About 9/11 Day of Service & Remembrance

This national service day honors the lives impacted by the events on September, 11, 2001, focused on “Remembrance through Service.” Throughout this month of compassion, OneOC sponsors county-wide service projects and toolkits that engage volunteers of all ages, as well as support our troops, veterans, and disaster preparedness, benefiting all of our American heroes. Since 2011, over 10,000 Orange County volunteers have participated in this national initiative in collaboration with OneOC.


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9/11 Service & Remembrance takes place every year during September.


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2016 Signature Projects

Wednesday, September 7th

Second Harvest Food Bank “Parade Packers” – Irvine 8:30am-11:30am

Safety Net (Hunger) – Second Harvest Food Bank is committed to finding innovative, sustainable ways to end hunger in Orange County.  Volunteers will assist in the distribution center sorting and packing fresh produce and or non-perishable items (min 14yrs old).


Project Linus “Blanketeers Battle”Santa Ana 10:00am-12:00pm  
Health & Wellness – Project Linus provides love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.” Volunteers will create no-sew blankets for children that are clients of local hospitals.


Thursday, September 8th

Inside the Outdoors “Pearson Park Patriots” – Anaheim  8:00am-11:00am

Environment – Inside the Outdoors programs empower students, teachers, parents and the community through hands-on educational experiences in the natural world to expand their knowledge, understanding and stewardship of the environment. Volunteers will assist with outdoor park beautification including mulching planters and shrub beds, painting wrought iron fencing around the perimeter of the park as well as adding wood fiber chips to the playground.


Working Wardrobes “Victory Garden” – Irvine  9:00am-12:00pm

Safety Net (Workforce Development & Veterans) – Working Wardrobes has changed the lives of more than 70,000 men, women, veterans, and young adults overcoming difficult challenges – alcohol and substance abuse, domestic violence, incarceration, homelessness, catastrophic illness, and traumatic financial lossVolunteers will paint a mural for the new Veterans Victory Garden as well as build, stain and decorate outdoor patio furniture.


SeniorServ “Serve Our Vets" – Countywide  11:00am-1:00pm

Safety Net (Seniors & Veterans) —  SeniorServ improves the quality of life for older adults, persons with disabilities and their families by creating a safety net of health, nutrition and supportive services designed to enhance their independence, well being and dignity.  Volunteers at various Senior Center locations  will not only  make “Thank You for your Service” cards and replace ongoing volunteers by serving lunches, picking up plates and cleaning tables, allowing time to socialize with the seniors they serve as well as honor the many veterans who are a part of their programs. (5 volunteers per location) 


OneOC “Emergency Volunteer Center” – Santa Ana 5:30pm-7:00pm  
Safety Net (Disaster) - Volunteers will participate in a mock environmental disaster focusing on spontaneous volunteers, not only gaining valuable preparedness education for “The Big One” but how volunteers can truly be part of the recovery solution!


Friday, September 9th

Orange County Rescue Mission “Heritage Hands” – Tustin 9:00am-11:00am

Safety Net (Homelessness & Veterans) – OCRM feeds, clothes, shelter, heal & empower the less fortunate.  Volunteers are also encouraged to donate Urgent Needs items.

1. Preppers (5-25 spots) - Volunteers will assist in prepping food items, the kitchen and dining room areas.

2. Packers (15-20 spots) - Volunteers will assemble canned food boxes and or hygiene kits.

3. Beautifiers (5-35 spots) - Volunteers will enhance the facility such as the clothing room and or children’s play area and landscaping.


OneOC “STEM Service-Learning Gardens” – Countywide 9:00am-11:00am
Education/Health & Wellness — The “OneOC STEM Service-Learning School Garden Project” provides an on-going opportunity for schools to meet CA Standards-based Life Science goals, while giving the students a chance to provide meaningful service to their community and produce will benefit families in need including clients from Second Harvest Food Bank. Volunteers at various Elementary School locations (10 volunteers per location) will refurbish vegetable garden areas by repairing and staining current raised beds and amend soil for Fall.


Patriotic Service Dog Foundation “Duty Dogs” – Orange 10:00am-12:00pm

Animals (Veterans) — PSDF provides training for service dogs focused on “Training Dogs for Today’s Families” including veterans with PTSD. Volunteers will help beautify the dog training facility, organizing, landscaping and the removal of invasive plants.  


Blind Children’s Learning Center “Patriotic Protectors” Santa Ana 1:00pm-3:00pm

Education/Health & Wellness – BCLC is to prepare children with visual impairments for a life of independence through early intervention, education, and family support.

1. Painters (10-15 spots) - Volunteers will provide visual improvements through crisp bright colors that help orient low vision areas.

2. Preppers (10-15 spots) - Volunteers will enhance tactile clues around the campus and increase accessibility.

3. Developers (10-30 spots) - Volunteers will assemble tactile books that provide fine motor development for all ages.  


American Family Housing “Disaster Kits”– Midway City 5:00pm-7:00pm

Safety Net (Disaster & Homelessness ) - AFH provides a continuum of housing and an array of services to support homeless and low income families and adults to secure a stable home, to be an active part of their community, and to achieve a self-sustaining way of life. Volunteers will assemble disaster kits for homeless adults, families and veteran clients.


Saturday, September 10th

Patriots and Paws “Heroes Event” – Orange 6:30am-3:30pm

Safety Net (Veterans) – P&P helps Veterans, active Military and their immediate families with free home furnishings, and unite them with a rescued animal. Volunteers will help with Heroes event – including a Pancake Breakfast, Open House, Raffle Fundraiser and BBQ (shift times are flexible).  Volunteers are encouraged to donate tickets to a veteran to eat for free…Click here to learn more!

· Shift #1 6:30am-9:30am (6 spots)

· Shift #2 9:30am-12:30pm (8 spots)

· Shift #3 12:30pm-3:30pm (6 spots)


Earthroots “Fire Protectors” – Silverado 9:00am-12:00pm

Environment/Education (Disaster)— ER is an environmental education  organization dedicated to cultivating a sense of care and connection between people and the natural world. Volunteers will work with Earthroots staff on their outdoor educational acreage assisting with fire protection and habitat restoration efforts at a wilderness site (bus transportation to and from location is included).


Think Together “Book Democracy Doctor” - Santa Ana  10:00am-12:00pm

Education (Literacy)- TT mission is to create opportunities for all kids to discover their passions and reach their full potential. Volunteers will repair, sort and label gently used children’s books that will distributed to children of the Early Literacy Program.  Book donations are also encouraged.


Sunday, September 11th 

Operation Gratitude “Jigs, Cords & More” – Santa Ana 10:00am-12:00pm

Safety Net (Military & Veterans) – OG seeks to lift spirits and meet the evolving needs of our Military and First Responder communities by providing opportunities to appreciate all who serve.  Volunteers will weave “Paracord Survival Bracelets” (non-issue bracelets hold up to 550 lbs & Life-saving device) for active duty soldiers, as well as create inspirational cards!    


OneOC “Family Service Freedom Teams”  - Countywide 1:00pm-2:30pm

FST provides children and their families with a simple and organized way of building volunteerism into family life. Working together, families have fun while learning about the importance of giving their time, talent and energy to make a difference in Orange County.  In honor of 9/11, join us to appreciate our “Local Heroes” here in Orange County.  To start an employee team Click HERE!

Family Service Team (FST)

OneOC Family Service Team (FST) projects are designed to provide children and their families a simple and organized way to build volunteerism into daily family life. Teams of family volunteers serve together as part of our national Days of Service, having fun for a good cause, while learning about the importance of giving of their time and talent to make a difference in our community. Projects that meet Family Service criteria will be denoted by FST in the title. Individuals can create their own Family Team (please add FST at the beginning of your title) or join a Public FST Team at any time.


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