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November 24, 1998

Philanthropy is a part of life in Orange County. Every day, people generously lend a hand to help others.

To recognize such efforts, Southern California Living publishes information about fund-raising events that make a difference in the lives of so many--from those who give to those who receive. Every Tuesday we list opportunities to help others, whether mentoring a teen or serving a meal to a senior.

For this holiday season, we are extending our list of such volunteer opportunities and including wish lists from nonprofit agencies who serve the disadvantaged in Orange County. A compilation, alphabetical by city, will run over a few days, starting today.

Requests were compiled from information sent to The Times from agencies and the Volunteer Center of Greater Orange County. The Southern California Living staff is teaming up to help a health-care agency for the homeless.

We'd like to hear about your good deeds, wether you donate a box of diapers or adopt a family. Please write to us, explaining what you did and how it made you feel.


Today's holiday volunteer opportunities and wish list includes agencies in ANAHEIM, COSTA MESA, DANA POINT, FULLERTON, GARDEN GROVE, HUNTINGTON BEACH, IRVINE, LA HABRA, LAGUNA BEACH, LAGUNA HILLS, MIDWAY CITY, MISSION VIEJO and NEWPORT BEACH. More holiday wishes will appear in this section Wednesday.


Anaheim Therapeutic Recreation Program: Twenty volunteers are needed to bake cookies, prepare refreshments, entertain guests, sing carols and help organize a holiday party Dec. 19 for developmentally disabled clients and their families. (Minimum age for volunteers is 12.) Teri Mountford, (714) 821-6510.

Dayle McIntosh Center for the Disabled: Eight volunteers are needed during the annual holiday gift program in which low-income families with disabilities receive a food basket and toys. Donation wish list: new, unwrapped toys for children up to age 14; nonperishable food; baked goods. Danielle DePalma, (714) 772-8285.

Solevar Community Development Corp.: Volunteers are needed to sort and pack food baskets and toys, bake cookies, wrap gifts, raise money and help with holiday spruce-up projects for this agency that strives to turn around the lives of disadvantaged and gang-affiliated youths and their families through community service, sports and educational outreach. Donation wish list: toys for preschoolers through sixth graders; toiletries for junior high and high school students; money for scholarships and family support. (Minimum age for volunteers is 14.) Seferino Garlra, (714) 535-0488.

Westview Services Inc.: Four volunteers are needed Dec. 23 to bake cookies, prepare refreshments, sing carols and provide entertainment at this agency's annual Christmas party. The agency is dedicated to enriching the lives of people with developmental disabilities. Marguerite Mills, (714) 635-2444.

Costa Mesa

Harry & Grace Steele Children's Center at Orange Coast College: Donation wish list: gifts and food for low-income student parents attending Orange Coast College. Vicki Borthwick, (949) 432-5569.

Orange Coast Interfaith Shelter: Donation wish list: travel-size toiletries; large diapers; money for food. David Lewis, (949) 631-7213.

Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center: Groups of volunteers are needed to sponsor families during the holidays. This agency strives to break the generational cycle of family violence, poverty and teen pregnancy. Donation wish list: toys. Shira Duzman, (949) 722-1107.

Project Cuddle Inc. & ARK-Services for Abused Children: Volunteers are needed to adopt a family and help organize a party for abused, abandoned and drug-affected children up to age 12. Help is also needed to wrap gifts, sing carols, pick up and deliver donations and raise money. Donation wish list: money; baked goods for 600 people; warm clothes children of all ages, including pregnant teenagers and newborns; toys; sporting goods; hair-care products for teen girls; after-shave; pajamas and swimwear for teen boys; biking helmets; skateboard gear; gift certificates to music and clothing stores. These two separate agencies provide rescue and support programs for abandoned children and children living in foster care. Sue Carlson, (714) 432-9681.

Royal Family Kids' Camps Inc. Volunteers are needed to wrap gifts for children in foster care or receiving social services. Diane Tesch, (949) 568-4828.

Someone Cares Soup Kitchen: Donation wish list: toys; money; food; toiletries. Lee Plumley, (949) 547-8861.

Southern California Alcohol & Drug Programs: Donation wish list: toys and gifts for pregnant women and mothers with substance-abuse and related problems. Nancy Harless, (949) 646-2271.

Dana Point

Animal Rescue Foundation of Dana Point: Volunteers and sponsors are needed to help this agency's Wag-a-Thon fund-raiser. Donation wish list: computers; software; money. Sue Walshe, (949) 240-2899.


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