The Orange County Community Foundation is committed to embracing service members and integrating them back into civilian life through its Orange County Veterans Initiative (OCVI).
Orange County Veterans Initiative (OCVI) was launched in 2011 and then expanded in 2015 based on new findings from The State of the American Veteran: The Orange County Veterans Study, a report commissioned by OCCF to bring much needed attention to the challenges facing Orange County veterans. The first-ever comprehensive report on the needs of local veterans, it confirmed that many servicemen and women coming home to Orange County are significantly under-prepared for civilian life, – experiencing significant challenges ranging from not knowing where to find services, to lacking secure employment, to unmet physical and mental health needs.
OCVI aligns donors, businesses and community leaders to focus on three critical areas of need:
The initiative’s key goal is to improve critical and fundamental services so that veterans:
The funding allows high-performing nonprofit veteran service organizations to build their capacity to serve a broader audience.
In 2017, The second annual Orange County Real Estate Luncheon raised more than $680,000 to benefit the health, education and employment of Orange County’s 130,000 plus veterans. Proceeds were distributed to qualifying Orange County nonprofits serving veterans in partnership with OCCF’s OC Veterans Initiative.