Looking for a way to make a difference in the community? Check out the wide variety of impactful charities that operate right here in our local area. If you would like to add your organization to this list, please contact Julie Freund.
American Heart Association – “For nearly 100 years, the American Heart Association has been fighting heart disease and stroke and helping families and communities thrive. Explore the map below to see how your support has made a difference in our nation and in the places you and your loved ones call home.”
Anaheim Beautiful – “Anaheim Beautiful was formed more than four decades ago through the dedication and initiative of a small group of Anaheim citizens who wanted to better their community. Although the faces have changed over the years, the purpose of the Board of Directors has remained the same: to work together toward achieving the organization’s mission. In doing this, the current board members, several who have served the program for many years, use their talents, professional expertise and community connections to not only maintain the programs historically provided by Anaheim Beautiful, but also examine new ways to meet their goals in changing times. Bringing together a diverse team of personalities and talents has proved very successful over the years for Anaheim Beautiful and continues to be the key to its success today.”
Anaheim Community Foundation – “The Anaheim Community Foundation is a non-profit public benefit corporation established in 1984. The Foundation supports a broad base of programs, services, organizations, and facilities that enrich the lives of Anaheim residents. A volunteer Board of Directors provides leadership and manages donations to ensure they are returned to the community to meet vital needs.”
Cops 4 Kids – “The Anaheim Cops 4 Kids (C4K) program was established to serve children who live in or attend school in Anaheim. C4K aims to establish positive relationships among youth, police and the community at large.
C4K’s goals are to provide alternatives to gangs, drugs and other criminal activities through a vast array of programs. In particular, C4K provides a variety of cultural, educational and recreational activities for the youth of Anaheim. These diverse programs help youth develop a positive self-image and successful interpersonal skills which will encourage them to stay in school and play a constructive role in the community.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County “In a world of causes, we make a difference by creating professionally supported, one-to-one matches for youth who want to realize their full potential.
Through mentoring, we aim to decrease the number of disconnected youth in Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Empowered youth have the potential to change our world”
Boys and Girls Club of Greater Anaheim/Cypress – “Growing up in today’s world isn’t easy for any child, but for many kids in our community, it is tougher than you might think. At the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Anaheim-Cypress, we want a world where every child is given the opportunity to succeed in life and experience a brighter future.”
Caterina’s Club – “Caterina’s Club’s mission is to provide warm meals, affordable housing assistance, and job training to homeless and low-income families throughout Southern California. It is supported by a vision where we are creating a modicum of consistency in these children’s lives through something as simple yet meaningful as a nightly dinner.”
Community Action Partnership of Orange County – “Born of the War on Poverty, Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAP OC) has worked to enhance the quality of life here since 1965. We boldly address the root causes of poverty and advocate for change through systemic reforms, social justice and racial equity. We live and work in the neighborhoods we so passionately serve—coming together from all backgrounds and experiences to stabilize, sustain and empower individuals and families so they may build stronger communities.”
Friendly Center – “Friendly Center began in 1924 by a men’s bible study to help impoverished local farm workers and their families. In March 1967, Friendly Center officially became a non-profit corporation and would continue to evolve, growing to four family resource centers in three cities that serve thousands every year. Friendly Center remains the oldest non-profit in Orange County to stay true to its founding mission of improving the lives of the impoverished by helping them move toward self-sufficiency.
Today, Friendly Center's wrap-around services continue to elevate families so they may overcome crisis and the barriers of poverty.”
Giving Children Hope – “Giving Children Hope (GCH) was founded in 1993 to provide food and health necessities to children and families in Eastern Europe struggling to survive.
Over time, thanks to our family of volunteers and donors, the mission expanded to sending supplies to those most in need overseas and in America through community partnerships with non-profits, educational institutions, and faith-based organizations.
Today, the Giving Children Hope community of volunteers and partners is focused on helping local families break out of the cycle of need into success and self-sustainment by providing food, household goods, and leadership development.”
G.O.A.L.S. – “GOALS is a not for profit organization that helps underserved youth through a combination of enrichment in the areas of athletics, learning and service to help others. Since its opening in 1994, GOALS has developed major facilities, expanded to multiple cities throughout Orange County and has involved tens of thousands of children over this period. Some GOALS programs are targeted in specific areas and school sites while others such as the GOALS Cadets ‘Summer of Service’ are open to anyone interested in helping with service projects throughout the summer.”
Helping Hands 4 Kids is a 501c3 non profit organization dedicated to helping children and families throughout our community. Started in 2013 as Helping Hands Orange County, we have helped many kids and families in tangible ways that make a difference in their daily lives. From supplying backpacks to children going back to school to providing gifts during the holidays and fulfilling requests for food throughout the year, we are always looking for new ways to make a difference.
Hope Builders – “Hope Builders empowers Orange County’s young adults with mentorship, life skills and job skills training that meets the needs of employers. This worthy goal reflects an unwavering acceptance of others and where they are on their life trajectories, and its commitment to empowering young adults to realize their strengths and positively impact their futures.
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange founded the organization in 1995 in response to increasing gang violence, high youth unemployment, low high school graduation rates and rising teen pregnancy rates in Central Orange County. Every year, Hope Builders enrolls more than 200 young adults, who are caught in this cycle of poverty, and strives to help them achieve and maintain self-sufficiency.”
Mary’s Kitchen – “Operating at the forefront of homelessness in Orange County California, Mary's Kitchen believes in enhancing the quality of life for all who are homeless and not just the few. We see the intrinsic worth in everyone. Providing daily life necessities like food, hygiene products, clothing, mail services and medical resources, individuals are equipped to transform their lives. Supporting their self-sustainability by growing our network of partners that will help build futures. Empower individuals and families through love, compassion, and understanding, then guiding their journey towards productivity. Advocating for those who are neglected is a core value Mary's Kitchen is proud of.”
Mercy Warehouse – “It is the mission of The Mercy Warehouse to provide food for those in need through the sale of donated goods. We take in tax-deductible donations of unwanted goods, clothing, and furniture. We then sort and sell them in our 20,000 square-foot facility. Our thrift store is open for sales every day. We are uniquely able to leverage valuable community and corporate relationships, causing every dollar that we earn in our thrift store to stretch into large quantities of high-quality groceries. We give away over one million dollars in retail value of groceries each year. We feed over 1,000 people every week through our local food bank in Laguna Niguel, our weekly homeless outreaches into Santa Ana and Los Angeles, and through our sponsorship of three orphanages in Tijuana, Mexico.”
Orange County Family Justice Center Foundation – “OCFJC Foundation mission is to provide direct victim assistance, empowerment, and prevention resources for victims and families whose lives have been impacted by domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault and elder abuse. The OCFJC Foundation transforms victims into survivors and breaks the cycle of violence.”
Pathways of Hope – “Pathways of Hope was founded in 1975 as Fullerton Interfaith Emergency Service (FIES). Our organization was formed when a diverse group of faith leaders in Fullerton realized something: despite the differences in their respective religious beliefs, each church or temple was striving to achieve the same goal… to end hunger”
Patriots and Paws – “Patriots and Paws provides practical home goods and furnishings to Veterans, Active Duty and Reservists at no cost with our Provision for Patriots Program. We serve all of Southern California. Our Paws Program is working on creating a kennel where the same demographics can kennel their animals at no cost, when they have a need. All provided at no cost.”
Precious Life Shelter – “Precious Life Shelter is an emergency, transitional, and single parent efficiency program providing a safe environment for the pregnant woman with no place to live. The woman may be facing an immediate financial, physical or emotional emergency which threatens her with loss of housing, food and/or necessities for daily living. The woman has decided to have her child and she needs a place to stay. Each phase of the program builds on their previous success. Our program will help her realize that both her life and that of her baby are precious.”
Priceless Pet Rescue – “Priceless Pets is a non-profit animal welfare organization. We operate our life-saving efforts out of multiple adoption centers known as “The Orphanage,” with locations in Chino Hills, Claremont, and Costa Mesa. All animals are rescued from various circumstances and are in our care until their new forever families adopt them! We focus heavily on education and animal welfare through our Priceless Pets Ranch and Learning Center in Chino Hills. We also operate a veterinary clinic servicing animals from the public for a low-cost fee to pet parents. We are a donation-based organization and rely heavily on community support and private donations to help us continue to save animals in need! We are dedicated to our life-saving mission: saving one by one until there are none.”