Annual Spirit of Giving event for Orange County elementary school children organized by nonprofit OneOC


SANTA ANA, California, November 30, 2011 – This Friday, Dec. 2, more than 1,750 Title One first grade students at 13 Orange County elementary schools will be given an opportunity to participate in a service-learning experience called the Spirit of Giving, organized by OneOC, formerly Volunteer Center Orange County.

The goal of this annual program is to inspire a love of reading and an ethic of volunteering in the students who participate.  Spirit of Giving provides students in low-income communities with books for their classroom and home libraries. The program also creates a teaching moment, using the stories in the books and specialized curriculum to show students the value of giving back through service.  The program culminates with each classroom performing its own service project.

“The value of giving is the critical message in the stories read by our volunteer storytellers,” said Daniel J. McQuaid, OneOC president and CEO.  “Children are then asked to volunteer their services at school or in their neighborhood or to perform an act of kindness in their home or family environment.”

The list of participating elementary schools includes Melrose Elementary and Tynes Elementary in Placentia (holding on Thursday, Dec. 1), Wallace R. Davis Elementary, Fairhaven Elementary, Hoover Elementary, Remington Elementary in Santa Ana, Woodbury Elementary, Iva Meairs Elementary, Peters Elementary in Garden Grove, Oakview Elementary in Huntington Beach, Esplanade Elementary in Orange, Thomas Jefferson Elementary in Anaheim, and Finley Elementary in Westminster.

Sponsors include Target, UPS, Charles and Mildred Schnurmacher Foundation, R.C. Baker Foundation, CARMAX  Foundation, The Charitable Foundation, Agent Community Outreach of Prudential California Realty.

A highlight of the program is the presence of a volunteer storyteller in each classroom.  Many of the sponsors will provide volunteer readers.  Other  notable readers participating in the program include members of Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), UCI, CSUF, and Corona Del Mar High School.

“At Target, a significant portion of our giving goes toward funding education, with a focus on helping more students read proficiently by the end of third grade. Through programs like Spirit of Giving, we’re helping kids reach their full potential and become responsible, caring community members,” said Dianna Landucci, Executive of Guest Experience and Soft Lines.

“We’d like to acknowledge our sponsors and volunteers who help build a stronger, more vibrant Orange County.  Their contribution helps our youth discover their power to make a difference, not only in their own lives but for others as well,” said McQuaid.

For more information, visit OneOC at www.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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Dan Pittman
714-282-9994
dan@pittmanpr.com

Barbara Powers
714-953-5757 x 218/ cell: 949-525-8775
bpowers@OneOC.org

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