1901 E 4th St., #100, Santa Ana; 714-953-5757; oneoc.org
OneOC was founded originally in 1958 as the Newport Bureau of Volunteerism, which was the first community service project of the Junior League of Orange County. The organization kept its name until it was rebranded in 2010 as OneOC.
In 2015, the OneOC Center for Business and Community Partnerships came to be with the hopes of assisting companies in building employee volunteerism and charitable giving programs to help more nonprofits gain a greater impact within the community. Today, OneOC follows its three-year road map to provide opportunities to those in need.
The mission of OneOC is simple: the company wants to accelerate nonprofit success within the Orange County community. OneOC provides solutions and support services to nonprofits to help them reach their own individual goals.
As for volunteer opportunities, there is a plethora to choose from. Join the Disaster Response Cadre, which is a program that supports emergency response officials following a disaster situation. Community members can also put their hands up to volunteer for Days of Service. There are four national volunteer days including Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Earth Day, 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance, and the Season of Giving during the holidays where volunteers can help the community. Take part in the Community Cup that brings together over 1,000 people to participate in fun, athletic events. Additionally, there are many other opportunities available to sign up for, which are described on their website.
2. Goodwill of Orange County
Multiple locations; ocgoodwill.org
Looking to help the community by donating some second hand goods? Come to one of the Goodwill of Orange County locations which have some of the best gently used goods. The Goodwill of Orange County works together with employers, government agencies, fellow nonprofits, business leaders, and donors to bring goods to those in need.
Goodwill helps people facing barriers in finding and keeping jobs and provides goods to those who need a little extra help. The charity also provides communication, technology, education, training, and employment to people with disabilities and those struggling to find or keep a job.
Goodwill of Orange County also has reading materials available on the Goodwill website for those struggling to work that could help them land a job. There is material for young adults, job coaching, work adjustment, interview skills, and more. Donating is a breeze as there are drop-off locations throughout the county. This charitable organization has served more than 27,000 people throughout the county over the years.
3. United Way of Orange County18012 Mitchell South, Irvine; 949-660-7600; unitedwayoc.org
United Way of Orange County has a few goals in mind when it comes to philanthropy. Education is part of the program as the company strives to create programs that ensure that kids graduate and are prepared to take on a job. United Way also looks to end the cycle of generational poverty by providing money management tools, financial coaching, and giving access to social service resources.
Health is also at the forefront as the agency improves the standards of health for children and their families. The last goal is to reduce homelessness in Orange County by assisting families in finding permanent housing. In fact, there is a separate website linked to the main site dedicated to fighting and conquering homelessness.
Volunteers can donate their money or time to help those in need throughout the county. Volunteering time could mean anything from a school supply drive, working as a virtual reading tutor, taking part in physical fitness days or assembling food and daily household care packages. A monetary donation can be a one-time payment or a monthly recurring contribution as well.