Spring is a season of hope and renewal, signaling the chance at new beginnings. While local Orange County nonprofits always need additional help, volunteering during the spring is a great time to get involved and help our local community through acts of kindness.
If you’re looking for ways to give back, check out these spring volunteer opportunities in Orange County.
Grandma’s House of Hope: Easter baskets
Grandma’s House of Hope is a non-profit charity that helps women, children, and families who are living in extreme poverty. Many of the people the charity helps are also dealing with mental illness, domestic violence, life-threatening illnesses or other major issues in their lives. Many of those receiving help from Grandma’s House of Hope often fall through the cracks of existing programs but are still in dire need of help.
By putting together Easter baskets, you can help put smiles on the faces of children and families who wouldn’t otherwise get a basket for Easter. Baskets can include gift cards, movie tickets to Regal or AMC theaters, new twin bedding, journals and books, and art and gardening supplies. Hygiene products like toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, and conditioner, are also greatly appreciated.
The cost of baskets is typically $10-$15. Drop off times for the baskets are flexible so you can do it according to your schedule. Grandma’s House of Hope is located on E. 17th Street in Santa Ana.
Mariposa Women and Family Center: Special projects at their office
The Mariposa Women and Family Center, located in Orange, is a non-profit organization that specializes in women’s health issues. Mental health, drug and alcohol addiction, and domestic violence are just a few of the issues those who receive help are dealing with. Counseling and therapy sessions help women overcome the issues that are impacting their lives.
Volunteers are needed year-round to help the center continue to offer help and programs to women in need. You can volunteer in the office for a number of different projects that vary from time to time. Committee members are also needed to help with planning events and finances.
The Mariposa Women and Family Center relies on volunteers to keep its programs going. Simply fill out a volunteer application to express your interest and the times when you are available.
Project Hope Alliance: Unpacking Party
At Project Hope Alliance, the goal is to end childhood homelessness. The non-profit organization is located in Costa Mesa and provides programs aimed to help educate children and give them a better life. They also provide food, clothing, and help homeless families find a safe, new place to stay.
If you’re looking for a way to help, volunteer at the Project Hope Alliance Unpacking Party on Sunday, March 24th. Volunteers are needed to move food into the group’s community space. Participants need to be at least 10 years old and heavy lifting and closed-toe shoes are required. If you’re interested in volunteering, you can find out more here.
Western Youth Services: Host an art supply drive
Western Youth Services is in Laguna Hills and aims to help children dealing with mental health issues. Services include evaluation, crisis intervention, case management, therapy sessions, and parenting classes and education. Western Youth Services helps children dealing with emotional and behavioral issues, depression and anxiety, post-traumatic stress, child abuse issues, and grief.
Many times children express their emotions and thoughts through art rather than words. That’s why Western Youth Services is always accepting donated art supplies for the children it helps.
This spring consider hosting an art supply drive to gather markers, colored pencils, paints, glue sticks, paper, and other craft supplies. Contact Western Youth Services for information on how to host an art supply drive.
Attend the WHW Annual Fundraiser (Annual Luncheon and Fashion Show)
The goal of the WHW is to give the unemployed and underemployed the skills and resources they need to get and hold a good job. The WHW offers programs such as employment readiness workshops, computer training, and job placement assistance. Since it opened in 1993, the WHW has helped more than 100,000 job seekers at no cost to them.
The WHW is always looking for volunteers to host a clothing drive, plan an event, and become a resume coach, among other tasks. But, each year it holds an annual fundraiser to help it maintain the programs it is able to offer. The annual luncheon and fashion show is being held April 27th at the Balboa Club in Newport Beach.
The main event is a western-themed fashion show, as well as a silent auction, martini bar, and whiskey tasting with all proceeds benefiting the WDW programs. Tickets and different sponsorship opportunities can be purchased online.
Start the spring season off right by taking part in one of these volunteer opportunities. For more ideas, check out the organizations I support and recommend on my website, Success With Purpose.