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Orange County Community Foundation Awards $555,000 in ReachOut OC 2014 Grants, Exceeding Goal

This Fifth-Annual Effort Will Fund 42 Nonprofits; OCCF Directing Funds to Organizations That Support a Safety Net for Orange County's Most Vulnerable, the Health and Wellness of Children and Families, and Education for At-Risk Youth

NEWPORT BEACH, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 02/26/14 -- Programs to provide a safety net for Orange County's most vulnerable residents, offer health and wellness services to children and families, and support the educational needs of local students will be strengthened as the Orange County Community Foundation awards $555,000 to nonprofits addressing critical issues affecting our community. The grants are a result of OCCF's ReachOut OC 2014 effort, which combined OCCF funds with contributions from its donors and the broader public. Because OCCF has underwritten 100 percent of program expenses, nonprofits meeting critical community needs receive every dollar contributed.

OCCF aligned ReachOut OC with the three critical issues identified by research conducted to create its ConnectOC Community Report: shelter, housing and food for vulnerable families and children; access to critical healthcare services; and educational achievement of at-risk youth. The first-of-its-kind resource, ConnectOC is providing eye-opening insight into the areas of greatest need in Orange County and helped shape the ReachOut OC 2014 grant criteria.

"Since launching ReachOut OC in 2009, we've made great strides in supporting our neighbors in greatest need," said Shelley Hoss, president of OCCF. "Thanks to the generous contributions of local community members, more than 100 Orange County nonprofits have received more than $3 million to serve those neighbors living in the shadows. Although certain sectors of our economy are stabilizing, the reality is that progress continues to elude far too many of our neighbors. ReachOut OC will make an urgent difference to a neighbor in need while strengthening Orange County."

A Snapshot of Neighbors in Need

Among this year's grant recipients is the Irvine-based Second Harvest Food Bank, which estimates that there are nearly 400,000 people who struggle with hunger in Orange County, and one in five children are at risk of hunger each month. A $20,000 grant will support its core mission of ending hunger in Orange County. Second Harvest partners with more than 340 member charities who feed the hungry in more than 470 locations throughout Orange County, including church pantries, shelters, senior centers, rehabilitation centers, and homes for abused women and children.

Providing access to critical healthcare services, Share Our Selves logs more than 25,000 medical and dental visits annually. A $20,000 grant will support its on-site Patient Navigator at SOS - El Sol Wellness Center, which provides social services, screening and urgent care to the students and families of El Sol Science and Arts Academy in Santa Ana.

Also in Santa Ana, Padres Unidos can count the ways the recent economic downturn still is affecting the county's youth. A $20,000 grant will support its Parents as Teachers/School Readiness program, which provides free early-education sessions to 500 children, along with education for parents.


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Grant             City       Website                              Amount
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Food, Shelter,
and Safety
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American Family   Midway     http://www.afhusa.org/           $10,000
Housing           City
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Colette's         Huntington http://www.healinghomelessness.o $10,000
Children's Home   Beach      rg/
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Families Forward  Irvine     http://www.families-forward.org/ $15,000
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Family Assistance San        http://www.family-               $20,000
Ministries        Clemente   assistance.org/
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Friendship        Laguna     http://www.friendshipshelter.org $10,000
Shelter           Beach      /
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Human Options     Irvine     http://www.humanoptions.org/     $15,000
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Illumination      Irvine     http://www.ifhomeless.org/       $15,000
Foundation
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Interval House    Seal Beach http://www.intervalhouse.org/    $10,000
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Laura's House     Ladera     http://www.laurashouse.org/      $10,000
                  Ranch
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Mercy House       Santa Ana  http://www.mercyhouse.net/       $15,000
Transitional
Living Centers
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Orange Coast      Costa Mesa http://www.ocinterfaithshelter.o $10,000
Interfaith                   rg/
Shelter
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Pathways of Hope  Fullerton  http://www.pathwaysofhope.us/    $20,000
(Fullerton
Interfaith
Shelter)
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Second Harvest    Irvine     http://www.feedoc.org/           $20,000
Food Bank
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Serving People in Costa Mesa http://www.spinoc.org/           $15,000
Need (S.P.I.N.)
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Someone Cares     Costa Mesa http://www.someonecareskitchen.o $10,000
Soup Kitchen                 rg/
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South County      Lake       http://www.sco-oc.org/           $15,000
Outreach          Forest
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Southwest         Santa Ana  http://www.swcommunitycenter.org $10,000
Minority Economic            /
Development
Association
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Thomas House      Garden     http://www.thomashouseshelter.or $10,000
                  Grove      g/
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We Care Los       Los        http://www.wecarelosalamitos.org $10,000
Alamitos          Alamitos   /
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WISEPlace         Santa Ana  http://www.wiseplace.org/        $10,000
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Women's           Fullerton  http://www.wtlc.org/             $10,000
Transitional
Living Center
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Access to Health
Care
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Access OC         Santa Ana  http://www.accessoc.org/         $15,000
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Healthy Smiles    Garden     http://www.healthysmilesoc.org/  $15,000
for Kids of       Grove
Orange County
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Hurtt Family      Tustin     http://www.hurttclinic.org/      $10,000
Health Center
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Laguna Beach      Laguna     http://www.lbclinic.org/         $15,000
Community Clinic  Beach
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Lestonnac Free    Orange     http://www.lestonnacfreeclinic.o $20,000
Clinic                       rg/
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Livingstone CDC   Stanton    http://www.livingstonecdc.com/   $10,000
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Serve the People  Santa Ana  http://www.serve-the-people.com/ $15,000
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Share Our Selves  Costa Mesa http://www.shareourselves.org/   $20,000
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Gary Center       La Habra   http://garycenter.org/           $10,000
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Education
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Boys & Girls Club Laguna     http://bgclagunabeach.org/       $10,000
of Laguna Beach   Beach
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Boys & Girls Club Santa Ana  http://www.boysandgirlsclub.com/ $15,000
of Santa Ana
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Boys & Girls      Fountain   http://www.bgchv.com/            $15,000
Clubs of          Valley
Huntington Valley
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El Sol Science    Santa Ana  http://elsolacademy.net/         $10,000
and Arts Academy
of Santa Ana
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El Viento         Huntington http://www.elviento.org/         $10,000
Foundation        Beach
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Girls             Costa Mesa http://www.girlsinc-oc.org/      $15,000
Incorporated of
Orange County
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Hands Together A  Santa Ana  http://www.handstogether-sa.org/ $12,500
Center for
Children
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High School, Inc. Santa Ana  http://www.santaanachamber.com/  $15,000
Academies                    chamber/essential_publications.aspx
Foundation
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KidWorks          Santa Ana  http://www.kidworksonline.org/   $12,500
Community
Development
Corporation
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Padres Unidos     Santa Ana  http://www.ocpu.org/             $20,000
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Science@OC        Santa Ana  http://www.scienceoc.org/        $10,000
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THINK Together    Santa Ana  http://www.thinktogether.org/    $10,000
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To learn more about these organizations, visit OC Nonprofit Central, an online database to help donors and local residents learn more about Orange County's nonprofit community and how to engage in the causes they care about most.

About Orange County Community Foundation
Founded in 1989, the Orange County Community Foundation works with donors, strengthens the local nonprofit sector and works to find solutions to community needs. The foundation has granted more than $265 million since its inception and ranks as the 7th most active grant-maker among more than 750 community foundations in the nation. For more information, call 949-553-4202.

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