Here are ways you can get involved:
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HomeAid's ability to bring the community together to provide a basic need like housing continues to help homeless families and individuals rebuild their lives. HomeAid has leveraged this ability to expand direct services to the community through the following service programs: HomeAid, Essentials, CareKits, Care Days, and Homeless Awareness Month. These were initiated to provide basic needs beyond shelter to the families and individuals currently experiencing homelessness throughout Orange County.
HomeAid EssentialsModeled after the core concept of HomeAid Orange County’s housing development program to work in partnerships with volunteers, Essentials is a community-wide effort to collect much needed items for homeless infants and toddlers. HomeAid partners with businesses, community organizations and individuals to collect baby products such as diapers, baby wipes and baby hygiene products. The items are then delivered to HomeAid’s service provider partners' who provide services to homeless mothers and their children.
HomeAid recruits volunteers to participate in collection of diapers and the sorting, counting and distribution of donations to local service provider partners. HomeAid works with hundreds of volunteers from the beginning of May to the beginning of June which is the duration of the main drive. Visit the HomeAid Essentials website.
HomeAid CareKitsCareKit collection and packaging is also needed throughout the year. Volunteers are asked to help collect items for hygiene kits such as shampoo, soap, and lotion, and the kits are then distributed to the homeless on the streets. Volunteers are needed to help sort, count, package, and distribute these CareKits throughout the year.
HomeAid Care DaysHomeAid Care Day projects, typically organized through corporate partnerships and volunteers, help ensure that the housing already developed remains an asset to the community and continues to serve the homeless. This involves coordinating volunteers to perform maintenance of housing developments with residential repairs, landscape removal and installation, interior painting and design and similar.
HomeAid Homeless Awareness MonthHomeless Awareness Month occurs annually in November. HomeAid reaches out to the community to help bring awareness to the issues of homelessness and asks for volunteers, collections of care items, blankets, jackets and food. In 2014, the Orange County community was very responsive and collected over 20,000 items that were then assembled into CareKits, hygiene kits, holiday stockings. These items were donated directly to emergency shelters and to homeless living on the streets throughout the county. Volunteers also made hundreds of sack lunches, worked at the Santa Ana Armory Emergency Shelter, prepared brunch at Isaiah House and adopted families for the holidays.
Register as a HomeAid volunteer by emailing Gina Scott, Director of Community Engagement.
Volunteer to End Homelessness
Build CareKits. Host an Essential drive location. Phone bank. There are many ways to help. Please fill in your information and we will contact you regarding volunteer opportunities. Please email Gina Scott (email@example.com).
Year-Round Internship Program
HomeAid Orange County invites exceptional undergraduate and graduate students to participate in its year-round internship program designed to introduce young leaders to the mission of HomeAid Orange County. HomeAid’s internship program provides students with hands-on work experience and involves them in projects critical to the day-to-day work of the organization.
HomeAid Orange County offers this unpaid Internship Program to afford students the opportunity to:
- Gain professional experience and exposure to critical issues pertaining to the non-profit sector.
- Develop a comprehensive perspective on HomeAid Orange County’s mission to end homelessness.
- Receive personal and professional development opportunities, including a professional reference for future employment.
Current Internship Opportunities
Review the internship openings below. To apply, please submit cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please title subject as Internship Application – "title of internship position."