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The last few years have magnified the challenges and divisions facing our community. But Orange County is stronger when we’re united—united in our diversity and in our passion to improve lives for everyone who lives here.

Cultures United is a virtual conversation series that encourages dialogue, collaboration, philanthropy, and unity. Informed and motivated by our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement, each discussion aims to highlight and celebrate our differences, share our strengths, and unite to do more for our community.

Upcoming Conversation

The Lifeline of Our Community

Wednesday, February 28, 2024 | 8:00am to 9:00am

Orange County is a vibrant community made up of 34 culturally diverse cities. It’s a bustling home to 3.1 million people, each with our own story. While most seek to thrive, there are those who are simply trying to survive.

In our first Cultures United conversation of 2024, we’re excited to introduce you to Orange County United Way’s newest key service, 2-1-1 Orange County (211OC). Just as 911 is the easy-to-remember number to access emergency services, 211 is the easy-to-remember hotline dedicated to helping residents access the vast network of support services right here in Orange County.

Join Steve Churm, Orange County United Way Board member and Leadership Council Chair of 211OC, as he hosts Elizabeth Andrade, Executive Director of 211OC, along with two Care Coordinators who will be sharing real stories of real people in our county who have been assisted by 211.

FIND OUT WHY 211 IS THE LIFELINE OF ORANGE COUNTY.

Featured Speakers

Steve Churm
MODERATOR
Leadership Council Chair,
2-1-1 Orange County and Board
Member, Orange County United Way

Elizabeth Andrade
Executive Director,
2-1-1 Orange County
Orange County United Way

Judith Arellano
2-1-1 Orange County
Care Coordinator
Orange County United Way

Diana Delgado
2-1-1 Orange County
Care Coordinator
Orange County United Way

Thank You to Our Sponsor

  • Discover similarities within our community
  • Find pride in the different cultures that make up Orange County
  • Learn about the challenges facing our most vulnerable communities
  • Be inspired to take action

Check Out Past Conversations

November 15, 2023
Celebrating Orange County’s Native American Heritage and Future

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with a conversation on diverse traditions and current issues faced by our local Indigenous people groups.

In this Cultures United conversation, we focus on how recognition matters as leaders are working to pass on their history, heritage and cultural traditions to future generations. Plus, hear stories, customs and traditions from members of other tribes who live in Orange County.

Help spread the word about this impactful series by sharing the event recording with your networks!

 

Cultures United Chairs

Ben Alvarado

Executive Vice President and Director of Core Banking, California Bank & Trust
Board of Directors, Orange County United Way

Martha Daniel

CEO and President, Information Management Resources, Inc.,
Board of Directors, Orange County United Way

Tam Nguyen

President, Advance Beauty College
Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Orange County United Way

Susan B. Parks

President and CEO, Orange County United Way

Contact

If you have any questions, please email CulturesUnited@UnitedWayOC.org.

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