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Cheers to Two Local Restaurants

Cheers to Two Local Restaurants Last month, Friends of Volunteer Network OC spent the morning helping homeless men and women in Laguna Beach. We handed out Bombas socks, lunch bags, blankets and face masks, and we spent time talking to many of the individuals living on the streets of Laguna. After it was over, Cheryl [...]

By |2020-10-21T20:13:11-07:00October 21st, 2020|Inspiring Stories|Comments Off on Cheers to Two Local Restaurants

Qoheleth Ministries

Qoheleth Ministries Brent Bordelon We are writing this article to share a very special ministry with our viewers. We just learned about Qoheleth Ministries a few months ago and are impressed by their good work and the warmth and love exhibited by their volunteers. It all starts with the organization’s founder, Orlando Sanchez, [...]

By |2020-07-08T21:12:42-07:00July 6th, 2020|Angels Among Us|Comments Off on Qoheleth Ministries

We Are In This Together

We Are In This Together The above title could have been Volunteer Network OC’s mission statement or at least our motto in good times and bad.  We believe everyone in our community should be looking out for every other person, regardless of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital [...]

By |2020-04-14T16:17:28-07:00April 13th, 2020|News|Comments Off on We Are In This Together

Ask Not What You Can Do For Yourself, But What You Can Do for Others

Ask Not What You Can Do For Yourself, But What You Can Do for Others Over the past couple of weeks as the COVID-19 crisis has hit our communities, we witnessed a couple of acts of true kindness.  We would like to share them with you as a reminder that we are a compassionate, [...]

By |2020-03-18T10:09:40-07:00March 16th, 2020|Inspiring Stories|Comments Off on Ask Not What You Can Do For Yourself, But What You Can Do for Others

2019 Volunteers of the Year: Beverly Ann Heene and Sarah Ontiveros

Introduction 2019 was a landmark year for Volunteer Network OC. With the launch of our mobile app in July, there were plenty of opportunities to volunteer with our registered organizations. Users quickly became pros using our app. If you would like to explore volunteer opportunities, please download the app from either Apple App Store [...]

By |2020-07-06T20:55:12-07:00December 28th, 2019|In The Spotlight|Comments Off on 2019 Volunteers of the Year: Beverly Ann Heene and Sarah Ontiveros

Caring Educators Nourishing All (CENA)

For more than 25 years, the Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) has worked to provide support and care for some of the neediest families in Santa Ana; one such activity is the district’s annual Caring Educators Nourishing All (CENA) event. Each year at CENA, Santa Ana Unified employees, community partners, families, and friends come [...]

By |2019-12-12T15:01:07-08:00December 11th, 2019|Angels Among Us|Comments Off on Caring Educators Nourishing All (CENA)

Panhandlers – Should or Shouldn’t We Help Them-2

Part II of II - It’s Your Choice, But Be Kind!  In part I of this article, I acknowledged that, as a rule, I don’t give money to strangers because I don’t know if the money will help or hurt them. Will the money be used for food and shelter? Or something destructive, such as alcohol [...]

By |2020-03-25T10:04:36-07:00October 28th, 2019|News|Comments Off on Panhandlers – Should or Shouldn’t We Help Them-2

Panhandlers – Should or Shouldn’t We Help Them

Part I of II - If it had ketchup, it would be perfect!  A few years ago, I was standing in line outside the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Los Angeles.   As I stood there, I noticed a man walking up and down the line begging for money. He was holding a handwritten sign on torn cardboard. [...]

By |2020-03-25T10:02:32-07:00September 2nd, 2019|News|Comments Off on Panhandlers – Should or Shouldn’t We Help Them