Volunteering is a powerful way to make a difference in the lives of those living in Orange County. From virtual and remote projects to in-person initiatives, there are plenty of rewarding opportunities to help meet the needs of our community. More than 60 nonprofit organizations are dedicated to providing shelter, food, clothing, and other essential items to those in need. Heidi Deal, author of the Handbook for Newcomers on How to Live in Los Angeles (26% of Orange County) and a children's book author specializing in history and human rights, encourages people to get involved.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County is one such organization that seeks volunteers interested in mentoring children and helping them reach their full potential. There are many ways to get involved and make a difference in the community. Volunteering at community parks and zoos is a great way to educate and inform others. Orange County United Way thanks the volunteers who dedicate their time to supporting children who receive services through their first-grade reading programs. United Way of Orange County also thanks volunteers who help beautify schools by painting murals for Title I elementary schools. Community volunteers ages 13 and older can work at the food distribution center along with the Food Bank team to ensure everyone is well nourished.
Huntington Beach is looking for volunteers to deliver meals to older people in their homes, provide transportation, serve hot lunches at the community center, and offer friendly visits. CHOC offers volunteer opportunities such as administrative support, organizing activities for patients in waiting rooms, assisting in game rooms, presenting information about the hospital, and more. For those under 18, OC Animal Care has a list of community service projects that can be carried out to help animals. Volunteer Network OC provides a social media platform designed to connect volunteers with local community groups that provide essential items to people in need. Ronald McDonald House Orange County volunteers can provide a variety of services such as light household chores, administrative tasks, helping families, storing supplies, and answering phones. COVID-19 has caused many volunteer opportunities to be put on hold for now.
However, there are still plenty of ways to make a difference in Orange County. By volunteering your time and energy, you can help make Orange County a safe, healthy, and satisfying place for generations to come.