SANTA ANA, California, Sept. 28, 2011 – Volunteers from Irvine, California-based KTGY Group, Inc. Architecture and Planning will be wielding paint brushes, cleaning toys, sweeping the grounds and doing other assorted tasks this Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Blind Children's Learning Center (BCLC), located at 18542-B Vanderlip Ave. in Santa Ana.

The volunteer project is being undertaken to mark the award-winning firm’s 20th anniversary. A total of more than 60 employees and family members will participate in the beautification effort, planned to begin at about 8:00 am and to conclude at 3:00 pm.

“We wanted to mark this special 20th anniversary by giving back to the local community,” said KTGY Group’s CEO Tricia Esser. “We decided that the Blind Children’s Learning Center serves a unique need and is the best place for us to make a difference in a day.”

For nearly 50 years, BCLC has been providing services to children ranging from blind infants through students in high school.  BCLC staff and programs have a positive impact on the life of the blind, visually impaired and deaf/blind youth.

“We are grateful to KTGY Group for volunteering their time, talent and energy to help us improve our facilities for the children we serve,” said Kim Neuhauser, PhD, BCLC president and executive director.

“Volunteers have a direct, positive impact on these children, on their parents and on our donors,” she said. “We take pride in our school grounds because we believe it is an outward reflection of the quality of services we provide.  KTGY employees and families will boost the vibrancy of our play areas, teaching rooms, and community gathering space and brighten the lives of our BCLC families.   These volunteers will also experience a blindfold tour that helps sighted persons better understand the challenges and obstacles our children face every day.”

“We thank OneOC for coordinating the project and connecting us with KTGY,” concluded Neuhauser.

OneOC, formerly Volunteer Center Orange County, is committed to accelerating nonprofit success through volunteer, training, consulting and business services and was retained by KTGY to manage this employee volunteer project.

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

About Blind Children's Learning Center

Blind Children's Learning Center, a non-profit agency, was founded in 1962 by six blind adults originally called "Services for the Blind Orange County" to provide support for blind individuals.  The founders quickly discovered the key to helping visually impaired children was to start working with them at a very early age. Today the agency provides specialized services for infants to 21-year-olds, with the mission to provide early intervention, education and services for blind, visually impaired or deaf-blind children and their families to empower independence. For more information please visit www.blindkids.org.

About KTGY Group, Inc.

Established in 1991, KTGY Group, Inc., Architecture + Planning, provides comprehensive planning and award-winning architectural design services for residential communities, retail, hospitality, mixed-use and related specialty developments. KTGY delivers innovative solutions that reflect clear understanding of development, marketing and financial performance and takes particular pride in its highly motivated and principal led studios. Serving clients worldwide, KTGY maintains offices in Irvine, Oakland and Santa Monica, Calif., Denver, Colo., and Tysons Corner, Va.

See www.ktgy.com.

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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