9/11 Day of Service 2013

In honor of the lives impacted by the events on September, 11, 2001, OneOC hosted events focused on “Remembrance through Service.” Throughout this month of compassion, OneOC sponsored county-wide service projects and toolkits that engage volunteers of all ages, as well as support our troops, veterans, and disaster preparedness, benefiting all of our American heroes.

Since 2011, over 5000 Orange County volunteers have participated in this national initiative in collaboration with My Good Deed, 9/11 Memorial, and the HandsOn Network.

View the 9/11 Day Impact Report from 2013:


Projects & Resources

Signature OneOC Projects

Wednesday, September 11th

Furnishing Hope – Mission Viejo FULL
Safety Net — Volunteers will help landscape and plant a garden at a wounded warrior’s home.

School Gardens – Countywide
Health & Wellness — Volunteers will refurbish and refresh garden areas for Fall planting by students benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank.

  • Clara Barton – Anaheim FULL
  • Eastshore – Irvine FULL
  • Esplanade – Orange FULL
  • Kinoshita – San Juan Capistrano FULL
  • Las Palmas – San Clemente—9AM-11AM
  • Monte Vista – Santa Ana FULL
  • Plaza Vista – Irvine—9AM-11AM
  • Sun View – Ocean View FULL
  • Vista Verde – Irvine—9AM-11AM
  • Wilson – Newport Mesa FULL

SeniorServ – Countywide
Safety Net — Volunteer leaders will assist seniors with arts & crafts projects, making “Appreciation Cards” for local public safety (police, fire & lifeguards) & our military Heroes.

  • Anaheim West – Brookhurst Community Center—12PM-1PM
  • Buena Park Senior Center FULL
  • Cypress Senior Center FULL
  • Huntington Beach – Michael R. Rogers Senior Citizen Center—11:30AM-12:30PM
  • Los Alamitos Senior Center—11:15AM-12:15PM
  • Orange Senior Center
  • North Seal Beach Senior Center—11:15AM-12:15PM
  • Santa Ana Senior Center—12PM-1PM
  • South West, Santa Ana Senior Center FULL
  • Tustin Area Senior Center FULL

Thursday, September 12th

Families Forward – Santa Ana
Safety Net—Volunteers will work with Families Forward staff to stock up the food pantry (additional food donations are accepted).

Friday, September 13th

Working Wardrobes – Costa Mesa
Safety Net—Volunteers will assist with set-up, program materials, serving lunch as well as clean-up, for a Veterans Only job training “The Art of Self-Marketing.”

Saturday, September 14th

Veterans First – Santa Ana FULL
Safety Net—Volunteers will assist at two local residences, painting and beautifying veteran homes.

Book [email protected] Together – Santa Ana
Education—Volunteers will refurbish books as part of the “Book Doctor” program focused on early literacy.

Orange County Fire Authority – Countywide 9am – 11am
Disaster Preparedness—9AM – 11AM—Volunteers will assist the OCFD with fire-hydrant safety checks.

Sunday, September 15th

Second Harvest Food Bank/Incredible Edible Park – Irvine FULL
Safety Net—Volunteers will plant, harvest and weed growing grounds at the Incredible Edible Park.

Earthroots – Silverado
Disaster Preparedness—9AM – 12PM—Volunteers will work with Earthroots staff on their newly acquired outdoor educational acreage assisting with fire protection and habitat restoration efforts at a wilderness site.

Family Service Teams

Sunday, September 22nd

Environment—Join us in honor of 9/11! Family Service Teams provide children and their families with a simple and organized way of building volunteerism into family life. Working together, families have fun while learning about the importance of giving their time, talent and energy to make a difference in Orange County.

Learn more about Family Service Team

Muth Interpretive Center – Newport Beach FULL
Planting to Restore the Habitat—Volunteers will tend and care for the new native plant garden and do trail maintenance to remove plants that are encroaching on the walking trails.

Bolsa Chica Conservancy – Huntington Beach
Tending the Preserve—1PM – 2:30PM—Volunteers will plant California native plants, as well as care for the preserve by watering and weeding.

Project Toolkits

Unable to participate in one of our Signature Projects? Sign up to receive one of our project toolkits that you and your group can complete in honor of 9/11 Service Projects including honoring our Local and Military Heroes.

  • Blue Star Families – Letter Writing Campaign
  • Disaster Preparedness – Family & Community
  • Furnishing Hope (Safety Net) – Wounded Warrior Home Supplies
  • Local Heroes – Honor Police, Fire & Lifeguards
  • Marine Adoption Committee – Military Care Packs
  • Orange County Food Bank (Safety Net) – Boxes of Compassion

Partner Projects

Compassion Games – Countywide

September 11th – 21st

Inspired by 2008 TED Talk Prize Winner Karen Armstrong, who launched a Charter for Compassion, “Compassion Games” issues a challenge of service in honor of 9/11, sponsored by S.A.R.A.H. For more information go to www.sarah4hope.org.

Orange County Stand Down – Tustin

September 27th – 29th

Safety Net—Volunteers will assist Veterans First with the third 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. Day, evening and night shifts are available beginning with set-up on Thursday 9/26 through Sunday 9/29, Veterans preferred! For more information go to www.veteransfirstoc.org.

Post a Project & Join the Volunteer Movement!

Are you a nonprofit member that would like to host your own service project in honor of 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance? Post a project on our calendar and indicate “9/11” in the subject line of your returned form.

Not a member yet? Become a member today!

Donate to Days of Service

Support the Days of Service initiative by making a donation to the program. Donations can be made online — click the link below, and under “Community Initiative” select “Days of Service.”

Donate to Days of Service

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