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Volunteer
Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Orangewood. Please read about our various volunteer opportunities below and then click on the link to complete our Volunteer Interest Form or call our Senior Development Director, Tracy Cooper, at tcooper@orangewoodfoundation.org or at (714) 619-0200 ext. 226 for more information. Our volunteer opportunities involve working with youth ages 14-22 or planning events. If you are interested in opportunities with younger children or those at the Orangewood Children's Home (now called the Orangewood Children & Family Center), consider joining Orangewood PALS or contact the Center directly at (714) 935-7584.
Latest Volunteer Opportunities:
  • Volunteer Information Session
    Join us for the next Volunteer Information Session on Wednesday, August 13 from 6:00-7:30 P.M. to learn more about Orangewood Children's Foundation, who we serve, how volunteers can help and how you can get more involved. It will be held at our office at: 1575 E. 17th St., Santa Ana CA 92705. For more information and to RSVP, please contact (714) 619-0226 or tcooper@orangewoodfoundation.org.
  • Special Activities & Events Calendar
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  • 9/6-7, 9/13-14 - Festival of Children
    Join other volunteers in spreading the word about Orangewood Children's Foundation to the folks in the community while engaging their kids with arts and crafts. We will be hosting a resource and an arts and crafts table at the Festival of Children, 12:00 - 4:00 pm, South Coast Plaza. This will be a great opportunity for volunteers of all ages. Please contact us if you are able to assist! (714) 619-0226 or tcooper@orangewoodfoundation.org.
  • 9/28 - Foster Family Picnic
    Orangewood Children's Foundation will be co-hosting this fun-filled day for all Orange County foster families. Volunteers are needed to help set-up and clean up, manage games and activity stations and to assist guests. Youth volunteer opportunities available. Check out the attached flyer for more event details. To volunteer, please complete and submit the attached registration form.
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  • Weekday Opportunities
    Volunteers are needed during the weekdays to help the Foundation in various ways. Provide clerical support in the office. Cook at the Orangewood Café for youth from foster care who may be homeless or unemployed. Expose students to extra-curricular activities or help them with their studies at The Academy. They are many different weekday opportunities! To learn more, click on the link below or contact (714) 619-0226 or tcooper@orangewoodfoundation.org.
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  • Youth Volunteer Opportunities & Projects
    There are many different volunteer opportunities and projects for those under 18 years old - host a supply drive or fundraiser, cook for our youth, create care boxes. Orangewood Children's Foundation can use volunteers of all ages. Click on the link below to find out more information. Please note that most youth volunteer opportunities and projects require adult supervision.
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Corporate/Business Volunteering:
Did you know that volunteering with our programs can help build employee morale and retention, bring some flare into your next meeting, support team building, highlight your convention or conference in a unique way, or possibly increase media coverage of your company’s community service efforts? It’s rewarding for your employees, you and the youth. And no, it doesn’t take a lot of time or money to make a impact. Orangewood Children’s Foundation has a variety of projects that can be done at your location or externally. If you are interested in looking into how your group can support the Foundation, please view our Corporate Opportunities flyer. Additional project management support tailored to meet your goals is available upon request. Please contact Kristi Piatkowski, Manager of Corporate & Foundation Relations, for more information at (714) 619-0248 or KPiatkowski@orangewoodfoundation.org.
Help with a Fundraising Event:
The Foundation conducts fundraising events throughout the year to raise money and awareness for child abuse and programs. Please visit the events calendar to view upcoming events. Volunteers are needed to help on auction committees, event planning committees, as well as to help on event days. Please contact our Chief Development Officer, Carlos Leija, at cleija@orangewoodfoundation.org at (714) 619-0200 ext. 201 for more information on how you can volunteer at one of the Foundation’s events.
Volunteer at a Youth Event:
Orangewood staff needs help from community volunteers to conduct outreach programs for foster youth. Events such as the Career Fair and Independent City engage volunteers in helping to plan and execute these events. Volunteers are also needed to speak at Independent Living Program youth workshops. Please contact our Senior Development Director, Tracy Cooper, at tcooper@orangewoodfoundation.org or at (714) 619-0200 ext. 226 for more information on how you can get involved with youth events.
Mentor a Foster Youth:
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Join an Auxiliary:
44 Women for Children
Founded in 1999 by Susan Samueli, the 44 Women for Children auxiliary contributes to Orangewood Children’s Foundation by nurturing, supporting and inspiring adolescents emancipating from the foster care system on their 18th birthdays. 44 Women for Children focuses its efforts on three key areas: providing mentoring and education, increasing community awareness about child abuse and neglect, and hosting annual fundraising events. For more information, visit the 44 Women for Children website.

Orangewood PALS
Orangewood PALS is a group of fun and energetic professionals who have come together to make a positive impact on the lives of abused and neglected children in Orange County. PALS supports the work of the Orangewood Children’s Foundation in a variety of ways, including hosting events and activities for the abused children placed at Orangewood Children’s Home (now called the Orangewood Children & Family Center), funding Orangewood scholarships, and mentoring former foster youth in college. Members also enjoy social events such as the annual Athlete’s First Gala and Golf event held at the St. Regis Monarch Beach. For more information, visit the Orangewood PALS website.

For questions about either of our auxiliaries, please contact Jeff Gilstrap, Manager of Auxiliary Services, at jgilstrap@orangewoodfoundation.org or at (714) 619-0200 ext. 237.

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