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Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2015

Monday, January 19, 2015 and week of

Now in its 16th year, community members can make their “day off” a “day on” with a Day of Service. Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through meaningful service. This year we will be partnering with multiple local agencies including the Orange County United Way, offering volunteer opportunities that address critical community issues. There is no better time to get involved and make a difference! Individuals, families, groups and organizations can easily participate in this national initiative in collaboration with the HandsOn Network. Join us!

2015 Signature Projects

Thursday January 15th

  • Greentree Elementary (Irvine) 2:15pm-3:30pm FULL
    Health & Wellness – Volunteers at Greentree will lead groups in creating greeting cards for patients at a children’s hospital.
  • Access OC, Science OC, Clinic in the Park (Tustin) 1:30pm–5:30pm
    Education (STEM) – Volunteers will set up & organize and operate the raffle drawing at the evening STEM event with guest speakers. Additionally STEM speakers (professionals, educators, graduates) are needed to engage students, providing education, careers and hands-on experiments.
    • Set-up & Raffle Crew 1:30pm-5:30pm
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of OC (Tustin) 10:30am–11:30am FULL
    Health & Wellness – Volunteers will assemble safety and disaster kits for “Bigs” and their “Little’s” in order to foster a better understanding of emergency preparedness and safety.

Friday January 16th

  • Anaheim Independencia (Anaheim) – 1:00pm-4:00pm
    Safety Net (Income) – Volunteers will help refurbish & beautify five basketball courts within the community, replacing the paint on the properties and fixing the equipment on site.
  • Olive Crest (Irvine) 6:00pm-9:30pm FULL
    Safety Net (Income)- Volunteers will be setting up for the “Respite Day” event for regular care givers to relax and enjoy, before splitting off into teams to lead a variety of games, serve dinner & a movie.
    • Game Operators 6:00pm– 9:30pm
    • Food Servers 6:00pm–9:30pm
  • Deerfield Elementary (Irvine) – 8:30am-2:00pm
    Education – Volunteers will engage with students who are taking part in an art exhibition being run in honor of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech on the school grounds as well as help set up and clean up the event after it has concluded.
    Shift #1 – 8:30am-10:30am
    Shift #2 – 11:00am-2:00pm
  • Estock Elementary Schools (Tustin) 2:00pm-4:00pm FULL
    Safety Net (Housing) – Volunteers will work together to pack bags with donated snacks as they reflect on the need to help people from all backgrounds in order to create a world full of compassion and equality, which will be donated to Grandmas House of Hope & Operation Warm Wishes.
  • Thorman Elementary (Tustin) 2:00pm-4:00pm FULL
    Safety Net (Housing) – Volunteers will work together to pack bags with donated snacks as they reflect on the need to help people from all backgrounds in order to create a world full of compassion and equality, which will be donated to Grandmas House of Hope & Operation Warm Wishes.
  • Tustin Ranch (Tustin) 2:00pm-4:00pm FULL
    Safety Net (Housing) – Volunteers will work together to pack bags with donated snacks as they reflect on the need to help people from all backgrounds in order to create a world full of compassion and equality, which will be donated to Grandmas House of Hope & Operation Warm Wishes.
  • Anaheim Family YMCA (Anaheim) 5:00pm-8:00pm FULL
    Safety Net (Veterans) – Volunteers will be creating paracord bracelets and letters for deployed troops through Operation Gratitude. In addition, volunteers will lead a craft class helping children paint portraits of their heroes.
    Shift #1 – 5:10pm-5:55pm FULL
    Shift #2 – 5:55pm-6:40pm FULL
    Shift #3 – 6:40pm-8:00pm FULL

MLK Jr. Day – Monday January 19th

  • IUSD Springbrook Elementary (Irvine) – 8:30am-3:00pm FULL
    Health & Wellness – Springbrook, in conjunction with Southlake Middle School and University Park Elementary, will have volunteers operate several lemonade/baked goods stands to bring about local awareness for Epidermolysis Bullosa, a connective tissue disease with no known cure.
    Shift #1 – 8:30am-10:00am FULL
    Shift #2 – 10:00am-11:30pm FULL
    Shift #3 – 11:30am-1:00pm FULL
    Shift #4 – 1:00pm-3:00pm FULL
  • California Coastal Commission (Newport) 9:00am-12:00pm
    Environment-Volunteers will provide clean-up and restoration of native habitats in the upper Newport Bay area.
  • Orange County Food Bank (Garden Grove) 9:00am-4:00pm FULL
    Safety Net (Hunger)-Volunteers will assemble and pack food boxes working side-by-side as a sign of unity and equality, which will be delivered to families and seniors in need throughout the Orange County community.
    Shift #1 – 9:00-11:00am FULL
    Shift #2 – 11:30am-1:30pm FULL
    Shift #3 – 2:00pm-4:00pm FULL
  • Veterans First (Santa Ana) 9:00am-3:00pm FULL
    Safety Net (Veterans) – Volunteers will clean, refurbish and install window coverings in two historic veteran group homes in collaboration with Goodwill of Orange County and Veteran Leader Corps members.
    Location #1611 – 9:00am-11:00am FULL
    Location #2025 – 1:00pm-3:00pm FULL
  • Jamboree Housing & Blacks in OC (Irvine) 9:00am-4:00pm FULL
    Education – Volunteers will mobilize a drum circle with local community members and help conduct a presentation on the history of African-American music and its impact on American culture and park clean-up to help commemorate Dr. Kings commitment to community service.
  • Delhi Center (Santa Ana) 9:00am-6:00pm
    Education – Volunteers will prep and instruct at 6 stations for a MLK Jr. Remembrance and Celebration of Diversity Workshop. Each station will engage students in activities that center on the following themes: stereotypes, unity and peace, diversity, empowerment, and the power of words
    Shift #1 – 9:00am-1:00pm
    Shift #2 – 2:00pm-6:00pm FULL
  • Think Together (Santa Ana) 10:00am-12:00pm FULL
    Education-Volunteers as part of the Book Doctor program, volunteers will repair, sort and label gently used children’s books that will distributed to children of the Early Literacy Program
  • Team Kids (Irvine) 10:00am-1:00pm FULL
    Health & Wellness – Volunteers will work with 6th grade students to assembly hygiene kits and write letters for families engaged with the Illumination Foundation. Volunteers will also collect, sort and pack clothing items donated by UCI students & faculty.
    Hygiene Kits & Letters 10:00am– 1:00pm FULL
    Clothing Collection & Sorting 10:00am – 1:00pm FULL
  • Boys and Girls Club of Tustin (Tustin) – 11:00am-3:00pm FULL
    Environment – Volunteers will work with youth and help renovate the BGC campus by installing several new sustainable systems throughout the premises such as a compost bin & rainwater storage system, as well as tending the garden installations and creating a “Dream Wall”.
    Gardening & Pest Control 11:00am-12:30pm FULL
    Recycling & Trash installation – 11:30am-1:15pm FULL
    Composting & Dream Wall 12:30pm-2:30pm FULL

Partner Projects


– Monday 1/12 – Friday 1/16

Education (Literacy) – Westpark Elementary School will be hosting a week-long book drive in order to equip underprivileged children (ages 0-5) with the means to strengthen their developing minds and prepare them for kindergarten. For more information contact Hugo Magana (AmeriCorps Member) 949-936-6400 or email  [email protected]



2015 AUHSD “Servathon” – Monday 1/19

8:00am-2:00pm FULL

Education-As part of the 2015 “Servathon” sponsored by the Anaheim Unified High school District, volunteers are needed to assist teachers at South Junior High-school, providing leadership and supervision of students for a variety of community service projects in honor of MLK Jr. national day of service.

  • Pollution Haters – Volunteers will finalize installation of the new school garden and assist with the recycling program.
  • Science-MESA- Volunteers will assist with installation of  a new Greenhouse.
  • Woodshop- Volunteers will assist with installation, sanding and painting of school benches.


Orange County United Way is challenging the community to come together to help the next generation of Orange County children succeed by focusing on the building blocks for a good quality of life: Education, Income, Health, and Housing. We are working to build a county we can all FACE. Orange County United Way is committed to leading the way, but we need you to join us on this journey. Over the next 10 years, we are going to help our community FACE the challenges confronting Orange County families and children. With your support, we can reach our goals in four key program areas:

EDUCATION: cut the high school dropout rate in half

Create a Reading Room: – Friday, January 16, 9:00am-12:00pm

Volunteers will be increasing the joy of reading for Junior High School students, by stocking books, painting and setting up furniture to help create a warm and comfortable location for student use. In-kind donations including books, comfortable teen furniture etc… are also needed!

INCOME: reduce poverty in Orange County, cutting the percentage of financially unstable families by 25 percent

Free Tax Prep Campaign – Friday, Januay 16, 10:00am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-3:00pm

As part of the VITA Program, orientations are now available for volunteer “Interpreters” and “Greeters”, who are needed to assist IRS certified volunteers for the 2014/15 Free Tax Prep campaign. Spanish and Vietnamese interpreters are in high demand!

HEALTH: increase the number of healthy youth by one-third, with a focus on childhood obesity prevention

Create a Healthier Generation – Saturday, January 17, 8:00am-12:00pm and 12:00pm-4:00pm Volunteers will invest in the health and wellbeing of the students at a Junior High School by creating a Community Garden.  In-kind donations of wood gardening supplies etc…are also needed!

HOUSING: cut the percentage of housing-insecure and homeless children in Orange County by half

211 Point-in-Time Count – Thursday, January 22 10:00am-1:00pm

Volunteers will assist in preparation for the 211 biennial homeless count, by preparing map/survey packets, stocking deployment centers and items to be distributed to homeless individuals and families the day of the count.

For more information click here or email [email protected]


Point in Time Orange County – Saturday January 24th 5:00am-9:00am
Point in Time (PIT) is a federally mandated biennial survey, that helps us better understand who is facing homelessness on a given night so that we can advocate for additional resources to provide services for the homeless population, ultimately ending homelessness in our community.
Safety Net-Volunteers will conduct surveys of persons experiencing homelessness as individuals or families on the street or in sheltered facilities.

For more information and or to register Click Here  or email [email protected]


Become a Project Service Leader

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 held at OneOC, Santa Ana, CA 5:30pm – 6:30pm 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 National Days of Service and events throughout the year, hosted by OneOC Click here to register.

Host Your Own Toolkit Project

Sign up to receive one of our project toolkits that you and your group can complete in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Projects include a local Food Donation drive, Diversity Discussions, as well as honoring our Local Heroes Click here to register.

  • America’s Sunday Supper – Diversity Discussion
  • Blue Star Families – Letter Writing Campaign

Questions? contact Ursula Walsh, Director of Volunteer Services, at [email protected] or 714-953-5757 x215.