Orange County, California is a vibrant and diverse community with plenty of volunteer opportunities for those looking to make a difference. Whether you're interested in helping out with shelter animals, homeless outreach programs, or literacy programs, there are plenty of ways to get involved and have an impact. The Economic Development Division, Office on Aging, and Office of Veterans Services of OC Community Services provide a variety of services to the community, including job training, senior services, and veterans' assistance. OC Parks offers a range of volunteer opportunities for teens and young adults during the summer months.
You can help restore parks or trails or work at the zoo. The Orange County Fire Guard also needs volunteers. Children ages 7 to 13 can volunteer at Izzy's Corner inside the food distribution center. Here they can help sort and package food for hungry children living in Orange County.
Adults aged 13 and over can work at the food distribution center along with the Food Bank team to ensure that everyone is well nourished in Orange County. Preference is given to those who meet the HUD-VASH eligibility criteria and are referred by the Orange County Coordinated Entry System (CES).OC Animal Care has a list of community service projects that can be carried out to help animals for those under 18. Ronald McDonald House Orange County also needs volunteers for light household chores, administrative tasks, helping families, storing supplies, and answering phones. The Orange County Housing Authority will begin accepting applications for twenty (20) project-based voucher units (PBV), for homeless veterans homes located at 2691 W. Tenants in project-based units receive assistance as long as they live in the unit and continue to qualify for the program. Admission preference is given to applicants who are 62 years of age or older, who are homeless, who qualify for Special Needs Housing Program services, and who have been referred by the Orange County Coordinated Entry System (CES) to OCHA. Making Orange County a safe, healthy, and satisfying place to live, work and play today and for generations to come is an important goal that can be achieved through volunteering.
There are plenty of opportunities available for those looking to make a difference in their community.