Local Organizations Offering Vital Community Resources, Seeking Volunteers and Donations
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, several local organizations are offering emergency relief to those in need. Contact one of the following organizations to learn about their services, as well as existing donation and volunteer opportunities.
If you'd like to include your nonprofit to this list, email the Office of Community Relations at email@example.com.
County of Orange Virtual Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC)
In anticipation of future needs, the county is seeking volunteers to assist government staff with COVID-19 vaccinations at Points of Distribution (POD) sites. The county will establish two teams of volunteers to serve crucial volunteer roles, including medical trained volunteers and general support volunteers.
To pre-register as a volunteer, visit volunteers.oneoc.org and view EVC COVID-19 2021 special event details.
Call or chat with a community resource specialist who will help find services and resources that are available.
Text: "898211" with your zip code. The texting feature is available, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
(714) 917-0440 (Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
Food vouchers provided by appointment only.
The City is committed to providing resources for tenants unable to pay rent due to COVID-19, facing possible homelessness or recently becoming homeless. For homeless resources, visit ggcity.org/end homelessness.
Bracken's Kitchen, a local nonprofit organization committed to feeding the less fortunate through food recovery, culinary training and a community feeding program, is stepping up its meal production to a goal of at least 25,000 meals a week. The organization is seeking donations to support its COVID-19 Emergency Response Relief goal. To donate, visit brackenskitchen.com/emergency-response-fund.
Call to schedule a drive-through appointment for food stamps.
List of food pantries and food banks in the state of California.
12832 Knott St
- Food Distribution: Wednesday 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Friday 3:00 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.
- Emergency Food: Friday 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
13280 Chapman Ave
Pre-Bagged Food Distribution: Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Food Pantries: Tuesday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Community Legal Aid SoCal provides free support and services to help low-income people who are struggling with civil legal issues, including but not limited to elder abuse, landlord/tenant disputes, government benefits, limited conservatorships, consumer issues, and guardianships.
The Delivery with Dignity free meal program is intended for people who are struggling financially and most at risk for contracting coronavirus.
- Qualify for Meals
For questions or to learn about qualifying for meals, contact 211 OC:
Call (888) 600-4357 (toll free) or (949) 646-4357 (local)
- Volunteer Delivery Drivers:
To sign up as a volunteer, visit volunteers .oneoc.org /opportunity.
GGUSD is offering a Grab and Go Meal Service to all children, age 18 and under, and any person under 21 who is developmentally disabled and enrolled in an institution or Regional Center program. The meal service, which includes breakfast and lunch, is offered Monday through Friday, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the following locations:
- Alamitos Intermediate School, 12381 Dale St
- Bell Intermediate School, 12345 Springdale St
- Fitz Intermediate School, 4600 West McFadden Ave
- Irvine Intermediate School, 10552 Hazard Ave
- Ralston Intermediate School, 10851 Lampson Ave
- Peters K-3 Elementary, 13162 Newhope St
- Bolsa Grande High School, 9401 Westminster Ave
- Garden Grove High School, 11271 Stanford Ave
- La Quinta High School, 10372 McFadden Ave
- Los Amigos High School, 16566 Newhope St
- Pacifica High School, 6851 Lampson Ave.
- Rancho Alamitos High School, 11351 Dale St
- Santiago High School, 12342 Trask Ave
For more information, visit ggusd.us.
11022 Acacia Pkwy #C
Dedicated to providing support services to families who are disadvantaged, H.O.P.E. is seeking volunteers and monetary donations to help aid the community during the coronavirus crisis. For volunteer opportunities and to donate, visit hopebiz.org.
Food Pantry: Pick-up groceries by appointment only.
The County of Orange Social Services Agency's (SSA) dedicated hotline for current recipients of IHSS. Hotline staff are available to discuss recipients' urgent needs amid the COVID-19 crisis. SSA's IHSS program provides supportive services to eligible individuals who are aged, blind, and/or disabled, are limited in their ability to care for themselves and cannot live at home safely without assistance.
Call: (714) 825-3000; M-F 8AM-5PM
Press option 4 for immediate need (needed within three days from the initial call to the hotline) for food or other essential items.
Baby Food/Can Goods/Diapers:
Monday and Tuesday 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Closed between 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Meals on Wheels is the county's largest nonprofit senior nutrition and support service provider. For volunteer opportunities, visit ggcity.org/community-services.
Lunch Cafe Program: Frozen meal pick-up every Tuesday, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at the H. Louis Lake Senior Center, at 11300 Stanford Avenue. Adults age 60 and over are eligible to receive meals. For more information, call (714) 741-5253.
(714) 991-6412 (Mental Health Crisis Warm Hotline)
NAMI provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.
The OC Food Bank, a program of the Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAPOC), is seeking donations, as well as volunteers to help pack food containers for those in need. To contribute, visit ocfoodbank.org.
Using an interactive map, find local soup kitchens, food pantries, home-delivered meals, congregate meals, and after-school meals for yourself and the rest of your family.
COVID-19 Medical Questions
Health Referral Line from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Emergency Operation Center
Public Information Hotline from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
(714) 628-7085 (Non-Medical Questions)
(866) 830-6011 (24 Hours)
The Crisis Assessment and Psychiatric Emergency and Response teams provide around-the-clock mobile field services to individuals in behavior health crises.
The Crisis Assessment Team (CAT) provides 24-hour mobile response services to any adult experiencing a behavioral health crisis.
Staff members in the Psychiatric Emergency and Response Team (PERT) are mental health clinicians who ride along with assigned law enforcement officers to address mental health related calls in the assigned city.
The OC Links Information and Referral Line provides telephone and online support for anyone seeking information or linkage to any of the Health Care Agency's Behavioral health Services.
OneOC is committed to providing the resources and support for nonprofit organizations, volunteers and community partners. OneOC has activated its Virtual Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC) and is currently accepting volunteers for COVID-19 disaster-related projects. To volunteer, visit oneoc.org. View the OneOC Virtual Emergency Volunteer Center flyer, click HERE.
Help Rotary District 5320 assemble medically approved face shields that will be distributed to local hospitals, senior facilities and other at-risk communities. Volunteer and donation opportunities can be found at rotary5320.org/covid19/.
Rental assistance by appointment only. Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Closed from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
Second Harvest Food Bank is seeking volunteers for several programs, including the Harvest Truck Brigade; Field Distribution; Pop-Up Drive-Thru Pantry at the Honda Center; and the Park-It Market, aiding food-insecure senior citizens. To volunteer, visit feedoc.org.
Need food? Second Harvest Food Bank is hosting a drive-thru food distribution in the Honda Center Parking Lot, located at 2695 Katella Avenue, every Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., or until supplies last. View the flyer.
Direct financial assistance is available for basic necessities including rent, utilities and transportation. Volunteers interview those seeking financial assistance and in addition to the aid provided, offer referrals to public and private agencies that may offer additional support.
Providing a safe, supportive environment and resources for families without homes, Thomas House Family Shelter is currently seeking food donations for the less fortunate. Learn how you can help by visiting thomashouseshelter.org.
(800) 273-8255 Press 1
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) Hotline receives, screens, and refers OIG mission-related complaints within Veterans Affairs.