Community Cares
Community Cares

As the nights turn nippy and the holidays approach, local charitable organizations are gearing up for plenty of giving. See how you can reach out and help this festive season.

Beverly’s House

Change Someone's Life

Located in Old Towne, the YWCA 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.

Casa Teresa

Glenda’s Closet Appearing at Chapman University

Casa Teresa, a nonprofit homeless shelter for pregnant women over the age of 18, is hosting Glenda’s Closet every Thursday at Chapman University. 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,

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.

Military Children’s Charity

Holiday Toy Drive

Military Children’s Charity is 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 information and to donate online, visit

National Charity League Orange/Villa Park Chapter

Book Doctor Outreach

The National Charity League Orange/Villa Park Chapter, whose mission it is to foster mother-daughter relationships in philanthropic causes, has volunteered more than 5,716 service hours in 2012, including working on “The Book Doctor” at Think Together in Santa Ana. NCL girls and their moms help repair donated used books for the “Read and Reach Out” program where volunteers visit pediatric clinics throughout Orange County and read to children to promote reading and education.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Woman’s Club of Orange

December Meeting

The Woman’s Club of Orange will hold their monthly general meeting with a catered luncheon ($20) at their Clubhouse at 121 S. Center St. on Dec. 17th. Entertainment provided by Todd and Jennifer Vigiletti, a wonderful Caberet Vocal Duo. For information and reservations, call 714-634-9747.

Quartermania & Luncheon

The Woman’s Club of Orange will host their Quartermania and luncheon on Dec. 8th at their clubhouse at 121 S. Center Street. Auction begins at 10:30 am. Cost is $15. For information, call 714-743-8779.

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