orange County to host their own "Lemon Aid" stand. Proceeds from LemonAid Irvine will benefit OC Human Relations Youth Programs. Join us to collect funds, celebrate MLK service day, and highlight youth leaders! Participation information:

Projected Volunteer Numbers: 100+
Volunteer Shifts: N/A

Across the county

Mud Slide Recovery

Inter-Canyon League

The canyon communities of the Santa Ana Mountains are in desperate need of volunteers to help dig out the tremendous amount of mud and debris that inundated us like so many other areas. Volunteers will be grouped as hand crews and with a crew leader, and will be assigned to one of over 150 job sites. These job sites are located primarily in the Silverado, Modjeska, Trabuco and Williams Canyons. This is very physical labor so the age range is 16 to approx. 60.

Projected Volunteer Numbers: 200
Volunteer Shifts: 9:00AM-3:00PM

Meet at Silverado Community Center
28222 Silverado Canyon Road
Silverado, CA 92676

Packing Supplies for the 2011 Point-In-Time Homeless Count & Survey

OC Partnership

Volunteers are needed to pack supplies that volunteers will be taking out into the field for the 2011 Point-In-Time Homeless Count & Survey. This includes backpacks filled with supplies for the count and "incentives" or gift items for homeless clients to be given out during the Count and Survey. Volunteers will be working in the warehouse and need to wear closed toe shoes and layered clothing since it can get cold in the warehouse.

Projected Volunteer Numbers: 20
Volunteer Shift: 1:00PM - 4:00PM

One Hope Dr.
Tustin, CA 92782

2011 Point-In-Time Homeless Count & Survey

OC Community Services Homeless Prevention Division and its partners - Applied Survey Research (ASR) - OC Partnership - Orange County Healthcare Agency

In January 2011 OC Community Services Homeless Prevention Division and its partners, Applied Survey Research (ASR), OC Partnership, and Orange County Healthcare Agency will be conducting the fourth biennial countywide homeless population count and survey.

The providers of homeless services in Orange County regularly seek grant funding from state and federal agencies and private funders to support their efforts countywide. This “Point-In-Time” count of the county’s homeless population helps to confirm the need for these funds, and can be used to adjust service needs as appropriate.

The 2011 Point in Time Count and Survey will consist of:

Field Counter – A head count of persons experiencing homelessness:

There is a need for over 300 volunteers to actively participate in the process for counting individuals and families on the street and in sheltered facilities.

This Point-In-Time Count will be done in the early morning hours of Saturday, January 22nd, 2011.

Field Surveyor – Interview process to gather specific information about the homeless population:

After completion of the enumeration process, volunteers will survey a sample of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons, through one-on-one interviews to gather critical information to best assist them in moving to stable housing.

The Survey process will take place over a two week period following the count.

Deployment Center Team Member -- Deployment Center volunteers will be stationed at one of six centers in the county and are responsible for checking field teams in and out, dispensing supplies as needed, maintaining phone contact with teams to answer questions, and to address any other issues that may arise the nights of the Count and Survey.

RSVP to Sharon McKeag Ash at OC Partnership at


Dan Pittman
Barbara Powers
714-953-5757 x 218/ cell: 949-525-8775

About OneOC
OneOC, formerly Volunteer Center Orange County, is a nonprofit 501c3 organization committed to accelerating nonprofit success through volunteer, training, consulting and business services. Serving Orange County, California, OneOC provides support and solutions to more than 650 nonprofit organizations and community initiatives each year. Building on a 52-year history of mobilizing volunteer action, the organization announced its new name on September 15, 2010 to signal the expansion of its integrated service offerings to help nonprofits become as effective and efficient about their mission as they are passionate. OneOC is affiliated with Points of Lights Institute and HandsOn Network, enabling participation in national community service initiatives and connection to a larger movement of change. For more information, visit

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