What Do Nonprofit Organizations Need And How Can I Help?

Food Distribution

At Volunteer Network OC our mission is one of compassion for the plight of others and helping to make stronger, healthier communities.

We do this by bringing volunteers together with nonprofit organizations in Orange County. You can see local events posted on our free phone app. The app is available on Google Play and the App Store. There are events posted, and at this time during our Safer At Home Quarantine, most of our events are virtual/remote. We will see regular events coming back soon. We look forward to seeing you at these events.

We thought we would let you know how you can help in other ways as well. If you are interested in donating items, we are posting lists of some items needed by our local nonprofit organizations. We will make it easy for you to drop off the items at our Volunteer Network OC drop off and we will be happy to distribute the items for you.

Here are lists of items requested by nonprofit organizations:


Create Hygiene Bags which include some or all of the following:

  • Water bottle
  • Socks or beanie caps
  • Tuna (pop top canned meat) and crackers
  • Soft granola or cereal bar
  • Fruit snack or applesauce cup
  • Crackers with peanut butter or cheese
  • Gift certificate to fast food
  • Hand wipes & hand sanitizer
  • Lotion
  • Band Aids
  • Chapstick
  • Sunscreen
  • Comb or small brush
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Pack of Kleenex
  • Maxi pads/Tampons
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Can-opener
  • Mints, cough drops or gum

Family Activity Bags which include some or all of the following:

  • Puzzles (both kid and older)
  • Games (dominos, bingo, board, kid friendly please)
  • Etch a sketch, playdough, i.e. hands on play
  • Playing Cards (including learning ones)
  • Activity Books (sticker books, word find, hangman, mad libs, sudoku)
  • Coloring books
  • Crayons, colored pencils, or markers
  • Pens and pencils
  • Plain paper
  • Books- picture and chapter
  • Fun Crafting supplies like stickers, pom poms, foam activity kits (add glue sticks, scissors, and tape to assemble)
  • Non-toxic paints, brushes, & paper for paints
  • Movies
  • Popcorn
  • Fun napkins
  • Box of cookie mix, cake mix or other baking item that you only need to add water

Food Items needed:

  • Mac and Cheese Cups
  • Snacks
  • Granola bars,
  • Crackers
  • Fruit Snacks
  • Canned meat (tuna, chicken)
  • Cup of Noodles
  • 1lb bag or box of pasta
  • Canned Pasta Sauce
  • Canned Vegetables Canned Fruit
  • Box Multi-pack Oatmeal
  • Meals-in-One (Soup, Chili, canned pasta meal)

When you are ready to drop off at our location below, please call 949-264-3535 to make sure someone is there to meet you.


4100 Newport Pl # 230
Newport Beach, CA 92660