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November 20, 1996

The Volunteer Center of Greater Orange County is a nonprofit organization that links people and resources to community needs. The center maintains an updated list of volunteer opportunities year-round. Call the Volunteer Connection Line at (714) 953-5757, Ext. 106, for more information, or visit its Internet site at Here are some of the opportunities available.


Interval House

Program: Fund-raising; pick up and deliver donations for the holidays. Wish list: Financial help; food and department store gift certificates; new, unwrapped toys.

Contact: Janine Limas, (714) 594-9492.

Project Together: O.C. Children/Youth Services.

Program: Adopt a child or teen. Wish list: Special need for clothing (new and used, child and teen); toys; gift certificates for teens; food for holiday baskets.

Contact: Jane Dawson, (714) 896-7556, or Veronica Chavez, (714) 568-4378.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Program: Toys for Tots. Assist with collecting and delivering toy barrels Nov. 29-Dec. 24. Wish list: Toys; financial donations.

Contact: Marilyn Ryan, (714) 547-5566.


Anaheim Healthcare Center.

Program: Help with holiday party; decorate; prepare refreshments; be a friendly visitor; entertain; help with holiday spruce-up projects. Wish list: Bingo prizes; holiday gifts; holiday treats; Christmas cards; Christmas trees.

Contact: Lawrence Ronquillo, (714) 816-0540.

Anaheim Independencia Community Center.

Program: Entertain; be a Santa or helper; Spanish-speaking volunteer needed for phone work. Wish list: Cookies; refreshments.

Contact: Mike Buelna or Juan Chavez, (714) 826-9070.

Anaheim Interfaith Shelter

Program: Adopt a family or child; pick up and deliver donations. Wish list: Personal hygiene kits; nonperishable foods; gift wrapping items; blankets; Christmas tree ornaments.

Contact: Lisa Escolar, (714) 774-8502.

Anaheim Memorial Medical Center Foundation

Program: Tree-lighting ceremony 5 p.m. Dec. 10; entertain; carol.

Contact: Gayle Radican, (714) 999-6060.

Anaheim Therapeutic Recreation Program

Program: Help with the annual holiday party for people with developmental disabilities (5 years to adult) Dec. 21; prepare refreshments; entertain; carol.

Contact: Teri Mountford, (714) 821-6510.

Anaheim Terrace

Program: Assist with all aspects of Christmas party for nursing home residents; decorate; entertain.

Contact: Shirley Wallace, (714) 821-7310.

Boys & Girls Club of Anaheim

Program: Prepare and serve meals, refreshments; assist with party decorating.

Contact: Chris Argubright, (714) 491-3617.

Parkview Healthcare Center

Program: Adopt a grandparent; volunteer a few hours at the Mall of Orange's Spirit of Giving Tree; be a friendly visitor; entertain; carol.

Contact: Marilyn Poindexter, (714) 774-2222.

Salvation Army

Program: Prepare and serve meals, refreshments; entertain; carol.

Contact: Antonio Horta, (714) 778-5463.

The Sheepfold

Program: Adopt a family or child; help sort and pack toys and gifts; gift wrap Dec. 2-20. Wish list: Toys; food; financial contributions; refrigerator; clothing; shoes.

Contact: Kathy Novak, (714) 237-1444.

Buena Park

Orange West Care Center

Program: Sort and pack food baskets; be a Santa, elf or helper; entertain; carol; take photographs. Wish list: Socks; shoes; radios; lap robes; housedresses; sweaters; shirts; pants; sweatshirts; sweatsuits.

Contact: Isaura or Claudia, (714) 826-2330.

Costa Mesa

Beverly Manor Nursing Center

Program: Be a visiting Santa or a friendly visitor; provide telephone reassurance; prepare snacks; bring craft ideas or help with crafts. Wish list: Slippers; socks; toiletries; comfortable clothing; decorations.

Contact: Ruth Ledesma, (714) 642-0387.

Children's Center of Orange Coast College

Program: Adopt a family or child; assistance needed for Thanksgiving, Nov. 27, and Christmas, Dec. 19-23. Wish list: Food; toys; clothing; financial contributions.

Contact: Lucy Groetsch, (714) 432-6260.

Human Options' Classy Seconds Thrift Shop.

Program: Help in shop during holiday season. Wish list: Clothing; collectibles; small furniture.

Contact: Anne Bunce, (714) 631-4696.

New Directions for Women

Program: Help with holiday preparations. Wish list: Turkeys and hams; gifts for women; clothing for thrift shop.

Contact: Joy Roberts, (714) 548-8754.

Orange Coast Interfaith Shelter

Program: Assist with Christmas preparations; help with meals, party refreshments; gift wrapping.

Contact: David Lewis, (714) 631-7213.

Project Cuddle Inc., ARK Program

Program: Adopt a child; assist with holiday party for abused children newborn to 18 years; provide refreshments; be an elf, entertain; carol. Wish list: Bounce room; financial contributions; baked goods for 600; gifts for teens.

Contact: Debbe Magnusen, (714) 432-9681.

Share Our Selves

Program: Christmas adopt a family Dec. 21-23; sort and pack food baskets; pick up and deliver donations; sort and pack toys. Wish list: Toys; financial help, food, gift certificates; bus passes.

Contact: Karen McGlinn, (714) 642-3451.

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