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COVID-19 Volunteer Needs in Orange County
As the nation responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, help is needed to support Orange County United Way’s non-profit partners who provide essential services to those who are food and housing insure. Volunteers are needed to assist in a number of ways to support those most vulnerable in our community.
See below for current volunteer needs and links to register and or acquire more information on how you can help.
2-1-1 OC Volunteers (Orange County): Remote volunteers, answering phone calls for food and resource assistance. Email Tammy.Tu@feedoc.org for more details.
Age Well Senior Services – Meals on Wheels Volunteers (South Orange County): Help with delivering meals to the thousands of older adults that rely on us each and every day. Volunteers deliver meals Monday through Friday between the hours of 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM. Click here for more details or call 949-855-8033. Or, click here to register as a volunteer.
City Net – Emergency Shelter Volunteers (Anaheim & Santa Ana): Volunteers and donations are needed to support daily emergency shelter operations for Breakfast (7:30 am – 9:30 am), Lunch (11:30 am – 1:30 pm) and Dinner (4:30 pm – 6:30 pm). Duties include: Unloading To-Go Meal Boxes from food truck, setting up serving area, passing out meal boxes, clean and breaking down area once complete. Email GetInvolved@citynet.org your interest in volunteering and a City Net representative will contact you with current volunteer needs.
Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) – Call for Urgent Needs Volunteers (Orange County): The EVC under the coordination of OneOC, is focused on matching volunteers to urgent needs based on skills, geography, and availability, in order to maximize the COVID-19 disaster-recovery impact to the community. Click here to learn more and to register as a volunteer for Urgent Needs projects.
Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) – Pre-Registering Skills-Based Volunteers (SBV) (Orange County): Individuals who are already trained and have skilled experience in the following areas are needed for future disaster-recovery projects: Access and Functional Needs, Animal Services, Business Resiliency, Debris Removal, Emotional and Spiritual Care, Food Insecurity, Information and Referrals, Sheltering and Mass Care. Click here to learn more and express interest as a Skills-Based Volunteer (SBV).
Family Assistance Ministries – Food Pickup Driver and Driver Assistant Volunteers (South Orange County): Help with picking up vital food which is then made available to individuals, families, and seniors who are food insecure. Drive to pick up food at local grocery stores around San Clemente in Family Assistance Ministries truck/van (no special license required). Drivers are needed Monday-Saturday from 7:30 am-10:30 am. Must be 18 or older, have a valid California driver’s license, and be able to lift up to 30 – 50 lbs. To sign up or obtain more details contact Rachael Christensonat 949-492-8477 ext.104 or email@example.com.
Family Assistance Ministries – Food Warehouse and Pantry Volunteers (South Orange County): Be a key part of the food organization and distribution team at the Family Assistance Ministries San Clemente location. Help unload food trucks and stock freezers and refrigerators. Pack food boxes to be food distribution ready and participate in a new drive-thru food distribution system. Volunteers are needed Monday – Friday, 9 am – 12 pm and 12 pm – 4 pm. Must be 18 or older and be able to lift up to 30 lbs. To sign up or obtain more details contact Rachael Christensonat 949-492-8477 ext.104 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meals on Wheels Orange County Volunteers (Central and North Orange County): Help with delivering meals to the thousands of older adults that rely on us each and every day. Meal deliveries are made Monday through Friday between 9 am to 12 pm. Must be 18 years of age or older and have a valid California driver’s license, driver’s insurance, and reliable vehicle. Visit MealsOnWheelsOC.org for more details.
Mercy House – Emergency Shelter Volunteers (Orange County): Volunteers and food donations are needed to support daily emergency shelter operations. Email Volunteer@MercyHouse.net to let them know you’re interested in volunteering. A Mercy House representative will contact you with current volunteer needs. Click here to start the registration process.
Orange County Food Bank – Packaging Food Boxes (Garden Grove): Located at 11870 Monarch St, Garden Grove, CA 92841. M – F with various shifts between 9 am and 4 pm. For more details to sign up, please visit www.capoc.org.
Second Harvest Food Bank – Field Distribution Team (Orange County): Text-dispatched, on-call volunteers distributing food boxes door-to-door and at pantries. Click here to sign up or click here for more details.
Second Harvest Food Bank – Truck Brigade (Orange County): Text-dispatched, on-call pickup truck volunteers dropping food boxes for distribution throughout Orange County to food-insecure children, families, and seniors. Click here to sign up or click here for more details.
Note: The health and safety of volunteers, non-profit team members and the community are a top priority at all volunteer locations and is addressed by each participating non-profit organization.
Other Ways to Help in Orange County During COVID-19 Crisis
City Net | Emergency Shelter | Operational Supply Donation Needs (Anaheim & Santa Ana)
Key item donations needed to support daily emergency shelter operations. Visit here to view a list of supplies needed. Email GetInvolved@citynet.org to coordinate your donation drop-off.
Family Promise of Orange County | Emergency and Transitional Housing for Families | Food and Household Supply Donation Needs (Central Orange County)
Support homeless families with children in need. Collection drive each Monday throughout Central Orange County for extra groceries, baby diaper wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, and cleaning supplies. Contact Malia Cary at 714-749-0366 or email@example.com to coordinate an onsite pickup. Purchase an online $25 gift card to be donated to a family in need at either Amazon or Walmart with firstname.lastname@example.org designated as the recipient.
OC Health Care Agency (HCA) | Donate Protective Medical Supplies for Healthcare Providers (Orange County)
Request to corporations and businesses to help fulfill the need for protective medical supplies for OC healthcare providers in need. The following types of supplies are needed in new and unopened containers and boxes: N-95, surgical masks and face shields (all sizes), disposable gloves (all sizes), eye protection (goggles), medical gowns: disposable gowns and isolation gowns, and antibacterial and disinfectant wipes. Visit here to learn more or contact the Orange County Public Information Hotline at (714) 628-7085.
Orangewood Foundation | Housing Support for Foster Youth | Food & Hygiene Supply Donations (Central Orange County)
Provide ordered or homemade lunch for up to 30 current and former foster youth. Donate needed grocery and other items (via Amazon or onsite drive-thru drop-off). Visit here to learn more or contact Humberto Roja at email@example.com or 714-619-0220.
Pathways of Hope | Housing Insecure Support | Operational Supply Donation Needs (North Orange County)
Provide needed supplies to help support housing insecure individuals and families. Visit here to view a list of supplies needed and information about donation drop-offs.
Precious Life Shelter | Family Meals (West Orange County)
Prepare and deliver dinner to women currently enrolled in an emergency, transitional, and single parent program in Los Alamitos. Email Tammy at firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate your meal drop-off.
The Salvation Army | Food Donation Needs (Tustin)
Serve families experiencing economic hardships during this time by donating non-perishable food items at 10200 Pioneer Road, Tustin, CA 92782. Call the main office at (714) 832-7100 for more information on drop-off time slots.
WISEPlace | Transitional Housing for Women | Operational Supply Donation Needs (Central Orange County)
Donations needed to assist with housing and support for women in crisis. To learn more about scheduling these opportunities please email: email@example.com
If you would like to help financially, please consider donating to our Pandemic Relief Fund
Orange County United Way Raising Money to Establish Emergency Relief Fund to Support OC’s Most Vulnerable During COVID-19 Response
Please visit Orange County United Way’s Pandemic Relief Fund GoFundMe page for more information or to make a donation.