As Orange County heads back to school, nonprofits throughout the region are stepping up to help students and parents in creative and collaborative ways.
In our new series, OCPRSA Steps Up, the OCPRSA Community Service committee highlights how local nonprofit organizations are stepping up in big ways. This fall’s column features nonprofits assisting our community educators, families and students as many of them prepared for a new school year.
Orange County United Way Collects School Supplies for OC Families
Orange County United Way is collecting donated backpacks, pencils headsets and other school supplies to help provide the resources needed for every student to receive a quality education. To get involves, you can schedule a drop-off until August 31, purchase items through the organization’s Amazon Wish List or make a financial contribution instead. Learn more ways to get involved here.
YMCA of OC Develops Distance Learning Support and Child Care Programs
The YMCA of Orange County (YMCAOC) is stepping up to offer distance learning support to individuals as well as companies. Companies can choose to offer onsite learning support or create an employer-subsidized program. The nonprofit can also support families who may need assistance with subsidized childcare and afterschool programs. Learn more about their corporate programs here.
Boys & Girls Clubs Expand Support Services for OC Youth and Families
Following state and federal guidelines, Boys & Girls Clubs continue to offer hope and basic needs support for essential workers, families in need, and youth of all ages. Essentially, doing Whatever It Takes to build great futures for Orange County youth, 14 Boys & Girls Clubs spread across 25 cities are united in offering a variety of support services, including: in-person and virtual programming, telehealth visits and wellness checks, Grab-n-go STEM activities, access to licensed therapists, food distribution, family resources, literacy and reading programs, and childcare. For information on specific programming and community offerings, visit the Boys & Girls Clubs’ website here.
Think Together Develops Professional Education Training and Expands Distance Learning Curriculum
Think Together, California’s largest afterschool and expanded learning program provider for public schools, is getting creative by collaborating to meet their school district’s unique needs. Recently the nonprofit held trainings with Orange Unified School District to better prepare teachers and staff for teaching in a distance learning environment. In addition, staff throughout Southern California are helping schools with meal and device distribution, wellness checks and onsite support. Learn more here.
Waste Not OC Coalition Unveils Self-Sustainable Freezer to Store Frozen Meals For People In Need
The Anaheim Union High School District in partnership with Waste Not OC Coalition and Impact the Change, unveiled last week the world’s first off-the-grid, fully sustainable, 100 percent solar-powered freezer unit to store thousands of frozen meals for people in need. Learn more about the partnership here.
Have a feel-good story to share?
Do you work or volunteer for a registered nonprofit or social impact organization? Know of a local nonprofit helping to make Orange County a better place for all? We’re looking to feature the good work you’re doing to help bring awareness to your cause. Contact OCPRSA Community Service Chair Elena Bosch at firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered in our next column.