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Orange County Shows its Heart on First-Ever Giving Day

By Shelley Hoss The ConnectOC Blog is a place for sharing insight, information and examples of how Orange County residents, donors and nonprofits are working to build a brighter, stronger, more vibrant community.  We welcome you to share your thoughts by commenting below.   There was a time when most Americans lived in small towns and the ties that bound them together were strong. When illness or tragedy struck, neighbors would rally to one another’s aid ...
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Give Where Your Heart Lives

By Shelley Hoss The ConnectOC Blog is a place for sharing insight, information and examples of how Orange County residents, donors and nonprofits are working to build a brighter, stronger, more vibrant community. We welcome you to share your thoughts by commenting below. Among Orange County's many treasures, the exemplary network of local nonprofit organizations may be our most valuable asset. But fulfilling a charitable mission year after year is like running a marathon that ...
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Reclaiming the Wonder Years

By Shelley Hoss The ConnectOC Blog is a place for sharing insight, information and examples of how Orange County residents, donors and nonprofits are working to build a brighter, stronger, more vibrant community. We welcome you to share your thoughts by commenting below. Remember the joy of digging your tiny fingers into soft dirt and imagining you were a jungle explorer? Or the freedom of climbing a tree in your yard to survey your little ...
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Battling the Invisible Disability

By Shelley Hoss The ConnectOC Blog is a place for sharing insight, information and examples of how Orange County residents, donors and nonprofits are working to build a brighter, stronger, more vibrant community. We welcome you to share your thoughts by commenting below. By age 3, Adelynn’s world had begun to grow silent. Not only did the fun-loving tot suffer from progressive sensory-neural hearing loss, she belonged to a population of children who did not ...
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Moving the Needle for At-Risk Youth in Anaheim

By Shelley Hoss The ConnectOC Blog is a place for sharing insight, information and examples of how Orange County residents, donors and nonprofits are working to build a brighter, stronger, more vibrant community. We welcome you to share your thoughts by commenting below. We live in a community of contrasts. While the wealth and success of so many Orange County residents is visible everywhere, the deep needs of others are not. And nowhere is this ...
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Human Options Marks February Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month with ‘Love Shouldn’t Hurt’ Campaign

By Barbara J. Kimler The ConnectOC Blog is a place for sharing insight, information and examples of how Orange County residents, donors and nonprofits are working to build a brighter, stronger, more vibrant community. We welcome you to share your thoughts by commenting below. An estimated 1.5 million high school students in the United States will be physically abused by a dating partner this year and one in three adolescents will experience some form of ...
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The Welcome Home They Deserve

Mealtime is often the first battleground between parents and their little ones. Enticing your child to eat the healthy meal you’ve prepared can be one of the greatest challenges of parenthood. It could also be the deciding factor in whether your child is at risk to join the growing epidemic of childhood obesity, which affects up to 52 percent of children in Orange County, according to a joint UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and California Center for ...
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Serving Up Solutions to Fight Childhood Obesity

Mealtime is often the first battleground between parents and their little ones. Enticing your child to eat the healthy meal you’ve prepared can be one of the greatest challenges of parenthood. It could also be the deciding factor in whether your child is at risk to join the growing epidemic of childhood obesity, which affects up to 52 percent of children in Orange County, according to a joint UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and ...
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It Takes Two: A Father-Daughter Duo Advances a Family Tradition of Giving

The Swayne family has left an unparalleled legacy in Orange County, which they continue to build on through an innovative approach to their family’s philanthropy. Judy Swayne’s dream to create an enduring home for local philanthropy was realized with the founding of the Orange County Community Foundation in 1989, and furthered through her leadership of OCCF over the next ten years. At the same time, her husband Keith was building his family’s company—Case Swayne Co.—into ...
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Resolve to Make a Difference All Year Long

Local nonprofits need volunteers year-round, not just during the holiday season. Each holiday season, Orange County reveals its generous heart through the hundreds of volunteers who serve at homeless shelters, soup kitchens and local nonprofits helping our neighbors in need. It’s an admirable way for individuals and families to connect with our community, and can help teach children the importance of giving back. But as the “season of giving” passes, the needs of our most ...
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