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.
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 7:00am-10:30am
Shift #2 10:00am-1:30pm
Shift #3 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm FULL
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 FULL
- 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 FULL
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 FULL
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 FULL
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
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.