We all have a lot of life left and a lot to offer. Here are some opportunities to give back to the community! Opportunities by down are listed alphabetically below. To add to this list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Orange County Office on the Aging/Community Services
Besides helping seniors there are also opportunities to tutor and mentor children and teens. Visit ocgov.com/gov/volunteer
“OneOC” is formerly “The Volunteer Center of Orange County” and offers many volunteering and mentoring opportunities throughout Orange County.
VolunteerMatch strengthens communities by making it easier for good people and good causes to connect. The organization offers a variety of online services to support a community of nonprofit, volunteer and business leaders committed to civic engagement. The service welcomes millions of visitors a year and has become a recruiting tool for more than 77,000 nonprofit organizations.
OC Active Seniors is proud to be a supporter of Save Our Beach (www.saveourbeach.org) This organization conducts monthly clean-ups of beaches and needs help with that, as well as grant writing…and donations never hurt either! What would OC be without our beaches? Kudos to them for taking this on!
OC Active Seniors is proud to be a supporter of Soldiers’ Angels who strive to make sure that “No soldier goes unloved.” Soldiers’ Angels is a volunteer-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and their families. Founded by the mother of two American soldiers, its hundreds of thousands of Angel volunteers assist veterans, wounded and deployed personnel and their families in a variety of unique and effective ways. If you’d like more information about how you can help, email Anita at email@example.com.
“Ending the silence of domestic violence.”
With so many women and children requiring help, there is always a need for a variety of things, from the simple like crayons and markers to gift cards for clothing and food. Laura’s House Wish List is here: http://www.laurashouse.org/downloads/LaurasHouseWishListMarch11.pdf
Mission: To assist Family members of Fallen Heroes during the initial shock of notification. We will work with appropriate government agencies and community members to provide comprehensive support for them. This assistance includes linking families with the resources they need to cope with life after loss. For information on how to help this wonderful group, download the Honoring Our Fallen Sponsorship Package.
Pet Rescue Seeking donations: cat food, litter, vet care, large cat furniture, small shed for storage…anything to help with the care of animals. Call 949.632.7618 or 949.916.1055 if you can help.
Mission Health is seeking Spiritual Care volunteers who bring comfort to patients and their families when things are hardest. They offer a 40-hour training program teaching pastoral skills, including empathetic listening, responding appropriately and how to lead prayer when requested. For more information, call Sandy Fant at 949.364.1400 ext. 5399.
Lights On Volunteers are needed on Sunday evenings. “Lights On” is an RV which parks outside the Central Jail Complex seven days per week to help inmates being released during the hours of 10 p.m. – 4:00 a.m. Many go back into the real world with little or no resources. For more information contact Deacon Randy McMahon at 949.606.3177 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
OC Rescue Mission needs help restocking their food pantry and supply cabinets. Pantry items like: meat (chicken, turkey, hamburger), fish, staples (flour, sugar, salt), bread. Supply Cabinet items like: boxers/briefs, white t-shirts, arch supports, and tampons. To donate food: 800.663.3074. Volunteer: 714.247.4326 or volunteers@RescueMission.org.
Volunteer Opportunities by Town
Aliso Viejo Soka University of America needs volunteers to help at its 1,000 seat performing arts center as ushers, greeters, guides, and more. Volunteers should be 15 or older, be able to stand for a 3-4 hour shift, and be willing to serve a minimum of four events per year. Information: 949.480.4398
Aliso Viejo Service Volunteers has many opportunities to help in South County. The group consists of individuals who are over 40. For more information, contact email@example.com
Anaheim Non-profit groups with residents who want to volunteer can join anaheimvolunteer.net for free. It allows users to search for volunteering opportunities by interest. The website was launched as part of Mayor Tom Tait’s “Year of Kindness” initiative.
Anaheim Meals on Wheels of Anaheim seeks volunteer drivers to help deliver meals to seniors. Information: 714.527.8635.
Brea The Senior Meals program, operated out of the Brea Senior Center, needs drivers to deliver meals to homebound residents. Information: 714.990.7750.
Brea The Brea Family Resource Center is accepting cash donations for its Helping Hands Scholarship fund. The fund helps low-income, working parents in need of after-school child-care solutions by providing them with $200 to go toward the Brea Community Center After School Program, which normally cost $410 a year per child to operate. Donations can be mailed or dropped off at the Brea Family Resource Center at 695 E. Madison Way. Information: 714.990.7150.
Brea Help the Heart of Downtown Food Bank (a ministry of the Wilshire Avenue Community Church in Fullerton) by bringing a Ralph’s gift card worth $20 or more to TAPS Fish House and Brewery and receive a TAPS Brunch Extravaganza certificate worth $35. The cards will be used to buy meat for the pantry, which is often in short supply. TAPS is located at 101 E. Imperial Highway in Brea. For details, call 714.257.0101.
Canyons Dedicated volunteer birders are needed at Starr Ranch to become part of the Bell Canyon nature sanctuary’s Mapping Avian Production and Survival program. Information: Sandy DeSimone at 949.858.0309.
Costa Mesa “Someone Cares” Soup Kitchen is always in need of volunteers. Located at 720 W. 19th Street, the kitchen services about 300 people, seven days a week. For information or to volunteer, call 949.546.8861, ext. 201.
Cypress Donations needed: Holy Cross Lutheran Church’s ministry, Samaritan’s Purse, is filling shoe boxes with gifts for desperately needy children around the world. For more information, call the church office at 714.527.7225.
Fullerton With Tender Loving Care, a shelter for individuals and families victimized by domestic violence, has established a volunteer day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the last Thursday of each month. Examples of the tasks include: organizing closets and pantries, gardening, cleaning, sorting clothes and administrative tasks. Information: Chris Quintana at 714.992.1939, ext. 101.
Fullerton The Coast to Coast Foundation is looking for volunteers and donations to prepare sack lunches for the area’s homeless. Volunteers gather the first and third Thursday of the month at La Palma Park in Anaheim to prepare lunches delivered throughout Fullterton. Information: coasttocoastfoundation.org.
Fountain Valley The Boys and Girls Club and Staples are joining to provide school supplies to students in need. Donations of $1 or more can be made at Staples, 18300 Euclid St. through September 28.
Fountain Valley The nonprofit Fountain Valley Community Foundation has pledged to match any donation up to $500 to the city’s bi-monthly dances for disabled adults. The dances are held at the Fountain Valley Recreation Center. Individuals or businesses interested in marking a donation can call 714.593.4449.
Fountain Valley The Fountain Valley Community Foundation has a regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on the 2nd Thursday at the Center at Founders Village, 17967 Bushard St. The Activities Committee welcomes volunteers. Information: 714.593.4449.
Garden Grove Volunteers are needed for Senior Meals and Services Inc., a provider of home-delivered meals. Information: 714.704.0804.
Garden Grove A new nonprofit group is under way, Garden Grove Village, and organizers are looking for volunteers to join the group, which will assist seniors who want to remain in their home. Information: 714.894.0754.
Garden Grove The Second Harvest Food Bank or Orange County and Project Access have teamed up to feed children in low-income communities by distributing backpacks filled with nutritious food that are refilled weekly. To donate, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Information: feedoc.org.
Garden Grove The Police Department is looking to add members to its Police Volunteer program’s field assignment posts, which include vacation checks, patrol checks and resort-are patrols. Volunteers commit to four hours each week for at least one year. Information: 714.741.5816.
Garden Grove The H. Louis Lake Senior Center is seeking volunteers to provide home meal delivery and dining room support at the center. Volunteer drivers use their personal vehicles to deliver between 5 and 11 pre-packaged meals each shift. Information: 714.741.5253.
Garden Grove Community Action Partnership needs volunteers to conduct a food, clothing and toy drive for needy families and to pack food boxes for delivery. For information, visit www.capoc.org or call 714.897.6670, ext. 3404.
Huntington Beach The Seal Beach Animal Care Center is looking to its neighboring cities to find foster parents for its kitties. The nonprofit, no-kill shelter takes in kittens that have been abandoned, or those that are sick and injured. Foster parents are volunteers who take these kittens home and care for them until they are healthy enough to be adopted out. The shelter will supply everything foster parents need. Information: 562.430.4993.
Huntington Beach The Silver Anchor Auxiliary of Huntington Beach is looking for volunteers to help out at the Huntington Beach hospital. The group needs people to work the visitor’s desk and the gift shop and all volunteers must commit to one four-hour shift a week. Shifts are available Monday through Friday. Information: 714.843.5000 or HBHospital.com.
Huntington Beach Help restore the Bolsa Chica wetlands by planting, pulling weeds and watering. Bring gloves, closed-toe shoes and sun protection; tools are provided. Groups of 25 or more should call ahead. 9 a.m. – noon, every third Saturday. Warner Avenue at Pacific Coast Highway. Information: 714.846.1001 or BolsaChicaLandTrust.org.
Irvine The Irvine Animal Care Center has launched an animal and kennel sponsorship program. Six-month and one-year terms are available at $20 per month, with proceeds used to provide bedding, toys and medical treatment. Sponsors are recognized with personalized signs; donations can be made by individuals or businesses. Information: 949.724.7741 or IrvineShelter.org.
Irvine Irvine Senior Services is looking for volunteers to drive seniors in the city to their medical appointments. Mileage reimbursement is available and hours are flexible, Monday through Friday. Contact Ellen Jones for more information at 949.724.6904 or email email@example.com.
Ladera Ranch: The Ladera Ranch Aesthetic Review Committee is looking for volunteers with an eye for detail to review homeowner property improvement submittals. Call Amy or Jacqui at 949.218.0900.
Ladera Ranch Siobhan Cooper of Ladera Ranch and her children are collecting clothes, toys and shoes for children at Orangewood Children’s Home. To help out, email Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ladera Ranch Laura’s House, a nonprofit that serves families impacted by domestic violence, is collecting gently used clothing, shoes and backpacks and new school supplies for the children who reside in its shelter. Donors can drop off items at Infusion Restaurant in Ladera Ranch, Portobello Road Resale Boutique in Lake Forest, YogaWorks in Mission Viejo, Body Awareness in San Clemente and OC Martial Arts in Rancho Santa Margarita. Information: 949.361.3775.
Laguna Beach Hotel Laguna is collecting gently used hotel soap, shampoo, conditioner and lotion for Clean the World. The Orlando-based group recycles and distributes the hygiene supplies to children and families in 45 countries. Information: CleanTheWorld.org.
Laguna Beach Docents are needed by the Laguna Ocean Foundation to educate visitors about the creatures and ecology of local tidewater pools. For more information, contact the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, 949.496.2274.
Laguna Hills Saddleback Memorial Medical Center Thrift Shop is seeking volunteers to work four hours a week at the store, 23024 Lake Forest Drive. Proceeds from the store, which is also accepting donations of household goods, clothing, jewelry and furniture, benefit the hospital. Information: 949.4552.3728.
Laguna Hills The Blood Donor Center at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center, 24451 Health Center Drive, has appointments Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Information: 949.452.3158.
Laguna Niguel Art & Creativity for Healing is looking for donations of art supplies to distribute to children dealing with illness, grief or instability at Camp Pendleton, Children’s Hospital Orange County and family resource centers. Supplies or cash donations may be dropped off at 26079 Getty Drive. Information: 949.367.1902 or art4healing.org.
Laguna Niguel The Laguna Niguel Lions Club is collecting used prescription eye classes for people in need. Glasses may be dropped off at locations around the city, including Costco, South Coast YMCA, Curves and the Chamber of Commerce.
Laguna Niguel A new program at St. Timothy Catholic Church is providing transportation for disabled and senior parishioners. Volunteers will provide a ride to medical appointments and Mass to church members who would otherwise be unable to attend. Information: email@example.com or 949.249.1675
Laguna Woods The Disaster Preparedness Task Force is in need of volunteers to answer phones and sell preparedness items along with working in the office from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday in the Laguna Woods Community Center. Volunteers can work a specific day or be available on an on-call basis. Contact Tom or Paula at 949.597.4237.
Laguna Woods The Social Services Department is recruiting men and women for its Friendly Visitor Program, in which residents visit homebound neighbor two hours a month. Information: Dawn Hibbs, 949.597.4376.
Laguna Woods Volunteers are needed to deliver meals on Mondays to homebound seniors living in Laguna Woods. Information: 949.380.0155 ext. 13.
Laguna Woods The United and Third Mutual homeowners associations in Laguna Woods Village is looking for candidates to fill open seats during elections this fall. Interested residents should check LagunaWoodsVillage.com.
Lake Forest: The Sheriff’s Team of Active Retired Seniors is recruiting new volunteers who can work 4 to 6 hours weekly. Interested active seniors should contact Deputy Nelson at 949.461.3545.
Lake Forest Residents or business people may submit stories sharing their volunteer experiences for potential inclusion in the city’s Leaflet. Stories must be 200 words of fewer and should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Information: 949.282.5214
Los Alamitos The Los Alamitos Senior Lunch and Bread Program is looking for volunteers to deliver meals to homebound seniors. Meals are delivered from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. All drivers must have a valid driver’s license and be at least 18. Information: 562.430.1073, ext. 526.
Los Alamitos Volunteers needed for the Veterans Service Center to work with active duty, reserve, National Guard members and veterans to educate them on services available at the center. Prior military experience is not required. Information: email@example.com or 714.828.5640.
Los Alamitos Those who would like to donate items for the Precious Life Thrift Shop can drop them off from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday and Saturday or 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The shelter does not take mattresses or any large appliances or furniture. Items can be dropped off at the shop at 3622 Florista St. Information: preciouslifeshelter.org.
Los Alamitos Precious Life Shelter is looking for volunteers for its Thrift and Gift Shop. Volunteers are needed on weekday shifts from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Proceeds from the thrift shop go toward the shelter’s program for homeless women and their children. Information: Amanda Cagle at 562.431.3190.
Los Alamitos Casa Youth Shelter is looking for volunteers to work at the shelter in a variety of capacities. Information: www.casayouthshelter.org.
Rancho Santa Margarita Age Well Senior Services is looking for weekly volunteer drivers to deliver meals to homebound seniors. Information: Cheri at 949.216.9700 ext. 1271.
San Clemente iHope, a resource center that assists the working poor and homeless, is opened a thrift shop to support its mission. To learn about volunteering or about donating gently used thrift items, call 949.279.3975. Location is 540 N. El Camino Real, next to Pedro’s Tacos.
Seal Beach Seal Beach Animal Care Center is raising funds for Shiloh, a sweet 6-year old Shepherd mix that came to the center in bad shape needing extensive surgery. Donations of any size can be made online at www.crowdrise.com/shilohssurgery.
Stanton The Boys & Girls Club’s “Bucks for Chucks” fundraiser, designed to get new Converse All-Star tennis shoes (also known as Chuck Taylors) on the feet of its members who otherwise could not afford them, is still ongoing. Anyone interested in donating should visit boysandgirlsclubofstanton.com.
Stanton Those with eyeglasses or hearing aids no longer needed can donate them to the Boys & Girls Club of Stanton or the office of C. Gene Wilkins, Optometrist. They will be donated to those in need throughout rural Mexico.
Tustin The Orange County Rescue Mission is in need of donations for babies and children at the Village of Hope in Tustin and the House of Hope, a transitional home. Donations can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday at the Village of Hope, 1 Hope Drive. Information: 714.247.4300 or rescuemission.org.
Westminster The Senior Center needs drivers to deliver meals to seniors. The program provides lunch and dinner to seniors unable to prepare their own food. Information: Maribel Avilez at 714.895.2878.