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How to Make This Weekend Matter

At sites throughout O.C., Volunteer Connection Days offer dozens of ways you can give of your time and energy.


You don't have to be a rocket scientist to be part of Volunteer Connection Days, a countywide event taking place Friday through Sunday.

But you could be.

Scientists and engineers, painters and plumbers, book lovers, tree huggers, surfers and spring cleaners will donate time to good causes at 140 sites throughout the county.

They'll be helping 200 students launch bottle rockets at the Future Scientists and Engineers of America contest at Tustin High. Or reading to children at Kids Care Preschool in Cypress.

They'll be walking their neighborhoods, collecting diapers for the Community Development Council in Garden Grove or canned goods for Canning Hunger's food drive.

Want to take a swipe at graffiti? Plant a tree? Clean up a beach?

You can build a baseball diamond in Santa Ana or paint condos used to house the homeless in Laguna Hills.

To help you participate, here's a list of volunteer opportunities, gathered by the the Volunteer Center of Orange County, a resource center for volunteers and nonprofit organizations. Information: (714) 953-5757, Ext. 106;


Boy Scouts of America. Trash cleanup by troops in San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente. Peter Nystrom or Julie Viers, (714) 546-4990.

Canning Hunger--Orange County. Walk neighborhoods to collect food. Norm Whan or Greg Contopulos, (714) 279-6570.

Christmas in April. Rehabilitate 30 homes in Orange County. Cy Bauman, (949) 440-5702.

County of Orange Project Together. Sort through donated clothing and personal-care items for its Resource Center. Lee Boon, (714) 796-0100.

Habitat for Humanity of Orange County. Build a pair of two-story homes for needy families. Jason McKinstry, (714) 895-4331.

Olive Crest Homes & Services for Abused Children. Clean, repair and spruce up the gardens at group homes in Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Garden Grove, Mission Viejo, Orange and Santa Ana. Kelley Johnson, (714) 543-5437.


Benjamin Franklin School. Food drive. Patsy Tafolla, (714) 517-8764.

Canyon Acres Children's Services City. Painting, gardening or other site maintenance work. Beverly Sciarretta, (714) 998-3272.

Canyon High. Food drive. Liza Clay, (714) 921-1475.

City of Anaheim--Wipe Out Graffiti. Paint out graffiti and restore walls throughout the city. Richard LaRochelle, (714) 765-4413.

Crescent Intermediate School. Shelley Frauenberger, (714) 997-6371.

County of Orange Public Facilities Recreation Department Operations. Cleanup of flood-control channels near Bolsa Chica. Henry Tiltz, (714) 567-6280.

Esperanza High. Book drive. Mr. Domene, (714) 779-7870.

Roosevelt Elementary School--P.A.L. Maintenance work. Marie Peck, (714) 517-8733.

Savanna High. Clothing drive. Patrice Stevens, (714) 220-4297.

Special Olympics of Orange County. Assist athletes and students. Jean Gottschall, (714) 672-9113.

Yorba Regional Park. Remove debris that clogs storm drains. Ron Nadeau, (714) 970-1460.


Boys and Girls Club of Brea. Paint the club's interior and transform the landscape into an area filled with flowers and shrubs. Ilonka Barr, (714) 990-7175.

Brea Junior High. Campus cleanup. David LeNeve, (714) 529-3686.

Brea Lions Scout Center Foundation. Help create a meeting home for Brea Boys & Girl Scouts in Brea's Old City Hall. Jan Wingerter, (714) 529-8143.

Brea Olinda School District. Collect new and slightly used books in Spanish and English for Brea's sister city in Mexico, Lagos de Moreno, the Brea Boys & Girls Club, Brea Head Start and Florence Crittenton. Kristi Cole , (714) 990-7175.

City of Brea Senior Center. Set up and serve lunch to seniors. Alicia Jensen, (714) 990-7751.

Easter Seals Senior Day Care. Visit the elderly. Kristen Anderson, (714) 672-0343.

Head Start Inc. Clean the preschool classrooms. Debra Wegenka, (714) 990-4391.

Orange County Public Library. Make small prizes to be given to children who participate in the 1999 Summer Reading Program. Cheryl Nakaji, (714) 671-1722.

Buena Park

Buena Park Public Library. Move and clean books. Linda Katsouleas, (714) 826-4100.

City of Buena Park. Plant eight trees, paint 45 picnic tables and remove graffiti at four parks. Rudy Juarez, (714) 562-3844.

Capistrano Beach

Palisades Elementary School. Make custom coloring books for children at Orangewood and Laura's House. Pamela Percival, (949) 496-5942.

Corona Del Mar

Meals on Wheels. Pack and deliver meals to homebound seniors. Marc Marger, (949) 380-0155.

Newport Beach Recital Series. Shrink-wrap compact discs, heat-press T-shirts and gifts and update mailing list. Nan Morisseau, (949) 640-6276.

Costa Mesa

City of Costa Mesa. Neighbor-to-neighbor cleanup project. Muriel Ullman, (714) 754-5140.

New Directions for Women Inc. Paint, plant and recondition the building and garden areas. Bekki Stewart, (949) 548-8754.


City of Cypress--Kids Corner Preschool. Spend the morning reading stories to 4-year-olds. Melissa Murray, (714) 952-9748.

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