500 Community and Company Volunteers Join Forces to Improve Oak View Neighborhood

Sat Feb 23, 2013 8:23pm EST

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SANTA ANA, Calif.--(Business Wire)--
Freshly painted public spaces including a concrete skateboard platform,
playgrounds, school buildings along with improvements to soccer fields and
school gardens made in the low-income Oak View neighborhood of Huntington Beach
were the outward results of the first combined volunteer project planned and
executed by the Corporate Volunteer Council of Orange County (CVCOC) with
project coordination by OneOC. 

The expansive project brought together 500 volunteers, including grateful local
residents and energized employees from 16 Orange County companies on the morning
of Saturday, February 23, and did as much for the spirits of the participants as
it did for the physical places they touched in this densely populated
neighborhood of 10,000 residents, 32% of whom live below the poverty line. 

CVCOC was launched in January 2012 in collaboration with OneOC, a nonprofit
501(c)3 organization committed to accelerating nonprofit success through
volunteer, training, consulting and business services. 

Nonprofits that benefitted from the project included Oak View Renewal
Partnership, Oak View Elementary School, Oak View Preschool, Oak View Child
Development Center, Oak View Branch Library, Jeanne Hardy Head Start, El Viento
Foundation, Oak View Family Resource Center, Boys & Girls Clubs of Huntington
Valley and the City of Huntington Beach. Community leaders present included
Iosefa Alofaituli, executive director, Oak View Renewal Partnership, Zayda
Garcia, executive director, El Viento, State Senator Lou Correa, and
Superintendant Gustavo Balderas of the Ocean View School District. 

"It was an honor for Oak View to be chosen for the first combined volunteer
project," said Iosefa Alofaituli,executive director, Oak View Renewal
Partnership."The impact created by the CVCOC, City of Huntington Beach,
community based organizations and residents goes beyond the monetary value of
the wonderful work completed today. Residents saw that volunteers outside the
community really care, and I have no doubt that this will inspire residents to
work even harder for an improved community for years to come." 

Participating companies included Allergan, Bank of America, BJ`s Restaurants,
Corinthian Colleges, Cox Communications, Disneyland Resort, Edwards
Lifesciences, Experian, Fluor, JP Morgan Chase, Kaiser, Pacific Life, PIMCO,
Ricoh Electronics, HUB International and Western Digital.

For OneOC
Dan Pittman, 714-282-9994
Barbara Powers, 714-953-5757 x 218
Cell: 949-525-8775

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