OneOC Invites Families to Make a Difference For Others While Having Fun Together


SANTA ANA, California, May 00, 2011 – Families helping families is a central theme behind the 2011 Family Service Team (FST) Program organized by OneOC, formerly Volunteer Center Orange County.

The nonprofit organization invites Orange County families to have fun while learning about the importance of giving their time, talent and energy by volunteering to serve their neighbors at participating nonprofit agencies around the county.

“Given our uncertain economic climate, nonprofit organizations are struggling more than ever to provide services to the needy in our communities. Fortunately, the Family Service Team program mobilizes families to make a difference for nonprofits and their clients,” said OneOC President and CEO Daniel J. McQuaid. “The program provides ample opportunities for families to build volunteerism into their lives and to pay it forward.”

On one Sunday each month, from 1 until 2:30 PM, beginning June 12 and running through November 20, teams consisting of approximately 10 to 15 families will join forces to provide resources to their neighbors and communities in need. The program is recommended for families with children from age three to 12, although all are welcome.  Six age-appropriate service activities will be performed and a reflection component for the entire family. Project supplies, a youth t-shirt, team and family photos, as well as year-end recognition are all included in the $120 per family fee.  Program scholarships covering up to 75 percent of the registration fee are available based on family needs, but pre-registration is required.

In 2010, 60 families joined the Family Service Team, which represented 240 volunteers who visited 13 nonprofits addressing hunger, the needs of seniors, literacy, homelessness and the environment for a total of 1,620 volunteer hours.

The families picked more than 12,000 pounds of fresh vegetables, collected 360 bags of trash from the beaches,  beautified gardens for Alzheimer's  patients, restored native plants in the Back Bay, held a Halloween party for homeless families and made 360 treats and snack bags that were given to children in our community. The program touched the lives of more than 13,000 Orange County residents.

Discounted registration is open through May 31.  Late registration closes June 1.  To register, please contact Family Service Team Program Coordinator Shannon Reyes at sreyes@oneoc.org or 714-953-5757 x132, or click here to register online: OneOC Family Service Team.

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Dan Pittman
714-282-9994
dan@pittmanpr.com
Barbara Powers
714-953-5757 x 218/ cell: 949-525-8775
bpowers@oneoc.org

 

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.
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