The Caring Connections program provides trained visits to frail older adults and people with disabilities who may have little contact with the outside world. Monthly volunteer training is offered to those who want to make a difference in the life of someone who might otherwise be forgotten. Caring Connections is the only friendly visitor program in all of Orange County that visits older adults and people with disabilities. The Office on Aging encourages voluntary participation among older adults, as well as among public and nonprofit agencies in Orange County.
A list of volunteer opportunities is available at many organizations. The Alzheimer's Association needs volunteers to help in the office, lead support groups, advocate for changes in public policy, be part of the Office of the Spokesman, help with special events, and generally raise awareness about the disease and the needs of families affected by Alzheimer's disease. The Long-Term Ombudsman Service is the only mandatory federal and state program to defend the 30,000 residents of Orange County in 1,100 nursing and residential care facilities for the elderly. Rebuilding Together Orange County (formerly Christmas in April) is a subsidiary of Rebuilding Together USA, the nation's largest volunteer organization dedicated to preserving and revitalizing low-income housing across the country. Volunteers are needed after school hours to attend a class of 15 to 25 students from 23 different elementary schools, helping them with homework, carrying out enriching activities, doing crafts and playing sports.
Additionally, volunteers can offer meals, pastries, special activities, or days of service to families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Orange County. Meals on Wheels Orange County is the largest nonprofit provider of nutrition and support services for older adults in Orange County. They serve nearly two million meals to more than 20,000 at-risk older adults each year. The Merage Foundation was founded to help qualified retirees make a positive and significant contribution to the learning skills and development of low-income children in Orange County. Orange County offers many volunteer opportunities for caregivers who want to make a difference in their community. Whether it's helping out at an office or providing meals for families staying at a Ronald McDonald House, there are plenty of ways to get involved and make a positive impact. If you're looking for ways to give back to your community as a caregiver, there are plenty of options available in Orange County.
From providing meals for families staying at Ronald McDonald House to helping out at an office or leading support groups for Alzheimer's patients, there are plenty of ways you can make a difference. Volunteering with Caring Connections or Rebuilding Together Orange County can be incredibly rewarding experiences that will help you build relationships with those in need while also making a positive impact on your community.