Community Projects and Event Beneficiaries
The Junior League of Orange County, California, Inc. (JLOCC) is proud to support Samueli Academy, the Orangewood Foundation’s college-preparatory public charter high school. The Academy’s mission is to provide a transformational learning environment to underserved teens and will serve as both a home and educational facility for foster and at-risk youth. JLOCC members will have many hands-on volunteer opportunities on the Academy campus. We have been involved with facilitating their monthly Community Nights, as well as various events throughout the school year. We look forward to creating new and exciting programs that will broaden each member’s training experience and most importantly, positively impact the lives of each student.
Over 100-150 teens emancipate yearly, and many lack the support system to help them finish high school and plan their future. To ease the transition into independent living, the Bear Hugs and Bear Necessities program provides emancipated teens with a duffel bag full of essentials. In addition, the Bear Hugs and Bear Necessities program supports the Orangewood Resource Center (ORC) through their Independent Living Program (ILP) and the Rising Tide Community Program to provide support services focusing on employment, education, health, and housing.
GRANDMA’S HOUSE OF HOPE
Grandma’s House of Hope’s mission is to empower the invisible populations of Orange County. They are an Orange County-based nonprofit providing basic needs and enrichment services to women, children, and families living in extreme poverty and facing seemingly insurmountable barriers, including human trafficking, domestic violence, life-threatening illnesses, and severe mental health concerns.
BLIND CHILDREN'S LEARNING CENTER
The Blind Children’s Learning Center (“BCLC”) provides early intervention, education and services for blind, visually impaired or deafblind children and their families to empower independence. The JLOCC has embarked on a multifaceted partnership with BCLC to increase the impact of current services while creating new ones. We have bolstered their sports programs and developed music opportunities. The JLOCC is also developing a parent support group to include educational programs in an emotionally supportive environment.
JUNIOR LEAGUE JUNIORS
Junior League Juniors, is an entirely Junior League of Orange County, CA program, which will create a community of compassionate children. Junior League Juniors are taught the values of philanthropy and volunteerism through engaging events, which develop the compassion that will continue to transform communities. This program also gives parents meaningful opportunities to model philanthropic ideals to their children.
Due in large part to the resort industry in Anaheim, Orange County has become a hub of human trafficking in California. Foster children are particularly vulnerable to human traffickers in that they often lack a stable home life and support system. The JLOCC will expand existing community-based education and communication programs about human trafficking in Orange County and how to identify victims. This training will be developed with input from and delivered to health care workers, social workers, law enforcement, teachers, child care workers, and JLOCC members.