OneOC Selects “Giving is Living” Honorees for 2013 Spirit of Volunteerism Awards

Hundreds of volunteers to be celebrated at annual event, Friday, April 19

SANTA ANA, Calif., April 11, 2013 – This year, OneOC, formerly Volunteer Center Orange County, will honor three recipients with the 2013 “Giving is Living Award,” highlighting the exemplary work done in three important areas of volunteerism by an outstanding nonprofit, a business and a nonprofit board.

“For 2013, we have done something different with our Giving is Living Award by honoring the efforts of three outstanding entities that are each making a positive impact in the Orange County community,” said Daniel J. McQuaid, OneOC president and CEO.

The Orange County Food Bank, a project of Community Action Partnership of Orange County will be recognized as a nonprofit that excels in using volunteers to make a difference.  DPR Construction will be honored as a business that exemplifies a commitment to the Orange County community through employee volunteerism. Finally, the nonprofit board of Families Forward will be cited for the deep impact it has made in the County through dedicated and innovative governance.

The honors will be bestowed at OneOC’s 37th Annual Spirit of Volunteerism Awards Luncheon, set for Friday, April 19 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm.

In addition, the ceremony will spotlight 411 of Orange County’s unsung heroes nominated by 168 nonprofits, community organizations and companies for the time, skill and labor they have contributed to build stronger, more vibrant communities.

“The Orange County Food Bank is incredibly thankful for being recognized with this Giving is Living award,” said Mark A. Lowry, director of the Food Bank. “This acknowledges that, although our mission is to provide food to vulnerable people, we give equal value to providing a meaningful experience to those willing to donate their time and talents to support us in the mission.”

“DPR Construction is thrilled to be recognized by OneOC,” said Melissa Bargman, the company’s volunteer and community service coordinator for the Southern California region.   “Building long-term relationships with organizations like Girls Inc. of Orange County is one way we try to meet DPR’s goal of being integral & indispensable to the communities we operate in.  We hope to maintain this already strong partnership and inspire the girls of Orange County to be strong, smart and bold.  We know that supporting our community is much more than giving money, and thank all of our employees for the time they spend volunteering.”

“We are thrilled that our current Board is receiving this well deserved recognition,” said Margie Wakeham, executive director, Families Forward.  “Families Forward’s Board has always played an important role in both defining and implementing our mission to help local families in crisis.  Over the past few years they have worked diligently to realize their vision for a new program center that will better serve families and provide opportunities for community partners to efficiently provide collaborative services.”

“The Spirit of Volunteerism Awards also provides a meaningful, non-competitive celebration for Orange County’s nonprofits and companies to honor community members and employees who selflessly give their time and talent to build a stronger community,“ said McQuaid.  “Whether preserving the environment, educating and mentoring our youth, caring for our sick and elderly or cultivating the arts, volunteers are the heart and soul of a richer, more vibrant Orange County.”

Event co-chairs Julie Sokol of The Irvine Company and Regino Diaz of Bank of America spearheaded a committee of more than 20 corporate and community leaders in this largest and longest- running recognition of Orange County’s community volunteers.  The Orange County Register is the Title Sponsor of the 2013 Spirit of Volunteerism Awards.

More than 50 companies, foundations and individuals have sponsored the event and include the following supporters from $5,000 to $25,000 in descending order:  Orange County Register, Disneyland Resort, PIMCO Foundation, Bank of America, FLUOR, Wells Fargo, Western Digital Foundation, Cox Communications, Allergan Foundation, Colton Company, Corinthian Colleges Inc, Peter and Michele Duncan, Edison International, Edwards Lifesciences, Fluidmaster, Senn Delaney, and Union Bank.

Thus far, more than $200,000 has been raised in cash and in-kind donations to fund much-needed volunteer, training, consulting and business services that help Orange County’s nonprofits become as effective and efficient as they are passionate about their missions.

Entertainment will be provided by the Jazz Execs and Merton, the Piano Guy.


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

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