As part of the Season of Giving, nonprofits through Orange County are offering volunteer opportunities. Some are also presenting wish lists for items they would like to have donated. For more information, or to find additional volunteer opportunities, go to www.oneoc.org.
American Family Housing
Midway City; 714-897-3221 www.afhusa.org
Mission: To support homeless and low income families and adults to secure a stable home, to be an active part of their community, and to achieve a self-sustaining way of life.
Thanksgiving Drive: American Family Housing is gearing up to prep for our Annual Thanksgiving Dinner. We need your help getting things for the big day. Every year, AFH provides over 1000 meals to those in need and we hope to deliver to even more. Volunteers needed through Nov. 15.
Food drive: Our pantry is currently running low and we could use your help to replenish it. The pantry is especially important to those in our community who have absolutely nothing to eat. Volunteers needed through Dec. 31.
Welcome Home Drive: We are welcoming some new tenants/clients and we need your help. New tenants/clients typically come from the street or shelters and often don’t have the means to get basic essentials like hygiene products, kitchenware, etc. So we need volunteers like you to help us get them settled by providing these things. Volunteers needed through Dec. 15.
Arts and Learning Conservatory
152 Kalmus Drive, Costa Mesa; 714-728-7100; www.artsandlearning.org
Mission: Dedicated to meeting an increasing need for arts accessibility for youth throughout Southern California.
Theater usher volunteers: Responsibilities include pre-/post-show and intermission checks of lobby areas and restrooms, greet guests, access control, assist patrons, secure reception perimeters, crowd control, and assist with securing the building at the end of the performance. This position requires excellent customer service skills such as greeting patrons with a prompt and courteous attitude, flexibility to adjust as situations occur and exhibiting professionalism at all times. Performances are Thursday, Nov. 14-Saturday, Nov. 16 at Rock Church, 101 E. Orangethorpe Ave., Anaheim.
Boy Scouts of America Orange County Council
1211 E. Dyer Road, Santa Ana; 714-546-4990; www.ocbsa.org
Mission: To prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
Food Forest â€” Restore Our Grove: Our organic garden and citrus orchard sustained damage in the Canyon Fire 2 in October 2017. It will take a village to restore our grove and transform it into a thriving permaculture Food Forest that meets human needs while protecting ecosystem health and maximizing biodiversity. We need plenty of tender loving care, positive vibes, and fun service work â€” this event is recurring and we hope you’ll join us to continue our restoration of this incredible living classroom which supports the outdoor learning of thousands of school children each year. Please wear long pants, boots or sturdy shoes with a hard sole, and bring a long sleeved shirt to protect from sun or for comfort while moving mulch. Bring a hat, sunglasses, suncreen, and a water bottle to refill from our ice water coolers! If you have your own gloves, please bring those – we will have a limited number of pairs to loan for the day. Event is 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 14.
Family Assistance Ministries
1030 Calle Negocio, San Clemente; 949-492-8477; www.family-assistance.org
Mission: To assist those in need in south Orange County with resources for food, shelter, and personalized, supportive counsel, helping clients bridge the gap from dependency to self-sufficiency.
Thanksgiving Adopt-A-Family: You can help provide a family in need with a full Thanksgiving meal. You may purchase & deliver uncooked food or donate a grocery gift card directly to their home. Volunteers needed through Nov. 28.
Christmas Adopt-A-Family: FAM served 30,000 people last year and 46% are children in families. With FAMâ€™s Christmas Adopt-A-Family program, you can make Christmas memorable for these children in need by shopping, wrapping and delivering gifts directly to their home. Volunteers need through Dec. 25.
1944 North Tustin St., Suite 109, Orange; 714-509-0065; foreverfootprints.org
Mission: To raise money for local organizations and institutions that support parents who have experienced miscarriage, pregnancy loss, or infant loss of any kind.
Assemble Remembrance boxes and Sibling Backpacks for bereaved families: Help us assemble our Memory Boxes and Sibling Back Packs. These items are given to families that have suffered pregnancy or infant loss and are distributed to local hospitals. Volunteers needed noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4.
Girl Scouts of Orange County
Irvine; 949-461-8800; girlscoutsoc.org
Mission: To build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place in Orange County.
Can Do Drive:Â This holiday season, join 20,000 Girl Scouts in Orange County to collect food for the Second Harvest Food Bank. Encourage family, friends, and co-workers to collect food and drop off donations at selected Orange County locations from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23.Â Please sign up to receive the list of items to be donated and the drop off locations.
Grandma’s House of Hope
1505 E. 17th St., Suite 116 ,Santa Ana; 714-558-8600; grandmashouseofhope.orghttps://grandmashouseofhope.org/
Mission: To empower the invisible populations of Orange County. We say Yes! when everyone else says No.
Holiday Food Drive: Food drives help support our Nana’s Kidz program. Twice each month we deliver food bags to children living in motels and other homeless conditions. Volunteers who sign up for this opportunity will receive a list of most needed Items. We have an urgent need for boxes of single-serving oatmeal packages. Food Donation drop-offs can be coordinated through our volunteer manager. Volunteers needed through Dec. 31.
Holiday Gift Drive: We are seeking individuals or groups to provide gifts for the men and women living in our shelters. Many of these men and women have severe illnesses or other outside issues that make them a perfect canidate to recieve some pampering, love and hope this christmas. Volunteers who Signup will recieve our clients wish lists and drop off instructions. Volunteers needed through Dec. 13.
Decorate a Christmas Tree: Decorate a 4-foot or 5-foot pre-lit artificial Christmas tree to be raffled off at our Nanaâ€™s Kidz Motel Kids Christmas party. Pick a fun theme or make your own ornaments. Donâ€™t forget the topper!Â Â Family friendly decorations only. Volunteers needed through Dec. 13.
Host a Day of Beauty or Hair Cuts at one of our homes:Â We would like to see volunteers bring make-up, pedi and manicures, face masks and other beauty products and share some time with our ladies and help them feel loved. We also would love to have a licensed hair stylist come in a offer free hair cuts for our men and women in our program. You can help provide our clients with a new look or renew self-confidence. Contact us to set up a date, time and location. Volunteers needed through Dec. 14.
Deck the Halls: Help spread Christmas cheer at one of our shelter locations, located in North Orange County. Bring Christmas lights, wreaths, bows, and home decorations to the shelter. This is a great event for a group of 6-8 volunteers. Bring music and maybe some holiday goodies to share with our clients. Event is 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Dec. 2.
Children’s Holiday Christmas Party: We seek volunteers to bring food and assist with our Santa’s Workshop, play games, and help with our clothing corner. The Santa’s Workshop is a way for the children to provide presents for their parents, so we ask for volunteers to help gift wrap, do crafts with the children and help the children shop for gift items. We are looking for individuals or groups who would be willing to provide plain stockings and stocking stuffers and help these children provide gifts for their parents this holiday season. Event is 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Dec. 21.
Heritage Museum of Orange County
3101 W. Harvard St., Santa Ana; 714-540-0404; heritagemuseumoc.org
Mission: To preserve, promote, and restore the heritage of Orange County and the surrounding region through quality hands-on educational programs for students and visitors of all ages.
Heritage Museum Grounds Beautification:Â Please come and help us make our museum grounds look beautiful for the holiday season. We are home to two historic houses, we want to keep the grounds as beautiful as our houses. No skills necessary and family friendly.Â We will be gardening, cleaning, dusting, etc.
HomeAid Orange County
24 Executive Park, Irvine; 949-553-9510; www.homeaidoc.org
Mission: To end homelessness by building new lives for homeless families and individuals through housing and community outreach.
Give a Meal to a Homeless Family: We need your help with providing meals to the families who call the HomeAid Orange County Family CareCenter home. Donations of the listed food items will alleviate the cost of daily meals and allow the funds that would normally go to that to go to more extensive case management resources for the families. Most importantly, donating the below listed items will grant families continued accessed to nutritious meals, allowing them to focus on creating stability. Items needed: Peanut butter, jelly, cereal, snack bars, small chip bags. Please drop off the food items during the week of Dec. 2 at the location given after signing up.
24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point; 949-496-2274; www.ocean-institute.org
Mission: Using the Ocean as our classroom we inspire children to learn.
Holiday Beach Cleanup: Looking to give back to the ocean and your community this holiday season? Join us for our Holiday Beach Cleanup. Please wear closed toed shoes and bring a refillable water bottle. If you would like gloves you are welcome to bring those as well. Participants 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Ocean Institute will provide trash pickers and buckets. Event is 10 a.m.-noon, Dec. 14.
Orange County Ronald McDonald House
383 S Batavia St, Orange; 714-639-3600; rmhcsc.org/orangecounty
Toy Drive Volunteers: Each year OCRMH hosts multiple Toy Drives for the families staying in the House. There are 3 Drop Off Days at the House for all of the toys that organizations, corporations, faith-based groups, and individuals have collected.Â During these Drop Off Days, the House will need volunteers to help donors fill out the appropriate donation receipts, and thank them for their generous contribution to the organization and families staying at the House. The toys will then go to all of the children and families who have stayed in the Orange County Ronald McDonald House over the past year. Volunteers needed through Nov. 23.
Family Holiday Party Volunteers:Â This opportunity is for volunteers that are truly looking to connect with families that have stayed in the Orange County Ronald McDonald House this past calendar year. OCRMH takes over the room and turns it into a Winter Wonderland, complete with hot cocoa, candy canes, Santa and Mrs. Claus.Â Volunteers help to decorate the event space, place toys in age and gender specific areas, hand out toys to families as they come through the event, and help to break down the event once itâ€™s over. Volunteers needed through Dec. 14.
Pathways of Hope
1231 E. Chapman Ave., Fullerton; 714-680-3691; www.pohoc.org
Mission: To provide access to food, shelter, and housing to those experiencing hunger and homelessness in North Orange County.
Food Rescue Pick Up: Our four food distribution centers in Fullerton, Cypress and Anaheim need volunteers who can drive and pick up food from a local source. The volunteer needs to have their own transportation and be able to lift and move boxes and crates of food. The larger the vehicle the better, but most cars and trucks work fine. Volunteers needed through Dec. 31.
Fullerton College â€” Organize the Food Bank Pantry and Clean Refrigerators:Â Volunteers will deep clean refrigerators, restock food shelves, organize food in overflow room.Â Requirements: Must wear closed toed shoes, be able to lift 30 lbs, and sign a volunteer waiver. Event is noon-2 p.m. Dec. 6.
Holiday Toy Drive: We would like to ask for donations of toys for our Holiday Community Program, which serves between 550-600 families. We need toys for all ages from baby to 18. Drop off a new, unwrapped gift at the Pathways business office, 1231 E. Chapman Ave., Fullerton, from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, through Dec. 20. Donors can also make a monetary contribution at pohoc.org/donate and type “holidays” in the memo field. Or you can make a purchase through our Amazon wish list at tinyurl.com/y4fmtsgj and have gifts delivered to the Pathways business office. Be sure to include your information â€” including your email address â€” so we can acknowledge you.
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble, Irvine; 949-428-3900; www.pretendcity.org
Mission: To build better brains through pretend play.
Veterans Day at Pretend City Children’s Museum: Volunteer on Veterans Day and join Pretend City as we recognize our Veterans with educational activities and memorable events. This day is dedicated to teaching our young guests about why we appreciate our veterans and how we can show our appreciation. Event is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11.
Family Friday: Take a break from the Black Friday madness and unwind with us at Pretend City. Family Friday at the museum is a fun day for everyone to enjoy some holiday activities and games. Event is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 29.
Hanukkah: Join Chabad of Irvine Jewish Federation and Family Services to help us celebrate Hanukkah. Join the fun as we create a festive Hanukkah inspired art pieces.Event is 3-6 p.m. Dec. 23.
2100 W. Orangewood Ave., Suite 230, Orange; 949-253-6200; www.project-access.org
Mission: To provide vital health, education and employment services to families, children and seniors living in low-income housing communities.
Safety Awareness Event in Anaheim: Project Access Family Resource Center will be hosting a Safety Event for the community. Volunteers are needed to help set up, assist with arts and crafts activities and join us for a fun-filled afternoon. Event is noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16.
Thanksgiving Family Event: Volunteers are needed to help set up and serve food. Event is 2-5 p.m. Nov. 21.
Winter Festival Event: Volunteers are needed to help set up and serve food. Event is 5-6:30 p.m. Dec. 18.
1200 N. Knollwood Circle, Anaheim; 714-220-0224; www.seniorserv.org
Mission: To nourish the wellness, purpose, and dignity of seniors and their families in our community.
Holiday Gift Program for Seniors: SeniorServ has a Holiday Gift Bag Program benefiting home-bound seniors. We provide the bag and you simply fill it with goodies.Â Gift bags for men and women include items such as; postage stamps, playing cards, mini flashlight, whistle, band aids, small jigsaw puzzle, small calendar, and other items. Or you can give a $25 prepaid debit card, Target or Walmart gift card that they can use to purchase something special. Volunteers are needed through Nov. 30. Gifts are due by Dec. 6.
Southern California Hospice Foundation
3200 Park Center Drive, Suite 1250, Costa Mesa; 714-557-4439; www.socalhospicefoundation.org
Mission: To deliver a breadth of resources to caregivers, families and patients who are confronting the final stages of life.
Hospice Holiday Cheer- Building Bags of Love: This program provides basic necessities and comfort items to support patients during their end-of-life journey. Generously donated and assembled by volunteers, â€œBags of Loveâ€� are given to each patient served by SCHF and include items such as a lap blanket, prayer cards, letter writing prompts, a deck of cards, crossword puzzles, a notepad, and non-scented lotions.
Su Casa Ending Domestic Violence
3750 East Anaheim St., Suite 100, Long Beach; 562-421-6537; www.sucasadv.org
Mission: To empower individuals and families to live free from domestic abuse and build partnerships with communities to end domestic violence.
Holiday Gift Wrapping Volunteers: We areÂ looking for a few jolly volunteers to assist in wrapping holiday presents for the families who reside in our shelters.Â The tentative schedule for the gift wrapping will be Dec. 16-20. We are also seeking items such as gift cards, new clothing in all sizes for women, men, boys, girls and infants, beauty products and accessories, kitchen and household items, sports and playground balls, tricycles, bicycles, toddler and infant toys and entertainment gadgets for teenagers.
Tustin Community Foundation
P.O. Box 362, Tustin; 714-393-8506; tustincommunityfoundation.org
Mission: To promote and advance philanthropy in the greater Tustin area.
Holiday Display Awards Judge: Last year 109 homes were recognized for bringing the holiday spirit to Tustin. Judges are assigned specific territories/neighborhoods and the judging criteria and hit the road during the second week of December. Sign up is 5-9 p.m. Dec. 9.
Project Pajamas: Tustin Community Foundation will not only provide new pajamas to children in need throughout the Tustin area again this holiday season, they will also be given to the many senior citizens living alone or below the poverty line. Please donate girls’ or boys’ pajamas, sizes 2-16, and adult pajamas, sizes S-XL.
2803 McGaw Ave., Irvine; 949-631-2333; whw.org
Mission: To provide the unemployed and the underemployed with the skills and resources they need to get and keep a good job.
Holiday Hygiene Bags: We are seeking the support of volunteers in our Donation Center this upcoming holiday season. We would love to count you in on making Hygiene Bags for our clients. Volunteers needed through Dec. 20.
YANA â€” Cancer Comfort
P.O. Box 80456, Rancho Santa Margarita; www.yana-cancercomfort.org
Mission: To send comfort care packages to cancer patients, that includes a hand-tied fleece blanket, handmade cap, and a personal note of encouragement.
Blankets for Cancer Patients:Â YANA Cancer Comfort provides care packages to cancer patients that include a no-sew fleece blanket to keep them warm during treatment.Â If you know how to tie a knot you are qualified to attend. People of all ages can enjoy participating in this event to touch the life of a cancer patient to let them know â€œYou Are Not Aloneâ€�. The fleece material is provided and the fringe is already cut. All you need to do is show up and tie knots to make a blanket out of two pieces of material. Every knot is tied with love to let the cancer patients know “You Are Not Alone.” Event is 9-11 a.m. Dec. 14.