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Community Awareness

In our continued effort to identify services, collaborative efforts, and other opportunities that can benefit your organization and our community, we’ve compiled the following information from our partners.

To share services, collaborations, or other opportunities with our network, click here for the newsletter guidelines.

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Special Announcements

OCLinks' Three Year Anniversary!: On October 21st, 2016, OCLinks celebrated its third year of connecting Orange County residents with over 200 county and contracted behavioral health services. OCLinks was honored with the 2016 National Association of Counties (NACO) Achievement Award for Human Services for demonstrating outstanding innovation in a government program. Click here to read more about OCLinks’ achievements and highlights.

Volunteer for Point-in-Time: Registration is now open to volunteer for the Point-In-Time Count & Survey conducted on January 28, 2017. This is an essential step and required by HUD for the county to maintain funding used in the fight to end homelessness. We count to understand homelessness in our community in order to end it. Click here to learn more about how to volunteer. Can’t help with the January Point-in-Time Count, but still want to contribute to the cause? We also need volunteers to help test the walking maps in December 2016. This is a great opportunity for school clubs, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, or anyone trying to receive volunteer credit! No age restriction as long as accompanied by a chaperone. Testing the walking maps is conducting during the day and only takes thirty minutes. If interested, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

211OC's 2015 Helpline Dashboard: Click here to view 211OC's new interactive Helpline Dashboard containing statistics for the calendar year 2015.

Interested in learning how to search for resources in 211OC’s Public Resource Database? Join 211OC the last Friday of every month from 9-10:30am for a free, interactive training on how to get connected to Orange County’s health and human services programs. Click here for more information or email Laurie Miechowicz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“Homeless for 2 years, 'Todd the Volunteer' has a mission: Keeping the streets clean” Click here to read OC Register’s article about ‘Todd the Volunteer’ who works hard at keeping the cities of Orange County clean and giving back to the community. 

Funding Opportunities

None at this time. 


Costa Mesa Resource Center Free Groceries & Produce: Click here for more information about Free Groceries and Produce on Saturday, January 7th, 2017.

Free Classes at Santa Ana College: Santa Ana College School of Continuing Education offers some wonderful FREE classes for the spring 2017 semester. Classes offered include: Vocational Classes, Computer Classes, Citizenship Classes, GED Preparation, ESL, and more! Click here for more information.

Posted 01/06/2017

K2C Young Adult Educational Services and Training: At-risk young adults (ages 17-24) are invited to join K2C Academy to gain career and job training certifications, work experience, academic navigation, and work readiness. Young adults must reside in Young Adults must reside in Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, or Laguna Woods. Click here for more information.

Posted 11/10/2016

Orange County Head Start, Inc: Orange County Head Start, Inc. (OCHS) is currently accepting Enrollment applications for the 2016-2017 School Year. Click here for more information in English, here for more information in Spanish, and here for more information in Vietnamese.

Posted 10/21/2016

Children’s Trust Fund Education Scholarships: Up to $2,500 per academic year (July 1st – June 30th) is offered to Orange County, CA foster youth for community college and vocational/trade school and up to $4,500 per year is offered for university and up to $300 for drivers ed training. CTF Higher Education Scholarships may be used for tuition, books, school supplies, and living expenses. Click here for more information. 

Posted 10/19/2016

Free Parenting Classes: Santiago Canyon College is offering Free Parenting Classes Tuesdays from 6-9pm in Orange. These classes cover strategies for problem solving, effective communication, positive discipline, and more. Click here for more information. 

Posted 10/6/2016

Cambodian Wellness Program: The Cambodian Family Community Center offers a variety of activities including healthy cooking demonstrations, nutrition classes, art classes, walking clubs, referrals, and more. Click here for information on how to get class schedules.

Posted 9/22/2016


Free Clinical Breast Exams and Screening Mammograms: Join Hoag, YWCA, and Susan G. Komen on Saturday, January 28th, 2017 from 9am-12pm for a free clinical breast exam and mammogram. Click here for more information in English and Spanish.

FYSI 2017 Foster Future Leaders Conference: Join FYSI on Friday, February 24, 2017 from 8:30am – 2:30pm for a one-day conference for our former foster youth who are attending community colleges within our region. Any funds generated from this event will go to supporting scholarships to our foster youth in community college. The conference is held at Fullerton Community College. Click here for more information.

Coastline Community College Open House: Join Coastline Community College on Thursday, April 20th, 2017 from 3:00pm - 5:00pm for a presentation and open house to their community partners and foster care service providers! Come learn about Coastline, see one of our campus sites, meet one of our Deans, and enjoy light refreshments. Click here for more information.

Project Kinship Prop 47 Legal Clinics: Join Project Kinship for Prop 47 Legal Clinics every month. Space is limited. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Conferences, Workshops, and More

Military Transition Workshops & Events: Join Say San Diego's various military transition workshops and events during the months of November and December! Click here for more information.

Courtyard Updates

Below are recent updates as well as new ways to get involved at the Courtyard.

January 4th, 2017: Please click here for Courtyard Weekly Updates and Needed Resources

January 11th, 2017: Please click here for Courtyard Weekly Updates and Needed Resources

Click here for more information on parking options for the Courtyard

Click here for the City Net Donation Referral List

Click here for the Courtyard’s current Items Needed List

Click here for the Courtyard’s current Meal Calendar 

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