British Colour Sgt. Christopher Wright (Far Right) gets ready to jump onto St. Mere Eglise drop zone from a UH-60 Black Hawk at Fort Bragg on July 12, 2011. Wright is one of 40 paratroopers from the U.K. who is training with the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) prior to a deployment to Helmand Province, Afghanistan. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Felix R. Fimbres
Local Non-Profit Prepares to Take Care of Those Less Fortunate This Holiday Season
ANAHEIM, CA [October 10, 2014] – For 49 years Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAPOC) has been serving thousands of local families affected by poverty. This holiday season, the non-profit is dedicated to making sure that children, families, and seniors impacted by poverty are not left behind by providing them with crucial necessities such as holiday meals, winter clothing, and toys for children.
“We are so thankful to our donors and volunteers who helped us serve more than 15,000 unique families last holiday,” said Clarence Ray, Executive Director of CAPOC. “Unfortunately, there are even more families that need our help this year and we need the support of our community now more than ever.”
In Orange County, the number of people living in poverty continues to grow. While many low-income families work, they do not have sufficient resources to meet basic needs due to low wages, high housing costs, rising food prices and other economic problems that are making it harder for our families to make ends meet.
CAPOC’s Hope for the Holidays campaign is set up so that individuals, companies, congregations, and civic groups can participate collectively, or on their own to make a difference in the lives of families throughout Orange County.How can you get involved:
Adopt-a-Family: Make a difference this holiday season by adopting a whole family affected by poverty. Gifts and special holiday meals become secondary when bills need to be paid. You can make the holiday season so much brighter by providing new clothes, toys and holiday food baskets to your family. All families are screened by CAPOC staff and have been verified as low-income.
Monetary Donation: Make your dollar go further. Our OC Food Bank is able to purchase food at wholesale prices and leverage other donations, making your gift go further. With a $20 donation, CAPOC can buy approximately $100 worth of food to give to our neighbors this holiday season.
Food Drives: Throw a food drive to provide holiday meals for at-risk families. You can also conduct a virtual food drive from our OC Food Bank Web site: www.ocfoodbank.org/virtual_drive. If you don’t have time to throw a drive, consider donating a gift certificate for a turkey or other holiday food that we can purchase for clients on your behalf.
Toy Drive or Gift Certificate Drive: Consider collecting toys for children this holiday season. CAPOC gives toys to children ages 0 to 18 but their greatest need is gifts for children ages 11-16. Gifts must be new and unwrapped. Gift certificates are also accepted to allow parents the opportunity to purchase gifts for their children themselves.
On Wednesday, November 5th from 5:30-7:30, CAPOC is hosting a Hope for the Holiday’s Kickoff event at Anaheim Packing House (440 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92805). This event is free to the public to learn more about the ways in which you can get involved this holiday season. Please RSVP to email@example.com or call (714) 897-6670 x5314.
If you are interested in more information on how you can help end hunger during this holiday season and feed Orange County’s low-income children, please contact (714) 897-6670 x3404, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.capoc.org/h4h. Together, we can eliminate hunger and poverty in Orange County.
California Awarded $4 million to Drive Down Chronic Diseases in Anaheim, Garden Grove, Santa Ana
New program will help create healthier communities in the U.S.
GARDEN GROVE, CA [September 25, 2014] – Today, Community Action Partnership of Orange County was awarded a grant of approximately $4 million to help Anaheim, Garden Grove, and Santa Ana create healthier Orange County communities.
The Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) awards are part of a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) initiative to support public health efforts to reduce chronic diseases, promote healthier lifestyles, reduce health disparities, and control health care spending. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will administer the grants, which will run for 3 years, subject to availability of funds.
Overall, HHS awarded $50.3 million in new grant awards to 39 local health agencies. PICH is the newest generation in CDC’s long history of community efforts to create and strengthen healthy environments that make it easier for people to make healthy choices and take charge of their health.
Organizations nationwide will work through multi-sector community coalitions to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, improve nutrition, increase physical activity, and improve access to programs for preventing and managing chronic diseases.
“We’re pleased to play a leadership role for Orange County Partnership for Improved Health and work with our local health department, cities, and community-based organizations in creating healthier environments. As the anti-poverty agency, the link between chronic disease and poverty may be too costly to ignore as obesity-related diseases and projected health care costs of poverty increase,” said Clarence W. Ray, Executive Director of Community Action Partnership of Orange County.
“Despite recent national and state efforts to prevent chronic disease, we need to make changes at the local level so people can thrive in healthier environments. Without making impactful changes we will continue to see a rise in obesity related diseases in our most vulnerable communities,” said Dolores Barrett, Principal Investigator and Director of Community Partnerships at Community Action Partnership of Orange County.
Community Action Partnership of Orange County will oversee this grant through the Orange County Partnerships for Improve Community Health, a coalition including the City of Anaheim, City of Garden Grove, City of Santa Ana, Alliance for Healthier Orange County, Orange County Food Access Coalition, Orange County Department of Education, Orange County Health Care Agency, Special Service for Groups, Inc., University of California, Irvine, and YMCA Anaheim. The work they will be focusing on throughout the next three years includes:
Increase the amount of physical activity in P.E. programs in schools;
Discourage consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (Promote city tap water and water stations); and
Complete Streets and Active Transportation (bike safe, walk safe).
“I am thrilled that OCPICH has earned this much needed grant to invest in community health in Orange County,” said Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46), who wrote a letter of support for the grant. “By promoting and supporting healthier choices for Orange County families, we can cut down the incidence and the costs of debilitating chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes and heart disease.”
Community Action Partnership of Orange County, the Orange County Partnerships to Improve Community Health, and Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez will be holding a press conference on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 9:00am to 10:00am announcing this award. The event will be held at Community Action Partnership of Orange County, 11870 Monarch St, Garden Grove, CA 92841.
To learn more about Community Action Partnership of Orange County and OCPICH prevention and wellness projects, visit www.capoc.org.