Volunteers from PIMCO, Cox Communications, Cal State University Fullerton, UCI, Windes & McClaughry and other organizations and churches will give a day of service in honor of Dr. King

SANTA ANA, Calif., Jan. 11, 2013 – Volunteers in Orange County are answering the call to help assemble food boxes for the hungry and harvest crops for those in need of food, restore natural habitats, repair and clean books, sort and pack medical supplies, and participate in cleaning, painting and refurbishment projects at nonprofits around the county.

Now for the 14th year, OneOC is matching up community-minded volunteers and worthy projects 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.

OneOC President and CEO Daniel J. McQuaid noted, “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, ‘Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'what are you doing for others?’ 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.  This is a time for people from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to many of our pressing local and national problems.”

“Cox and its employees are proud to follow Dr. King’s example of unity and community service by taking part in One OC’s Days of Service on his birthday,” said Cox Communications’ Art Yoon, Director of Public Affairs.

Sponsors of OneOC’s Martin Luther King Jr Day of Service include Bank of America, Cox Communications, Michele and Peter Duncan, Experian, PIMCO Foundation, and Target.

The activities planned for Friday, Sunday and Monday, January 18, 20 and 21 include the following:

Friday January 18, 2013

Healthy Futures@ Boys & Girls Club of Tustin in partnership with PBS SoCal 12:00-2:00pm
Volunteers will be assisting in “brushing teeth” demonstration, DVD screening and interactive “healthy teeth” learning activities.

Garden Project@ Clara Barton Elementary School (Anaheim) 10am-12pm
Volunteers will help refurbish and plant school garden.

Culture Day@ Kid Works (Santa Ana) 3:00-5:00pm
Volunteers will assist students as part of their cultural education day with crafts that will be donated to other nonprofits.

The Delhi Center (Santa Ana) 10:00am-12:00pm
Volunteers from COX Communications and others will help beautify the facility by repainting the interior walls of the program rooms.

Sunday January 20, 2013

Habitat Restoration@ Earthroots (Silverado Canyon) 9am-1pm
Volunteers will work with Earthroots staff and volunteers on their newly acquired outdoor educational acreage assisting with habitat restoration efforts at a wilderness site. The efforts will focus on the removal of non-native weeds and tress. No experience necessaryUCI will volunteer.

Monday January 21, 2013

Touch a Life@ Boys & Girls Club of Garden Grove (Garden Grove) 12:30pm-2: 30pm
Volunteers from Circle K at CSUF and others will lead groups of 3-5 youth members in creating tactile books to be donated to Blind Children’s Learning Center.

Sorting & Packing@ Giving Children Hope (Buena Park) 9am-12pm
Volunteers from Orange County Church of Christ and Circle K at CSUF and others will help sort and pack medical supplies.

Painting US Map@ Lincoln Elementary School (Santa Ana) 10am-12pm
Volunteers from Orange County Church of Christ and Connect OC and others will be painting a U.S. Map on the elementary school playground.

Feed the Hungry@ OC Food Bank (Garden Grove) 9am to 4pm
Volunteers from UCI, Christ Our Redeemer AME Church, Connect OC, Orange County Church of Christ, Chapter of the Links, Inc., Windes & McClaughry and others will assist in packing food boxes for seniors and families in need.

Food Harvest@ Second Harvest Food Bank Incredible Edible Park (Irvine) 9am-11am
Volunteers from PIMCO, UCI, Orange County Church of Christ and others will help harvest food out at the community fields for families in need.

Book Doctor@ Think Together (Santa Ana) 10am-1pm
Volunteers from PIMCO, Orange County Church of Christ and Access California Services and others will refurbish Books as part of the “Book Doctor” program focused on early literacy.

Interested volunteers may contact Ursula Walsh at uwalsh@OneOC.org or 714-953-5757x215 (Cell# 951-240-8019). For more information, visit http://www.oneoc.org/get-involved/days-of-service/martin-luther-king-jr-day/


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 www.OneOC.org.

Dan Pittman

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

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