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In The Spotlight – Isaiah House

It is a pleasure to put a spotlight on Isaiah House, an organization that relies on the generosity of our community to help people who need assistance.  The work of Isaiah House is provided under the guidance of Dwight and Leia Smith.  They began volunteering at Isaiah House in 1993, and moved into the house [...]

By |2019-06-28T15:57:36-07:00November 20th, 2016|In The Spotlight|0 Comments

Motel to Become Apartments for 71 Families Experiencing Homelessness

The City of Santa Ana is working with Community Development Partners to transform an old Santa Ana motel into apartments for 71 families. This is Santa Ana's first permanent supportive housing project for individuals who are chronically homeless. Santa Ana will provide rent vouchers to those families totaling close to $1 million annually to make [...]

By |2019-06-28T15:57:36-07:00November 5th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Homelessness and Poverty in Orange County

The Problem: Homelessness and Poverty Homelessness and poverty are widespread issues that, combined, affect millions of people nationwide, and hundreds of thousands of people in Orange County alone. On a single night in 2014, more than 575,000 people were experiencing homelessness in the United States—meaning they were sleeping outside or in an emergency shelter or [...]

By |2019-08-09T16:06:45-07:00September 26th, 2016|Poverty|Comments Off on Homelessness and Poverty in Orange County

7 Reasons Why You Should Volunteer

Reason #1: You Feel a Sense of Duty This is why we started Volunteer Network OC: we believe that those who are more fortunate should help those who are less fortunate.  You may have been blessed with a good family, a nice home, mental and physical health, the opportunity to receive a good education, etc.  [...]

By |2019-08-09T16:07:25-07:00September 26th, 2016|VNOC, Why Volunteer|Comments Off on 7 Reasons Why You Should Volunteer

Wanda Witter – A Determined and Courageous Woman

Wanda Witter On August 22 and 23, 2016, the Washington Post reported about 80-year old Wanda Witter.  Ms. Witter was formerly a machinist in New York who manufactured turbine and engine parts.  After she lost her job at Ingersoll Rand, she moved in with her daughter in Colorado, and began to plan [...]

By |2019-06-28T15:57:36-07:00September 26th, 2016|Inspiring Stories|0 Comments

Meet James Brooks – An Angel Among Us

James Brooks is a living inspiration.  Once homeless himself, James now serves as Mercy House’s O.C. Programs Director, Emergency Services for individuals experiencing homelessness. In the process of launching our website, we approached Mercy House for assistance with a video project.  We were looking to meet, speak with, and videotape some of the people in [...]

By |2019-08-09T16:07:40-07:00September 26th, 2016|Angels Among Us|Comments Off on Meet James Brooks – An Angel Among Us


AmeriCorps is often referred to as the "domestic Peace Corps." Participants — known as AmeriCorps members — perform a year of service with a program that meets local community needs in return for a modest living allowance and education award. For the 2013-14 program year, CaliforniaVolunteers will fund up to 44 programs totaling more than [...]

By |2019-08-09T16:09:11-07:00May 8th, 2016|VNOC|Comments Off on AmeriCorps

California Faith Communities Summit

Faith communities serve as focal points for people seeking social, spiritual and recovery assistance when disaster strikes, as evidenced by the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Hurricane Katrina, and the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. Communities that struggle to recover from these events often lack strong social and religious networks. In fact, in times of crisis, research has found [...]

By |2019-06-28T15:57:37-07:00May 8th, 2016|VNOC|0 Comments

Why Should I Get Involved?

The community needs you. Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place.  The problem of homelessness and poverty exists.  As a community, we need to lend a hand to individuals and families who are in a less fortunate situation than we are.  Hopefully, with a little help, many of [...]

By |2019-08-09T16:08:37-07:00December 22nd, 2015|VNOC|Comments Off on Why Should I Get Involved?

Homelessness and Poverty in Orange County

The homeless population in Orange County continues to grow at an alarming rate.  In one night in January, 2015, a point-in-time count tallied 4,452 homeless people in Orange County.  Using that data, it is estimated that 15,300 people are homeless at least one night during the year.  has grown since the last official check two [...]

By |2019-08-09T16:08:22-07:00December 22nd, 2015|VNOC|Comments Off on Homelessness and Poverty in Orange County