Schools on Wheels is looking for volunteers to tutor one-on-one with children who are living in shelters, motels, cars, group foster homes, and on the streets in Southern California. Volunteer tutors come from all backgrounds and professions, with the goal to reach out to teach, mentor, and assist these homeless children from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Introductory training sessions for 2019 begin in Southern California starting January 7th. More information is available at https://www.schoolonwheels.org/
Many make a new year’s resolution to eat healthier and visit the gym. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America wants to stress that taking care of your brain is a new year’s resolution everyone should make and keep as well, because taking care of mental health is as important as physical health. Be proactive with your brain health in 2019. Get a memory screening. Visit the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s website at www.alzfdn.org or call 866-232-8484 for more information about memory screenings.
If you know someone that you consider a local hero with extraordinary courage that saved a life, helped a neighbor in need, or made a difference in the community, the American Red Cross Serving Orange County asks you to nominate them for the 4th Annual Orange County Heroes Luncheon.
The Heroes Luncheon will be held on Friday, May 3, 2019, at Hotel Irvine.
The American Red Cross Serving Orange County is accepting nominations in the following categories:
Animal Welfare Hero: Presented to an animal that has protected a human or another animal in a time of need, to a person who has rescued an animal from a traumatic situation, to an animal that is making a difference to impact someone’s life, or to an individual that cares for animals.
Community Hero: Presented to a person that has demonstrated outstanding heroism, skill, commitment or resourcefulness in attempt to save one or more lives by utilizing skills aligned with those taught in American Red Cross programs such as CPR/AED/First Aid or other health and preparedness training.
Corporate Hero: A business or organization that has contributed significantly to the American Red Cross mission and/or made a positive impact in our community.
First Responder Hero: Presented to a professional or volunteer serving as a law enforcement official, firefighter, first responder or responder in the medical or healthcare field. This award is presented to a person or persons who has exhibited heroism in their response to an emergency, on or off-duty, through acts of courage or selflessness.
Gift of Life Hero: An individual or group that supports the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross through blood or platelet donations or inspiring others to give blood or platelets.
Service to the Armed Forces Hero: Presented to a member of the armed forces (active or retired, commissioned or non-commissioned) whose heroic action(s) demonstrated exceptional courage or improved the welfare of the military community. This award may be presented posthumously and may also be awarded to ROTC members or civilians/organizations that have made a significant impact on the military community.
Water Rescue Hero: Presented to a lifeguard, first responder or ordinary citizen whose quick-thinking actions prevented a serious water-related injury or drowning.
Youth Hero (age 18 or younger): Presented to a youth in the community who has demonstrated courage, initiative and/or compassion in the spirit of the American Red Cross in service to another individual or the welfare of the region.
Nominations from the public are due by Friday, February 15th. More information can be found at https://www.redcross.org/local/california/desert-to-the-sea/about-us/news-and-events/events/orange-county-heroes.html.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 American Humane Hero Dog Awards. All dog owners are invited to nominate their heroic hound in seven categories: Law Enforcement Dogs, Military Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Service Dogs, Shelter Dogs, Search and Rescue Dogs, and Guide/Hearing Dogs. Pet owners and animal lovers are also invited to nominate their favorite animal caretakers for the Hero Veterinarian and Hero Veterinary Nurse Awards. The nomination period ends on February 28th. The finalists will be honored at the Hero Dog Awards Event, to be held at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on October 5th. More information about the 2019 American Humane Hero Dog Awards, including complete contest rules and entry information, can be obtained by visiting www.herodogawards.org
The 2019 Orange County Academic Decathlon is the annual academic competition for teams of public and private high school students. They compete in the subjects of language, science, math, art, speech, and much more. The decathlon engages and challenge students of all academic abilities and achievement levels. This competition relies heavily on community members volunteering their time, professionalism, and care to serve as interview or speech judges, as well as serving as test or super quiz proctors, all in support of 500+ students. Volunteers should be at least 18 years old and a high school graduate. Volunteer Judges are needed on January 26th at Tustin High School, and Volunteer Test Proctors are needed on February 2nd at Westminster High School. To volunteer, contact Kristin Rigby at 714-966-4435 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Additional information can be found at http://www.ocde.us/Decathlon/Pages/default.aspx
The City of Mission Viejo, in partnership with the organization Safe Moves, will hold a “Safe Moves Bike Rodeo” on Saturday, January 26th, at the Norman P. Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo. This bike fair from 9 a.m. to noon includes interactive booths, activities, and the chance to provide input on Mission Viejo’s Bikeway Master Plan during a special community meeting. The city is developing the Bikeway Master Plan to improve the cycling experience and encourage more people to enjoy riding their bicycles in Mission Viejo. People are welcome to bring one’s bicycle and helmet to this event. More information can be found at https://cityofmissionviejo.org/events/bikeway-master-plan-community-meeting-and-family-fun-bike-fair.
The West Los Angeles-based Wags and Walks Adoption Center will hold its first year anniversary party on Sunday, January 27th, from noon to 4 pm. This event will offer dog adoptions, food treats, giveaways, and information on how you can volunteer for this organization. Wags and Walks’ mission is to break the stigma that rescue dogs are damaged goods and to help decrease the number of dogs euthanized in L.A. shelters. Wags and walks saved over 1,100 dogs last year. Wags and Walks Adoption Center is located at 2236 Federal Avenue in Los Angeles. More information can be found at http://www.wagsandwalks.org/.
The City of San Clemente is sponsoring a Document Shredding Event on Saturday, February 9th. One can bring up to ten bags or boxes of papers per vehicle to shred. This event will be held at San Clemente’s Maintenance Yard, located at 390 Avenida Pico. People are welcome from 8 am till noon. More information can be found at http://www.san-clemente.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/6171/2689?backlist=%2frecreation-community%2fspecial-events
The City of Dana Point will be holding the first Adopt-A-Beach Cleanup of the year. This clean-up, titled “St. Valentine’s Day Love Your Beach Cleanup”, will be held on February 16th from 9:00 am till noon at Doheny State Beach. All are invited to “love” Doheny Beach back to good health after sustaining damage from the runoff from winter rains. Those that plan to participate should meet at the Doheny Beach Lifeguard Headquarters, next to the mouth of San Juan Creek. Bring along working gloves. More information can be found at https://www.dohenystatebeach.org/event-items/st-valentines-day-love-your-beach-cleanup/.
The OC Fair and Event Center's Veterans Museum will celebrate the second anniversary of the Heroes Hall with an Open House, taking place on Saturday, February 16th, from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m. During this Open House, a new exhibit will be presented, titled “Victory from Within: The American Prisoner of War Experience”. As part of the exhibit, visitors will hear the tragic yet inspirational stories of four former POWs who currently live in Orange County. More information can be found at https://ocfair.com/heroes-hall/events/.
The Joyful Child Foundation will hold the 2nd Annual Brave Race 5K and Fun Run on Saturday morning, February 23rd, starting and ending at Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo. All proceeds will support The Joyful Child’s Brave Programs for schools and for the community. The Joyful Child Foundation was established in 2002 after the abduction and murder of five-year-old Samantha Runnion. The mission is to prevent crimes against children through programs that educate, empower, and unite families and communities. More information can be found at http://www.cityofalisoviejo.com/featured/brave-race-5k-joyful-child-fun-run/.
The annual Oso Fit Community Health Fair and 5-K Fun Run will take place on Saturday, February 23 at the Norman P. Murray Community Center and Village Green in Mission Viejo. The Oso Fit Event promotes health and wellness while raising money for Mission Viejo non-profit organizations, giving back 100 percent of the pre-registration fees to local nonprofits that participants select. The Community Health Fair will showcase more than 60 vendors in the wellness industry, and will feature a quarter and half mile kids walk-run for children of all abilities. If your organization is interested in being a nonprofit in which participants can select to donate their registration fee, or if you would like to register for the event, contact the Mission Viejo Recreation & Community Services Department at 949-470-3061 and visit osofit5k.org for more information about the event.
Make-A-Wish is in need of volunteers to be wish granters to help create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Wish granters work in pairs to meet with the children and their families, assist the child with helping choose his or her one true wish, and help plan and execute the child’s wish. The next volunteer information session will be on January 23rd from 6 to 7 pm at the Make-A-Wish Orange County Wish Office in Irvine. More information can be found at http://ocie.wish.org/news-and-events/calendar-of-events/2019/2019-volunteer-info-sessions/jan-23-oc-info-session
The organization OneOC will be sponsoring the 20th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Community members can make their “day off” a “day on” with a Day of Service. Join other community members to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through meaningful service. This year OneOC will be partnering with many local agencies, offering volunteer opportunities that address critical community issues. Individuals, families, groups and organizations can participate in this national initiative in collaboration with the HandsOn Network. To volunteer, visit https://www.oneoc.org/volunteers/days-of-service/mlk-jr-day-of-service
The educational program CREER will have a fund raiser on January 12th at the San Juan Hills Golf Club Bar and Restaurant in San Juan Capistrano. This fundraiser will feature singer Slim Man and his band, a silent auction, and more. Those at CREER hope to raise enough money to fund 6 summer school class rooms for 6 weeks. CREER’s mission is to mentor, educate and inspire hundreds of disadvantaged kids and help them reach their potential for success. More information can be found at https://creeroc.org/
If you like posing on a stage and can stand still for 90 seconds, you could volunteer and pose in live works of art in the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach. Open casting calls for next year’s show, “The Time Machine”, will take place at the Irvine Bowl at the following times: Friday, January 4th, and Saturday, January 5th, from 7 to 9 pm, and Sunday, January 6th, from 2 to 5 pm. More information can be found at https://www.foapom.com/support/opportunities/volunteer/
This holiday season, help is urgently needed to support thousands of homebound seniors and other seniors in need that live in South Orange County. Since 1975, Age Well Senior Services has been providing critical services, resources, and programs to seniors. Donations are needed to help continue to fund projects that include delivering meals, in-home care, and transportation services. Volunteers are also needed to help out. More information can be found at https://agewellseniorservices.org/
The non-profit group, Musical Theatre Orange County, will present its musical production called “Journey To Christmas”, taking the stage from December 13th through December 22nd, at the Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYUSD) Performing Arts Center in Placentia. All proceeds from the show will benefit Musical Theatre Orange County’s efforts to produce family oriented musical theatre that gives young people from the local community a chance to learn and perform in a professional theatre environment. More information can be found at mtoc.org.
As part of an ongoing effort to inform and engage the community, Mission Viejo Police Services will host a Public Safety Town Hall meeting on Thursday, December 13. The meeting will cover current crime trends in Mission Viejo, which is continually ranked one of the safest cities in the nation, statistics and comparisons to other cities; and legal updates along with essential information about Neighborhood Watch, crime prevention and more. The meeting is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 200 Civic Center. For more information, call 949-470-8433. https://cityofmissionviejo.org/news/public-safety-town-hall-meeting-dec-13
The Jessie Rees Foundation will hold its annual Santa Stroll on Sunday, December 9th, from 5:00 p.m. To 7 p.m., at Santa Margarita Catholic High School in Rancho Santa Margarita. People will walk for 46 minutes to honor the number of kids that each day, on average, will be told that they have cancer. Families in attendance that are fighting cancer will also be recognized. The mission of the Jessie Rees Foundation is to encourage every kid fighting cancer to never ever give up. For more information, visit https://www.teamnegu.org/santastroll.
The City of Irvine Animal Care Center will host its 12th Annual Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Fair, happening on Sunday, December 9th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More than 30 pet rescue groups and animal shelters will bring over 600 homeless dogs, cats, rabbits, and other small animals for adoption. Each animal available for adoption is spayed or neutered, microchipped, and evaluated by a veterinarian. More information available at http://www.cityofirvine.org/irvine-animal-care-center/home-holidays
The Tustin Community Foundation will be collecting new pajamas for hundreds of children and seniors in the Tustin area that are unable to afford new pajamas. They will be collected during the Old Town Tustin’s Holiday Walk on Friday, December 7th, from 4 to 9 pm. During this event, all proceeds will support the Tustin Community Foundation's Project Pajamas. The pajamas will be passed on to Tustin Police Department's Santa Cop Program for families living in Tustin with limited means; Families Forward for Tustin families at risk of homelessness; all of the teen residents of Laurel House at the OC Rescue Mission; every Little Brother and Little Sister in the Tustin High School District through Big Brother/Big Sister; Tustin Area Senior Center for Tustin area seniors in need; and for the Tustin Family & Youth Center's Holiday Basket Program. More information can be found at http://tustincommunityfoundation.org/
The Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles is in need of volunteers to help out with the homeless during the holiday season. One can help serve meals, or one can work with the many children and teenagers on skid row by providing a listening ear, or by participating in an activity with them, such as playing games, reading books, or doing crafts. One can bring a group to volunteer, or one can join one of the mission’s teams as an individual. More information can be found at https://urm.org/
The non-profit group “We Give Thanks” will be serving free meals on Thanksgiving Day, from 11 am to 3 pm in the parking lot of the Honda Center in Anaheim. This will be the 32nd year of serving meals to those that are homeless, less fortunate, and alone. For info on how to sign up to help serve meals, make a donation, or become a sponsor, go to http://www.wegivethanksinc.org/
The Orange County Rescue Mission will be hosting its 5th Annual Turkey Trot OC 5K Run/Walk at the Village of Hope in Tustin, taking place on Thanksgiving morning, November 22nd. The Rescue Mission’s goal is to raise enough support to provide over 30,000 meals for the hungry and homeless of Orange County. The walk/run course starts and ends at the Village of Hope, and includes passing along the Tustin Marine Base with up-close views of the hangars. For registration information go to http://turkeytrotoc.org/
The 41st Annual Dana Point Turkey Trot will take place at the Dana Point Harbor on Thanksgiving morning, November 22nd. This event features 10k and 5k runs, a kids gobble wobble run, and a health & wellness expo that starts on Wednesday November 21st. More information is available at https://turkeytrot.com
2-1-1 in Los Angeles County is a simple toll free, three digit phone number that is accessible 24 hours a day to those in need of social services, especially those affected by the recent fires. 2-1-1 connects individuals and families to needed programs, including health care, food, homeless shelters, legal services and other resources offered by nonprofits and government agencies. Just dial 2-1-1. More info can be found at https://www.211la.org/
2-1-1 in Orange County is a simple toll free, three digit phone number that is accessible 24 hours a day to those in need of social services. 2-1-1 connects individuals and families to needed programs, including health care, food, homeless shelters, legal services and other resources offered by nonprofits and government agencies. Just dial 2-1-1. More info can be found at https://www.211oc.org/
The City of Laguna Niguel is collecting new and lightly used coats for men, women and children this holiday season. The collection bin will be located in city hall and items may be dropped off Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will also be collection bins at the four info booths at Laguna Niguel’s Holiday Parade. Volunteers are needed on December 10 from 6 to 8:00 p.m. at city hall to sort collected coats that will then be distributed by South County Outreach and Family Assistance Ministries. Light refreshments will be served. To volunteer, please email Amanda Hughes at email@example.com.
The City of Irvine and the Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee are holding a toy drive that benefits families of Irvine’s Adopted 2/11 Marine Battalion. Donations of new, unwrapped gifts for infants or children ages 12 and younger can be dropped off through December 14 at the following locations:
Irvine Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday
Irvine Police Department, 1 Civic Center Plaza: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday
Orange County Great Park Visitors Center, 8000 Great Park Blvd., Irvine: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
For more information, call 949-724-6606, or visit http://www.cityofirvine.org/military-veterans/irvine-211-marine-adoption-committee
The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team will host the annual Charity Softball Classic at Saddleback College’s Fritz Field in Mission Viejo on Saturday, November 10th. The wounded warrior amputee softball team will play against the California Highway Patrol Capistrano Area Softball Team, and the Local All-Star Team. There will also be a silent auction, raffle board, barbeque, and a kids zone. Gates open at noon and opening ceremonies begin at 1pm. For more info go to: http://woundedwarrioramputeesoftballteam.org/
Veterans and the general public are invited to the free celebration, “Salute The Veterans”, that will take place on Saturday, November 10th, from 10 a.m. To 2 p.m. At the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa. There will be a Marine Corps Birthday Ceremony, live music, health screenings, food and blood drive for veterans, kid’s activities, and much more. The Heroes Hall Veterans Museum will showcase how virtual reality technology can combat PTSD, and veterans will get to record and share their tales of service at the Veterans Story Booth. More info: www.ocfair.com
The 2nd Annual Saddleback College Veterans 5k Run/Walk And Kids Ruck Run will be held on Saturday, November 10th at Saddleback College, with the first race starting at 7:30 a.m.. Registration for this family friendly event will include a run t-shirt, medals, awards, music and food. Registration is $25 for veterans, Saddleback students, and kids, and $35 for the general public. All proceeds go towards student veteran grants. To register, go to https://runsignup.com/scvets
The non-profit group Shatterproof will host the event “Rise Up Against Addiction 5k Walk/Run” on Saturday morning, November 10th, at Irvine Spectrum. In addition to the 5K Walk/Run, there will be a village which will showcase substance use disorder resources from local organizations, a memorial gallery, and a presentation by local families dealing with addiction. Funds raised will support Shatterproof’s advocacy efforts for changes in policies towards those with addictions, as well as focusing on saving lives. More info can be found at https://www.shatterproof5k.org/orangecounty
The Orange County Chapter of the ALS Association will hold its annual Walk to Defeat ALS on Saturday, November 10th. The walk will take place at the OC Great Park in Irvine, with check-in starting at 7:30 in the morning. All funds raised will help people living with ALS gain access to care and advocacy, as well as help fund the association’s educational efforts and support groups. More info can be found by clicking here.
The non-profit group CREER Communidad y Familia will present “Songs and Stories”, an evening of music featuring singer Melanie Taylor and guitarist Terry Wollman. The concert will take place on Thursday, November 8th, starting at 6 pm at the San Juan Hills Golf Course in San Juan Capistrano. All proceeds benefit CREER’s afterschool programs for the disadvantaged youth of South Orange County. For ticket info, go to eventbrite.com and enter the word CREER, or click on the link here.
The City of Aliso Viejo will hold its annual Health Fair & Flu Shot Clinic on Saturday, November 3rd, from 10 a.m. To 2 p.m., at the Aliso Viejo Library. This year's fair includes free flu shots for those 18 and over, health screenings, and information from local organizations regarding social services, Covered California programs, senior programs, housing, and medical resources. For more information, go to cityofalisoviejo.com.
South County Outreach is now accepting applications for sponsors for its annual adopt-a-family program for the December holidays. Sponsors are paired with families in need, and once matched, sponsors shop for groceries and children’s gifts and deliver them to their assigned families. Matching sponsors with families will begin on November 1 and conclude on November 30. Apply at http://www.sco-oc.org/events/holiday-adopt-a-family/ or call the Holiday Hotline at 949-380-8144 ext. 207.
South County Outreach will be collecting new toys and gifts for distribution to families in need in Orange County until December 12th. Items needed include shoes & socks, arts & craft sets, soccer balls, and much more. For more information, call the holiday hotline at 949-380-8144 x208, or go to http://www.sco-oc.org/annual-toy-drive/
Orange County United Way is looking for volunteers to join the 2019 OC Free Tax Preparation Campaign. This campaign offers free tax preparation services through the IRS’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, known as VITA. Volunteers will be trained to become VITA certified. Different roles for volunteers include greeter, tax preparer, Spanish-English interpreters, and American Sign Language interpreters. Training sessions are now under way and will continue through January 2019. More info: https://www.unitedwayoc.org/vita
The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is now collecting new unwrapped toys for this holiday season, with plans to distribute toys collected as Christmas gifts to needy children. Toys for tots wants to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to those less fortunate. For more information, visit www.toysfortots.org.
The San Clemente Exchange Club will be hosting the 13th annual Semper Fi Charity Golf Classic, “Play Golf with an American Hero”, on Monday, October 29th, starting at 10:30 in the morning. This event will take place at the San Clemente Municipal Golf Course. Proceeds will benefit the Camp Pendleton Marine Corp Family Services and the New 5th Marines Regiment Vietnam War Memorial. For information, call Allan Dahle at 801-503-2044, or go to the San Clemente Exchange Club Web Site here.