OneOC's Spirit of Volunteerism Awards Luncheon provides an annual forum and non-competitive opportunity to recognize individual, group and corporate team volunteers for their dedicated service to Orange County.


Established in 1976, Spirit of Volunteerism Awards is proud to be the oldest awards program in Orange County recognizing and celebrating the major involvement of community volunteers, groups and corporations.

Since its inception, the event has only grown – gaining participants, volunteer nominees and sponsorships.  The first event had 150 people present with 12 honorees.  By the 15th annual, 400 attended the ceremony with over 20 honorees.  In 2010, we had 940 registrants, over 400 honorees and 31 corporate sponsors.   The number grew again in 2012 with 1,030 attendees, 373 honorees and 52 sponsors.  And most recently, during our 40th anniversary in 2016 we saw 1,089 attendees and 375 honorees from 145 community organizations and businesses.

What started as a small nonprofit awards program has turned into a community-wide celebration with participation across the public, private & nonprofit sectors.

Although the event has grown five-fold, the essence and intent have remained the same – to honor the service of the individuals, teams and businesses that make our community a stronger and more vibrant place to live, work and play.


Giving is Living Award

The Spirit of Volunteerism Awards has been the venue to announce the Giving is Living Award, celebrating the work of influential organizations, families and business that participate in outstanding community volunteerism.

In February 2018, a selection committee made up of OneOC Board members, noted nonprofit professionals and business leaders carefully reviewed nominations and after careful consideration, selected The Orange County Food Bank (a program of Community Action Partnership of Orange County) and PIMCO as recipients of the 2018 Giving is Living Award.  

OneOC was proud to honor the outstanding partnership between The Orange County Food Bank and PIMCO with the 2018 Giving is Living Award at the Luncheon on April 26, 2018.
Impact Reports: Spirit of Volunteerism Awards

See past photos, videos, and more from previous Spirit of Volunteerism Awards.


Benefits of Spirit of Volunteerism
For Nonprofits

All nonprofits want and need to be good stewards of their volunteers, yet many do not have the resources to thank their volunteers the way that they would like.  The Spirit of Volunteerism Awards Luncheon provides a wonderful opportunity for them to do so in a grand and public fashion.

For Businesses

So many of our local businesses value giving back to the community and encourage their employees to volunteer.  The Spirit of Volunteerism Awards Luncheon provides businesses an opportunity to publicly recognize the service of their employees in a venue where they can be celebrated not only by their colleagues, but by the nonprofits they work with.

Become a Sponsor!

Download 2019 Sponsorship Packet

For inquiries, please email Sheila Teevans at [email protected]

For Volunteer Honorees

But most importantly, nominating a volunteer provides him or her with a great big “thank you!” we want to last throughout the year.  Here’s what each honoree receives:

  • Name and picture published in the Spirit of Volunteerism Program (distributed to over 1000 people).
  • At the Luncheon, each honoree's picture is shown and name read aloud in the Honoree roll-call.
  • An individual recognition web-page where notes of congratulations and thanks can be posted to each honoree.
  • Honorees attending the Luncheon receive a certificate, commemorative pin and ribbon, and are entered into a chance to win a raffle prize (in 2015, it was a Disneyland Resort Weekend Package!) 

Thank you to our 2019 Spirit of Volunteerism Sponsors

Capital Group Companies • The Colton Company • Pacific Dental Services • Rutan & Tucker, LLP • John & Susie Hurlbut • Daniel & Wilette McQuaid • Anthem Blue Cross