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Doing Good Together: Days of Service
Corp Volunteer Council
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Upcoming Events

 

Days of Service (DOS) are national volunteer days that unite individuals, families, service clubs, businesses, schools, and faith-based organizations in volunteerism throughout the year. Join us for one or more of our DOS events.

MLK Jr. Day of Service (January)

Community members can make their “day off” a “day on” by celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through meaningful service. OneOC will partner with multiple local nonprofits including Orange County United Way, offering volunteer opportunities that address critical community issues.

Earth Day (April)

Earth Day is celebrated around the world, and OneOC observes it with volunteer projects that focus on preserving and beautifying Orange County’s environments. Take an active role in preserving natural habitats and making Orange County a cleaner and greener place to live in.

9/11 Day of Service & Remembrance (September)

In observance of the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, volunteers participate in projects that support our troops, veterans, and disaster preparedness, culminating with signature events that provide a community transformation.

Season of Giving (November - December)

Join us to celebrate a new Season of Giving including live service projects, nonprofit wish lists and a downloadable directory (easy-to-use resource guide) of volunteer opportunities throughout Orange County during the holiday season.

 
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MEDICARE COUNSELING

Orange County's Health Insurance and Advocacy Program (HICAP) is looking for qualified candidates to become HICAP Volunteer Counselors. Our HICAP Counselors provide free, unbiased, individualized counseling to help Medicare beneficiaries and individuals reaching Medicare eligibility, understand their benefits and plan options. These free services are provided at locations throughout Orange County, primarily at Senior/Community Centers and at our HICAP office in Irvine. Interested individulas may contact Lily by email:lmadani@coasc.org or phone:(714)560-0424 EXT 225 to learn more about this important volunteer opportunity, and to register for training in Irvine. We are in need of HICAP Counselors who are bilingual in English and Spanish, Japanese, Farsi, Tagalog, Korean, Mandarin or Vietnamese.

Irvine, CA

Through 8/31/19

The Giving Farm at Westminster High School

The Giving Farm at Westminster High School is looking for one-time and regular/ongoing volunteers to help with regular maintenance of the farm and to help with volunteer groups. I will expand more about the program below and types of activites one can expect to help with: What is the purpose of the farm? The Giving Farm is a farm-to-food bank program that works to promote student and community engagement in the California agricultural industry. The program expects to deliver over 200,000 pounds of produce annually for consumption by low-income communities. This enhances opportunities for students and volunteers to learn about urban agriculture and the connection to local food networks and also provides nutrition education about the importance of healthy eating and active lifestyles for at-risk youth. The Farm sits on 8 acres of land and is complete with fields of crops, livestock, aquaponics/hydroponics systems, greenhouse, shade house, orchard, vertical tower irrigation system, and nature center. It is the largest remaining public school farm in Orange County. The Farm is a collaboration between the Orange County Food Bank, the Agriculture Sciences Program at Westminster High School including FFA (Future Farmers of America) students, Solutions for Urban Agriculture, and the Orange County Farm Bureau. This is a link to OneOC's 2018 Combined Corporate Volunteer Project Impact Report for a large project that was held on the farm back in May 2018 to give you a sense of what the farm looks like and some projects we have worked on. Here is a list of all media created for the farm. Where is the Farm located? The 8-acre farm is located on the Westminster High School campus between Boswell Field, Buckingham Park, and the 405 freeway at 14325 Goldenwest St, Westminster, CA 92683. How can I help? Volunteers are needed to help run the day-to-day operations at the farm as they make up the bulk of the labor along with the students in the agriculture classes. Continual maintenance of the fields, equipment, buildings, and systems are important to ensuring the sustainability of the farm and success of the program. Tasks and activities will vary depending on the skills, abilities, and knowledge of the volunteers and also seasonal changes. However, the 3 main tasks that volunteers help with include unwanted plant removal, planting, and harvesting. Weed removal is required year-round but especially during the rainy season (Dec – Mar). Planting: Nov – Feb | May - Aug Harvesting: Feb – June | Sept – Nov Overlapping months will be a combination of planting/transplanting, harvesting/gleaning, and prepping the fields for the next round of crops. Possible tasks include: Planting, harvesting, gleaning Pruning, trimming, transplanting Weed removal, clearing debris, picking up trash Inventory management/tool repair Painting projects Systems management e.g. irrigation, hydroponics/aquaponics, etc. Maintaining/repairing electrical components (HVAC) Landscape design/gardening Construction of trellises, livestock housing, solar panel housing, equipment storage, etc. Assist leading volunteer projects/farm events Assist with various seasonal projects Provide input/advice on improvements to the farm and its infrastructure The farm is experiencing a large influx of weed growth due to the recent rains and we need help removing them. Weeds take away nutrients from the crops and attract pests; it is important to remove them before they mature and spread their seeds. Weeding is the #1 activity that we need the most assistance with. This is how your group can make the most impact on the farm. We try to do a combination of harvesting/weeding or planting/weeding with every group to provide a stimulating experience but if your group would be willing to weed for the entire length of the event, please let me know. What are the qualifications? People of all ages and capabilities are welcome to volunteer. We can match tasks with your personal abilities. However, the majority of work will involve some kind of physical labor such as kneeling down to plant plugs in the fields, bending over to cut crops for the harvest, or using tools such as garden hoes to remove unwanted weeds. The ability to follow close directions from farm staff is also required. We simply ask that volunteers are capable of doing the activity that is assigned. If the task is harvesting, knives will be used; therefore, we ask that volunteers are old/mature enough to properly utilize such tools. We also ask that volunteers take their tasks seriously as the food grown on the farm is helping to feed vulnerable families and individuals. What are the benefits? This volunteer opportunity has no pay. Volunteers can expect free entrance to farm events, ability to engage community/political/corporate leaders, the opportunity to learn about the urban agriculture industry, interact with farm animals, and may periodically take home fresh produce grown on the farm! Volunteers aged 55+ can also enter into the OneOC's Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) which provides additional benefits such as medical insurance while volunteering and more.

Westminster, CA

Through 7/31/19

SRO Clean Up

Hello Volunteers! Some big news, AFH will be doing some remodeling! In preperation for construction, we need to move a lot of stuff from our SROs to storage units in Stanton. Some requirements: Volunteers no younger than 15 Closed-toed shoes and comfortable (durable) clothes Should be able to lift at least 25lbs comfortably A volunteer or 2 may need to drive a carpool between locations

Midway City, CA

4/27/19 10:00 AM

2019 Gala “OUTRAGED” Exposing the Truth about Human Trafficking

Grandma’s House of Hope is excited to celebrate another year of service to Orange County’s most vulnerable. GHH has been involved in the fight against human trafficking since 2007 when we provided shelter for our first survivors. And the fight continues! Your commitment to Grandma’s House of Hope increases our ability to provide life-changing services to those in the community who need it most. We are proud to announce our 2019 Gala “OUTRAGED” Exposing the Truth about Human Trafficking Honoring actor Dylan McDermott Saturday, June 8th, 2019, 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim We invite you to join us in our fight by committing your time to help us in preparing for the Gala, such as stuffing envelopes and mailing invitations to our community members (at our expense), following up with silent auction donors, planning for the décor of the venue, preparing silent auction baskets and, of course, the Gala! Your monthly commitment will vary from 2-5 days a month and it is important that you take this seriously in order to ensure the success of our event. Please put these dates in your calendar as soon as possible and note conflicts below. Times will follow shortly. We anticipate these dates to be as follows: June 8th Your support and volunteerism will contribute to the success of our event so that we can work toward ending human trafficking and continue providing a safe, supportive home for survivors to heal, recover and rebuild. Also, if you are able to commit a minimum of 12-15 hours between now and June please contact Veronica Ramirez (714) 558-8600

Santa Ana, CA

6/8/19 11:00 AM