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. 



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Earth Day takes place every year during mid-April. 

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2018 Signature Projects

2018 Signature Projects

*FST- Please note:  These projects meet OneOC’s Family Service Team (FST) criteria. FST service projects are designed to provide children and their families a simple and organized way to build volunteerism into daily family life.


Thursday, April 19

OneOC “Emergency Volunteer Center”Santa Ana 5:30pm-7:00pm = 40 Spots (FST)
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 20

OneOC School Gardens “Harvesting for Hunger” - Countywide 9:00am-11:00am = 80+ Spots  

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 (up to 10 volunteers per school location.


Giving Children HopeBuena Park 9:00am–12:00pm = 30 Spots (ages 15-17 w/adult)

Safety Net (Hunger) Giving Children Hope is a faith-based partner providing sustainable hope through wellness programs and disaster response in collaboration with local and global communities. They do this through the gathering and giving of: Basic Needs, Nutritional Foods and Medical Resources.  Volunteers will… sort warehouse relief and food donations in preparation to pack backpacks for children in need throughout Orange County and for future shipments of relief aid containers.


Grandma's House of Hope - Santa Ana 9:00am–12:00pm = 10 Spots (ages 10+)

Housing and Shelter Grandma’s House of Hope provides basic needs and enrichment services to women, children, and families living in extreme poverty and facing seemingly insurmountable barriers.  Through its New Transitional Home Project, GHH recently purchased a new home and is in the process of making it habitable for their woman's transitional program.  Volunteers will…help beautify and clean the new home’s backyard by removing debris, planting vegetation, and building garden beds.


Think Together “Book Doctor” - Santa Ana 10:00am–12:00pm = 40 Spots (FST) FULL

Education - The mission of Think Together is to create opportunities for all kids to discover their passions and reach their full potential. Volunteers willrepair, sort and label gently used children’s books that will be distributed to children participating in the Early Literacy Program.  Additional book donations are encouraged!


KidWorksSanta Ana 12:00pm–2:00pm = 15 Spots
Children & Youth Education - 
KidWorks is a community development center located in Central Santa Ana, serving over 800 children, youth, and parents through weekly programs annually at four learning centers. Volunteers will…beautify one of four learning centers by cleaning classrooms and preparing their garden for spring planting.


Second Harvest Food Bank “Grocery Rescue” - Irvine 12:30pm-3:30pm = 40 Spots (ages 14+)

Safety Net (Hunger) – Join Second Harvest Food Bank in its mission “To end hunger in Orange County.”  Volunteers will…sort grocery store donations and package & assemble them for distribution to families in need in Orange County.



Saturday, April 21

Earthroots “ECO Extravaganza” - Silverado 9:00am-12:00pm = 30 spots

Environment (Education) – Earthroots mission is to inspire life-long dedication to environmental stewardship & community through deep nature connection mentoring.  Volunteers will…work with Earthroots staff and volunteers on their newly acquired outdoor educational acreage assisting with habitat restoration efforts at a wilderness site. The efforts will focus on the removal of non-native weeds and tress.


Save our Beach - Seal Beach 9:00am–12:00pm = 200+ spots (FST)

Environment - Save Our Beach is dedicated to improving the water quality along the Southern California coastline.  Volunteers will…remove, recycle, and repurpose trash and other debris that is harmful to the environment and the sea life from the local rains and river run-off!


The Giving Farm - Westminster 9:00am–12:00pm = 100 spots (FST)

Environment The Giving Farm is a school farm-to-food bank collaborative community program, managed by Solutions for Urban Agriculture, the Orange County Food Bank, OC Farm Bureau, & the Westminster High School Agriculture Program. Volunteer will…weed and remove debris as well as assist with planting around the farm.


Working Wardrobes - Irvine 10:00am–12:00pm = 20 spots (ages 16+)

Safety Net (Workforce Development & Veterans) - Working Wardrobes has changed the lives of more than 70,000 clients overcoming difficult challenges and gaining valuable skills for reentry. Volunteers will…paint and coat the United States and World Map inside the warehouse along with beautifying their patio area outside.


Orange County Food Bank - Garden Grove 11:00am–1:00pm = 40 Spots (FST)

Safety Net (Hunger & Seniors) - Orange County Food Bank is a program of the Community Action Partnership of Orange County and distributes nearly 20 million pounds of food annually. Volunteers willassemble and pack food boxes, working side-by-side as a sign of unity and equality, which will be delivered to families and seniors in need throughout the Orange County community.



HAPPY EARTH DAY! Sunday, April 22

Delhi Center Santa Ana 9:00 AM – 11:00AM 40 spots (FST)

Community Services Delhi Center is a full-service community center that also acts as a gathering place for local residents and organizations. Its mission is to advance self-sufficiency through sustainable programs in health, education, financial stability, and community engagement. Volunteers will…clean and paint two classrooms within the community center.


Bolsa Chica Conservancy  Huntington Beach, 9:00am–12:00pm = 40 spots (FST)

Environment Bolsa Chica Conservancy at the Harriet Wieder Regional Park, 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…assist Conservancy staff with watering native plants, removing non-native invasive plant species, and cleaning up our local regional park of trash and debris.


Irvine Animal Care Center “Scraps to Scarves”  - Santa Ana 1:00pm-3:00pm = 25 spots (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.

2018 Partner Projects

2018 Partner Projects

Saturday, April 14

Inside the Outdoors, Earth Day Beach Clean-up Huntington Beach, 9:00am–11:00am (FST)

Environment Inside the Outdoors is a unique and hands-on environmental education program.  Their mission is to empower students, teachers, parents, and the community to explore natural areas and expand their knowledge. Volunteers will… participate in a beach clean-up to combat the pollution of Orange County beaches and lessen the impact on sea life and shore birds. Supplies, snacks and water will be provided and free parking. Register at: https://www.allforgood.org/projects/dJB0K2Q5


Thursday, April 19

“Pulling Together at Quail Hill”, Irvine Ranch Conservancy  Irvine, 8:30am-11:30am (FST)

Environment Irvine Ranch includes some the most magnificent open space, parks, and recreation in Orange County, however, invading weeds degrade habitat for birds and other wildlife. Volunteers will…help IRC keep wildlife healthy by weeding artichoke thistle from the Quail Hill loop in Irvine. This activity takes place on uneven terrain and sturdy hiking boots are highly recommended. All training, tools, and gloves will be provided to ensure your safety and comfort. Rattlesnakes are occasionally seen here and generally avoid people, but protective gear will be provided. Minimum age of 16 years. To register, go to https://letsgooutside.org/activities/2018/04/19/pulling-together-at-quail-hill-13/.


Saturday, April 21

City of Laguna Niguel, Laguna Niguel, Crown Valley Park 8:30am-11:30am (FST)

Environment - The City of Laguna Niguel is celebrating Earth Day and needs volunteers to give their time to improve the landscaping in our 18-acre preserve. Volunteers will…help plant, weed, and clean up the Niguel Botanical Preserve. Volunteers should wear old clothes, closed toed shoes, and be prepared to work in the soil! An adult must supervise children ages 6-12 years.  Community and corporate groups are encouraged to participate. Drinking water and a light snack provided.  To RSVP, email [email protected] by April 20th reserve your spot.


City of Mission Viejo, Earth Day/Arbor Day Celebration Mission Viejo, 8:00am-12:00pm (FST)

Environment The City of Mission Viejo is offering volunteer opportunities to beautify the Cordova Park with new landscaping, and there will be free hotdogs and ice cream while supplies last.  Volunteers should wear hats, gloves, boots, and sunscreen and bring a shovel for planting. To learn more and register, visit http://cityofmissionviejo.org/events/earth-dayarbor-day-celebration-0.


Chino Hills State Park - Earth Day at Chino Hills State Park 9:00am-12:00pm (FST)

Environment Chino Hills State Park needs volunteers to help clean up campgrounds and the historic Rolling M. Ranch. There will also be fun kids activities and an opportunity to explore our park with docents and staff.  Information and questions about this event can be forwarded to the State Park Interpreter Ian Bernstein via email at [email protected] or the Discovery Center at (714) 524-2471.


Goodwill OC Tierney Center, Ladera Ranch Middle School 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

This is a city-wide donation event called “Go Green Ladera Ranch” where over 800 visitors bring clothes, e-recycling, and paper shredding from all of Southern Orange County. Volunteers are needed to accept and sort donations and assist event staff.  Lunch is provided. For more information and to register, contact Anthony Torres, [email protected] (714) 492-4028.

Host Your Own Toolkit Project

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.  

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.


*FST- Please note:  These projects meet OneOC’s Family Service Team (FST) criteria. FST service projects are designed to provide children and their families a simple and organized way to build volunteerism into daily family life.

Get Involved

Click here, to be added to the interest list.