OneOC Announces Volunteer Activities for 2012 Earth Week of Service

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

SANTA ANA, Calif., April 9, 2012 – As Earth Day 2012 approaches, OneOC, formerly Volunteer Center Orange County, is inviting companies, individuals, groups and families to wield their power to make a difference as they volunteer together to brighten communities in Orange County and to serve their neighbors.

“During the week of April 18 - 23, community members can express their concern and appreciation for Orange County’s environment by taking part in an Earth Day 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 greener Orange County.”

A number of corporate and foundation sponsors have supported OneOC’s STEM Service-Learning and Earth Day initiative, including Cox Communications, Western Digital, State Farm, CarMax Foundation, Experian, Charles and Mildred Shnurmacher Foundation, and The Home Depot Foundation.

“Cox is honored to be the Presenting Media Partner of Days of Service,” said Carrie Braun, Cox Communications Manager of Community Relations. “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:

Project Service Leaders Training

Monday, April 16, 2012 5:30pm - 6:30pm
At OneOC, Santa Ana

Spirit of Giving “Environmental Literacy Project”

Wednesday April 18th, 2012 8:15am-12:50pm
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.

  • Esplanade Elementary School 8:15-9:15am (381 N. Esplanade, Orange, CA 92869)

  • Fairhaven Elementary School 12:15-12:50pm (1415 East Fairhaven Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92705)

  • Finley Elementary School 8:30-9:30am (13521 Edwards St., Westminster, CA 92683)

  • Iva Meairs Elementary School 8:30-9:30am (8441 Trask Ave., Garden Grove, CA 92844)

  • John Tynes Elementary School 10:20-11:20am (735 Stanford Drive, Placentia CA 92870)

  • Melrose Elementary School 8:30-9:30am (974 S. Melrose, Placentia CA 92870) (UPS employee volunteers)

  • Wallace Davis Elementary School 10:00 am-1:00 am (1405 French, Santa Ana, CA)

STEM Service-Learning School Garden Projects (Orange County Schools)

April 28th-23rd
OneOC is proud to partner with the Second Harvest Food Bank and Orange County schools. Service-Learning provides experiential learning opportunities for students through the building of school gardens by planting, growing and harvesting food to serve Orange County’s hungry.

Wednesday, April 18th

  • Esplanade Elementary School - Garden Planting 9am-11am (381 N. Esplanade, Orange, CA 92869)

  • Sun View Elementary School – Garden Build Project 1-2pm (7721 Juliette Low Dr., Huntington Beach CA 92647)

Friday, April 20th 9am-12pm

  • Alderwood Elementary School – Garden Build Project (Knollcrest, Irvine, CA 92618) (Appiro employee volunteers)

  • Plaza Vista Elementary School – Earth Day Student Celebration

  • Westmont Elementary School – Earth Day Student Celebration

Saturday, April 21st 9am-12pm

  • Kinoshita Elementary School – Garden Build Project (2 Via Positiva, San Juan Capistrano) (Western Digital employee volunteers)

Monday, April 23rd 2:30pm-5pm

  • Clara Barton Elementary School – Garden Beautification Project (1926 Clearbrook, Anaheim CA 92804)

Earth Day Signature Partners & Projects

Friday, April 20th

  • Pretend City Children's Museum - Conservation Activities (Irvine)
    Time: 10am-2pm
    (29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618)

Saturday, April 21st

  • Families Forward - Garden Beautification Projects (Irvine)
    Time: 9am-12pm
    (PIMCO and PAAMCO employee volunteers will be participating)
    Location Confidential

  • Families Forward - Warehouse Organization Projects (Irvine)
    Time: 9am-12pm
    Location Confidential

  • Irvine Ranch Conservancy - Invasive Plant Removal (Irvine)
    Time: 8:30am-12:30pm
    4727 Portola Parkway Irvine, California 92620

  • Orange County Coastkeeper - Gardening (Orange)
    Time: 9am-2pm
    (Doubletree and Home Depot employee volunteers will be participating)
    8045 East Chapman Avenue Orange, CA 92869

  • Pretend City Children's Museum - Conservation Activities (Irvine)
    Time: 10am-2pm
    29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618

  • Save our Beach - Beach Clean-up (Seal Beach)
    Time: 10am-2pm
    (Bank of America employee volunteers will be participating.)
    15 1st Street, Seal Beach, CA 90740

  • Doheny Beach Clean-up
    Time: 9am to 12pm
    (Cox Communications employee volunteers will be participating. Cox Communications has become a year-long partner in Days of Service.)
    25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629

Sunday, April 22nd

  • Willard Elementary School Community
    Clean-up Day, Graffiti & Trash Removal (Santa Ana)
    Time: 9am-1pm
    1342 North Ross Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706

  • Pretend City Children's Museum - Conservation Activities (Irvine)
    Time: 10am-2pm
    29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618

Monday, April 23rd

  • Second Harvest Food Bank 9am-11am (Fields Irvine) (Edwards Lifesciences employee volunteers)

For more information, contact OneOC’s Barbara Powers at 714-953-5757 x 218.


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
714-282-9994/714-397-1932 mobile
[email protected]
Barbara Powers
714-953-5757 x 218/949-525-8775 mobile
[email protected]

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