About Earth Day
Earth Day (mid-April) is celebrated around the world, and OneOC is pleased to observe this day with volunteer projects that focus on preserving and beautifying Orange County’s environments. As part of Earth Day, OneOC also supports Global Youth Service Day, engaging our youth to improve our communities — this day and every day. Individuals, families, groups and companies 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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2017 Signature Projects
Thursday, April 20
OneOC “Stand UP for Veterans” Santa Ana 6:00am-4:00pm
Safety Net (Homelessness & Veterans) SUFV originally inspired by the military term Stand Down provides transitional Veterans a brief respite from the streets and immediate access to services from local providers. Volunteers will… provide event ambassadors for a military base camp model including set-up, check-in, property, parking, security, health & wellness, hygiene, food service, donations and clean-up. Volunteers that have also served our nation are encouraged to become “Peer Navigators” for the day (training required).
Shift #1 6:00am-10:00am
Shift #2 8:30am-12:30pm
Shift #3 12:00pm-4:00pm
Peer Navigators (Active Military and or Veterans)
Shift #1 8:00am-12:00pm
Shift #2 12:00pm-4:00pm
OneOC “Emergency Volunteer Center” – Santa Ana 5:30pm-7:00pm
Safety Net (Disaster) - The OneOC Emergency Volunteer Center is a program that supports emergency response officials throughout Orange County 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 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, April 21
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.
- Abraham Lincoln Elementary – Santa Ana FULL
- Heritage Elementary – Santa Ana FULL
- Wallace Davis Elementary– Santa Ana FULL
- Monroe Elementary – Santa Ana FULL
- Beswick Elementary - Tustin FULL
- Mitchell Elementary – Garden Grove
- Hill Elementary– Garden Grove
- Melrose Elementary - Placentia
Second Harvest Food Bank “Fields of Food” Irvine 8:30am-11:00am FST
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 School Gardens “Harvesting for Hunger” - Countywide 9:00am-11:00am FST
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, build and or re-stain raised beds as well as assist students in planting or distribute seeds to classrooms/teachers.
Monte Vista Elementary School “Reduce Reuse & Recycle” - Santa Ana 9:00am-12:00pm FST
Education – MVES engages students and families in creating a safe consistent learning environment that nurtures, challenges and educates all students to the highest standards. Volunteers will…provide a complete library make-over including redesigning shelves, cleaning and upcycling books, student centered eco furnishings and a new reading area.
American Family Housing “Potters Planting” Midway City 9:00am-1:00pm
Safety Net (Hunger & Homelessness) – AFH Ending chronic homelessness through innovative permanent housing solutions. Volunteers will…assist planting vegetable gardens for the residents.
Saturday, April 22 “Happy Earth Day”
Newport Bay Conservancy “Earth Day at the Bay” Newport 9:00am-11:00am FST
Environment – Newport Bay Conservancy’s mission is to protect and preserve the upper Newport bay. Volunteers will…remove invasive plants that have excessively multiplied, due to the recent rain.
Earthroots “ECO Extravaganza” Silverado 9:00am-12:00pm FST
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 11th Annual Festival & Fundraiser, supporting their continuous outdoor education classes and habitat restoration located at Big Oak Canyon and beyond.
Beswick Elementary School “Reading Garden” Tustin 9:00am-12:00pm FST
Education – Beswick prides themselves on celebrating a commitment to education through mutual respect, dedication and support for one another. Volunteers will…build a reading garden for a student centered experience that can connect to all curriculums, outside the classroom.
Sunday, April 23
Earthroots “ECO Extravaganza” Silverado 9:00am-7:00pm FST
Environment (Education) – Earthroots mission is to inspire life-long dedication to environmental stewardship & community through deep nature connection mentoring. Volunteers will…provide set-up, event activity support and clean-up for Earthroots 11th Annual Festival & Fundraiser, supporting their continuous outdoor education classes and habitat restoration located at Big Oak Canyon and beyond.
Shift #1 9:00am-1:00pm – Event Set up & Food Prep
Shift #2 12:00pm-5:00pm - Registration & Greeters
Shift #3 12:00pm-5:00pm - Food Service
Shift #4 12:30pm-5:30pm - Event Activity Booths
Shift #5 5:00pm-7:00pm – Event Clean-up
Bolsa Chica Conservancy Huntington Beach 9:00am-2:30pm FST
Environment (STEM Education) – BCC inspires and connects all generations through community involvement and leadership in hands-on restoration and education in wetland science, watersheds, coastal ecology and environmental sustainability. Volunteers will…remove non-native invasive plants growing throughout the reserve.
Shift #1 9:00am-11:00am
Shift #2 1:00pm-2:30pm
Think Together “Recycle with Book Doctor”, Santa Ana 10:00am-12:00pm FST
Education - The mission of Think Together 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 participating in the Early Literacy Program. Additional book donations are encouraged!
Irvine Animal Care Center “Scraps to Scarves” Santa Ana 1:00pm-2:30pm FST
Animals - Irvine Animal Care Center provides a safe, clean, enriching and caring environment focused on increasing animal adoption into responsible homes while promoting healthy human and animal relationships. Volunteers will…create miniature no-sew flannel blankets, toys and kerchiefs for cats and dogs who reside in this no-kill shelter until they are adopted
2017 Partner Projects
Earth Day, Saturday, April 22
Laguna Niguel Parks & Recreation “Go Green” –Laguna Niguel 8:30am-11:30am FST
Environment –Located at the Niguel Botanical Preserve whose purpose is to display garden-worthy plants appropriate to the Southern California region, collected from five areas of the world with similar Mediterranean climates. Volunteers will…plant, weed and clean-up the 18.2 acre botanical garden situated above the amphitheater within Crown Valley Community Park in the City of Laguna Niguel. Call 949-425-5100 to RSVP!
CA State Parks Foundation “Beach Clean-ups” Countywide 9:00am-12:30pm FST
Environment –Earth Day 2017 provides an opportunity for all of us to do something meaningful for our planet by giving back to the state parks in our communities. Volunteers will be needed throughout California to assist with projects such as campfire center improvements, habitat restoration, native garden conservation, fence building, trail maintenance and beach cleanup.
- San Clemente State Beach - Volunteers will…clean up and restore nature trail, native plant restoration, installation of interpretive display, general cleanup of day use area and picnic bowl.
- Doheny State Beach - Volunteers will…remove diseased/dead non-native shrubs and trees and replace them with a variety of native shrubs and tree, plus beach, creek and park cleanup.
- Crystal Cove State Park - Volunteers will…plant, weed, trim, mulch, water, paint curbs & tidepool education banners, sand & stain boards/signs, repair ramps and a beach clean-up.
- Huntington State Beach - Volunteers will…remove debris from 3.8 miles of sand, trail, and parking lots, install campfire center storage units, renovate and install interpretive kiosks & signs.
Ecology Center “Earth Day Road Show” Irvine, San Juan Capistrano, and San Diego 9:00am-3:00pm
Environment – The Ecology Center is a non-profit eco-education center focused on creative solutions for thriving on planet Earth. Volunteers will…assist with Earth Day set-up, family friendly event activities and clean-up.
DIY Project Toolkits
Looking for something easy on Earth Day? Sign up to receive one of our “Do It Yourself” project toolkits that are great for individuals as well as large groups.