My Top Ten Places to Give
1. Share Our Selves https://www.shareourselves.org
SOS is a nationally recognized health center focusing on providing care and assistance to those in need and acting as advocates for systemic change. SOS’s Comprehensive Services provide food, emergency financial assistance, case management, legal aid, education and training for low–income and homeless Orange County residents.
- Case Management Program identifies individual needs
- SOS is designated as a Healthcare for the Homeless provider
- Services include financial assistance for rent and emergency housing
- Food Pantry, Medical Center, Dental Services, and Pharmacy
- Core Values: Dignity // Service // Excellence // Justice
2. Second Harvest Food Bank https://www.feedoc.org/
Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County is the largest nonprofit hunger relief organization leading the fight to end hunger in our community. They are a member of Feeding America, a nationwide hunger-relief network of 200 food banks.
- Together we are creating a future where no one goes hungry. Ever.
- Mission Statement: To end hunger in Orange County.
- $1 donated helps provide the equivalent of 3 meals
- 301,000 people in OC are at risk of hunger each month
- 22% of OC seniors are at risk of hunger & 45% can’t afford basics
3. Habitat for Humanity https://www.habitatoc.org/
Habitat for Humanity of Orange County is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seek to put love and faith into action by building homes, communities and hope. Habitat for Humanity of Orange County is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.
- Advocacy for fair housing policies and eradication of substandard housing
- Helps solve the Affordable Housing Crisis
- Respect and gratitude for those who give and those who receive
- Environmental and financial sustainability
- Environmental and financial sustainability
4. Big Brothers Big Sisters Orange County https://www.ocbigs.org/
We believe that all children should have the opportunity to succeed in life and live up to their full potential.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County was founded in 1958 and is one of the national organization’s top mentoring agencies in the country, serving more than 3,300 children each year.
Our Purpose: For every child to have the opportunity to succeed in life and live up to their full potential.
Our Mission: To provide strong and enduring, one-to-one, professionally supported mentoring relationships for every child who needs and wants one.
- Vision: To change the life of a child for the better, forever.
- One on One Mentoring Programs
- Big Couples Mentoring a “Little”
- Workplace Mentoring: Employees are matched with a high school student
- High Schoolers, grades 9-12 are matched with elementary school students
5. HomeAid https://www.homeaidoc.org/
HomeAid Orange County’s vision to end homelessness starts at the core – where does someone go when they suddenly find themselves without a home? HomeAid gives children and their parents, along with individuals, the opportunity to move from benches to beds to self-sufficiency. HomeAid achieves its mission through awareness, housing, and service outreach.
- Ending Homelessness Through Advocacy
- Family CareCenter for families experiencing homelessness
- Focuses on Housing as the most important issue to solve related to homelessness
- Housing is the first step, not a reward after ‘being fixed’ by programs
- Providing housing for the homeless actually saves money
6. Semper Fi fund https://semperfifund.org/
Semper Fi Fund provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to combat wounded, critically ill and catastrophically injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. We deliver the resources they need during recovery and transition back to their communities, working to ensure no one is left behind.
- $9,540,000 in assistance has been given for Adaptive Home Modifications.
- Minimizing overhead to achieve maximum results, we restore hope and revitalize lives.
- Service Member and Family Support Program
- Transition Program
- Integrative Wellness Program
7. CHOC Children’s Foundation https://www.choc.org/giving/
A non-profit health system that relies on community support to provide leading edge care for infants, children and adolescents close to home.
8. Orange County United Way https://www.unitedwayoc.org/
We fight for the education, health, housing and financial stability of every person in Orange County. The money we raise goes right back into one of our Community Impact programs right here in Orange County. United to End Homelessness, specifically, is committed to reducing homelessness in Orange County to functional zero. This means that there will be services and housing available for every individual who may need them. We complement the work of the Orange County Commission to End Homelessness and Continuum of Care Board. In 2017 we partnered with Jamboree, and the University of California, Irvine, with the support of the Association of California Cities – Orange County (ACC-OC), 2-1-1 of Orange County, and the Hospital Association of Southern California to create a collaborative study on the cost of homelessness in the county.
- “housing first approach to ending homelessness”
- FACE 2024 is a 10-year collaborative, communitywide action plan to change the future for the next generation of our residents.
- Doing More, at its core, is the way we think and act every day
- Families and individuals trying to get back on the path to self-sufficiency are given a second chance
- United Way is an international organization that impacts up to 50 million lives across the globe each year, with a presence in nearly 1,800 communities across 40 countries
9. Laura’s House https://www.laurashouse.org/
Our Mission is to change social beliefs, attitudes and the behaviors that perpetuate domestic violence while creating a safe space in which to empower individuals and families affected by abuse. Our goal is to provide supportive service programs that will prepare our clients and their children to live independent and violence free lives, with an emphasis on education and prevention for future generations.
- Laura’s House provides unduplicated domestic violence-related services to the 915,000 residents of Orange County, California and beyond
- The only state-approved comprehensive domestic violence agency in South Orange County
- residential shelter services, transitional housing, counseling and workshops, and legal services
- Our target population is families experiencing the effects of domestic violence in need of emergency shelter, support, education and counseling
- Laura’s House has a 52-bed shelter for abused women and their children
10. OC Child Abuse prevention center. https://www.brightfutures4kids.org/
The Child Abuse Prevention Center directly serves at-risk children and families in crisis to prevent and break the generational cycle of child abuse. The Child Abuse Prevention Center is the country’s leading not-for-profit organization focused exclusively on the prevention of child abuse. Our early intervention programs have a well-documented record of strengthening and improving parent-child relationships, working to prevent child abuse before it occurs.
- replace parenting patterns that may lead to abuse and neglect with nurturing parenting styles
- empower parents to become self-sufficient
- we have provided services to more than 300,000 children and parents in our community
- 8 different programs are designed to work with each family’s unique needs
- Our program goals are to directly serve those in need, reach those we can engage in our work, and teach those whom we cannot directly serve.