Find Your Passion

Find Your Passion-OC Opportunity Initiative

OC Opportunity Initiative

Ensuring a Vibrant Orange County

The immigrant story is woven deeply into the fabric of our nation. The American Dream draws on the talents, creativity, hard work and hopes of those who have overcome extraordinary obstacles to make this country their own. We all have prospered from their fulfillment of the American Dream.

 

In Orange County, the contributions of generations of immigrants have shaped our county from its agricultural beginnings to our current standing as an international hub of innovation and enterprise.

 

The continued growth and vitality of our county depends on an engaged, educated and economically stable population which incorporates the skills, talents and contributions of our diverse communities. As we chart a course for our county’s future, we must begin with a basic understanding of Orange County’s immigrant communities, and the challenges and opportunities facing us. Learn more about why immigrant integration matters to Orange County as it provides insight into the legal landscape that immigrants are encountering.

  • Approximately 913,000 immigrants live in Orange County, making up nearly one-third of our county’s population.
  • Seventy-nine percent of immigrants in Orange County have lived here for more than 30 years. Only 21 percent have arrived in the past decade.

Our Purpose

The OC Opportunity Initiative is a collaboration of regional funders dedicated to improving the lives of immigrants in Orange County. By ensuring the full participation of our immigrant communities, Orange County will see positive health and educational outcomes for all residents while strengthening the social and cultural fabric of our community.

 

The OC Opportunity Initiative is helping immigrants realize their potential within our community by providing funding for 18 nonprofits that provide legal services, outreach and education in order to:

  1. Reducing barriers to immigrant services in Orange County
  2. Connecting permanent legal residents to citizenship support
  3. Increasing awareness of immigration-related services
  4. Enhancing the capacity of existing service providers to increase the number of eligible immigrants applying to normalize their status

The OC Opportunity Initiative will yield multiple benefits for every resident, every neighborhood and every business in Orange County by removing the greatest obstacles that immigrants face – putting us all closer to achieving the American Dream.

Learn more about the regional collaborative of funders dedicated to improving the lives of Orange County immigrants in partnership with 18 funded nonprofits to provide legal services, outreach, and education to local immigrant communities.

The mission of the OC Opportunity Initiative is to direct resources to improve the lives of local immigrants and help them access all available legal opportunities to normalize their status.