Announcements

    • Bikers Against Child Abuse (B.A.C.A) and Boys & Girls Club are having an event! "The Day of the Child" is being held to honor children in the community. You and your family are invited to join us for a fun-filled day with food, music, bounce-houses, face-painting, as well as games! Free adminission!  

      There will also be multiple agency resource/booth participants from the community present. Members of the community will be able to obtain a better understanding of how these agencies can assist families in need.

      Where: Boys & Girls Club, 950 W Highland Street, Santa Ana CA 92703

      Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019

      Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

      Download the flyer here (English and Spanish).

      If your organization would like to participate in this event, please download the Participant Form here.

    • Now in its 17th year, Festival of Children® returns this September to South Coast Plaza in Orange County, CA. The month-long, high-energy event features a host of free, family-fun entertainment including more than 100 activities and performances ranging from face painting and arts and crafts to karate demonstrations, live dance and singing performances, animal shows, and much more.

      Among the many featured activities at this year’s Festival are:

      • LEGO: Every Saturday, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Free mini LEGO build activities.
      • Coffee, Tea, Mommy & Me: Each Friday in September at 11:00 a.m. – Free educational presentations about home safety, vehicle seat safety, nutrition, water and safety, followed by arts and crafts or music. Coffee and tea hosted by Corner Bakery.
      • Dance: Each Saturday and Sunday, various times – Ballet, Hip-Hop, Classical Korean, Chinese, Flamenco, Irish, Hawaiian, Contemporary, and more.
      • Arts & Crafts: Every Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 4:00 p.m. – Free crafts for kids courtesy of: Art4Kids, Child Creativity Lab, and Paint For A Purpose.
      • CanstructionOC: CanstructionOC returns to the Festival with nine extraordinary sculptures made entirely of canned food items. Designed and constructed by several local companies, the sculptures are disassembled at the close of the festival and more than 56,000 cans of food are donated to the Orange County Food Bank to help feed the county’s estimated 350,000 people of all ages, who struggle with hunger each day.

      Admission if free, so is parking! This even is suitable for all ages. For questions or further information, please call (800) 782-8888.

      Please join us and over 70 other organizations every weekend in September from 12-4pm at South Coast Plaza (3333 Bristol St, Costa Mesa, CA 92626) to help us celebrate National Child Awareness Month and Festival of Children!

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

    • The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) is a national membership association dedicated to educational equity and excellence for the approximately 1.3 million children and youth experiencing homelessness each year.

      Our 2018 national conference theme is All Together Now, a theme that reinforces our collective, unified strength in helping those children and youth among us stay on their educational path out of homelessness, will be held October 27-30 in Anaheim, California.

      The exceptional learning experiences at the NAEHCY Annual Conference are made possible by the innovative and unique sessions submitted by professionals like you. Don’t miss your opportunity to provide yourself and your peers education that supports your career and organization..

      Each year NAEHCY brings together those who, on a daily basis, work closely with homeless children and youth. Through a series of keynote addresses, breakout sessions, valued exhibitors, and networking opportunities, the NAEHCY conference is the only conference of its kind and boasts an attendance of more than 1,300 professionals

      For further information and to view 2018 NAEHCY conference participation opportunities click HERE.  To download the flyer, please click HERE.

    • As we approach the Dr. Martin Luther King's Holiday, it's time to ask ourselves...
      Are we living out his dream?
      Are we working together towards the dream?
      How can we teach the next generation to pursue the dream?
      Come together with influential city and county leaders, law enforcement, educators, artists, local churches, non-profit organizers, entrepreneurs and community members and be a part of this crucial conversation.

      Please join us.Monday, January 21, 2019 

      7:30 am - 9:30 am
      Phillips Hall Theatre
      1454-1592 North Bristol Street
      Santa Ana, CA 92706

      Click HERE to register for this event. 

    • VOTERS APPROVE PROPs 1 and 2 INVESTMENTS IN AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR VETERANS, WORKING FAMILIES, PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND MANY MORE CALIFORNIANS.

      The Kennedy Commission wants to thank all of you for supporting California's tremendous investment in affordable housing and for helping us pass Props 1 and 2, a combined $6 BILLION in new funding for the development and preservation of affordable and supportive homes.

      "We are excited that Californians are investing in solutions that will increase affordable housing options in our communities. For us in Orange County, this presents an opportunity to help us leverage resources to address our affordable housing and homelessness crisis," said Cesar Covarrubias, Executive Director of the Kennedy Commission.

      Prop 1 will dedicate funding to build and preserve housing, including supportive housing, and provide homeowner assistance through a variety of proven and effective programs, including:

      • Multifamily Housing Program - $1.5 billion
      • Cal-Vet Farm and Home Loan Program - $1 billion
      • Infill Infrastructure Grant Financing - $300 million
      • Joe Serna Jr. Farmworker Housing Grant Program - $300 million
      • Local Housing Trust Match Grant Program - $300 million
      • CalHome - $300 million
      • CalHFA Home Purchase Assistance - $150 million
      • Transit-Oriented Development Program - $150 million

      The state is expected to issue its first notices of funding availability in early 2019.

      Prop 2 is equally important, providing supportive homes for our fellow Californians living with a mental illness struggling to survive on the streets or in shelters without the stability and access to services they need. With $2 billion, Prop 2 will build an additional 20,000 supportive rental homes that provide mental health services to help end homelessness for thousands of people. Homelessness advocates, doctors, mental health professionals, emergency responders, and law enforcement all agree – supportive housing works and we need it if we are to end chronic homelessness in California.

    • From 1941 to 1944, the Germans subjected Leningrad, the former capital of Russia known today as “Saint Petersburg,” to one of the longest and most destructive chapters of World War II. Historians believe that the Siege of Leningrad — occurring over a nearly 900-day period — resulted in the deaths of up to 1.5 million soldiers and civilians and the evacuation of another 1.4 million people, mostly women and children.

      Two little girls — Tamara Haltsonen, who was then 6 years old, and her older sister, Lidia, who was 10 — illustrate the unfathomable human toll of the infamous siege: The girls suffered through the death of their mother, Tatiana, to starvation and/or illness, and the loss of their father, Alexsander, to the “German Labor Camps.” Devastated and suddenly with no one to care for them, the two were placed in separate sections of a local orphanage, before being moved with other evacuees to... To continue reading this story, please click HERE.

    • The County of Orange Social Services Agency is pleased to announce its 6th Annual Human Services Request for Proposals Training for Community Partners for human services providers interested in learning more about competitive bidding through the use of the Request for Proposals (RFP) solicitation method.

       The Social Services Agency (SSA) is the largest County agency and serves an average of one in every four Orange County residents, or over 700,000 people a month.  Services provided are designed to:

      • Protect children and adults from abuse and/or neglect.
      • Enable low-income adults who are frail and/or disabled to safely remain in their homes rather than being institutionalized.
      • Transition eligible families from dependency to self-sufficiency, and provide program benefits for eligible CalWORKs, CalFresh (Food Stamps), Refugee, General Relief and Medi-Cal recipients. 

      SSA releases various RFPs on an annual basis, typically in the fall months for human services agreements that begin on July 1st of the next fiscal year.

      This training is targeted for individuals and organizations, including but not limited to businesses, non-profits and institutions of higher education, with expertise and experience in the areas of child welfare, refugee social services, CalWORKs Welfare-to-Work or adult services and have an understanding of the special needs of the SSA’s target populations described above.  This training is open to the public, first-time attendees or those who would like a refresher. 

      Training Date:

      Thursday, September 27, 2018

      Training Time:

      9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

      Training Location:

      500 N. State College Blvd., Suite 100 
      First floor, Conference Room 1012
      Orange, CA  92868

      RSVP Deadline:

      Monday, September 24, 2018, 5:00 PM

      Email address to RSVP:

      This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

      You will receive a confirmation email of your reservation.

    • Are you Ready for a Career in IT? The Nationaal Veterans Transition Services' REBOOT program is now offering a FREE training course will prepare you for your first paid role in the information technology (IT) field. IT-Ready is an eight-week, full-time classroom training program that covers a technical computer curriculum geared toward the CompTIA A+ certification. Plus, students learn professional skills to ensure their long-term career success.

      IT-Ready primarily serves:

      • Honorable Separated from Military
      • Post 9/11
      • Veterans and their Spouses
      • Wounded Warrior Project Qualified (Easy to Apply)
      • Looking for Employment

      No prior tech experience is necessary.

      Since IT-Ready was established in 2012, more than 1,500 individuals have trained with IT-Ready, with 88% of students graduating and 86% of graduates obtaining full-time tech jobs.

      To learn more and see how to take part in IT-Ready as a student visit www.ITREADY.COM.

      In partnership with local employers and workforce agencies, we screen, train, certify and place individuals in a paid work experience that can lead to permanent full-time employment with family sustaining wages as a skilled IT worker.

      Application Deadline is February 22nd, Class Launches March 25th

      FREE Education Training
      FREE Job Placement

      Don't wait, apply now! Space is limited! Download the flyer HERE.

      Commitment to Attend 5 Days a Week for 8 Weeks

      Apply at https://www.nvtsi.org/enroll/

    • Moving from Pediatric to Adult Health Care: Helping Youth, Families and Providers Prepare for Transition

      Guest Speaker: Erika Jewell, LCSW, ACM, CHOC Children's

      This workshop is focused on transition readiness for adolescents and young adults, addressing the needs of youth, families and providers in the transition from pediatric to adult health care services. In California, transition efforts begin at age 14 and continue through age 21.

      At the end of the program, participants should be able to:

      • Define the difference between transition efforts and discharge planning.
      • Learn barriers to a successful transition and how to effectively address them.
      • Discuss health and psychosocial concerns facing adolescent and young adults during the transition period.
      • Identify tools and resources to work effectively with adolescents and young adults to address developmental and cultural needs.
      • Discuss strategies for working jointly with youth, family and providers to ensure a successful transition.

      Light refreshments will be provided. Please bring your own lunch. Registration Required, NO FEE

      Tuesday, March 26, 2019
      12:30–2 p.m.
      CalOptima, 505 City Parkway West, Room 109-N, Orange, CA 92868

      1.5 CE Credits Offered

      Space is limited! Please RSVP by Thursday, March 21, 2019. Download the flyer HERE.

      For questions, special accommodations or to file a complaint, please call Miriam Sanchez De Lorenzo at 657-900-1038 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
      CE certificates will be available to participants at the conclusion of the workshop.

    • Learning Objectives:

      • Understand our mindset about the communities we serve.
      • Learn effective outreach strategies for relationship building.
      • Validate our community engagement work as true partnerships.

      Guest presenter Stephany Cuevas, Ed.M., Harvard Graduate School of Education, Doctoral Candidate in Cultures, Communities and Education.

      Wednesday, December 12, 2018
      Delhi Community Center
      505 East Central Avenue,
      Santa Ana, CA 92707

      Check-In/Breakfast: 8:30–9 a.m. / Forum: 9–11:30 a.m.

      Registration Deadline: Wednesday, December 5, 2018. Click HERE to register!

      There is no charge for this forum. Pre-registrationis highly recommended. Space is limited. For information, please call Yesica Allala at 657-900-1302, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

      Please bring your business cards and any information about your organization's programs, services and events to distribute at the forum. We expect 150–200 attendees.

    • Join your neighbors and police officers for coffee and conversation! No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the officers in your neighborhood.

      March 20, 2019
      11:00 am - 12:30 pm
      Starbucks
      301 W 4th Street
      Santa Ana, CA 92701

      For further information, please email PSO Melissa Ortega at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Click HEREfor the flyer.

    • An easy-to-use tool that allows organizations to quickly and accurately refer clients for a variety of services in a matter of seconds. Facilitate referrals for medical, dental and more than 75 types of social services!

      System Benefits include:

      • Comprehensive Client Health Data Management, for tracking and reporting.
      • Improved referral case management with easy user interface.
      • Fully integrated workflow provides real-time status of each referral. 

      Our mission is to bridge services gaps, create a stronger network of services and achieve a healthy, empowered community. Our network will create awareness of underutilized services that are available to underserved populations.

      This program is FREE! To get started, please contact Roseann Peters, Program Manager at 714-583-6433 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can download the flyer HERE. Visity the website at www.communityreferralnetwork.org

    • The new app gives users the ability to browse and search all County services near them or learn more about services in categories such as “Libraries,” “Parks,” “Health & Human Services,” “Public Safety” and “Other Government Services.” To download the app, Apple users click here and Android users click here

    • Please join us and hundreds of housing, human services and policy leaders from all over the country in Los Angeles this June 5 - 7 for CSH Summit 2018, the only national forum devoted to affordable, supportive housing. Experts on topics important to housing will be on hand to share their experiences, insights and guidance. This is an extraordinary opportunity for peer networking with other stakeholders and professionals across many sectors including healthcare, philanthropy, finance, justice, workforce development, child welfare and more! Visit the site/register at www.csh.org/summit18 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional information.

    • Are you prepared? Bring the family and join the Santa Ana Police Department for an Emergency Preparedness Fair! 

      Saturday, March 30, 2019
      10:00 am - 1:00 pm
      Pentecostal Church
      1025 W. Memory Lane (in the parking lot).

      Free event sponsored by the Santa Ana Police Department.

      • Information booths
      • Activities for children
      • Safety kits (limited supply)
      • Emergency vehicles for the kids to check out.

      For additional info, please contact SAPD Police Service Officer M. Ortega at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Download the flyer HERE (English and Spanish).

    • The County of Orange Public Works department (OCPW) is working on a Flood Control Channel Maintenance and Security Project along the Santa Ana River. Please click here to see answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about the project as well as how the project impacts homeless encampments in the area. If you would like an answer to a question not listed or want to provide feedback regarding the project, please email the County Executive Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    • The Compassion Ministries department at Garden Grove Friends Church invites you and your family to their 3rd Annual Community School Supply Giveaway event!

      Saturday, July 28th

      9:00 am - 11:00 am

      Garden Grove Friends Church: 12211 Magnolia Street, Garden Grove, 

      • No ID is required.
      • Students must be present to receive supplies.
      • Your kid(s) will receive everything they will need to start the new school year - FOR FREE!
      • Open to students in grades K-12.
      • There will be a raffle for backpacks at 9:30am!
    • Smiles for Everyone Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with the mission of delivering smiles for everyone by providing free dental care for individuals in need, is hosting a fee dental clinic in Westminster, CA on Suncay, February 24, 2019!

      Pro bono dental services provided include:

      • x-rays/exams
      • cleanings
      • fluoride treatments, sealants
      • oral cancer screenings
      • fillings
      • extractions.

      To be eligible to receive care, an individual must be low income and underinsured. All ages are welcome. We do have a limited number of appointments available, provided on a first come first serve basis.

      To schedul an appointment, please call 714-230-1101.

      Location: Newport Dental, 15458 Beach Blvd, Westminster, CA92683

      February 24, 2019, 8:30am - 2:00pm

      Visit the website HERE and download the flyer HERE.

    • The Costa Mesa Family Resource Center hosts a monthly community food distribution event at the Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living.

      Food distributions are held on the first Saturday of every month at 1:00PM and are open to the public.

      Download the flyer in English HERE. Download the flyer in Spanish, click HERE.

      Please bring your own bags.

      Upcoming Dates:​​
      April 6, 2019
      May 4, 2019
      June 1, 2019

      Address: 307 Placentia Ave Newport Beach, CA 92663

      For more information call 949-764-8100 ext 53694.

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