OCR Volunteers Are Making a Difference Together Throughout Orange County
The English word volunteer comes from the Latin verb volo, meaning “to be willing, to wish.” Thus, a volunteer is someone who is willing to undertake a task or to provide a service. Perhaps not coincidentally, volunteering is one important way to close the gap between what is and what can be, thereby, turning today’s wishes into tomorrow’s reality.
OCR REALTORS® and Affiliates want homes and neighborhoods to be safe. They want schools to improve and youngsters to learn and succeed. They want military service to be recognized and veterans to be honored. They want seniors and families to know where their next meal is coming from and to have enough food to eat. Throughout Orange County, OCR REALTOR® and Affiliate volunteers are making good things happen and making a meaningful difference together.
For example, in November, they acted as peer navigators during the Orange County Stand Down for Homeless Veterans in Dana Point. In December, they served hot meals at Mary’s Kitchen in Orange. In January, they helped assemble and pack more than ten thousand boxes with nonperishable food items at the OC Food Bank in Garden Grove for distribution to seniors and families in need.
In February, they removed invasive plants, trash, and debris from the Bolsa Chica Wetlands. In March, they helped the Orange County Rescue Mission serve hot meals to the homeless at Civic Center in Santa Ana. And on April 1, they joined more than two hundred volunteers from across Orange County to install a brand-new playground at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley–Kingston Branch in Fountain Valley.
The Kingston Branch’s old playground had become worn out. The new one, which was based on drawings created by children at a Design Day event in January, is expected to last fifteen years and to serve more than one thousand children and their families. After describing the importance of play in helping youngsters reach their full potential, Tanya Hoxie, chief executive officer for the Boys and Girls Club, expressed her gratitude to all who had given “the gift of play to the kids at the Club.”
Volunteering with the OCR Volunteer Corps is a way to have fun, to meet new people, to become part of a team, and to make a meaningful difference in communities all across Orange County. “When you volunteer,” advises OCR REALTOR® Carmela Ryan, “make the experience fun, not only for you but for your colleagues as well. Thank everyone that you meet and be glad!” Adds OCR Affiliate Luz Sellers, “Doing good for others while expecting nothing in return truly is one of the greatest joys.”
To learn about future volunteer opportunities or to sign up, visit www.ocar.org/volunteer.