September 6-28 2014
This national service day honors the lives impacted by the events on September 11, 2001, focused on “Remembrance through Service.” Throughout the month, OneOC mobilizes volunteers of all ages, coordinating them in county-wide service projects and toolkits that support our troops and veterans, benefiting all of our American heroes and preparing for disaster.
From September 6-28 OneOC:
- Engaged over 805 volunteers (from 18 corporate partners) and 30 service leaders
- in 27 service projects
- at 24 local nonprofits and schools
- delivering 1,587 hours of service
- valued at $41,801.58 to the Orange County Community
Projects at a Glance
“Violette Elementary School”Who: Senator Correa’s Young Senators volunteers
Where: Violette Elementary School, Garden Grove
What: Volunteers partnered with Orange County Veterans to paint a U.S. Map on the school blacktop. Veterans were honored with a special lunch celebration, sponsored by Stone Fire Grill.
“Orange County Housing Opportunities”Who: EMC, Nicholas Academic Centers and the Clear Mountains volunteers
Where: Joint Forces Training Base, Los Alamitos
What: The Orange County Housing Opportunities Collaborative, in partnership with State Senator Lou Correa, hosted a free Housing Resource Fair at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos. Volunteers assisted event staff with booth set up, serving food, and clean up.
“Strength in Support”Who: Fluidmaster and MK Products volunteers
Where: St. Regis Hotel, Monarch Beach
What: SIS provides counseling, mentorship and educational workshops to military and family members, including non-active, reserve, guard, or veterans, addressing their challenges in a timely, competent, and supportive manner. Volunteers assisted event staff at the Monarch Beach Golf Links.
School GardensWho: Experian, Bank of America, Silicon Valley Bank, Western Digital, Deutsch Bank volunteers
Where: Circle View Elementary School, Culverdale Elementary School, Clara Barton Elementary School, Eastshore Elementary School, Kinoshita Elementary School, Plaza Vista Elementary School, San Juan Elementary School, Sun View Elementary School, Vista Verda Elementary School, Westmont Elementary School
What: The “OneOC Service-Learning School Garden Project” provides an on-going opportunity for schools to meet CA Standards-based Life Science goals, while giving the students a chance to provide meaningful service to their community and produce will benefit families in need including clients from Second Harvest Food Bank. Volunteers built new raised bed gardens including design, ground preparation, protection and supplies for the Fall, and refurbished vegetable garden areas by repairing and staining current raised beds.
South County OutreachWho:Western Digital volunteers
Where: South County Outreach, Irvine
What: SCO helps to prevent hunger and homelessness and provides individuals, families and seniors in crisis with the tools that help them help themselves. Volunteers helped sort food, restock shelves, bag rice, beans and dry soup, and pack toiletry kits.
Giving Children HopeWho: K&L Gates, Union Bank and Starbucks volunteers
Where: Giving Children Hope, Buena Park
What: GCH provides sustainable hope through wellness programs and disaster response through the gathering and distribution of basic needs, nutritional foods and medical resources. Volunteers packed nutritious foods into backpacks to distribute to elementary students identified as homeless, sorted a variety of in-kind donations for the distribution center to be available to other nonprofits in need, and identified and organized medical donations and prepared them for shipment.
Patriots & PawsWho: Irvine Company volunteers
Where: Patriots & Paws, Orange
What: P&P helps veterans, active military and their immediate families with free home furnishings, and unites them with a rescued animal. Volunteers helped at the warehouse organizing furnishings and assisted directly with clients to select and load furnishings to take with them.
Veterans FirstWho: Wells Fargo and Edwards Lifesciences volunteers
Where: Veterans First, Anaheim
What: Veterans First provides services exclusively to our region’s homeless and at-risk veterans. Volunteers helped improve outdoor facilities at a local group home including installing a new U.S. flag pole, repairing property fencing. Additionally veterans were honored with a special lunch celebration, sponsored by StoneFire Grill.
SeniorServWho: VAA Service-Leaders and SCAN Health volunteers
Where: Brea Senior Center, Fullerton Senior Center, Orange Senior Center, Santa Ana Senior Center
What: SeniorServ improves the quality of life for older adults, persons with disabilities and their families by creating a safety net of health, nutrition and supportive services designed to enhance their independence, well-being and dignity. Volunteer leaders assisted seniors with arts & crafts projects, making “Appreciation Cards” for local public safety (police, fire & lifeguards) & our military heroes.
Orange County Rescue Mission
Think TogetherWho: Target volunteers
Where: Remington Elementary School
What: TT creates opportunities for all kids to discover their passions and reach their full potential. Volunteers in teams of 5+ worked at local school sites with students as part of the after-school program to refurbish books as part of the “Book Doctor” program, focused on early literacy.
Goodwill of Orange CountyWho: PIMCO volunteers
Where: Goodwill of Orange County
What: GWOC serves over 1,000 children and adults with disabilities including their new “Enduring Independence Veterans Program”. Volunteers assisted veteran clients at the 2014-2015 Veteran Leader Corps “Job Readiness Kick-off Dinner” StoneFire Grill and volunteers set-up, distributed program materials, served dinner as well as cleaned up.
OneOC Family Service Teams
4th Annual Orange County Stand DownWho: Wells Fargo volunteers
What: Volunteers will assist Veterans First with the fourth annual Orange County Stand Down. This two day event provides the region’s homeless and low income veterans as well as their families, access basic services, bond with their fellow veterans and start rebuilding lives.
- Buena Park Independent, September 18, 2014 (page 1, page 2)
- Anaheim Independent, September 19, 2014 (page 1, page 2)
- Orange County Register, September 10, 2014
- OneOC Facebook publicity (post 1, post 2, post 3)
Thank you to our sponsors for your generous support of OneOC’s 9/11 Day of Service, and for your employees’ participation in making our community a stronger, more vibrant place for us all.