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This year, OneOC will honor Habitat for Humanity of Orange County and The Home Depot with its 2014 “Giving is Living Nonprofit/Corporate Volunteer Partnership Award” for the two organizations’ exemplary collaborative effort called “Veterans Build” that culminated in the repair of 30 veterans' homes.


“For 2014, we asked nonprofits and their for-profit partners to tell us about the collaborative projects they undertook last year that generated results beyond what each organization could otherwise have achieved,” said Daniel J. McQuaid, OneOC President and CEO. “I’m pleased to announce that we received 34 outstanding nominations from around Orange County.”

The Giving is Living Award winners will be recognized and honored at OneOC’s 38th Annual Spirit of Volunteerism Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, April 9 2014 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm.

In addition, the ceremony will spotlight 376 of Orange County’s unsung heroes nominated by 120 nonprofits and 41 companies for the time, skill and labor they have contributed to building a stronger, more vibrant Orange County community.

“The Spirit of Volunteerism Awards annually provides a meaningful, non-competitive celebration for Orange County’s nonprofits and companies to honor community members and employees who generously 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.”

More than 44 companies, foundations and individuals have sponsored the 2014 Spirit of Volunteerism Awards. The Orange County Register is the event’s Title Sponsor, followed by significant contributors such as Cox Communications, Disneyland Resort, Wells Fargo, Western Digital, Fluidmaster, Walmart and PIMCO Foundation.

Sponsorship helps to not only fund Spirit of Volunteerism and help Orange County nonprofits honor their volunteers, but also goes back to OneOC and supports its infrastructure.

The $200,000 raised in cash and in-kind donations helps fund OneOC’s much-needed volunteer, training, consulting and business services that in turn help Orange County’s nonprofits become as effective and efficient as they are passionate about their missions.

Last year, thanks to the generous supporters of the 2013 Spirit of Volunteerism Awards, OneOC was able to: Mobilize more than 27,900 volunteers, delivering 1.2 million hours to Orange County nonprofits valued at $30.1 million to our community; Improve the skills of 2,624 nonprofit professionals through 122 sector-specific trainings; Provide back-office support to 45 clients with 69 community initiatives; and advance the capabilities of 40 nonprofits through consulting.

Event co-chairs Steve Churm, Vice President of Orange County Register / Freedom Communications, and Sharon Smith, Vice President of People Services at Cox Communications, led a committee of more than 20 corporate and community leaders in spearheading the coordination and planning of Spirit of Volunteerism, which has been Orange County’s largest and longest-running volunteer recognition program.

The Jazz Execs musical combo and Orange County’s School of the Arts MONTAGE! group will provide entertainment for the event.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Barbara Powers at 714-953-5757 x218 or at [email protected]. To purchase tickets for the luncheon, please visit http://www.oneoc.org/get-involved/sov/tickets-2014/

For more information, contact Sierra Catcott at [email protected] or at 714-953-5757 x121.

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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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