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Earth Day 2015

April 16-22, 2015

Earth Day is celebrated around the world, and OneOC is observing it with volunteer projects that focus on preserving and beautifying Orange County’s environments.

As part of Earth Day, OneOC supports Global Youth Service Day, engaging our youth to improve our communities — this day and every day.

Individuals, families, groups and organizations can easily participate in this national initiative in collaboration with the HandsOn Network.  Join us!

View the official 2014 Earth Day of Service Impact Report by clicking here.

Signature Projects

Thursday, April 16, 2015

OneOC “Emergency Volunteer Center”  (Disaster): Santa Ana, 5:30pm-7:00pm. Volunteers will participate in a mock environmental 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, April 17, 2015

OneOC “Spirit of Giving” –  FULL (Service-Learning): Countywide, 9am-10am. Volunteers will have the opportunity to assist Title 1 First Grade teachers throughout Orange County Elementary Schools, reading and reflecting with students on environmental topics as well as present each child with a  book for their personal library, intended to inspire future literacy and volunteer service for the environment.

      • Currie/Thorman – Tustin (8:3 am)
      • Hill – Garden Grove
      • Monroe – Santa Ana (10:15am)
      • Westmont – Westminster
      • Estock – Tustin (9:50am)
      • Barker – Garden Grove
      • Thomas Jefferson – Santa Ana
      • Melrose – Placentia
      • Sun View – Huntington Beach
      • Wallace Davis – Santa Ana
      • Meairs – Westminster (10:00am)
      • Wilson – Costa Mesa

Irvine Ranch Conservancy “Native Seed Farm  Irvine 9:00am-12:00pm (min 8 years old) Environment – Volunteers will participate planting, harvesting and invasive plant management and will be at a easy to moderate level.  Restrooms and shaded picnic benches are present onsite.

Saturday, April 18, 2015 (Earth Day)

California Coastal Commission “Preserving Local Ecosystems”(Environment): Newport, 9am-12pm.  Volunteers will help provide community-based native habitat and restoration in the Upper Newport Bay area, home to several of the region’s most productive ecosystems. FULL

Earthroots “Acreage Activists”- (Environment): Silverado, 9am-12pm. Volunteers will work with Earthroots staff on their newly acquired outdoor educational acreage assisting with habitat restoration efforts at a wilderness site. FULL


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Family Service Teams: Countywide, 1:00pm-2:30pm.  Family Service Teams provide children and their families (ages 3-12) 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.  In honor of Earth Day, hundreds of family volunteers will be serving at nonprofits throughout the county with partners such as the nonprofits below:

If you are interested in establishing a company team to participate in the Family Service Team program.  Click here to Learn more about Family Service Team »


Monday, April 20, 2015

Pretend Children’s Museum – “Sing of Spring Members Event” (Education/Youth) – Irvine, 3:00pm-7:00pm.  Volunteers will be able to  plan and facilitate their own “Earth Healthy” activity (pre-project approval required), at a members only museum event in honor of Earth Day, as well as assist the museum staff with facilitating play with the children and help reset the museum to keep it exciting and fun.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

School Garden Projects “Harvesting for Hunger” (Health & Wellness): Countywide, 9am-11am. Volunteers will amend the soil, re-stain raised beds and assist students in planting seeds or distribute seeds to classrooms/teachers.

        • Alderwood Elementary – Irvine
        • Circle View Elementary – Huntington Beach FULL
        • Cloverdale Elementary – Irvine
        • Kinoshita Elemtnary – San Juan Capistrano
        • Remington Elementary – Santa Ana
        • San Juan Elementary – San Juan Capistrano FULL
        • South Junior High – Anaheim
        • Vista Verde Elementary School – Irvine FULL

Currie-Thorman “Library Liberators” – Tustin (Education): 9am-11am. Volunteers will assist the librarian with cleaning and re-categorizing the library books.

County of Orange “Caring for the Sea” – San Clemente – (Environment): 10am-12pm. Volunteers will be performing a beach clean-up including the removal of invasive plants, trash and other debris that is harmful to the environment and local sea life.  Voted the worst beach in 2013 and over a half-century of water quality problems, now Poche Beach is becoming a model project for water quality through community engagement and environmental education.

Estock Elementary School  “Painting Patriots” – Tustin – (Education):  10am-12pm. Volunteers will work together to outline, paint and decorate a colorful U.S. Map on the blacktop playground for the students.

Operation Gratitude “Jigs, Cords and More” – Santa Ana – (Military): 10am-12pm. In partnership with Goodwill of Orange County, volunteers will assemble wooden Jigs to assist weaving “Paracord Survival Bracelets” for active duty soldiers.  These non-issue bracelets can be used to hold up to 550 lbs as well as inner stands can become a sling, splint, stitch wounds, tripwires, traps and many more Life-saving uses!

South Junior High School “Garden Muralists” Anaheim  (Education): 10am-12pm. Volunteers will paint a large storage container and then decorate it in honor of their new vegetable garden for students.


Partner Projects

Saturday April 18, 2015

Save our Beach “Beach Clean-up” – Seal Beach (Environment) – Save Our Beach whose mission is to educate individuals, companies, schools & organizations on how their environmental footprint impacts their community and the world by participating in environmental field trips, beach & riverbed cleanups and team building activities. Beach clean-ups are held “Rain or Shone” and each adult participant must register separately (minor children may register on a parent/guardian’s registration). For more information and or to sign-up click here!

Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association “Native Planting Project” – Dana Point  (Environment) – Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association (DSBIA) is the nonprofit cooperating association of Doheny State Beach, dedicated to the protection of the park’s beaches, facilities, marine refuge and its historical, cultural and social stories. Volunteers will be planting an assortment of native plants, shrubs, and trees around the park, please bring along your favorite shovel and working gloves. For more information  click here!

Sunday April 19, 2015

Orange County United Way “Walk United 2015” – Angel Stadium, Anaheim
Registration 7:00am-8:30am | Program at 8:30am| Walk begins 9am

At Orange County United Way, we focus on the building blocks for a good quality of life by ensuring people have access to a quality Education, a sustainable Income, good Health and stable Housing. By investing in local children, families and individuals, we help them create pathways to self-sufficient futures. Through our 10-year community-wide action plan FACE 2024. Together, by 2024 we will:

  • Cut the high school dropout rate in half
  • Reduce the percentage of financially unstable families by 25 percent
  • Increase the number of healthy youth by one-third, with a focus on childhood obesity prevention
  • Cut the percentage of homeless or housing-insecure children in half

WALK UNITED is an energizing 5K fundraising event at Angel Stadium on Sunday, April 19. It’s as easy as 1-2-3 to participate!

  1. Register as an individual or team
  2. Sponsor a walker or make a donation
  3. Personalize your webpage and spread the word

For more information and or to register click here!


Project Service Leaders

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at OneOC, Santa Ana, CA
5:30pm – 7pm

Want to be a leader in volunteer service? Sign up for our Project Leader training and learn how you can lead and inspire others on Earth Week, April 19th – 27th and throughout the year, hosted by OneOC.

Click here to register!

Project Toolkits

Looking for something easy to do on Earth Day?  Sign up to receive one of our project toolkits that are great for individuals as well as large groups. Great for individuals as well as large groups.  Projects include local recycling programs and participation in the Ocean Gyre Project. Click here to register


Post a Project & Join the Volunteer Movement!

Are you a nonprofit member that would like to host your own service project in honor of Earth Day?  Post a project on our calendar and indicate “Earth Day” in the subject line of your returned form by email to [email protected] or fax 714-834-0585.

Not a member yet?  Become a member today!


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