OneOC Announces Array of Volunteer Opportunities for 2013 Earth Week of Service

Hundreds of volunteers to accept call to action in spirit of Earth Day

SANTA ANA, Calif., April 8, 2013 – As Earth Day 2013 nears, OneOC, formerly Volunteer Center Orange County, is lining up companies, individuals, groups and families who want to honor our corner of the world by volunteering together to make Orange County a better place and to serve their neighbors.

“During the week of April 17 - 22, community members can express their concern and appreciation for Orange County’s environment by taking part in an Earth Day-related project,” said Daniel J. McQuaid, OneOC president and CEO. “ OneOC is partnering with dozens of nonprofits and schools to provide opportunities for volunteers to clean beaches, plant and tend gardens, harvest produce, teach children how to be environmentally conscience, and to perform others tasks for a cleaner, greener Orange County.”

Corporate and foundation sponsors that have supported OneOC’s STEM and Youth Service-Learning and Earth Day initiative include Western Digital, State Farm and Charles and the Mildred Shnurmacher Foundation, Inc.

Days of Service partners include Cox Communications, Bank of America, PIMCO Foundation, Experian , Deutsche Bank, Peter and Michelle Duncan, and Target.

“Cox is honored to be the Presenting Media Partner of Days of Service,” said Cox Communications Manager of Community Relations Jessica Barbier.  “We believe in giving back to the communities we serve, and are proud to partner with OneOC to provide the opportunity for other families and businesses to do the same.”

Projects include:

Wednesday, April 10th  5:30pm - 6:30pm

Project Service Leaders Training
At OneOC, Santa Ana

Wednesday,  April 17th  Ranges from 8:30am-11am ( 1 hour session that varies by school)

Spirit of Giving “Environmental Literacy Project”
(Media: Please call OneOC in advance to ensure photo opportunities of students is available.)
Spirit of Giving empowers Title-1 first-grade students to improve literacy skills while teaching them how they can make a difference in their communities, regardless of their personal circumstances.  OneOC provides a Service-Learning curriculum to support teachers, while volunteers read stories that teach simple environmental awareness; respecting and taking care of the earth.  Each first-grade classroom will be given books that inspire reading and environmental stewardship.

  • Arbolita Elementary School—1001 Brookdale Ave La Habra, CA 90631

  • Davis Elementary School—1405 N French St. Santa Ana, CA 92701 (Corinthian Colleges, Inc)

  • Esplanade Elementary School—381 N. Esplanade Orange, CA 92869 (Wells Fargo)

  • Frederick Remington Elementary School—1325 E Fourth St, Santa Ana, CA 92701 (Corinthian Colleges, Inc)

  • Hoover Elementary School—408 E. Santa Clara Ave. Santa Ana, CA 92706 (Corinthian Colleges, Inc.)

  • Kinoshita Elementary School—2 Via Positiva San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 (Cox Communications)

  • Lord Baden Powell Elementary School—2911 W Stonybrook Dr. Anaheim, CA 92804 (Wells Fargo)

  • Melrose Elementary School—974 S Melrose St Placentia, CA 92870 (Target)

  • Sun View Elementary School—7721 Juliette Low Dr. Huntington Beach, CA 92647

  • Wilson Elementary School—801 W Wilson St, Costa Mesa, CA 92627 (Wells Fargo)

Saturday, April 20th

Earthroots – Habitat Restoration
Big Oak Canyon off Silverado Canyon Road
30464 Silverado Canyon Road Silverado, CA 92676
Volunteers will work with Earthroots staff on their newly acquired outdoor educational acreage assisting with habitat restoration efforts at a wilderness site.

Save our Beach – Beach Clean up
15 1st St.
Seal Beach, CA 90740
Volunteers will remove, recycle and repurpose trash and other debris that is harmful to the environment and sea life.

Sunday, April 21st

Bolsa Chica Conservancy -Tending the Preserve
3842 Warner Avenue
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Volunteers will plant California native plants, as well as care for the preserve by watering and weeding.

Muth Interpretive Center
2301 University Drive Newport Beach, CA 92660
Volunteers will be performing restoration work with Muth Interpretive Center "Butterfly Garden," and work restoring native habitat to the garden.  Volunteers will be weeding, planting, and watering.

Second Harvest Food Bank “Incredible Edible Park”
15058 Harvard Avenue Irvine, CA 92612
Volunteers will plant, harvest and weed the grounds at the Incredible Edible Park.

SurfAid International-Care for the Sea
Poche Beach (2798 N. El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA)
Volunteers will be performing a beach clean up at Poche Beach, removing invasive plants, trash and other debris that is harmful to the environment and sea life, as well as environmental awareness education with SurfAid International.

Veterans First-Grooming Outdoor Grounds for Veterans
1135 W. North Street Anaheim, CA
Volunteers will mow, rake, weed, and pick fruit from the many fruit trees located on grounds of one of Veterans First homes.

Monday, April 22nd

Anaheim Independencia Community Center– Rehabilitation of Center’s Playground
10841 Garza Avenue Anaheim, CA 92804
Volunteers will help beautify the center’s playground by building a garden and revamping the surrounding area.

PBS SoCal— Earth Day with Curious George
2500 N Main St. Santa Ana, CA 92705 (Discovery Science Center)
Volunteers will work with PBS SoCal and the Discovery Science Center Staff on children’s educational interactive activities, with a “Curious George” theme, focusing on science and the environment.

School Garden Projects “Harvesting for Hunger”
(Media: Please call OneOC in advance to ensure photo opportunities of students is available.)
(Countywide) 8:30am-11:00am
Volunteers will amend the soil, re-stain raised beds and assist students in planting seeds or distribute seeds to classrooms/teachers.

  • Alderwood Elementary School – 2005 Knollcrest Irvine, CA 92618 (Cox Communications)

  • Esplanade Elementary School –  381 N. Esplanade Orange, CA 92869 (Bank of America)

  • Kinoshita Elementary School –  2 Via Positiva San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 (Bank of America)

  • Vista Verde Elementary School –  6 Federation Way, Irvine CA 92675 (Bank of America)

  • Westmont Elementary School –  8251 Heil Ave. Westminster, CA 92683 (Bank of America)

  • Sun View Elementary School –  7721 Juliette Low Dr. Huntington Beach, CA 92647 (Bank of America)

For more information about volunteering, contact OneOC’s 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

Barbara Powers
714-953-5757 x 218/ cell: 949-525-8775

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