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You Can Make a Difference as a County of Orange Volunteer . . .
Holiday & Short-Term Opportunities
The County of Orange invites volunteers to assist with special projects and short-term activities that benefit a variety of programs serving the community. Activities are designed to fit into busy schedules and can often accommodate families and small groups. Please check out our "Calendar of Events" for the experience that is just right for you.
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Ongoing Opportunities
Become an Adopt-A-Park Volunteer
Adopting a park, historic site, harbor, beach or trail provides you with the opportunity to work outdoors, in a natural environment. It gives you the chance to re-create in a way you never have before . . . up close and personal. Individuals, families and groups can assist with habitat restoration, tree planting, butterfly garden maintenance, beach cleanup, trail maintenance, and much, much more. For details about upcoming events, please contact Angeline Santiago at 714.973.6871 or angeline.santiago@rdmd.ocgov.com. Or visit the Adopt-A-Park Web site at http://www.ocparks.com/adoptapark and click on "Events and Programs."
Comfort a Child by Donating Blankets or Quilts
Health Care Agency’s California Children’s Services provides physical and occupational therapy to children at several Orange County school sites. Infant-sized blankets or quilts are needed at the sites to place on mats utilized by infants during therapy sessions. For additional information call (714) 834-4144.
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"Adopt-a-Family" for the Holidays
Giving From The Heart - Christmas 2007
This holiday program is offered through the Probation Community Action Association (PCAA). PCAA is considered the "Heart" of Probation in serving at-risk and victim families and in helping to reduce youth crime and violence. Community members and local organizations are invited to "adopt-a-family" by purchasing items or making a monetary donation so that parents can select gifts for their families. Last year 44 families were provided with clothing, food, toys, gifts and Christmas trees through the PCAA Adopt-a-Family "Giving From the Heart" program. Please contact Lois McKoon at 714 569-2153 or Lois.mckoon@ocprob.com for details or click on the following link:

Click here for more details about Giving From The Heart.

Holiday Hope "Feed a Family"
Holiday Hope is a Health Care Agency (HCA) holiday assistance program that began in 1985 to provide food for the agency’s neediest clients during the holiday seasons. HCA staff work with a variety of clients, ranging in age from infants through senior citizens. Many have serious medical and nutritional problems. Each year staff refer their most impoverished clients to Holiday Hope. The program is designed to provide these families with a holiday meal. 
You Can Help!
  • Volunteer to feed-a-family by donating a grocery store gift certificate.
  • Make a cash donation to the Holiday Hope program for the purchase of grocery gift certificates.
  • Feed a family as a group with your co-workers instead of having your usual office gift exchange.
  • Make it a family affair. Teach your children about helping.

Click here for more details about the Holiday Hope "Feed a Family" program.

Operation Santa Claus & Senior Santa and Friends
Operation Santa Claus and Senior Santa and Friends are holiday gift drives conducted throughout Orange County each year. Operation Santa Claus collects and distributes gifts and toys to needy children who have experienced abused or neglect or who are physically or mentally challenged or homeless. Senior Santa and Friends serve elderly and dependent adults who may be neglected, displaced or physically or mentally challenged. 

You Can Donate!
New unwrapped toys, gifts, gift certificates and monetary donations help Operation Santa Claus and Senior Santa and Friends fulfill holiday wishes for less fortunate members of our community.

You Can Volunteer! 

Help at our Santa Ana location by unpacking, sorting and preparing donated gifts and toys for distribution.

Click here for more details about Operation Santa Claus.

Click here for more details about Senior Santa and Friends.

Orangewood Children’s Home Holiday Wish List

Orangewood Children's Home (OCH) is an Emergency Shelter Care – 24-hour facility operated by the Orange County Social Services Agency with Juvenile Court authority. During Fiscal Year 2005 – 2006, care was provided for an average of 115 children per day. The children range in age from 2 days old to 18 years of age. Thank you for considering OCH as a possible recipient of your holiday gift giving.

Click here for more details about Orangewood Children’s Holiday Wish List.


Orange County Toy Collaborative

The Orange County Toy Collaborative distributes more than 200,000 toys to needy children in Orange County during the holiday season. The toy distribution is coordinated through 350 local non-profit organizations.

Click here for more details about how you can donate toys to the OC Toy Collaborative or volunteer your time at our Irvine location.