The Best Places To Volunteer This Holiday🎄Season In Orange County
Volunteering your time or services is a good way to help the less fortunate. Volunteers are needed all year round to help the needy, but the holidays are when volunteers are most helpful. Food banks, churches and homeless shelters are kept busy during the holidays trying to feed the homeless and the poor. Get the family together to make a difference in the Orange County this holiday season.
Charity on Wheels
377 E Chapman Ave Ste 220 | Placentia, CA 92870
Direct: (949) 230-0897 | Office: (949) 406-3049
Charity on Wheels is a 501c(3) Non-Profit dedicated to helping those who are struggling with poverty get back on their feet and back on the road to self-reliance. We are committed to rebuilding the lives of the poor and homeless through our weekly, monthly, and seasonal outreach programs. Our primary goal is to permanently reduce the number of homeless individuals in Orange County. We also focus on preventing “at risk” individuals from falling into homelessness; low income families, individuals living below the poverty line & recently released "institutionalized" people struggling to reenter society.
We have the following opportunities to serve on site at one of our weekly outreaches.
On Monday mornings we are at the Courtyard Homeless Shelter in Santa Ana serving coffee and a continental breakfast of sorts to the residents there. This outreach generally runs from 9am to 12:30pm. We meet at Starbucks in Orange to do a quick training and then head over (via passenger van) to the facility in Santa Ana. Ages 18+
On Wednesday evenings we are in Anaheim for our weekly dinner gathering. Volunteer hours are from 5pm to 8pm and we meet every Wednesday at Lamb of God Lutheran Church 621 Sunkist in Anaheim. We have dinner, music, a speaker, and have resources available such as toiletry bags, shower passes and clothing. Ages 13+. Ages 6+ with adult supervision.
You may contact Michelle Southall directly on her cell at (949) 230-0897
Orangewood Children and Family Center
Please call (714) 935-7571 to
learn more about donations and group activity opportunities, or (714) 935-6011 to learn more about individual
Thank you for considering Orangewood Children & Family Center as a possible recipient of your giving. We hope that this suggested list will be of assistance to you. Because our children range in ages from infant to 18 years, you will find a diverse list of gifts listed below. We are extremely grateful for all of the support we receive from individuals, organizations and corporations throughout the year!
Orangewood Children & Family Center (OCFC) is a temporary shelter care facility owned and operated by the County of Orange Social Services Agency for children who are abused, abandoned, and/or neglected. The current care facility was conceived and built through the dedicated efforts of a unique public-private partnership between county government and community partners. During Fiscal Year 2017-2018, care was provided for an average of 56 children per day with monthly averages ranging up to 87 children from infants to teenagers. Four percent of the children were under age 1 year; 21% were ages 1 to 5 years; 37% were ages 6 to 12 years; and 38% were 13 years and older.
Operation Santa Claus Senior Santa & Friends
1505 E. Warner Ave., Santa Ana. For delivery hours, please call 714-679-2438
The Operation Santa Claus (OSC) and Senior Santa & Friends (SSF) annual gift drive begins in November and ends December 21 st . Many holiday wishes have been granted for children who have been abandoned, neglected, abused or placed in foster care and elderly and disabled adults served by the County of Orange Social Services Agency, Health Care Agency, Probation Department, Child Support Services or OC Community Resources. Last year we distributed 40,000+ toys and provided gifts for over 2,500 seniors and dependent adults. We thank and appreciate each of you who have had a hand in contributing to our successes. We couldn’t do it without you. If you have not participated in the past, please join us! There are several ways that you, your family, coworkers, and friends can participate in Operation Santa Claus and Senior Santa & Friends.
Angel Tags, Gifts for Seniors, Donate Gifts or Volunteer your time
Orange County Toy Collaborative
1505 E. Warner Santa Ana, CA 92705
Orange County Toy Collaborative partners: • OC Fire Chiefs’ Association - Spark of Love • OC Social Services Agency - Operation Santa Claus • U.S. Marine Corps Reserves - Toys for Tots • Orange County Society of St. Vincent de Paul With help from volunteers like you, we distribute over 150,000 toys to needy children in Orange County through more than 300 non-profit organizations. Ways to help: Donate a Toy Deliver a new unwrapped toy or a gift card to any fire station in Orange County. Donate Financially Make checks payable to OC Toy Collaborative and mail to: Attn: OC Toy Collaborative Coordinator 1505 E. Warner Santa Ana, CA 92705 Volunteer Your Time OCTC volunteers help with unloading toys, loading toys to vehicles, sorting toys, filling orders, bagging toys, cleaning & maintenance of warehouse and some office duties. Minimum age to volunteer is 13 years. Youths 13-17 must be accompanied a parent/guardian. Each youth participating as part of a group must have a signed parental permission slip and have one adult 21 years of age or older present for up to five youths.
Orange County Rescue Mission
1 Hope Drive in the city of Tustin, California
The Orange County Rescue Mission is seeking the support of Orange County residents and businesses to donate the toys and gifts needed to make this year’s Magic at the Mission event a success.
Those wishing to donate can drop off new, unwrapped toys for children of all ages, as well as small gifts for parents, at the Orange County Rescue Mission’s Village of Hope located at 1 Hope Drive in the city of Tustin, California. The donation warehouse is open between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Suggested small gift donations for parents include (under $25):
· Gift cards
· Scarves, hats, gloves, beanies, socks, slippers
· Jewelry items, specialty soaps or perfumes
· Men’s shaving items
· Belts and ties
· Sweaters, sweatshirts and jackets