Orange County companies The Home Depot and PIMCO to unite with community members in making a "day off" a "day on" of volunteering.

SANTA ANA, Calif., Jan. 10, 2012 – Volunteers in Orange County have generously answered the call to help others in honor of the example set by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and, in turn, set an example for many others to follow.

For a dozen years, volunteers have assembled food boxes for the hungry and harvested crops for those in need of food, restored natural habitats, repaired and cleaned books, sorted and packed medical supplies, and participated in cleaning, painting and refurbishment projects at nonprofits around the county.

Again this year, community-minded volunteers and worthy projects are being matched up by OneOC, formerly Volunteer Center Orange County, as a part of the organization' 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 14 through Monday, January 16, 2012 with materials for some projects donated by The Home Depot.

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."

Following is a list of the projects:

Saturday, January 14

Inside the Outdoors, Silverado Canyon
Habitat restoration
8:30am - 12:30pm

Sunday, January 15

SurfAid International Beach Cleanup
Laguna Beach Cleanup
10:00am - 12:00pm

Monday, January 16

Mercy House –  Joseph House, Santa Ana
Renovating four garages through cleaning and painting projects
9:00am - 12:00pm

Mercy House, Santa Ana
Sorting and organizing donation garage
9:00am - 1:00pm

Giving Children Hope, Buena Park (PIMCO employees will be participating)
Sorting and packing medical supplies
9:00am - 12:00pm

Orange County Food Bank (CAPOC), Garden Grove
Packing food boxes for the hungry
9:00am - 11:00am, 11:30am - 1:30pm, and 2:00pm - 4:00pm

  • Following the food packing (5:00pm - 6:30pm), OneOC and Community Action Partnership will be co-hosting a "faith leaders dinner and dialogue" as part of AMERICA'S SUPPER, a program of Points of Light. This supper is a continuation of a 9/11 Day of Service gathering that brought together faith leaders to express their commitment to service and a bridge for healing intolerance and preventing it in the future.

THINK Together Book Doctors, Santa Ana (PIMCO employees will be participating)
Cleaning and repairing children's books
10:00am - 2:00pm

Second Harvest Fields
Harvesting food for the hungry
9:00am - 11:00am and 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Veterans First, Santa Ana
Food Drive and packing, sorting and organizing food
9:00am - 12:00pm

Jefferson Elementary, Santa Ana
Painting Playground Games
9:00am - 12:00pm

Boys and Girls Club, Brea
Painting, landscaping, cleaning club
8:30am - 12:30pm

Someone Cares Soup Kitchen, Costa Mesa
Meal service for needy/homeles in Costa Mesa
9:00am - 1:00pm and 1:00pm - 5:00pm

For more information, click here or call Kelli Norris, Volunteer Services Coordinator, at 714-953-5757 x147 or via email at

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


Dan Pittman
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714-953-5757 x218/cell: 949-525-8775

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