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Volunteer Center Orange County Coordinates
Cesar Chavez Day Harvest in the Incredible Edible Park


Fourth graders will try their hand at picking crops for the County’s hungry population


(Prior to OneOC’s September 15th Brand Launch)


SANTA ANA, Calif., March 01, 2010 – Most of us enjoy our vegetables without really knowing what’s involved to get them to our dinner table.

That soon won’t be the case for about 60 fourth graders from Andersen Elementary School in the Newport Mesa Unified School District, who will have an opportunity to spend a few hours picking crops in the Incredible Edible Park in Irvine on Wednesday, March 31, in observation of Cesar Chavez Day.

The crops will be distributed by Second Harvest Food Bank to help feed Orange County’s hungry. “Volunteer Center Orange County is pleased to provide an opportunity for fourth grade students to positively impact families in Orange County,” says Daniel McQuaid, the organization’s president and CEO.

He said that the elementary school students have been studying Chavez, his values and his legacy.

Students from Cal State Fullerton will also be in the fields to work with the elementary school students and to act as reflectors to engage them in conversations about Chavez and about the service they will be performing.

Volunteer Center Orange County has been providing curriculum and service activities to teach the life and values of Chavez for Orange County schools since 2001 through its Educating the Heart program sponsored by State Farm Insurance.  Over 5,000 fourth grade students have participated in this program since its inception.

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Dan Pittman
714-282-9994
[email protected]
Barbara Powers
714-953-5757 x 218/ cell: 949-525-8775
[email protected]

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 www.OneOC.org.
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