Become a PALS Volunteer! Volunteers are needed for PALS events to serve on planning committees, help with set-up and clean up, attend and play with or interact with the children and youth, and underwrite the cost of an event.
Monthly Speaker Nights
2nd Tuesday of the Month, 6:00 – 8:30 P.M.
Speaker Night is a fun and casual way for volunteers to directly interact with the children at the Orangewood Children and Family Center (the County shelter formerly known as Orangewood Children’s Home). Once a month PALS brings motivational, educational or inspirational speakers to talk to the children at the Center. Past speakers have included professional athletes, firemen, police officers and successful business owners – many of whom have overcome their own personal obstacles to achieve success in their lives. After the speaker the children join the PALS volunteers for fun-filled activities such as arts and crafts, bingo, basketball, and ice-cream sundaes.
Monthly Kids’ Events
Dates & Times Vary
Each month PALS members arrange fun-filled outings at various Orange County locations for the children placed at the Orangewood Children and Family Center. These have included trips to ball games, pizza parties, museum tours, amusement parks and zoos.
Rising Tide Youth Events
Rising Tide is a program of Orangewood Foundation that offers motivated former foster youth affordable, quality housing and a supportive, goal-directed community to help them successfully transition into adulthood. Most of these youth don’t have the benefit of a supportive family during this challenging time. Once each quarter PALS treats the Rising Tide youth, ages 18-21, to a special evening. PALS members interact with the youth while enjoying dinner and an outing such as a play, comedy show or musical event.
Independent Living Program (ILP) Events
Dates & Times Vary
The Foundation’s Independent Living Program provides workshops, special events and support services to foster youth ages 16-21 in four key areas (education, career, relationships, and daily living ) to help prepare them for emancipation. PALS members volunteer at several ILP events including Belle of the Ball and Independent City. PALS also hosts an annual ILP Beach Party.
Become a PALS Volunteer today! For more information on any of these volunteer opportunities, please contact Jeff Gilstrap at JGilstrap@orangewoodfoundation.org or (714) 619-0237.