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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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The New Face of Neighbors in Need

ReachOut OC addresses the changing demographics of need in Orange County. Lake Forest resident Price will challenge everything you think you know about hunger in Orange County. A client of South County Outreach, he shops at the nonprofit’s food pantry. He and as many as 3,000 other residents count on deliveries of emergency food and fresh fare every month just to get by. But that wasn’t always the case. Price is the new face of ...
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Every child deserves a healthy smile

At the tender age of 7, Amber already had a mouthful of painful cavities and a tooth so decayed that it needed to be pulled. Her mother, Nancy Gama, a mother of two young girls with no dental insurance, felt like she had no options. She struggled with what to do, knowing that she couldn’t afford expensive dental procedures to address the serious problems her young daughter was facing. What Nancy experienced is not uncommon ...
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Celebrating 25 years of passion, innovation

A conversation with Pacific Symphony conductor Carl St.Clair While others clamor for influence, Carl St.Clair barely utters a sound. The musical director and conductor of the Pacific Symphony orchestrates musical innovation with a whisper. St.Clair generates the highest sense of creative spirit from the musicians he leads. His respect and support for their calling arouses exceptional performances that inspire awe. St.Clair celebrates his 25th season with the Pacific Symphony this year. During his tenure, the ...
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In Harm’s Way

Human trafficking is not just an international problem; it is a growing issue right here in O.C. We hear the horror stories about human trafficking in foreign countries. Children kidnapped from families in public marketplaces and smuggled into a terrifying life of abuse and slavery. Though devastating, it seems remote. Except it isn't. The same kind of thing is happening in Orange County. Vulnerable children in our neighborhoods and school systems are being brought into ...
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Keeping Dr. King’s dream alive

Orange County leaders champion his message of faith and equality. I learned recently that just 19 days before his assassination in 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. arrived in Orange County to speak against the war in Vietnam and in support of the Poor People's Campaign, which he planned to take to Washington, D.C., the following month. It was one of his final public appearances. His directive was simple: Make an effort to understand and ...
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