MLK Jr. Day is celebrated around the world, and OneOC is observing it with volunteer projects at schools, parks, and non-profits all throughout Orange County.
Over the course of 5 days in January (from January 11 - 15, 2018), over 700+ volunteers contributed 1,474 hours of service to Orange County on our MLK Jr. Day of Service.
2018 Signature Projects
Thursday, January 11th
Thorman Elementary School, Tustin
Thorman Elementary ensures that each student optimizes individual achievement through an educational system characterized by challenging and exciting curricula and inspiring personalized instruction. Prior to the project, students will have discussions about the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., including his crusade for economic opportunity for all Americans. Twelve volunteers (including a group from AutoGravity) refurbished and painted a large school garden with 6 beds, created a butterfly sanctuary and prepped an outdoor area for a future improvement project.
Beswick Elementary, Tustin
Nine volunteers (including those from SCM) beautified the school grounds and refurbished an outdoor learning space to include areas for seating and group activities. They replanted veggie plants and seeds in 4 large garden beds for future lessons with the kids.
OneOC “Emergency Volunteer Center,” Santa Ana
The OneOC EVC 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. 9 volunteers participated in a mock county-wide 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, January 12th
Southern California Hospice Foundation, Costa Mesa
The Southern California Hospice Foundation mission delivers a breadth of resources to caregivers, families and patients who are confronting the final stages of life. 11 Volunteers filled 100 “bags of love” meant to bring comfort to hospice patients in the final stage of their lives. Items include warm blankets, playing cards to encourage interaction with visitors, and unscented lotion to promote touch.
Saturday, January 13th
SoCal Animal Response Team (SCART), Santa Ana
The SoCal Animal Response Team provides support to animals and their owners during a disaster or crisis. SCART offered a training exercise, on setting up a temporary shelter. 19 Volunteers also made homemade dog toys to accompany 45 pet disaster kits that they assembled.
Sunday, January 14th
Think Together “Book Doctor”, Santa Ana
The mission of Think Together is to create opportunities for all kids to discover their passions and reach their full potential. 35 volunteers repaired, sorted and labeled over 1,000 gently used children’s books that will be distributed to children participating in the Early Literacy Program.
WAGS, Santa Ana
WAGS (Westminster Adoption Group and Services) is committed to providing the best quality of care, advocacy and shelter for lost and homeless animals seeking new permanent, loving homes. Twenty-four volunteers created 48 miniature no-sew flannel blankets, dog scarves, and handmade toys for animals who reside at WAGS (Westminster Adoption Group and Services), a no-kill shelter, until they are adopted.
MLK Jr. Day of Service…Monday, January 15th
Orange County Food Bank, Garden Grove
Orange County Food Bank is a program of the Community Action Partnership of Orange County. The Food Bank is housed in a 60,000 square foot warehouse, which includes a huge commercial refrigerator and freezer capable of handling over 20 truckloads of food. The Food Bank distributes nearly 20 million pounds of food annually. 577 volunteers from companies and groups (like KPMG, Pacific Life, Wells Fargo, UCI, Jewish Community Center, and more) assembled and packed 9,280 food boxes for seniors in need in Orange County. During this signature project, members of the OC Chapter of MLK Jr’s Fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha contributed by facilitating the Sunday Supper portion of the event. 577 volunteers were educated on MLK's poor people's campaign and current stats related to financial insecurity in orange county through a handout distributed after the event.
JOYA Scholars, Fullerton
JOYA Scholars inspires and prepare students from families of low-income communities in Fullerton to succeed through higher education. 24 volunteers improved JOYA’s home program space for the students and parents that are served. Projects included painting the front of a disheveled and dingy building entrance, creating a new, sustainable garden and beautification of rooms within the JOYA House. This day served as the beginning of future economic opportunity projects to be facilitated with the JOYA scholars through April 2018.
CIELO, Huntington Beach
CIELO's mission is to launch successful entrepreneurs by unleashing innovation, creativity and passion. Their Workforce Program is committed to inspiring & achieving employment goals. 17 volunteers put together 45 program “power kits” to set clients up for success upon starting their entrepreneurship program. Kits included essential office supplies, binders, daily planners and encouraging handwritten notes. This day served as the beginning of future economic opportunity projects to be facilitated with CIELO through April 2018.