SOURCE: Orange County Community Foundation

Orange County Community Foundation

February 26, 2014 15:19 ET

Orange County Community Foundation Awards $555,000 in ReachOut OC 2014 Grants, Exceeding Goal

This Fifth-Annual Effort Will Fund 42 Nonprofits; OCCF Directing Funds to Organizations That Support a Safety Net for Orange County's Most Vulnerable, the Health and Wellness of Children and Families, and Education for At-Risk Youth

NEWPORT BEACH, CA--(Marketwired - Feb 26, 2014) - Programs to provide a safety net for Orange County's most vulnerable residents, offer health and wellness services to children and families, and support the educational needs of local students will be strengthened as the Orange County Community Foundation awards $555,000 to nonprofits addressing critical issues affecting our community. The grants are a result of OCCF's ReachOut OC 2014 effort, which combined OCCF funds with contributions from its donors and the broader public. Because OCCF has underwritten 100 percent of program expenses, nonprofits meeting critical community needs receive every dollar contributed.

OCCF aligned ReachOut OC with the three critical issues identified by research conducted to create its ConnectOC Community Report: shelter, housing and food for vulnerable families and children; access to critical healthcare services; and educational achievement of at-risk youth. The first-of-its-kind resource, ConnectOC is providing eye-opening insight into the areas of greatest need in Orange County and helped shape the ReachOut OC 2014 grant criteria.

"Since launching ReachOut OC in 2009, we've made great strides in supporting our neighbors in greatest need," said Shelley Hoss, president of OCCF. "Thanks to the generous contributions of local community members, more than 100 Orange County nonprofits have received more than $3 million to serve those neighbors living in the shadows. Although certain sectors of our economy are stabilizing, the reality is that progress continues to elude far too many of our neighbors. ReachOut OC will make an urgent difference to a neighbor in need while strengthening Orange County."

A Snapshot of Neighbors in Need

Among this year's grant recipients is the Irvine-based Second Harvest Food Bank, which estimates that there are nearly 400,000 people who struggle with hunger in Orange County, and one in five children are at risk of hunger each month. A $20,000 grant will support its core mission of ending hunger in Orange County. Second Harvest partners with more than 340 member charities who feed the hungry in more than 470 locations throughout Orange County, including church pantries, shelters, senior centers, rehabilitation centers, and homes for abused women and children. 

Providing access to critical healthcare services, Share Our Selves logs more than 25,000 medical and dental visits annually. A $20,000 grant will support its on-site Patient Navigator at SOS - El Sol Wellness Center, which provides social services, screening and urgent care to the students and families of El Sol Science and Arts Academy in Santa Ana.

Also in Santa Ana, Padres Unidos can count the ways the recent economic downturn still is affecting the county's youth. A $20,000 grant will support its Parents as Teachers/School Readiness program, which provides free early-education sessions to 500 children, along with education for parents.

Grant   City   Website   Amount
Food, Shelter, and Safety            
American Family Housing   Midway City     $10,000
Colette's Children's Home   Huntington Beach     $10,000
Families Forward   Irvine     $15,000
Family Assistance Ministries   San Clemente     $20,000
Friendship Shelter   Laguna Beach     $10,000
Human Options   Irvine     $15,000
Illumination Foundation   Irvine     $15,000
Interval House   Seal Beach     $10,000
Laura's House   Ladera Ranch     $10,000
Mercy House Transitional Living Centers   Santa Ana     $15,000
Orange Coast Interfaith Shelter   Costa Mesa     $10,000
Pathways of Hope (Fullerton Interfaith Shelter)   Fullerton     $20,000
Second Harvest Food Bank   Irvine     $20,000
Serving People in Need (S.P.I.N.)   Costa Mesa     $15,000
Someone Cares Soup Kitchen   Costa Mesa     $10,000
South County Outreach   Lake Forest     $15,000
Southwest Minority Economic Development Association   Santa Ana     $10,000
Thomas House   Garden Grove     $10,000
We Care Los Alamitos   Los Alamitos     $10,000
WISEPlace   Santa Ana     $10,000
Women's Transitional Living Center   Fullerton     $10,000
Access to Health Care            
Access OC   Santa Ana     $15,000
Healthy Smiles for Kids of Orange County   Garden Grove     $15,000
Hurtt Family Health Center   Tustin     $10,000
Laguna Beach Community Clinic   Laguna Beach     $15,000
Lestonnac Free Clinic   Orange     $20,000
Livingstone CDC   Stanton     $10,000
Serve the People   Santa Ana     $15,000
Share Our Selves   Costa Mesa     $20,000
Gary Center   La Habra     $10,000
Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach   Laguna Beach     $10,000
Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana   Santa Ana     $15,000
Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley   Fountain Valley     $15,000
El Sol Science and Arts Academy of Santa Ana   Santa Ana     $10,000
El Viento Foundation   Huntington Beach     $10,000
Girls Incorporated of Orange County   Costa Mesa     $15,000
Hands Together A Center for Children   Santa Ana     $12,500
High School, Inc. Academies Foundation   Santa Ana
KidWorks Community Development Corporation   Santa Ana     $12,500
Padres Unidos   Santa Ana     $20,000
Science@OC   Santa Ana   $10,000
THINK Together   Santa Ana     $10,000

To learn more about these organizations, visit OC Nonprofit Central, an online database to help donors and local residents learn more about Orange County's nonprofit community and how to engage in the causes they care about most.

About Orange County Community Foundation
Founded in 1989, the Orange County Community Foundation works with donors, strengthens the local nonprofit sector and works to find solutions to community needs. The foundation has granted more than $265 million since its inception and ranks as the 7th most active grant-maker among more than 750 community foundations in the nation. For more information, call 949-553-4202. 



Contact Information

  • Contacts:

    Cynthia Ragland, APR
    Orange County Community Foundation
    949.553.4202 ext.22

    Kait McKay
    Reveille, Inc.

    Orange County Community Foundation
    4041 MacArthur Blvd.
    Suite 510
    Newport Beach, California 92660

    phone 949.553.4202
    facsimile 949.553.4211