Earth Day is a global event celebrated by billions of people each year. As the largest civic-focused day of action in the world, OneOC gets the community involved with volunteer projects that focus on preserving and beautifying Orange County's environments.
Over the course of 4 days in January (from April 19 - April 22, 2018), over 974 volunteers contributed 2788 hours of service to Orange County on our Earth Day of Service.
2018 Signature Projects
Thursday, April 19
OneOC “Emergency Volunteer Center” – Santa Ana
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 participated 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
Health & Wellness (Education) – Volunteers from Experian cleaned and painted flower garden beds. Volunteers also added more plants to the garden bed at Beswick Elementary School in Tustin, CA. These Service-Learning gardens provide on-going opportunities to meet CA Standards-based Life Science instructional goals and give the K-6 students a chance to provide meaningful service to their community while also beautifying the campus.
Giving Children Hope – Buena Park
Safety Net (Hunger) – Volunteers from 2nd Gear helped to set up the warehouse at Giving Children Hope for the weekly "Client Choice" event, which distributes food to up to 100 families in need. This program has provided food and nutrition education for children and families in need. Each child in the program receives enough food for three to four family members throughout the weekend, when there is no access to free and reduced breakfast and lunch programs. The items prepared will assure that children and their families receive the nutrition they need.
Grandma's House of Hope - Santa Ana
Housing and Shelter – Volunteers from Altura Associates helped leveled, varnished and beautified 4 new garden beds that were placed in a new home with Grandma's House of Hope. Volunteers also cleaned the new home’s backyard by removing debris, planting vegetation, and cleaning garden beds. Through its New Transitional Home Project, Grandma's House of Hope recently purchased the new home and is in the process of making it habitable for their woman's transitional program.
Think Together “Book Doctor” - Santa Ana
Education - Volunteers gathered together at OneOC's office to repair, sort and label gently used children’s books that will be distributed to children participating in the Early Literacy Program with Think Together. Think Together's mission is to create opportunities for all kids to discover their passions and reach their full potential, and these books are the first step in opening doors for these children.
KidWorks – Santa Ana
Children & Youth Education - Volunteers from Ingram Micro helped with preparing the KidWorks garden for spring planting and planted various flowers in the garden. This garden is helps connect members of the community by giving them a chance to work on a project together. And they get to eat the vegetables they plant! 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.
Safety Net (Hunger) – Volunteers from Fluidmaster and First Service Residential helped evaluate 10,000 pounds of food for food-insecure people in Orange County. Volunteers helped to fulfill the mission of Second Harvest Food Bank to "end hunger in Orange County," and many saw the great value of the organization's impact to the community.
Saturday, April 21
Earthroots “ECO Extravaganza” - Silverado
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
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!
Pearl Park Clean Up Day - Fullerton
Ennvironment - Volunteers joined together over the weekend to clean a local park in Fullerton by picking up litter and beatifying the area. The volunteer groups were comprised of the student-mentor pairs with the JOYA Scholars program, who also came up with the project.
The Giving Farm - Westminster
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. Volunteers assisted with planting around the farm and enjoyed getting to know the services the farm offered to the community.
Working Wardrobes - Irvine
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
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. As a group, volunteers packed boxes of food in an assembly line, packaging over 800 boxes that will serve those who need it in elderly communities in Orange County. Volunteers said "This is my first time here, and I didn't know what to expect...I feel so good being able to contribute and help out so many people in need."
HAPPY EARTH DAY! Sunday, April 22
Delhi Center Santa Ana
Community Services - Delhi Center is a full-service community center that also acts as a gathering place for local residents and organizations. A diverse group of volunteers, including a mother-daughter team and community members, painted two classrooms at the center. Each classroom was painted with an accent color wall in orange and the remaining walls with a fresh coat of paint. Volunteers said "It is so good to be cooperative with friends doing the meaningful activity together, and it is even easy because we are doing it together."
Bolsa Chica Conservancy Huntington Beach
Environment - Approximately 50 Volunteers from the Boy Scouts, Lions Heart, and Old Navy helped get rid of invasive plant species at Harriet Wieder Regional Park. They also helped water plants that were freshly planted the day before. The Bolsa Chica Conservancy 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.
Irvine Animal Care Center “Scraps to Scarves” - Santa Ana
Animals - Volunteers created 77 miniature no-sew flannel blankets, toys and kerchiefs for cats and dogs who reside in the Irvine Animal Care Center. This no-kill shelter provides a safe, clean, enriching and caring environment focused on increasing animal adoption into responsible homes while promoting healthy human and animal relationships. "It's always great to do something meaningful for the community, whether it's people or animals."