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The dream of a more vibrant, prosperous Orange County is within our reach. To achieve it, we must understand and confront difficult realities faced by too many of our neighbors. And we must coordinate our response so that every effort counts.

The ConnectOC enewsletter and blog bring fresh examples of innovation and impact as we share stories of the donors, dreamers and doers who partner with OCCF, as well as insights into how we are working to help make Orange County a stronger, healthier more vibrant community for all. With an easy-to-read format and expanded content, we aim to inspire, inform and help you connect with our community and the causes you care about most.

Orange County’s issues are connected—and so are you. We invite you to get in touch with critical information, promising approaches and a growing community of partners who share your passion for our county. Already, we are making strides toward the dream we share for Orange County.

Helping the Next Generation Find Purpose and Passion

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.  The Encuentros Leadership Academy connects middle- and high school-aged boys with much-needed role models. Salvador Martinez is ready to be a leader. The Anaheim High School junior has dodged gang life and avoided the temptations of ...
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Unseen and Unheard: Aging in Need in Orange County

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’re unprepared to address the needs of one of the fastest-growing segments of our population. Older adults today are more visible, active and independent than any previous generation. Many are in better shape and embracing ...
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Families Landlocked in Food Deserts

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. Many low-income families lack basic access to healthy food options. For many Orange County commuters, stopping to buy a bottle of water or a snack from a convenience store is a time-saver. Yet for too ...
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June 15 World Elder Abuse Day is Reminder Rising Epidemic

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. It was only supposed to be temporary. Just a few months until they got back on their feet - and in the meantime, an extra pair of hands around the house would be a blessing ...
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Could Restorative Justice Unlock the Potential of Troubled Youth?

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. Research shows that expulsions and suspensions do more harm than good for the future of our students and our community. What if we could unlock the potential of each student instead of locking a troubled ...
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What do 50 stories tell us about Orange County?

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. Together, local nonprofits are building up Orange County through collaboration. My column in the Faith and Values section of the Orange County Register last week marks my 50th opportunity to shine the light on our ...
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Keeping our promise to California’s students

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. A conversation with California State University Fullerton President Dr. Mildred García. A nationally-recognized leader in higher education, Dr. Mildred García was appointed the fifth president of CSUF in June 2012, during a time of significant ...
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Orange County’s Health Hangs in the Balance

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. One third of Orange County residents are unable to get the health care they need, but local organizations are working to bridge the gap. An epidemic is sweeping across Orange County, driving our residents to ...
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Financial Literacy is Key to Self-Sufficiency

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. How two nonprofits are helping families master the dollars and cents of self-sufficiency. What’s your financial IQ? We live in a society that relentlessly tempts us to make questionable financial choices. From the 1,600 to ...
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One Child Bullied is Too Many

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. For students robbed of their independence by bullying, education paves the way for healing. Most Orange County schoolchildren can’t wait for the recess bell to ring. But when Rebeca was 10, she would sprint to ...
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