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National Family Volunteer Day 2013

National Family Volunteer Day 2013 is over! Please visit our 2014 page here for updated projects and news.

Saturday & Sunday, November 22 & 23, 2014

As part of OneOC’s five days of service, Family Volunteer Day is a national service day demonstrating the power of families volunteering together.

Celebrated annually the week before Thanksgiving, this day “kicks offs” the holiday season of service. OneOC  is sponsoring county-wide service projects and toolkits throughout the season, engaging volunteers of all ages in projects that support our local nonprofits, schools, veteran organizations and American Family heroes.

Join us again in 2013 for this national initiative in collaboration with the HandsOn Network!

View the 2012 Family Volunteer Day Impact Report



Signature Projects

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Saturday November 16th

Illumination Foundation – Stanton (135 Spots) 11:00am-2:00pm
Safety Net –

  • Mobil Food Pantry (10 spots) 11:00am-12:30pm
    Volunteers will help families in the Stanton Community by organizing and distributing food from a food pantry truck. They will also organize food items that the volunteers have brought with them that day. The food distributed will consist of canned and boxed food, as well as fresh produce.
  • Community Barbeque (10 Spots) 12:30pm-2:00pm
    Volunteers will provide set-up, food preparation and service to the community residents.
  • Kids Games and Crafts (15 Spots) 11:00am-12:30pm
    Volunteers will set-up, organize and lead craft activities or play games with the children of the Stanton community.
  • Graffiti Clean-Up (30 Spots) 11:00am-2:00pm FULL
    Volunteers will help beautify the local Stanton neighborhood through painting local garages and graffiti removal.
  • Neighborhood Cleanup (70 Spots) 11:00am-2:00pm
    Volunteers will rake, weed, collect debris (including furniture), sweep and do general neighborhood cleanup for the Stanton community.

Save Our Beach – Seal Beach (100 spots) 9:00am–12:00pm
Environment – Volunteers will remove, recycle and repurpose trash and other debris that is harmful for the environment and sea life.

Veterans First – Santa Ana (40 spots) 9:00am-4:00pm
Safety Net

  • Painting Prep & Trim (10 Spots) 9:00am-11:30am FULL
    Volunteers will assist at the Broadway residence, prepping for painting and finishing trim at a veteran group home.
  • House Painting & Garden Beautification 1:00pm-4:00pm FULL
    Volunteers will assist at the Broadway residence, painting, gardening and beautifying a veteran group home.

Sunday November 17th

Earthroots – Silverado (30 spots) 9:00am-12:00pm
Environment – 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. Transportation shuttle available upon request – contact [email protected].

Bolsa Chica Conservancy – Huntington Beach (50 spots) 1:00pm-2:30pm
Environment – Tending the Preserve – Volunteers will plant California native plants, as well as care for the preserve by watering and weeding.

Muth Interpretive Center – Newport Beach (50 spots) 1pm-2:30pm FULL
Environment – 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.

Second Harvest Food Bank – Irvine (40 spots) 1:00pm-2:30pm FULL
Safety Net—Volunteers will plant, harvest and weed growing grounds at the Incredible Edible Park.

Saturday November 23rd, 2013

Family Service Teams 1:00pm-2:30pm FULL
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 »

In honor of Family Volunteer Day, over 100 volunteers will be serving at the following nonprofit locations:

  • Friendship Shelter
  • Alzheimer’s Center
  • Someone Cares Soup Kitchen

Veterans First – Santa Ana (40 spots) 9:00am-4:00pm
Safety Net

  • Painting Prep & Trim (10 Spots) 9:00am-11:30am
    Volunteers will assist at the Manor House, prepping for painting and finishing trim at a veteran group home.
  • House Painting & Garden Beautification (30 Spots) 1:00pm-4:00pm
    Volunteers will assist at the Manor House, painting, gardening and beautifying a veteran group home.

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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 Family Volunteer Day including recognizing our local nonprofits. Click here to Register

  • Blue Star Families – Letter Writing Campaign
  • FST Team Leaders – Family Service Projects
  • Local Family Heroes – Nonprofit Gratitude Kits
  • Orange County Food Bank – Boxes of Compassion

Partner Projects

Orange County Food Bank

November 23, 2013 — Garden Grove
This year In honor of National Family Volunteer Day, 1500 volunteers will pack food boxes that will be distributed to vulnerable families for the holidays. The Orange County Food Bank is a program of the Community Action Partnership of Orange County. The Food Bank is housed in a 60,000 square foot warehouse, which includes a huge commercial refrigerator and freezer capable of handling over 20 truckloads of food. The Food Bank distributes nearly 20 million pounds of food annually. They also provide food and personal care items to nearly 400 other nonprofits throughout Orange County. At the Food Bank’s warehouse volunteers package 23,500 boxes of food each month for distribution at 50 sites across the county.

  • Parking Safety & Security (10 spots) 7:30am-4:30pm FULL
    Volunteers will provide leadership for the safety set-up and security of the main warehouse parking lot as well as two adjacent off-site locations.
  • Hospitality (10 spots) 7:00am-5:00pm FULL
    Volunteers will provide leadership for set-up, restock and serve refreshments for staff and volunteers as well as provide and serve after 2:30 snacks.

To learn more how you can help, go to www.ocfoodbank.org.

Service Leader Training

Want to be a leader in volunteer service? Sign up for one of our Service Leader trainings and learn how you can lead and inspire others in honor of Family Volunteer Day and throughout the year, hosted by OneOC.

Thursday, November 7th, 2013, at OneOC, 5:30pm – 6:30pm

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