Community Cares
Community Cares

The days might be shortening, but local organizations are gearing up for big events that help our community. Find out the many ways you can contribute.

Casa Teresa

Adopt a Mom & Baby for the Holidays!

If you would like provide a memorable and happy holiday season for Casa Teresa’s moms and babies, consider donating any of the following: gift cards (grocery stores, gas stations, dining, apparel, etc.), beauty products and accessories, movie tickets, baby clothes sizes 0 - 3T, toys and books and baby items. Contact Yvonne Lopez at or 714-538-4860 ext. 20,

Glenda’s Closet Appearing at Chapman University

Casa Teresa, a nonprofit homeless shelter for pregnant women over the age of 18, will host Glenda’s Closet every Thursday at Chapman University starting September 6. Find great quality clothing at prices that can’t be beat. All proceeds benefit the moms and babies of Casa Teresa. For information, contact or 714-538-4860,

Friendly Center

Holiday Volunteer Opportunities

Consider having your work, church or school have a food or toy drive for the Friendly Center, or volunteer to donate a turkey basket or adopt a needy family in December for personalized gift shopping. For more information on holding any type of drive, visit or call Arian Ghiacy at 714-769-8834,

Lestonnac Free Clinic

Help the Hungry and Host a Food Drive

Lestonnac 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

Now Offering Discount Optical Services

Lestonnac now offers discount optical services and any single vision glasses including frames for $35. Broken frames are also repaired. Services available Tuesday through Thursday, 10 am to 4 pm on a walk-in basis. Call 714-633-4600, or visit

Swipe Your Card and Give

If you’re looking for a no-cost means of giving back in a big way, the Lestonnac 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.

Military Children’s Charity

Holiday Toy Drive

The Charity is currently collecting holiday toys for American Service member’s children. Donate a new, unwrapped toy (minimum $10 value). Drop donations at OC Windustrial, 1335 S. Allec, Anaheim, and send monetary donations or gift cards directly to M.C.C., 1575 E. 17th St., Santa Ana, CA 92705. For further information and to donate online, visit

National Charity League Orange/VillaPark Chapter

5th Annual Fashion Show

The National Charity League Orange/VillaPark Chapter will host its 5th Annual Fashion Show on Nov. 4th from 11 am to 2 pm at the DoubleTree Hotel, 100 The City Drive South, Orange. This year’s theme is “City Chic” and all proceeds benefit NCL philanthropies. Tickets are $65 per person if purchased by Oct. 22nd and $75 thereafter. Premium runway seating offered for an additional $25. For tickets or to donate, contact Jenny Smith at 714-713-4000 or

Orange County Ronald McDonald House®

Orange County Ronald McDonald House® Receives Paint Donation

The Orange County Ronald McDonald House® at 383 South Batavia Street, which provides a place for families who have a child being treated in one of the area hospitals, is the recipient of more than 162 gallons of Benjamin Moore paints valued at approximately $10,000. The Benjamin Moore donation is being used to give the 15,000-square-foot, three-story facility an interior paint makeover.

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 Orange Public Library & 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

Drivers Needed for Meals on Wheels Program

Meals on Wheels is an essential service that delivers meals to home-bound seniors in Orange. The organization is in need of drivers who can deliver a route one day a week from about 10:30 am to noon. If you can’t commit to one day a week, sign up as an alternate. For information, call Orange Senior Center, 714-538-9633, ext. 105.

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.

Wheels for Meals Poker Run

The Orange Senior Center’s annual Poker Run is scheduled for October 7th. There will be a motorcycle poker run, vendor booths, barbecue and live music by “The Anonymous.” Register online at or at the Senior Center office, 170 S. Olive St., 714-538-9633.

Trinity Episcopal Church

Outreach Commission Bunco Night

Come for fun Bunco, dinner, dessert and raffle prizes. Event is on Sept. 22nd at 5:30 pm and costs $15. 2400 Canal St, Orange. For reservations, call Connie 714-832-0393, Pat 714-633-6389 or Trinity Church 714-637-1390.

Women’s Club of Orange

September Meeting

The Women’s Club of Orange will hold an informational Membership Coffee/Tea on Friday, Sept. 7th at 10 am. The Women’s Club is located at 121 S. Center St. For reservations, call 714-634-9747.


Beverly’s House

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

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