About Earth Day
Earth Day (mid-April) is celebrated around the world, and OneOC observes it with volunteer projects that focus on preserving and beautifying Orange County’s environments. As part of Earth Day, OneOC supports Global Youth Service Day, engaging our youth to improve our communities — this day and every day. Individuals, families, groups and organizations can easily participate in this national initiative in collaboration with the HandsOn Network.
Earth Day takes place every year during mid-April.
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2016 Signature Projects
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Save our Beach “Beach Clean-up” Seal Beach 9:00am-12:00pm
Environment – Save Our Beach whose mission is to educate individuals, companies, schools & organizations on how their environmental footprint impacts their community and the world by participating in environmental field trips, beach & riverbed cleanups and team building activities. Volunteers will participate in a monthly beach clean-up held “Rain or Shine”, all ages welcome.
Earthroots “ECO Extravaganza” Silverado 9:00am-12:00pm
Environment (Education) – Earthroots mission is to inspire life-long dedication to environmental stewardship & community through deep nature connection mentoring. Volunteers will provide set-up for Earthroots 10th Annual Festival & Fundraiser, supporting their continuous outdoor education classes and habitat restoration located at Big Oak Canyon and beyond.
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Second Harvest Food Bank “Fields of Food” Irvine 8:30am-11:00am FULL
Safety Net (Hunger) – Join Second Harvest Food Bank in its mission “To end hunger in Orange County”. Volunteers will plant, harvest and weed growing grounds at the Incredible Edible Park, ages 7+.
OneOC “Emergency Volunteer Center” – Santa Ana 5:30pm-7:00pm
Safety Net (Disaster) – The OneOC EVC supports emergency response by engaging and safely deploying spontaneous volunteers to respond to critical needs and/or long term recovery. Volunteers will participate in a mock environmental disaster, not only gaining valuable preparedness education for “The Big One” but how volunteers can truly be part of the recovery solution!
Friday, April 22, 2016 “Happy Earth Day”
OneOC “Spirit of Giving-Environmental Literacy” – Countywide 8:30am-10:00am (1 hour shifts TBD) Education (Service-Leaning) – 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. Volunteers will assist first grade teachers, reading and reflecting with students on environmental topics as well as present each child with a book for their personal library.
- Hill Elementary– Garden Grove
- Mitchell Elementary – Garden Grove
- Circle View Elementary – Huntington Beach
- Sun View Elementary – Huntington Beach
- Heritage Elementary – Santa Ana
- Lincoln Elementary – Santa Ana
- Monroe Elementary – Santa Ana
- Wallace Davis Elementary– Santa Ana
- Lambert Elementary – Tustin
- Thorman Elementary-Tustin
- Veeh Elementary-Tustin
- Meairs Elementary– Westminster
- Westmont/Lakeview Elementary – Westminster
OneOC School Gardens “Harvesting for Hunger” - Countywide 9:00am-11:00am
Health & Wellness (Education) – OneOC Service-Learning gardens provide on-going opportunities to meet CA Standards-based Life Science instructional goals while giving K-6 students a chance to provide meaningful service to their community. Volunteers will remove debris, amend the soil and re-stain raised beds as well as assist students in planting or distribute seeds to classrooms/teachers.
- Circle View Elementary - Huntington Beach FULL
- Sun View Elementary– Huntington Beach
- Culverdale Elementary - Irvine FULL
- Vista Verde Elementary – Irvine
- San Juan Elementary - San Juan Capistrano FULL
- Kinoshita Elementary – San Juan Capistrano
- Remington Elementary - Santa Ana
- Meairs– Westminster “Garden Build” 10:00am-12:00pm
Volunteer will also provide removal of old chain-link fencing and small grass area as well as expansion of two new raised beds.
South Junior High School “Garden Muralists”- Anaheim 10:00am-12:00pm
Education (Arts) – Students, parents, staff, and community members of South Junior High School vision to collaborate and hold each other accountable to ensure that all students are cared for, guided and supported academically and socially. Volunteers will paint a mural for an already painted storage container as part of their expanding vegetable garden for the students.
Operation Gratitude “Jigs, Cords & More” – Santa Ana 10:00am-12:00pm
Safety Net (Military & Veterans) – Operation Gratitude 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 assemble Jigs to assist weaving “Paracord Survival Bracelets” for active duty soldiers, as these non-issue bracelets hold up to 550 lbs and can become Life-saving devices!
SAC Child Development Center “Reduce, Reuse & Recyclers” – Santa Ana 3:00-6:00pm
Education – As part of Santa Ana College and located on St. Peters Lutheran Church property, this early childhood program follows a developmental approach to learning and planned activities that promote physical, social, emotional and cognitive growth. Volunteers will assist in an inaugural Earth Day purge, including cleaning, organizing and repairing outdoor equipment and planting areas.
Saturday, April 23, 2016
OneOC “Family Service Team” Newport 9:00am-12:00pm
The Family Service Team program provides children and their families (ages 3-12) 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. Over the course of a year, hundreds of families will volunteer and serve together at nonprofits throughout the county, with projects helping to combat the most urgent needs. If you are interested in establishing a company team to participate regally in the Family Service Team program, feel free to contact us anytime. To register contact Volunteer Services Coordinator Maria Lemus directly at [email protected] or 714-953-5757 x150
- California Coastal Commission “Preserving Local Ecosystems” FULL
Environment – CA Coastal Commission’s mission is to preserve and restore the biodiversity and health of California’s coastal and marine ecosystems. Volunteers will help provide community-based native habitat and restoration in the Upper Newport Bay area, home to several of the region’s most productive ecosystems.
2016 Partner Projects
Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association “Native Planting & Mother Earth Beach Clean-up” – Dana Point
Environment - Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association (DSBIA) is the nonprofit cooperating association of Doheny State Beach, dedicated to the protection of the park’s beaches, facilities, marine refuge and its historical, cultural and social stories. Click here for more event information!
- Saturday April 16th FULL - Volunteers will be planting an assortment of native plants, shrubs, and trees around the park with your favorite shovel and working gloves.
- Saturday April 23rd – Volunteers will be cleaning the beach, North and San Juan Creek as well as general grounds. Meeting location: Lifeguard headquarters; bring your favorite work gloves.
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.