OneOC Invites Families to Make a Difference Together This Holiday Season
National Family Volunteer Weekend is presented by
The Home Depot and Orange County Advisors in Philanthropy
SANTA ANA, California, November 19, 2011 – OneOC, formerly Volunteer Center Orange County, invites Orange County families and companies to flex their power this holiday season by volunteering to serve their neighbors and help the environment on National Family Volunteer Day, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011.
“Though the tasks are simple, the need is significant and the rewards are great,” said OneOC President and CEO Daniel J. McQuaid. “Together families can make a huge difference by feeding hungry children, helping improve playgrounds, cleaning up popular beaches, tending a garden and much more by assisting local nonprofit agencies.”
Here is a list of participating agencies and their volunteer needs:
- Save-Our-Beach (Seal Beach), 9:00 am until noon – Help a community heal from the recent shooting tragedy by joining us for a family beach clean-up project.
- Laguna Beach Clean-Up, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm – OneOC and SurfAID International are hosting a beach clean up in Laguna.
- Monte Vista Elementary School (Santa Ana, CA), 10:00 am until 2:00 pm – Join an improvement project that includes painting of a large-scale map of the United States and more.
- Jefferson Elementary School (Santa Ana, CA), 9:00 am until 2:00 pm– Help ensure a safe and high-quality playground at this beautification project.
OneOC’s Family Service Team will be culminating their season of service with other family activities planned for Sunday, Nov. 20. These include:
- Hosting a BBQ event at Regina House in Santa Ana, a transitional living center located at Mercy House for women and children who would otherwise be homeless.
- Cleaning the shelter and revamping the residents’ herb garden at Emmanuel House, another transitional living center at Mercy House for single persons living with HIV or AIDS.
- Picking, planting and weeding at Second Harvest Food Bank’s vegetable and fruit garden at the Incredible Edible Park in Irvine.
- Participating in a food drive and packing weekend lunch sacks for children living in motels in conjunction with Grandma’s House of Hope in Anaheim.
- Learning about habitat preservation and helping remove invasive plants and restore native ones in conjunction with the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center Upper Newport Bay.
Sponsoring the volunteer events are The Home Depot Foundation, Orange County Advisors in Philanthropy and Hoag Hospital’s Community Benefit Program, which sponsors OneOC ‘s Family Service Team.
“Volunteering has health benefits not only for the community, but for the volunteer as well,” said Dr Gwyn Parry, the hospital’s director of Community Medicine.
“We invest in the Family Service Team program because we believe in fostering healthy lifestyles and healthy families, and this is a program that teaches children the life-long value of community service,” he said.
To sign up for one of these nonprofit locations call Shannon Reyes, volunteer coordinator at OneOC at 714-953-5757 x132 or email sreyes@OneOC.org by November 16th. For general information, visit www.OneOC.org or call 714- 953-5757.
714-953-5757 x218/cell: 949-525-8775
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.