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OneOC presents volunteering award to CASA

The Santa Ana nonprofit was honored for service to Orange County children

By Elaine MurphyPublished: April 13, 2012 01:30 PM

Santa Ana-based OneOC has chosen another Santa Ana nonprofit, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Orange County (CASA), as the recipient of this year’s Giving is Living award, which honors exceptional service by local nonprofits.

CASA volunteers provide mentorship to severely abused and neglected children who are placed in foster care, providing youth with positive role models. Court-appointed adult volunteers build encouraging and stable relationships with the children by spending one-on-one time with them, and advocate for the children’s health and safety by reporting essential information regarding their situations to the court.

The award will be presented at OneOC’s annual Spirit of Volunteerism awards luncheon, held at the Disneyland Hotel on April 20. Sponsored by the Orange County Register, the event has already raised more than $174,000 in corporate and individual donations to support volunteer training and resources for area nonprofits.

OneOC, which trains volunteers and supports more than 650 community organizations, will also recognize 355 volunteers for their contributions to nonprofit organizations.

Daniel McQuaid, OneOC president and CEO, said, "CASA stands out as a protector of the rights of our most vulnerable children. Through CASA, there is a chance for a better outcome. Their volunteers stand up for them, giving them a voice and a chance for a better life. We are honored to recognize their contribution to making Orange County a better place to live."

“We are absolutely thrilled to be acknowledged by OneOC, one of the county’s premier organizations that mobilizes volunteers,” said Gene Howard, executive director of CASA. "The rights of our most vulnerable children are being lost in the shuffle of a strained system. On any given day in Orange County, there are over 2,500 children in foster care. We hope that this honor will increase awareness of the need that is out there and the support our volunteers provide.”

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