Community Cares
Community Cares

With the New Year and its resolutions, many local nonprofits are gearing up for another 12 months of assisting those in need. See how you can reach out and lend a helping hand.

Beverly’s House

Change Someone’s Life

Located in Old Towne, Beverly’s House provides a home for young women emancipated from foster care and supports them through their educational journey. To change the life of a young woman in the community, call 714-633-4950.

Casa Teresa

34th Annual Charity Golf Classic

The Casa Teresa 34th Annual Charity Golf Classic will be held on June 11th at the Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club. The event supports Casa Teresa’s transformational programs that assist homeless pregnant women in breaking the generational cycle of poverty, abuse and homelessness to live a life of independence with their child. It is unusual for a fundraising event to be so successful for so long, and it is only through the support of community members, local vendors and dedicated supporters that Casa Teresa continues to fund their transformational programs through the golf tournament. It is a day to enjoy with family and friends, while making a difference in the lives of the moms and babies. For more information, contact Aly Lopez at or 714-538-4860, ext.

Orange County Mother of the Year 2013

Orange County Mother of the Year recognizes women in the community and a Casa Teresa graduate who balance motherhood, community involvement, professional endeavors and philanthropy. The event will take place on May 10th at the Hyatt Regency Irvine. For more information, contact Lyrissa Roman at or 714-538-4860, ext. 28.

Lestonnac Free Clinic

Discount Optical Services

Discount optical services offered to anyone with a valid prescription at Lestonnac Free Clinic. Offered are $35 single vision glasses including frame, and they repair broken frames. Call 714-633-4600 to schedule an appointment. For more information, visit

Help the Hungry and Host a Food Drive

Lestonnac Free Clinic is always in need of donated food to sustain their weekly food bank, which is open to the entire community each Thursday from 10 am to noon. Depending on the food supply, 60 to 90 families are served. Stocking the shelves has been difficult lately and people have gone away empty-handed. Contact Roseann Peters at 714-633-4600 X 236; if you are interested in hosting a food drive. Food drive examples include competitions between classrooms or departments, distributing paper bags and having them returned full of food or a special offering at a church collection. Once the food drive is complete, the clinic will pick up the food. High priority items needed include canned meats, soups, vegetables, fruit and tomato products, as well as cereal, oatmeal, peanut butter, meal mixes and condiments. For more information, visit

Swipe Your Card and Give

If you’re looking for a no-cost means of giving back in a big way, the Lestonnac Free Clinic encourages you to register your Ralphs Rewards card with the Ralphs Community Contributions Program, specifying Lestonnac Free Clinic (NPO #92515) as the recipient. Then, every time you use your Ralphs Rewards card when making purchases, Lestonnac Free Clinic will receive a donation of 1 percent to 4 percent of your bill, depending on the amount of your monthly purchases. To register, visit If you are already registered, sign into your account, choose the community contribution program and use Lestonnac’s ID. Donations from Ralphs are automatic.

Orange Public Library

Books House Call Program Seeks Volunteers

The Orange Public Library offers a Homebound Delivery Service that brings library materials to patrons. Volunteers needed for both selecting and delivering materials to the homebound. Volunteers make monthly deliveries of books and other library materials, donating on average four hours a month. Requirements include proof of a current California driver’s license and insurance. All volunteers 16 years of age and older must fill out a City of Orange non-paid volunteer application and complete drug testing and fingerprinting at the City’s expense. Pick up an application at the Orange Public Library, or visit click on the “volunteer opportunities” link and scroll down to the City of Orange Non-Paid Volunteer Application. For information, contact the program coordinator at 714-288-2471.

Computer for Visually Impaired

Thanks to a generous gift from the Friends of the Orange Public Library and the Valentine Family, there is now a computer station adapted for the visually impaired at the City of Orange & History Center. ClearView+ is an auto-focus desktop video magnification system that enables those with low vision to read, write, view photos and enjoy hobbies and crafts. Simple operation provides magnification of texts and objects in different colors with adjustable brightness and contrast. The computer is located on the 2nd floor. Ask for assistance at the Reference Desk. For more information, call 714-288-2410.

Friends Bookstore Seeking Volunteers

Friends Bookstore of Orange Public Library is now open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm and is in need of volunteers for a two- to three-hour weekly commitment to sort donated books, stock shelves and sell to the public. The internet sales side of the operation also needs volunteers for computer work. The bookstore is located inside the Main Library at 407 E. Chapman Ave. Call 714-633-1714 or stop by to pick up an application.

Orange Senior Center

Seeking Food Donations

Orange Senior Center has an Emergency Cupboard for those temporarily in need of basic foods. Bring your donations to the center at 170 S. Olive St., or call Gretchen Snyder for more information, 714-538-9633.

Valentine’s Monte Carlo Night

On Feb. 15th from 6 pm to 9 pm, the Orange Senior Center will host a Valentine’s Monte Carlo Night featuring dinner, wine and lots of gaming tables, where you can win incredible prizes. All proceeds go to the Senior Center’s Remodel Project to improve services for Orange’s seniors. For tickets, stop by the Orange Senior Center at 170 S. Olive St., or call Pam Scholten at 714.538.9633, ext. 105.

Women’s Club of Orange

January Meeting

The Woman’s Club of Orange will hold their monthly general meeting on Jan. 21st at noon with a catered luncheon ($20) at their Clubhouse at 121 S. Center St. Entertainment provided by Mike Chamberlin, The Singing TV Guy. All women in the community are invited. For information and reservations, call 714-634-9747.

February Meeting

The Woman’s Club of Orange will hold their monthly general meeting on Feb. 18th at noon with a catered luncheon ($20) at their Clubhouse at 121 S. Center St. Entertainment provided by Priscilla Preston as Patsy Cline. All women in the community are invited. For information and reservations, call 714-634-9747.

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