Veterans, Disaster Preparedness, Education, Hunger and Homelessness Highlight Orange County Volunteer Activities Planned for 9/11 Commemoration

National Day of Service and Remembrance set for Week of Saturday, September 8

Sponsors include Cox Communications, PIMCO Foundation, Bank of America, Experian, and The Home Depot

SANTA ANA, California, August 31, 2012 – OneOC, formerly Volunteer Center Orange County, has announced plans for a week of service-oriented events and projects focused on the themes of support for veterans, disaster preparedness, education, and hunger/homelessness to highlight the commemoration of the 11th anniversary of 9/11.

“In the spirit of making our county a better place in remembrance of the tragedy of 9/11, these countywide service projects and events will engage prospective volunteers, asking them to participate in activities that support our troops and veterans, and improve the safety and vitality of Orange County residents,” said Daniel J. McQuaid, OneOC president and CEO.

“In the aftermath of 9/11, our nation came together in a show of unity and support, and OneOC is keeping that unity alive,” said Cami Mattson, Cox Communications’ Director of Community Relations. “Cox Communications and its employees are honored to be a part of OneOC’s ‘9/11 Days of Service’ so that we can serve the men and women in our military, fire, and police who so heroically serve us.”

The list of activities include:

Veterans-Focused Activities

Veterans First 

1135 W. North Street  Anaheim, CA

Saturday, September 8 from 9:00 am to Noon

Volunteers will build a raised bed garden area and provide other assistance for residents of nonprofit Veterans First’s Anaheim shelter. They are also invited to bring food items.

(PIMCO and Experian employee volunteers will participate in this project.)

Furnishing Hope 

2109 South Wright Street, Santa Ana, CA

Tuesday, September 11 from 8:00 am to Noon

Volunteers will clean, organize and sort nonprofit Furnishing Hope’s Santa Ana warehouse, which provides services for Wounded Warriors (some will attend event).  A donation drive will also take place where people can drop off household furniture items and gift cards to support veterans served by Furnishing Hope:

  • IKEA or Wal-Mart Gift Cards (for small basic household items)

  • Youth & Adult Bedroom Furniture

  • Living Room & Dining Furniture

 For more donation information log onto

(Home Depot employees will lead this project alongside Bank of America employee volunteers.)

Disaster Preparedness-Focused Activities


Silverado Community Center 27641 Silverado Canyon Road

Sunday, September 9, 2012 from 8:00 am to 12:15 pm

Park at Silverado Community Center 27641 Silverado Canyon Road (Shuttle Pick-up/Drop-off). This project is located on a secluded road, no parking and not marked at all. Volunteers MUST park adjacent to the Silverado Community Center and will be shuttled to project location beginning at 8am.

 Volunteers will clear brush and paths, build an outdoor shade shelter, and pick fruit from the orchard as part of the Earthroots Silverado Canyon wilderness awareness program for children.

150 to 200 volunteers needed

  • 8:00am-2:00pm                 Project Shuttle

  • 9:00am-9:30am                 Opening Ceremonies

  • 9:30am-11:30am               Service Project

  • 11:30am-12:00pm            Project Clean-up

  • 12:00pm-12:15pm            Closing Ceremonies

(Cox Communications employee volunteers will participate in this project.)

 Education and Hunger-Focused Activities

Elementary Schools throughout Orange County

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Volunteers will refurbish and refresh the garden areas for students to plant at 10 Orange County schools, including:

  • Alderwood (IUSD - 2005 Knollcrest, Irvine, CA 92618)

  • Clara Barton (AUSD -1926 Clearbrook, Anaheim, CA 92804)

  • Esplanade (OUSD - (381 N. Esplanade, Orange, CA 92869))

  • Kinoshita (CUSD - 2 Via Positiva, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675)

  • Monte Vista (SAUSD -2116 W. Monte Vista Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92704)

  • Plaza Vista (IUSD - 670 Paseo Westpark, Irvine, CA 92606 )

  • Sun View (OVUSD -7721 Juliette Low Drive, Huntington Beach, CA 92647)

  • Vista Verde (IUSD - 6 Federation Way, Irvine, CA 92603)

  • Westmont (OVUSD -8251 Heil Avenue, Westminster, CA 92683)

  • Wilson (NMUSD  - 801 W. Wilson Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92627).

These gardens are created as part of a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Service-Learning program that combines academic (science) curriculum with service (growing and harvesting fruits and vegetables for Second Harvest).

(Bank of America (80 volunteers at 8 gardens) and Cox Communications employee volunteers will participate in these projects which are led by Americorps VIP members.)

Hunger and Homelessness- Focused Activities for families in need

Second Harvest – Incredible Edible Fields (Irvine Fields)

Tuesday, September 11 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Volunteers will harvest fruits/vegetables in the Incredible Edible Fields for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County to help alleviate hunger in Orange County.

(Edwards Lifesciences and Windes & McClaughry employee volunteers will participate.)


Project Toolkits

Sign up to receive project toolkits that individuals or groups can complete as a 9/11-tribute event.  Projects include letter-writing campaigns to servicemen and servicewomen, putting packages together for wounded warriors and making scarves for those deployed.

All toolkits are available online at

  • Blue Star Families – Military Letter Campaign

  • Operation Gratitude – Knitting Project

  • Disaster Preparedness – Family and Community

  • Local Heroes – Honor Police and Fire Departments and Lifeguards

  • Furnishing Hope – Home Goods Donation Drive

Post a 9/11 Project

OneOC nonprofit members are invited to post their 9/11 projects on the organization’s online calendar.

For more information and to volunteer, visit or contact Ursula Walsh at 714-953-5757 x 215.

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
714-282-9994/714-397-1932 mobile
Barbara Powers
714-953-5757 x 218/949-525-8775 mobile


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