Here are a few ways you can get involved in your community. 

Giving back and getting involved with your community is one of the best feelings in the world. Whether you have weekends free, or just one night a month, there are a lot of volunteer opportunities in Orange County.

1. Orange County Rescue Mission, Tustin

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Simply put, the OC Rescue Mission is doing amazing work. They shelter people suffering from drug addictions, homelessness and abuse. They provide resources and classes to help those overcome their troubles and get back on their feet all the while having some place safe to live. The Rescue Mission also offers around the clock childcare so parents can attend classes and meetings.

For more information, visit the OC Rescue Mission’s site.

2. Irvine Animal Care Center, Irvine


I receive daily updates on the pets the Irvine Animal Care Center adopts out and takes in on a regular basis, and it’s impressive! This organization is so active in the community and is constantly having events that I’m sure require many volunteers– hint, hint.

See more of the Care Center’s amazing work and follow their daily adoptions on Facebook.

3. Orange County Coastkeeper, Costa Mesa/ Orange


There are a few different ways to work with OC Coastkeeper. First, they have a beautiful garden in the City of Orange where you can help maintain and care for a variety of species of plants. I recommend taking a trip there just to soak in the beauty of it when you have a chance! Secondly, Coastkeeper hosts all kinds of cleanup projects. You can signup for emails of when the next creek or beach cleanup takes place, which is usually on weekend mornings.

Get involved and signup for newsletters at Coastkeeper’s informative website.

4. Lion’s Heart, Aliso Viejo/ Costa Mesa/ Fullerton/ Huntington Beach/ Irvine/ Laguna Beach etc.


This is perfect for teens in 6th-12th grade to start getting active in their communities. There are chapters located throughout Orange County from San Juan Capistrano up to Fullerton and beyond! Parents can get involved by being a coordinator for a group of teen volunteers.

Learn more about Lion’s Heart here.

5. Someone Cares Soup Kitchen, Costa Mesa

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You can give back to your community by volunteering to serve meals, tutor children or just donate to help feed those in need with Someone Cares Soup Kitchen. The program is run out of a building that was once a Chinese restaurant in Costa Mesa, and I know they could use your help!

Apply to be a volunteer at Someone Cares Soup Kitchen here.

6. Habitat For Humanity, Santa Ana

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Habitat for Humanity is actively working to restore parts of Orange County, and they’re always looking for volunteers! Spend a few hours getting your hands dirty with this do-it-yourself opportunity.

Learn more or signup to volunteer here.

7. OC Public Libraries, Dana Point


As an OC Library volunteer, you will be trained by librarians to assist with activities and events. It’s an awesome way to stay involved with your community and updated on the latest events. Plus, if it’s a great option if you’re looking for an opportunity that is a little more laid-back and relaxing.

Check out Dana Point’s library volunteer information here. For a list of other branches, visit this site.

8. Mission San Juan Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano


This may be the coolest way to explore Mission San Juan Capistrano! Why not spend your day doing something good while enjoying the beauty of the mission?! I’m sure they would love to have you go down and join them for a day!

See the mission’s volunteer positions here.

9. OASIS Senior Center, Corona del Mar


Work the welcome desk, help with meals-on-wheels or assist with events with this meaningful volunteer opportunity. It’s a fun way to make some people smile while helping them stay active and lead exciting lives!

Learn more about OASIS or fill out an application on the city’s site.

10. KidWorks, Santa Ana


It’s no secret that Santa Ana is a tough place to live, and that’s why KidWorks was established. You can join in on their mission of helping kids stay in school and succeed. They’re actively working to provide brighter and better futures for children affected by poverty, violence and neglect, and you can be a part of their success story.

Learn more about this Santa Ana organization here.

Originally posted 2016-03-17 22:05:56.

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