The short answer is that we act as a bridge between volunteers and more than six dozen organizations that help disadvantaged people in our community, including individuals experiencing homelessness or extreme poverty.
The long answer is provided in our mission statement: Volunteer Network OC is a nonprofit organization designed to connect volunteers to organizations providing services to people in need. Our goal is to bridge the gap between volunteers who want to help but aren’t sure where to start, and organizations who need volunteers but don’t know where to find them. Through our website, user-friendly app, and social media platform, we aim to inspire volunteers and to provide support to the organizations who help feed, clothe, shelter and support disadvantaged and vulnerable people in Orange County. Our goal is to make volunteering easy and accessible to everyone.
Also, we wish to educate our community about the people who need and deserve our help and the incredible individuals who have dedicated their lives to help those people. We do this with summaries of the organizations, our In the Spotlight post which focuses on those organizations, the Angels Among Us post which shares stories about individuals who have made a difference in the lives of others, and the Inspiring Stories post which describes success stories about individuals who were once homeless or extremely poor and are now contributing members of our community.