• 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. 


      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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional information.

    • 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!
    • The First Day of Winter. The Longest Night of the Year. A National Day of Remembrance.

      Each year, thousands of individuals experiencing homelessness die on the streets of our nation due to illness, exposure or violence. Many from our very own community of Orange County.

      Please join us as we honor and acknowledge their lives as part of the human family.

      December 21, 2018, 7:00 pm. 

      In the Arboretum at Christ Cathedral

      13280 Chapman Avenue, Garden Grove, CA 92840

      To provide the name of someone you know who has lost their life on the streets in Orange County (so they can be acknowledged at the service) OR to RSVP, contact Esther Ramirez at 714-282-6001 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Organized by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, Our Father's Table and HomeAid Orange County. 

      To download the flyer, please click HERE.

    • Join 211OC every month for a free, interactive training on how to get connected to Orange County’s health and human services programs. Please email Laurie Miechowicz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 

    • The Festival of Children Foundation is pleased to extend an official invitation to health and human services organizations throughout Orange County to participate in the17th annual Festival of Children, once again being held at South Coast Plaza during National Child Awareness Month!

      Celebrating the important work your organization contributes to our community is at the heart of what Festival of Children is all about, and we hope you'll join us this year. 

      The Festival will be held from Saturday, September 1stnd  through Sunday, September 23rd,  2018. Applications are due by Friday, June  22nd, and confirmations will be sent by Friday, June 29th.

      Please note that as a participant in Festival of Children®, you must commit to staffing your booth from 12 Noon – 4 PM on Saturdays and Sundays.  Booths remain up and stocked during the week, but staffing is not required.

      We look forward to hosting you at South Coast Plaza in September!

      Click HERE to download further information and the Participation Package.

    • "A public awareness campaign will roll out over the next two years and include free trainings for health care providers on how to discuss domestic violence with patients, advertising aboard buses and at bus shelters, and a centralized clearinghouse of resources and information...."

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      Click here to read the entire article

    • 2-1-1 Orange County and OC Partnership MERGED!

      Staff 2013

      It's official! In April 2014, 2-1-1 Orange County legally merged withOC Partnership, a local nonprofit that formed in 1998 to support the county's homeless service providers. The merger of 211OC and OCP creates a single, comprehensive information and referral system for regional health and human service organizations in Orange County.

      September 6, 2013

      Announcing New President & CEO of 2-1-1 Orange County. New CEO Brings Experience & Dedication to Lead 2-1-1 OC Forward. Click here to read more.

      August 22, 2013

      Karen Williams Appointed President and CEO of 2-1-1 OC. On behalf of the Board of Directors for 2-1-1 OC, I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Karen Williams as our President & CEO. This appointment is the conclusion of a thorough professional search including many qualified candidates from both coasts. Click here to read more.

      June 21, 2013

      Today, Orange County just got stronger. After a long and thoughtful journey, we are excited to announce the merger between 2‐1‐1 Orange County and OC Partnership. The joining of these two established organizations represents an exciting combination of mission, talent and infrastructure – resulting in a stronger and better health and human services safety net for the region. Click here to read more.


      Merger Page 1

      Merger Announcement, June 2013 

    • Join us to learn more about the 211OC Helpline and how to navigate the online Public Resource Database (PRD). The training provides information on how to search for low cost and free community resource in our database of over 1,000 organizations.

      When? The fourth Wenesday of every month... EXCEPT for January, which will be the 5TH WEDNESDAY (January 31st).

      Time? 9:00am - 10:00am

      Where? The Village Shared Spaces, 1505 E 17th Street, Conference Center Board Room (enter from 18th Street)

      You can register for this training here. For further information, please contact Courtney Ressler, Resource Specialist, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 714-589-2374.

      Addendum to SNHP NOFA and Guidelines
      BID Number: 012-182311 – Addendum 1

      The Orange County Health Care Agency and Orange County Community Resources is announcing the release of an Expression of Interest (EOI) process for parties interested in applying for funding through the No Place Like Home (NPLH) program to acquire, construction, and/or rehabilitate permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals with serious mental illness who are homeless, chronically homeless or at-risk of chronically homelessness. The NPLH EOI is an addendum to the Special Needs Housing Program (SNHP) Notice of Funding Availability and Guidelines released by the County in March 2018. The NPLH program builds upon the successes of the MHSA Housing Program for the development of new MHSA housing. It is important to note that the NPLH program is conditioned upon authorization through the state ballot (Prop. 2) and court validation processes and no NPLH funds will be available until those processes have been completed. Proposals for NPLH funding through the EOI process will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis and applications will be reviewed by County staff in the order received. Interested applicants are welcomed and encouraged to contact Michelle Zdeba of Orange County Community Resources at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Lisa Row of the Health Care Agency at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

      The NPLH EOI will be available on or about October 22, 2018 through Bidsync, the County of Orange Procurement website. Prospective applicants can register with Bidsync at or retain a copy of the NPLH EOI from the Orange County Community Resources website at

      The Orange County Health Care Agency and Orange County Community Resources will be holding a general information session on MHSA, SNHP and NPLH from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on November 9, 2018 at the following location:

      1300 S. Grand Avenue, Building B
      Conference Room A/B (2nd Floor)
      Santa Ana, CA 92705

      Additionally, the Orange County Health Care Agency and Orange County Community Resources is currently reaching out to developers to take inventory of potential No Place Like Home (NPLH) projects in the County of Orange that will score competitively in Round 1 of the NPLH Competitive Allocation NOFA. If you intend to submit an application to HCD on or before the January 30 due date, please contact Michelle Zdeba via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone at 714-480-2994, before the close of business on Wednesday, November 14, 2018.

    • The Orange County Health Care Agency (HCA), City of Irvine and seven South County cities will be exercising a Point of Dispensing (POD) emergency preparedness event at the Great Park, Irvine on October 18 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. to practice rapid distribution of medicine in the event of a public health outbreak.

      During the event, participants will be directed through the exercise by local police and fire authorities and will be asked to complete a brief intake form, proceed to a nurse or nursing student who will distribute exercise materials, then be directed through the exit station. Participants will receive a commemorative tote bag, local emergency planning materials, information about the AlertOC emergency notification system, and a holiday pumpkin while supplies last.

      For further information about this one-day event, please visit

    • Saturday, January 19, 2019, Downtown Santa Ana • 9 AM

      Over the past two years, diverse groups from Orange County marched together to support the fact that women’s rights are human rights and to make Orange County more safe, fair, healthy, supportive and accepting of all women. This year, again thousands of people will take to the streets to demonstrate unity and solidarity. Click here to join the march and for FAQs.

      The OC Women's March issued a statement in direct response to the issues and hateful speech coming from the leadership of the national Women's March., Inc. Below is Orange County's statement:

      OC Women’s March is Independent from Women’s March, Inc.
      The Orange County Women’s March is a local, volunteer-driven, grassroots coalition of individuals and organizations dedicated to promoting inclusivity and equity in our collective efforts to advance the status of women and women’s issues. Our coalition is distinctly independent of Women’s March, Inc., a national organization. The Orange County Women’s March does not share any leadership, decision-making input, or financial connection to Women’s March, Inc., and we independently raise our own funds to present our local Orange County Women’s March.

      The Orange County Women’s March stands against hate in all forms. We denounce any statements against the Jewish and LGBTQIA+ communities and will continue to take action to promote intersectionality and equity as we work toward our vision of restoring dignity, sharing humanity, and promoting inclusivity and justice for all.

      We firmly believe that women must stand in solidarity with all marginalized communities and ask those communities to stand together with us against hate and oppression in all forms and at all levels. We look forward to marching with you in downtown Santa Ana on Saturday January 19, 2019.

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