About the Season of Giving
Join us to celebrate a new Season of Giving including live service projects, nonprofit wish lists and a downloadable directory (easy-to-use resource guide) of volunteer opportunities throughout Orange County during the holiday season.
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Friday, November 17th
American Family Housing – Midway City 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM (10 volunteers)
"Creating Decorations for Community Thanksgiving Dinner"
Hunger & Homelessness - American Family Housing provides a continuum of housing and an array of services to support homeless and low income families and adults to secure a stable home, to be an active part of their community, and to achieve a self-sustaining way of life. Each year, AFH host a free Thanksgiving dinner for the community. AFH’s goal this year is to serve 1,000 meals to those who are homeless and less fortunate in our community. Thank you for your support!
We will need 10 volunteers to help with creating decorations for the community dinner. We will be creating banners, wall decorations and photo booth props that will be used at the dinner. This is a family friendly volunteer opportunity.
Stand-Up for Veterans – Orange 12:30 PM – 5:00 PM. (100 Volunteers)
Safety Net (Homelessness & Veterans) – The goal of Stand UP for Veterans is to help United States Veterans who are homeless, displaced, disabled or otherwise in transition become integrated into our community.
The Stand UP for Veterans event (originally inspired by the military term Stand Down), provides an opportunity to achieve a brief respite from the streets and immediately access needed services. Veterans will assemble in a base camp model that will include clothing, hygiene care kits, medical and legal advice, veteran benefit information, employment services, in a safe and supportive environment including veteran peer navigators.
- Volunteers will serve as 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 will serve as peer navigators, Veterans, for a military base camp model including serving as companions to the homeless and underserved Veterans who attend the event.
Lutheran Social Services – Garden Grove 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM (5 volunteers)
Family Services – We will need 3 to 5 volunteers to assist us in redoing our storage area by organizing donations to create a functional work space to be able to better serve our clients with the items we provide. We serve families and individuals who are in need throughout Orange County by providing emergency assistance with food, clothing, hygiene, some household supplies, books, blankets, utility assistance, transportation, baby and children items, motel vouchers, referrals and case management, holiday programs, and a specialized program where we assistance women who have been a victim of a crime with supportive and counseling services. We are asking for any donations in support of our Emergency Assistance Programs.
STEM Gardens Countywide - 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (50+ Volunteers)
Education (Health & Wellness) — SSLG provide an opportunity for schools to meet CA Standards-based Life Science goals, while giving students a chance to serve to their community and benefit families in need. Volunteers (up to 10 spots each location) will…refurbish vegetable garden areas by repairing and staining current raised beds and amending the soil for winter planting.
Possible Cities: Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Irvine, San Juan Capistrano
Saturday, November 18th
OC Food Bank – Garden Grove (Service Leaders Only) 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Hunger – 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. They also provide food and personal care items to nearly 400 other nonprofits throughout Orange County. At the Food Bank’s warehouse volunteers package 23,500 boxes of food each month for distribution at 50 sites across the county.
Volunteer Service Leaders will help mobilize Food Bank volunteers in building food boxes that will be distributed to the community. Service Leaders will need to attend Service Leader training prior to the Project.
Save Our Beach – Seal Beach (FST) (200 volunteers) 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Environment – Save Our Beach’s mission is To educate individuals, companies, schools & organizations on how their environmental footprint impacts their community and the world by participating in Save Our Beach environmental field trips, beach & riverbed cleanups and team building activities.
Save Our Beach will be conducting a monthly beach clean-ups on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 9am to 12pm at the beach parking lot at the end of 1st Street in Seal Beach. Parking in the 1st Street Beach lot is free during the clean-up. Check in at the Blue Canopy on the Grass to receive a parking pass
KidWorks – Santa Ana (15 Volunteers) 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (noon)
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 help distribute turkeys to Families.
South County Outreach – Irvine (15 Volunteers) 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Hunger & Homelessness – Each year, local businesses and community organizations partner with South County Outreach to sponsor Christmas Trees. Groups can design and decorate their trees, which go on display at Park Place from November 20th - December 1st. The trees are then auctioned off at our Festival of Trees Reception on December 1st. All proceeds help us accomplish our mission of ending hunger and housing hope for families in need during the holiday season.
We need a large team of volunteers to help with Tree Decoration. We encourage tree sponsors to decorate the trees with their sponsorship team, but we need additional volunteer help for groups who are unable to attend the tree decoration date. Our volunteers will be helping to decorate elaborate themed Christmas trees for 4 hours in the morning on November 18th.
SoCal Animal Response Team – Westminster (20 Volunteers) 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Animals – SCART will be offering a training exercise, on setting up a temporary animal shelter. Volunteers will learn how to set up the tents/canopies, to be used in case of a disaster. Buildings may not be available to the house animals, so it may be necessary to use the tents for the animal shelter. We will be reviewing the amount of time required to set up and breakdown one 10x’20’, three 11’x17’ and three canopies.
Monday, November 20th
America’s ToothFairy: National Children’s Oral Health Foundation – Santa Ana (FST) (30 Volunteers) 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Health & Wellness – National Children’s Oral Health Foundation increases access to oral health care by supporting non-profit clinics and community partners delivering education, prevention and treatment services for underserved children. Volunteers will decorate Collection Boxes for their America’s ToothFairy Smile Drive, and Package Oral Hygiene goodie bags for underserved families.
Wednesday, November 22nd
American Family Housing – Midway City (15 Volunteers) 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
"Food Preparation for Community Thanksgiving Dinner"
Hunger & Homelessness – American Family Housing provides a continuum of housing and an array of services to support homeless and low income families and adults to secure a stable home, to be an active part of their community, and to achieve a self-sustaining way of life. Each year, AFH host a free Thanksgiving dinner for the community. AFH’s goal this year is to serve 1,000 meals to those who are homeless and less fortunate in our community. Thank you for your support!
Volunteers will help with food preparing such as shredding turkeys. Volunteers must be 16 years old and older.
Youth-on-the-Move – Santa Ana (10 volunteers) 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
"Operation Telephone Call"
Health & Wellness – Youth-on-the-Move, Inc. is a multi-cultural, multi-generational youth educational organization with the purpose to help youth succeed in life with the help of positive community role models. Volunteers will call homebound seniors to touch base, see how they are doing, and offer encouragement through the holiday season.
Sunday, November 26th
Earthroots – Silverado Canyon (40 Volunteers) 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Environment – A non-profit 501(c)3 education organization dedicated to cultivating a sense of care and connection between people and the natural world. Earthroots inspires life-long dedication to environmental stewardship & community through deep nature connection mentoring. In our creative learning environments, Earthroots participants gain a better understanding of how all of life is connected. During this Day of Service, volunteers will help set up 2 shelters:
- 10'x14' Rain Shelter: Set up frame, put on the canvas, tie off the corners
- Approximately 10'x14' Rain/Sun Shelter: Using naturally harvested lodge poles (from the property), secure posts and beams using rope and cover with a straight piece of canvas. This is a more "organic" style shelter.
Tuesday, November 28th - Giving Tuesday
YANA – Cancer Comfort – Santa Ana (FST) 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM (200 volunteers)
Health & Wellness – YANA-Cancer Comfort provides care packages to cancer patients to let them know “You Are Not Alone”. Our care packages include a hand-tied fleece blanket, handmade cap, music CD and a personal note of encouragement. If you know how to tie a knot you are qualified to attend. People of all ages can enjoy participating in this event to touch the life of a cancer patient. Fleece material for the no-sew blankets will be provided. All you need to do is show up and tie knots to make a blanket out of two pieces of material.
- Shift #1: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (100 volunteers)
- Shift #2: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (100 volunteers)
Friday, December 1st
Spirit of Giving Project Countywide (30-60+ Volunteers) 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Education – Spirit of Giving is a non-denominational, multi-faceted Service Learning experience that 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. OneOC provides a Service-Learning curriculum that provides 1st year students with the unique opportunity “of feeling the joy and elation of receiving” that translates into the spirit of volunteerism and giving back to others. This project will enhance and support academic curriculum as each child will be given a book to inspire reading and future giving opportunities.
Illumination Foundation – Stanton (10 Volunteers) 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Hunger & Homelessness – We would like to have a group of 10 volunteers at our Stanton Children’s Resource Center to clean and decorate the program space. We encourage volunteers to bring holiday decorations that can be displayed during the month of December.
Illumination Foundation – Santa Ana (10 Volunteers) 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Hunger & Homelessness – We would like to have a group of 10 volunteers at our Santa Ana Children’s Resource Center to clean and decorate the program space. We encourage volunteers to bring holiday decorations that can be displayed during the month of December
November 20th - December 5th
Love Anaheim November 20th – December 5th
Health & Wellness – Anaheim is proud to host the 2017 International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Championships from November 28-December 5. This competition will be bringing over 600 athletes from 70+ countries. This will be the first time the IWF World Championships will be held in Anaheim. The IWF World Championships were last held in the United States in 2015 when Houston hosted the event.
- Gain experience supporting with an international sporting event
- Interact with like-minded passionate individuals
- Give back to your community in a fun and meaningful way
- Earn volunteer service hours for school or work purposes
What will volunteers do?
- Volunteers will fill several roles including: greeting athletes/attendees at the airport/hotels; providing information at hotels; serving as way-finding guides at the convention center; assisting visitors at IWF World Championships events.
As a volunteer, you will receive a Nike event shirt, one meal per shift, and access to the weightlifting competition during your schedule shift day.
Registration link: https://visit-anaheim.rosterfy.co/register
DIY Project Toolkits
Unable to participate in one of our Signature Projects? Sign up to receive one of our "Do It Yourself" project toolkits that you and your group can complete in honor of Family Volunteer Day, including recognizing our local nonprofits.
- Community Heroes – Nonprofit Gratitude Kits (All Impact Areas)
- Operation Gratitude –Military Care Packages (Safety Net–Veterans)
- Orange County Food Bank – Boxes of Compassion (Safety Net–Hunger)
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.
Formerly OneOC's Holiday Directory, this easy-to-use resource guide lists volunteer opportunities throughout the holiday season and also features local nonprofit wish lists so community members can provide donations to those in need of additional support.
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