In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them. Boys & Girls Clubs offer that and more. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow – all while having fun. It is the place where great futures are started each and every day.
Funding research that leads to curing childhood cancers is at the heart of everything that they do at the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF). Established in 1982, their founders – parents, doctors, friends, and community leaders – had a common vision … “To bring hope and lifesaving treatments to children battling cancer.” Inspired by the ground-breaking research of Dr. Mitchell Cairo the Foundation quickly grew beyond its Orange County roots. Since 1982, they have raised over $36 million for cutting edge pediatric cancer research. This research has led to continuing improvements in the care, quality of life and survival rates of children with malignant diseases. They are diligent in their quest to give every child a cancer-free future.
Taller San Jose (St. Joseph’s Workshop) provides disadvantaged young adults with the life skills and job training needed to live more productive and self-actualized lives. Taller San Jose gives young people, who are unemployed, out of school, in and out of the criminal justice system and/or pregnant or parenting, the chance to start over. The organization demonstrates an unwavering acceptance of others for whom and where they are on their life trajectories and is committed to empowering youth to realize their strengths and positively impact their futures. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange founded Taller San Jose in 1995 in response to the rise in gang violence, high youth unemployment, low high school graduation rates and rising teen pregnancy rates in Central Orange County. Every year, Taller San Jose serves 350 youth, who are caught in this cycle of poverty and strives to help them achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. In eighteen years Taller San Jose has helped more than 4,500 young people restructure their lives, develop marketable skills and find employment.
I. C.A.R.E. (Into Canine Adoption, Rehabilitation, and Education) Dog Rescue is a non-profit, all-breed, no-kill dog rescue organization. They rescue dogs from shelters at risk of being euthanized as well as abandoned, abused, and stray dogs. They also rescue many dogs from owners who are forced to surrender their dogs due to financial or personal issues. I.C.A.R.E. Dog Rescue is dedicated to reducing the number of dogs that are euthanized in our shelters each and every day. Their primary goal is to rescue and rehabilitate these dogs in loving foster homes until they are adopted into their permanent homes.
For 90 years, Orange County United Way has been at the forefront of health and human care services in Orange County. While the community has changed over the years, their mission to improve lives and strengthen our community has remained the same. They continue to mobilize the caring power of Orange County—by collaborating with nonprofit agencies, corporate partners, and generous donors—to meet the greatest needs of our community. By focusing on the building blocks for a self-sufficient life—Education, Income, Health and Housing—Orange County United Way improve the lives of our neighbors, coworkers, and friends.