Family Service Team is an innovative program that was conceptualized by a busy working Orange County mom who wanted to teach her children the value of service and family time. OneOC, with its expertise and relationships in the nonprofit community, coordinated efforts and found or developed service projects that allowed for the involvement of young children, ages 3-8, with their parents.
The first year the program began with one team of 12 families and 22 children. Now in its fifth year, the program has grown to six teams of 60+ families. It is the desire to secure funding to grow the program locally and to make this program a national model for other Volunteer Centers and nonprofits to use in carrying out their mission work.
Modeled like a ”youth sports team”, families with children 3+ serve one Sunday a month from June – November in six community projects. Families wear team shirts, have a team photo taken, and the program culminates on National Family Volunteer Day. Families will bring a donation to carry out the project at each agency in addition to volunteering their time. The kids bring change and put it in a large jar, and at the end of the season, they decide which agency they want their collection to go to (last year they gave $400 to Someone Cares Soup Kitchen). The projects for 2011 include:
- Regina House: Host a BBQ and play date for the homeless children living in the shelter.
- Inside the Outdoors: Restore native plant species and remove invasive plants from the area. An education component hosted by the organization teaches the children about the environment and “going green.”
- Community Action Partnership – Orange County’s Food Bank: Assemble food boxes that are sent to needy families in Orange County.
- Anaheim Interfaith: Perform shelter maintenance, beautification projects and gardening work.
- Someone Cares Soup Kitchen: Put together lunches and ice cupcakes for children who participate in afterschool tutoring program. Families will donate new and gently used toys & games.
- Grandma’s House of Hope: Host food drives prior to serving at the agency. Volunteers will pack food bags for children living in local motels.
- Military Children’s Charity: Host toy drives prior to serving with the agency. Volunteers will put together holiday gift baskets for children with parents serving in Afghanistan, Iraq and other areas in the world.
- Second Harvest’s Incredible Edible Park: Pick fruits and vegetables for needy families in Orange County. Families will donate canned food.
- Muth Interpretive Center: Restore native plant species and remove invasive plants from the area. Children will learn about the preservation of the Newport Back Bay and other information about the coastal community.
How You Can Join In – Every Contribution Counts!
- $15,000 as Title Sponsor (Prominent Logo on t-shirts, website and all promotional materials)
- $5,000 as Program Sponsor (Logo on website and all promotional materials)
- $2,000 as Team Sponsor (Logo on website and all promotional materials)
- $ 500 as Project Sponsor
- $ 110 as Family Sponsor