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COVID-19 Volunteer Needs & Other Ways to Help in Orange County

COVID-19 Volunteer Needs & Other Ways To Help In Orange County

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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 insecure.  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.

Blood Donor & Temperature Screening Volunteer  |  American Red Cross Southern California:
More than ever, Donating Blood Makes a Big Difference in the Lives of Others. There are two ways you can help at this time:

  • Find a Blood Drive near you and book an appointment to give blood by visiting here.
  • Become a Temperature Screening volunteer, who greets and takes the temperatures of blood donors as they arrive. The American Red Cross has implemented a temperature-taking station in the interest of blood supply safety, recipients, other donors, staff, volunteers, and general public health regarding COVID-19 outbreaks.
      • Screeners must be 18+ or older
      • Commit to two 6-hour shifts per month and have reliable transportation

To become a screener, please call, text, or email Volunteer Recruitment Specialist Karla Legorreta at Karla.Legorreta@redcross.org or (714) 380-7263.

Holiday Volunteer Opportunities  |  Local Service Providers:
Get involved with your community this holiday season by adopting a family, providing a warm meal, purchasing stocking stuffers, and more! To find the best opportunity for you, your group, or your company, check out our opportunities in November here, December here, and January here.

Meals Ready – Dinner  |  American Family Housing  |  Permanent Supportive Housing (South Orange County):
Meet the needs of one or more single-parent families experiencing food insecurity by donating a nutritious meal. Most homes include 5 family members. Meal drop-offs happen between 9 AM – 6 PM at their Jackson location in Midway City and must be scheduled in advance. To learn more and schedule a meal drop off, contact Manny at (657) 203-4495.

Meals Ready – Breakfast or Dinner  |  HomeAid’s Family CareCenter  |  Emergency Shelter (Orange):
Provide breakfast and/or dinner for housing insecure families at the HomeAid’s Family CareCenter. Meals need to be from a restaurant or a catering company (for liability purposes) and set up for delivery before 6:00 AM (breakfast) or between 5:00 pm – 5:30 PM (dinner). Email Emily at Emily@homeaidoc.org to make meal arrangements.

Meals Ready – Breakfast or Dinner  |  WISEPlace  |  Women Transitional and Emergency Shelter (Santa Ana):
Provide breakfast or dinner for up to 100 unaccompanied homeless women who are currently staying at WISEPlace. Meals need to be from a restaurant or a catering company and scheduled for drop-off in time for set up at either 8:00 AM (breakfast) or 5:30 PM (dinner). Email volunteers@wiseplace.org to request more information and meal drop-off date options.

Meals Ready – Dinner  |  Friendship Shelter  |  Emergency Shelter and Transitional Living Center (Laguna Beach):
Be a part of the Guest Chefs program at Friendship Shelter by providing a ready to eat dinner (homemade or from a restaurant) for 30 emergency shelter and or the 30 Bridge Housing residents. Guest Chef dinner drop-offs must be scheduled in advance and are available any day between 5 pm – 6 pm. To learn more or to reserve a Guest Chef date, contact Luke Davis at ldavis@friendshipshelter.org or (949) 494-6928 ext.241.

Meals Ready – Dinner  |  H.I.S. House | Transitional Living Center (Placentia):
Put your cooking talents to work or order from your favorite restaurant a healthy dinner for the 40 H.I.S. House residents who have recently experienced homelessness. Dinner drop-offs at the Placentia H.I.S. House location must be scheduled in advance and are available any day between 5 pm – 7 pm. To learn more and or schedule a dinner drop off, contact Haley at Haley@his-oc.org or (714) 993-5774 ext. 1003.

Meals Ready – Dinner |  Precious Life Shelter (Los Alamitos):
Prepare and deliver dinner to women currently enrolled in an emergency, transitional, and single parent program in Los Alamitos. Email Tammy at tammy@preciouslifeshelter.org to coordinate your meal drop-off.

Meals Ready – Lunch  |  Orangewood Foundation – Housing Support for Foster Youth (Central Orange County):
Provide ordered or homemade lunch for up to 30 current and former foster youth. Drop-off time should be between 11:30 AM – 12 PM. To schedule your drop-off and for more information, please contact Humberto Roja at hrojas@orangewoodfoundation.org or 714-619-0220.

Emergency Shelter Volunteers  |  Mercy House (Orange County):
Volunteers and food donations are needed to support daily emergency shelter operations. 3-hour volunteer blocks available morning, afternoon, and evening, 7 days per week. 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.

Food Box Packing  |  Orange County Food Bank (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.

Food Distribution  |  Operation #MovingForwardTogether (Fountain Valley):
Come out and be part of an engaging team of volunteers helping to distribute prepared meals and fresh produce to seniors, individuals, and families impacted by COVID-19. Volunteers are needed every other Sunday from 10:30 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. to assist with onsite food drive-up setup and distribution, and/or local delivery program. Click here for more information or to register as a volunteer.

Food Delivery to Seniors  |  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.

Food Delivery to Seniors  |  Meals on Wheels Orange County (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.

Food Delivery to the Vulnerable  |  Delivering with Dignity Orange County (Orange County):
Help with meal pick up from designated local restaurants, then delivery to individuals and families who are unable to leave their home and are food insecure. Shifts are available Monday through Friday, with meal pick-ups at 2 pm to be delivered up until 4:30 pm. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older and have a valid California driver’s license, driver’s insurance, and a reliable vehicle. For more details, email DWD@dragonkimfoundation.org or call 714-623-7289. Click here to register as a volunteer.

Food Pickup Driver and Driver Assistant  |  Family Assistance Ministries (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 Christenson at 949-492-8477 ext.104 or rachaelc@family-assistance.org.

Food Pickup Driver  |  H.O.P.E (Garden Grove):
Help by driving to pick up donated food from local grocery stores and other food providers, which is then made available at H.O.P.E. to families and individuals who are food insecure. Food pickups are needed Monday-Friday from 8:00 am-12:00 pm. Must be 18 or older, have a valid California driver’s license, and be able to lift up to 30 – 50 lbs. Drivers with a truck or large vehicle are preferable. To sign up or obtain more details, contact Gayle Knight at gkforhope@hopebiz.org or 714-264-4235.

Food Warehouse and Pantry Volunteers  |  Family Assistance Ministries (San Clemente):
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 Christenson at 949-492-8477 ext.104 or rachaelc@family-assistance.org.

Interpreter – OC Free Tax Prep Campaign (VITA)  |  Orange County United Way (Orange County):
Provide interpreter assistance to help support clients and tax preparers who will be taking part in the upcoming 2021 OC Free Tax Prep campaign throughout Orange County. Interpreters are needed who speak Farsi, Mandarin, Korean, Spanish, or Vietnamese. Volunteer training will be provided virtually through Zoom by Orange County United Way and the IRS in November, December, and January. Actual in-person volunteer activity will occur during open tax season starting in January 2021 and will follow social distance guidelines with masks worn by all participants. To learn more or to sign up, please visit UnitedWayOC.org/VITA or email VITA@UnitedWayOC.org.

Skills-Based Volunteers  |  Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) (Orange County):
The County of Orange is making an Urgent request for the Pre-Registration of individuals who are already trained and have skilled experience in the following areas that 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 Pre-Register as a Skills-Based Volunteer (SBV).

Tax Preparer – OC Free Tax Prep Campaign (VITA)  |  Orange County United Way (Orange County):
No experience necessary. Join a team of 500 volunteers who will help support the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program throughout Orange County. This is a great way to get tax prep experience and help low-income residents achieve financial security. Volunteer training will be provided virtually through Zoom by Orange County United Way and the IRS in November, December, and January. Actual in-person volunteer activity will occur during open tax season starting in January 2021 and will follow social distance guidelines with masks worn by all participants. To learn more or to sign up, please visit UnitedWayOC.org/VITA or email VITA@UnitedWayOC.org.

 

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.

Virtual Volunteer Opportunities

 

Amazon Wish List  |  WISEPlace – Transitional Housing for Women (Central Orange County):
Help women in need by purchasing essential items from an Amazon Wish List here. For more information, contact volunteers@wiseplace.org.

Book Drive (Pre K-12) with Amazon Wish List  |  Orange County United Way (Orange County):
Participate in Orange County United Way’s 5th Annual Book Drive and help provide books to benefit children in need. Donating books in English and Spanish is made easy through Orange County United Way’s Amazon Wish List. Click here and select the books you’d like to donate online.  Please include your full name and email address in the message line and designate Daisy Benitez, 18012 Mitchell South, Irvine, CA 92614, as the recipient.

Help Host a Virtual Lunch or Dinner Session for Youth & Young Adults  |  StandUp for Kids – Services for Homeless & At-Risk Youth (Orange County):
Help host a virtual lunch or dinner with at-risk and homeless youth and young adults. During a 1-hour session, you will fund a lunch (or early dinner) to be delivered to the youth’s residences in advance by StandUp for Kids. You and your team will then join the group (5-15 attendees generally) virtually (via Zoom) for a meal hangout. During the virtual session, you would take part in icebreakers and interactive opportunities. Offering career advice pathways, quick skills sessions, or some time of continuing education component during this time would be preferred. To schedule your opportunity and to learn more, call 714-356-5437 or email Justine at justines@standupforkids.org.

Housing Champions Needed  |  United to End Homelessness – Orange County United Way (Orange County):
Join us in advocating for permanent supportive and affordable housing for the homeless, and city planning for housing needs. Virtual training (1-2 hours) will be provided, with a minimum volunteer commitment of 1-2 hours per month. Please contact Kimberly Adams at KimberlyA@UnitedWayOC.org or visit here to learn more and sign up today!

Technology Kits  |  Orange County United Way (Orange County):
You can support local Orange County students in need with technology kits for distance learning. Technology kits give students key resources to promote equitable learning during this difficult time. These technology kits truly make a difference in students’ lives, increasing their success in learning from afar, so thank you for your efforts. All items must be new. Visit here for a full list of items or visit our Technology Kits Amazon Wish List. For instructions on kit assembly and to coordinate your drop-off, please contact Donna Burkland at DonnaB@UnitedWayOC.org

Therapeutic Activities Amazon Suggestion List  |  Illumination Foundation – Emergency Shelter (Orange):
Help provide therapeutic activities for families and individuals experiencing homelessness during this time. Click here to donate online from the Amazon suggestion list. Please include your full name and email address in the message and designate volunteer@ifhomeless.org as the recipient.

Virtual Youth Mentors and Homework Tutors  |  StandUp for Kids – Services for Homeless & At-Risk Youth (Orange County):
Provide consistent and personal online support for homeless and at-risk youth 12 – 18 yrs. old, Monday – Friday,  9 am – 2 pm.

  • Youth Mentors – Provide leadership in setting goals, creating accountability, and providing real-world perspective. 
  • Homework Tutors – Help with daily homework in Math, English, Science, and Social Studies.

Online mentors and tutors must be able to meet a minimum of 1x weekly for 1-2 hours and pass a background check. Virtual orientation and online training provided. For more information or to sign up to be an online mentor or tutor, please call 714-356-5437 or email justines@standupforkids.org.

Welcome Home OC Baskets  |  United to End Homelessness – Orange County United Way (Orange County):
Help recently homeless individuals and families celebrate moving into a place to call home, with a Welcome Home Basket. Baskets include necessities and other items that help turn a new place to live into a home. You can make one or more! Visit our Amazon Wish List for an online list of items needed. For more information or to coordinate completed Welcome Home Basket(s) drop off, contact Atty McLellan at AttyM@UnitedWayOC.org or call 949.263.6162

Remote and Other Ways to Help in Orange County During COVID-19 Crisis

 

Book Drive (Pre K-12)  |  Orange County United Way (Orange County):
Donate new or gently used books to support Orange County United Way’s 5th Annual Book Drive and help provide books to benefit children in need. New books can also be purchased online using Orange County United Way’s Amazon Wish List. Click here and select the books you’d like to donate. Please include your full name and email address in the message line and designate Daisy Benitez, 18012 Mitchell South, Irvine, CA 92614, as the recipient. For more information or to coordinate a book drop off, contact DaisyB@UnitedWayOC.org or 949-263-6124.

Create Handcrafted Themed Encouragement Cards & Art  |  Miracles for KIDS | Support of Families with a Critically Ill Child (Irvine):
Create handcrafted themed cards & art to share kindness, friendship, and positive messages with a critically-ill child and their family in need. For more information visit here or contact Terri Benedict at 714-730-3040 or tbenedict@miraclesforkids.org.

Daily Operational Supply Donation Needs  |  Pathways of Hope | Housing Insecure Support (North Orange County):
Provide needed supplies to help support housing insecure individuals and families. Click here to view a list of supplies needed and information about donation drop-offs.

Daily Operational Supply Donation Needs  |  WISEPlace – Transitional Housing for Women (Central Orange County):
Donations needed to assist with housing and support for women in crisis. To learn more about scheduling these opportunities, please email volunteers@wiseplace.org.

Emergency Care Package Supply Donation Needs  |  Vietnamese American Cancer Foundation (VACF) – Cancer Prevention and Patient Care (Central Orange County):
Help provide essential items for the creation of emergency care packages that will be distributed to cancer patients and elders within the Vietnamese community. Click here to see an example of needed items. Donation drop-offs at Fountain Valley VACF office must be scheduled in advance and are available Monday – Thursday between 10 am – 3 pm. To learn more or schedule a drop-off appointment, contact VACF at 714-751-5805.

Facilities Assistance  |  Pathways of Hope – Housing Insecure Support (North Orange County):
Do you have construction skills in repairing baths, kitchens, flooring, and drywall? Are you an expert house painter or have a lot of knowledge on how to upkeep a yard? We are looking for volunteers who can come once a week to help our facilities team with any one of these tasks. Slots for volunteering are Tuesday – Friday, 7:30 A.M .- 3:00 P.M. All volunteers must be 18+ and are required to wear a mask, sign a volunteer waiver, wear closed-toed shoes, and bring drinking water. Sign up by filling out an online volunteer application here. Contact Ann Stoddard at (714) 732-2092 or astoddard@pohoc.org with any questions.

Food Pantry  |  Cypress College – Pathways of Hope (North Orange County):
Help prepare and hand out bags of food to Cypress College students in need. This drive-thru food bank will begin on September 1. Two shifts are available every Tuesday from 11 A.M. – 2 P.M. or 3 P.M. – 6 P.M. One shift is available every Wednesday from 9 A.M. – 12 P.M. All volunteers must be 18+ and are required to wear a mask, sign a volunteer waiver, wear closed-toed shoes, and bring drinking water. Sign up by filling out an online volunteer application here. Contact Ann Stoddard at (714) 732-2092 or astoddard@pohoc.org with any questions.

Food Pantry  |  North Orange Continuing Education College – Pathways of Hope (North Orange County):
Help prepare and hand out bags of food to NOCE College students in need. This foodbank will begin operating on Thursday, October 8, 2020. Two shifts are available every Thursday from 11 A.M. – 2 P.M. or 3 P.M. – 6 P.M. One shift is available every Friday from 8 A.M. – 12 P.M. All volunteers must be 18+ and are required to wear a mask, sign a volunteer waiver, wear closed-toed shoes, and bring drinking water. Sign up by filling out an online volunteer application here. Contact Ann Stoddard at (714) 732-2092 or astoddard@pohoc.org with any questions.

Food Pantry and Daily Donation Needs  |  StandUp for Kids | Services for Homeless & At-Risk Youth (Costa Mesa):
Support homeless and at-risk youth by donating food, hygiene, and cleaning supplies to their Costa Mesa location. For a list of food items needed, click here. Call (714) 356-5437 for more information and to coordinate your donation drop-off.

Food and Household Supply Donation Needs  |  Family Promise of Orange County – Emergency and Transitional Housing for Families (Central Orange County):
Support homeless families with children in need with donations of grocery gift cards, gas gift cards, baby diaper wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, and cleaning supplies. Contact Malia Cary at 714-749-0366 or malia@familypromiseoc.org to coordinate a donation. We ask that you please purchase all gift cards in $25 increments.

Food and Hygiene Donation Needs  |  Miracles for KIDS | Support of Families with a Critically Ill Child (Irvine):
Support low-income families with a critically ill child in need. Click here for a list of currently needed items. For more information or to schedule a donation drop off at their Irvine location, contact Terri Benedict at 714-730-3040 or tbenedict@miraclesforkids.org.  Or purchase a $25 online Walmart gift card to be donated to a family in need with tbenedict@miraclesforkids.org designated as the recipient.

Food Donation Needs  |  The Salvation Army  (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.

Food Supplies Needed  |  Grandma’s House of Hope – Nana’s Kidz Hunger Relief Program (Central and North Orange County):
Help meet the GREATLY increased need of providing healthy and easy-to-consume weekend meal bags for children who are living in housing insecure or homeless conditions in Anaheim, Orange, Santa Ana, and Tustin. To learn more about Nana’s Kidz Program current food needs and how you can help, click here or contact Virginia De Paola at virginia@grandmashouseofhope.org or call 714-558-8600 / 714-458-4172.

Grocery & Hygiene Supply Donations  |  Orangewood Foundation – Housing Support for Foster Youth (Central Orange County):
Donate grocery supplies and other items (via Amazon or onsite drive-thru drop-off). Click here to learn more or contact Humberto Roja at hrojas@orangewoodfoundation.org or 714-619-0220.

Handmade Cloth Face Masks  |  Orange County United Way – Nailing It for HealthCare Workers (NIT) (Orange County):
Help support the safety of HealthCare and other front-line service providers by providing them with a handmade cloth face mask. No specific pattern required. Basic CDC instructions on how to sew and wear a cloth face coverings can be found here. Completed face masks should be grouped 10 to 12 in a secured plastic zip lock bag and sent by either mail or courier (attention NIT) or made in person, Monday – Friday, 9 am – 3 pm at Advance Beauty College, 10121 Westminster Ave, Garden Grove, 92843. For general questions regarding Handmade Mask and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) donations, call 949-419-7859.

Hygiene and Food Donation Needs  |  H.I.S. House – Transitional Living Center (North Orange County):
Help provide for daily food, hygiene, and basic needs for H.I.S. House residents and outreach clients experiencing homelessness. Click here to see a list of urgent needed items. Donation drop-offs at Placentia location must be scheduled in advance and are available Monday – Thursday between 5 pm – 7 pm. To learn more and or schedule your drop off, contact Haley at haley@his-oc.org or (714) 993-5774 ext. 1003.

Kit Assembly (Hygiene and Essentials)  |  WISEPlace – Transitional Housing for Women (Central Orange County):
Demonstrate your support by collecting items here or products such as shampoo, conditioners, and brushes to assemble a hygiene or essentials kit. For more information, contact volunteers@wiseplace.org.

Kit Assembly (Hygiene & Family Activity Kits)  |  H.I.S. House – Transitional Living Center (North Orange County):
Help families transitioning from shelters to independent living by creating hygiene kits using this list here. Also, assembling a Family Fun Kit of simple board games, gift cards, baking mixes, or other fun activities for families. For more information and drop-off details, contact Haley at haley@his-oc.org or (714) 993-5774 ext. 1003.

Kit Assembly (Hygiene and Family Activity Kits) & Craft Making Opportunity  |  Pathways of Hope (Fullerton):
Support homeless and low-income families and individuals by creating desired kits and no-sew reusable grocery bags. Click on the links to learn more: hygiene kits, family activity kits, and no-sew grocery bags. Donation drop off at The HUB of Hope at 611 S. Ford Ave., Fullerton, CA 92832, Thursday or Friday 9 am – 11 am.

Kit Assembly (Service-2-Go Opportunities)  |  Orange County United Way (Orange County):
Help in providing daily essentials and supportive items for those most in need. Services-2-Go Kits provide for a safe, fun, and impactful remote volunteer opportunity that can be assembled individually or collectively as a group, and/or in coordination with Orange County United Way as a Day of Service activity. Kit 0ptions include COVID-19 Emergency Kits, Hygiene Kits, Literacy Kits, Technology Kits, and WelcomeHomeOC Baskets. For more information and/or to arrange for a delivery or drop off of completed kits, please contact Donna Burkland at DonnaB@UnitedWayOC.org or Doug McKay at DougM@UnitedWayOC.org.

Write “Seeds of Kindness” Encouragement Cards  |  Miracles for KIDS | Support of Families with a Critically Ill Child (Irvine):
Spread seeds of kindness and friendship by creating a card containing a flower seed packet for our Wellness Garden program and Kindness Boxes. For more information visit here or contact Terri Benedict at 714-730-3040 or tbenedict@miraclesforkids.org.

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.

 

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