In honor of the many lives impacted in the United States and around the world by the events of September 11, 2001, OneOC, formerly Volunteer Center Orange County, is hosting a number of events focusing on the theme of “Remembrance through Service.” The Bank of America and Home Depot are sponsoring the events.
These countywide service projects and events will engage prospective volunteers, asking them to participate in activities that support our troops and veterans, and improve the safety and vitality of Orange County residents.
Highlights include a large-scale Orange County nonprofit volunteer outreach event in Costa Mesa that will encourage local residents “to serve locally while our American soldiers serve globally,” and a community improvement program hosted by KidWorks and the City of Santa Ana that includes painting murals, clean-up projects, school and park beautification activities and writing thank-you notes to military personnel, among others.
“Many Americans lost their lives when our country was attacked and one of the best ways we can remember and honor them is by providing service in our community. It is when America is at its best,” said OneOC President and CEO Daniel McQuaid. “We invite individuals, groups and businesses to participate in 9/11 service activities to spark a commitment to volunteerism as a solution to the recovery and vibrancy of our communities.”
“We are delighted to be the presenting sponsor of OneOC’s 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance,” said Allen Staff, Orange County Market President, Bank of America. “Bank of America appreciates the significant sacrifices our military personnel and their families make every day. To show that support we provide special rates and services to more than two million active and retired military households and employ more than 5,000 active and veteran U.S. military service members…The attacks of 9/11 touched us directly with the loss of three Bank of America and three Merrill Lynch employees.”
“The Home Depot Foundation is a proud supporter of OneOC’s 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance,” said Sherry Caraway, Division community affairs manager, The Home Depot Foundation Western Division. “The Home Depot Foundation's Celebration of Service campaign will support more than 200 nonprofits like OneOC with community volunteer projects directly aimed at improving homes, facilities and community centers where veterans live and receive services.”
The list of activities include:
Project Toolkits – Sign up to receive project toolkits that individuals or groups can complete as a 9/11-tribute event. Projects include letter-writing campaigns to servicemen and servicewomen, putting packages together for wounded warriors and making scarves for those deployed.
• Blue Star Families – Military Letter Campaign
• Wounded Warriors – Care Packages Donation Drive
• Operation Gratitude – Active Duty Scarves Project
• United We Serve – Disaster Preparedness
• Local Heroes – OC Fire and Police Gratitude Kits
Get Prepared RSVP – September 6-9 at OneOC (12:30-1pm)
Disaster service leaders with RSVP, formerly called the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, will provide a 30-minute toolkit presentation designed to help attendees organize, prepare and volunteer with community-based organizations or well-organized independent groups that fill a critical gap in times of disaster.
Generations of Service – September 10 at Monte Vista Elementary School (10am-1pm)
Join State Senator Lou Correa and the Young Senators Program, as well as local veterans, for a re-beautification project at Monte Vista Elementary School in Santa Ana that includes painting a mural commemorating 9/11 events.
Signature 9/11 Tribute Event – September 11 at KidWorks, Santa Ana (12-5pm)
This signature event will take place in Santa Ana with the KidWorks charity serving as the hub. The focus will be on projects that improve the lives of people living in the neighborhood that KidWorks impacts in partnership with local schools, government, law enforcement, city parks and veteran support organizations. OneOC’s board of directors and corporate employee volunteers will lead these efforts.
KidWorks Projects – These include murals, welcome packets and craft kits, a wall tile project, student store donations and military appreciation cards.
Community Beautification Projects – Included here are Myrtle Street Alley and KidWorks expansion property, projects at Santa Ana elementary schools, as well as clean-up projects at Jerome and Friendship parks.
“9th Annual People Helping People” Volunteer Commitment Fair – September 11 in Costa Mesa (12-4pm)
Nonprofit groups will assemble at the Volunteer Commitment Fair at South Coast Plaza West (at Bear and South Coast Drive) to inspire community engagement through volunteerism. Participants will be encouraged to commit a minimum of one volunteer hour per month for the upcoming year and all volunteers will receive a special thank you and have the opportunity to participate in the 9/11 tribute ceremony at 1:15pm located at the South Coast Drive entry. This fair is made possible through a collaboration of Center for Spiritual Living – Newport Mesa, Festival of Children Foundation and OneOC.
$9.11 Employee Giving Campaign to Promote Literacy and Volunteerism
Companies can host employee fundraising campaigns to purchase books and inspire children from Orange County’s most hard pressed school districts to discover the power they have to make a difference, no matter their financial circumstance. Organized by OneOC, the Spirit of Giving program will provide more than 2,500 first graders with books for their personal library to reinforce lessons about the importance of volunteering and giving back. In December, company volunteers can read stories about giving to the beneficiary students. To get involved, visit www.OneOC.org/9-11-give/.
Life Changing Lives Gala – September 11 at The Grove of Anaheim
The 4th annual Life Changing Lives benefit - One Nation. One Heart recognizes individuals and organizations that have had a positive effect by inspiration or by action on the lives of those who have struggled with disease, loss or other adverse situations. The 2011 honorees include the three-time World Heavyweight Champion and boxing legend Muhammad Ali. Event proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, among other charities.
1st Annual Orange County Stand Down – September 17-18 at Santa Ana College Lot 13
This two-day event sponsored by the County of Orange and Veterans First provides the region’s homeless and low-income veterans and their families with access to basic services, gives them an opportunity to bond with their fellow veterans and encourages them to start rebuilding their lives. Volunteers will assist multiple agencies.
Family Service Teams – September 18 (12-130pm)
The OneOC Family Service Team (FST) program provides children and their families with a simple and organized way of building volunteerism into family life. Working together, families have fun while learning about the importance of giving their time, talent and energy to make a difference throughout Orange County. This year, FST families have pledged to serve 500 hours in honor of the victims of 9/11.
Post a 9/11 Project – OneOC nonprofit members are invited to post their 9/11 projects on the organization’s online calendar.
The presenting sponsor of the 9/11-Day of Service and Remembrance is Bank of America and Home Depot has provided an in-kind donation of materials to support the volunteer projects.