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Thanks To Our Volunteers
At Orangewood, we love our volunteers! They come up with creative and generous ways to show our youth that the community cares about them. Below are just some of our more recent examples.
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  • Boys2Men 2013
    Boys2Men transformed teens in foster care and some former foster youth into confident, empowered young men on Saturday, June 29th. Thank you so much to those who helped through our partner, WHW (Women Helping Women) and to our supporters Cavaricci Foundation, Junior League Orange County, Sage View Advisory Group, Pacific Dental Services and to all those who donated to help make this day happen. It was a great success and we learned that we have future Judges, CEOs, and even a Record Producer in our presence! Through coaching from our professional volunteers who were matched one-on-with with a youth, today they took their “first step” towards their success. Thank you for your support!
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  • Graduation 2013
    Thanks to the help of Orangewood Volunteers, BuGor Gala, Orange Coast College and NCL Pacific Coast Chapter, we were able to host foster youth graduating from High School or with a GED to a black tie celebration in their honor. During the ceremony youth heard from Wahoo's Fish Taco's Co-Founder and Orangewood Board Member Wing Lam, Orangewood CEO Cal Winslow, and the always fiery and motivational Dameion Renault. The fun didn't stop there! Thanks to the financial support of NCL Pacific Coast Chapter and others, youth and volunteers were treated to WikiWiki Shave Ice and In-N-Out Burgers. The night was complete with dancing, photo memories, games and prizes. As always, we really appreciated all the volunteers who helped during the event and especially to the Merck volunteers who set-up everything - chairs, tables, signs, decorations, balloons! The youth deserved a fantastic party and they really had a great time. Thank you everyone for helping them celebrate!
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  • Belle of the Ball Empowers Over 330 Teens
    Belle of the Ball was a huge success thanks to all the sponsors, donors and volunteers. We truly appreciate your help in providing a day of self-esteem and empowerment to Orange County foster youth and disadvantaged teens. When the girls were asked what was teh best part of their day, they said: "...was the make-up and self-confidence. ...body image workshop because I learned that even celebrity's have flaws. ...when i went to show off my dress, everyone said I looked beautiful. ...seeing all the other girls. It taught me a profound lesson. Thank you for your kindness!" Your support makes a difference! Thank you to the following sponsors and donors who made Belle of the Ball possible: 44 Women for Children Auxiliary, Bina Patel, Boy Scout Troop #774, Candy Vixen, Cavaricci Foundation, Classic Glamour Dolls, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Girl Scout Troop #1227, Hansen Beverage Company, Irvine High School, Kimberly Kirksey, Lonnie Gialketsis, Mariposa Boutique, Novatar Direct, Orange Coast College Foundation, Snyder Langston, Star Real Estate, Terri Ellison, Toshiba ROCKS, Yorba Linda Water District.
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  • Sing A Song for Orangewood
    The Kennedy High School Future Business Leaders of America raised over $700 for Orangewood with a benefit concert in March. They featured local bands and karaoke, and everyone had a great time! Thank you to Mikayla and all the Future Business Leaders for coordinating a great event that went to support the children and teens in foster care. We appreciate your support!
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  • CITrials Held Bright Futures Drive Throughout Southern California
    CITrials held a Bright Futures Supply Drive from January - March 2013. They focused their efforts on the needs of emancipated foster youth understanding that during the Holidays many times the teens and young adults are overlooked. The drive was a great success providing clothes, food, hygiene, household goods, and money to support the Orangewood Resource Center. Thank you CITrials!
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  • Easter Treat!
    Tredway, Lumsdaine & Doyle collected and packaged 25 Easter Baskets for the teens and their children living in the Rising Tide Transitional Living program this week. Baskets included all the essentials - hygiene supplies, school supplies, and of course candy. Thank you so much for the special treat!
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  • Huntington Beach High School Students Donate to Scholarships
    The BRIDGES program at the Huntington Beach High School held "Hearts for Hands" fundraiser in February for Orangewood. For every "hand" sold, they raised $1 towards scholarships benefiting current and former foster youth. They raised a total of $500! Thank you BRIDGES!
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  • ILP Holiday Party -
    On Thursday, December 13th, Embassy Suites Anaheim hosted the ILP Holiday Party for teens in foster care throughout Orange County. One youth commented that it was "the best party ever!". Volunteers through the Jewish Community Center (JCC) hosted a cookie decorating station. Orangewood volunteers hosted carnival games, a craft station to make stockings, and distributed raffle prizes. AcrA Aerospace also made sure that every teen left with their very own Santa pre-filled stocking that included gift cards, snacks, and other fun treats. Let's not forget the awesome DJ Drama who keeps the music playing!
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  • Holiday Cheer Exploded!
    Orangewood provided gifts to over 600 children and families in addition to supplying gifts for children staying at the Orangewood Children & Family Center and foster homes throughout Orange County. We needed a lot of help to make this happen as 100% of the gifts come from community donations. Throughout December, volunteers organized, sorted, wrapped, decorated and distributed all gifts. It is quite a task and we thank all 116 volunteers who helped us this year, and know that we NEED YOU AGAIN NEXT YEAR! Thank you all for your support!
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  • AvalonBay Gives Stanton A Facelift
    Volunteers from AvalonBay Communities gave the Stanton Family Resource Center a much-needed facelift this October. Employees from all over Southern California made the drive to help paint the Center. Additionally, the donated funds to help Orangewood provide groceries through the Orangewood Resource Center that helps former foster youth working on independent living. Thank you Avalon and thank you to all your employees!
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