At Vanguard, we value service in the local church, in the community, and through campus ministries. As a university, we believe that by utilizing the education you are receiving, you can have a larger Kingdom impact by both developing your own skills and talents and also sharing them with the larger community. You can find some of your opportunities linked on the map below.
Getting involved in local outreach and community service is a lot simpler than you may realize! Dozens of volunteer opportunities are posted below for you to search and there are hundreds of organizations in Orange County that are constantly looking for more volunteer help. If there are no specific opportunities on Handshake you would like to get involved in, search the internet for specific types of volunteering (such as volunteering with the homeless, volunteering with education, etc.) or even organizations you know you would like to serve with to see if any of them are looking for volunteer help. Another resource is One OC, an online database of non-profit organizations in Orange County looking for specific volunteer help.
Think about your passions, interests, and abilities. Do you like art? Do you like teaching? Do you deeply care about the environment? Your unique interests and abilities can lead you to a meaningful volunteer experience for both you and the organization you are helping!
Look at our partner list below or search the internet for opportunities that fit within your interests and abilities. Maybe you could help teach art to kids in an after school program, get involved in a beach cleanup initiative, give a music performance for those living in an assisted living center...the possibilities are endless!
Follow the instructions on how to sign up for an opportunity once you've found a good fit. You may just be able to show up at the volunteer site, you may have to attend an orientation first, or you may even have to get TB testing done if you're working with kids. Make sure you know what will be required of you to volunteer!
Most opportunities can accommodate pairs or groups of people! Just check with the volunteer organization first and have your friend(s) sign up too and fill out any forms or waivers that they ask for as well.
If you have service hours required for a class, your professor will provide you with a tracking sheet or something to have signed by your volunteer supervisor. Make sure you bring that with you when you serve or get the email/contact information for your volunteer supervisor if you forgot.
Yes! We have partners in the area that offer volunteer shifts on weekends like Second Harvest Food Bank or even the LEAP Club's Beach Cleanups usually take place on Saturday mornings. Habitat for Humanity's projects also can take place on weekends and their ReStore is open every day as well.
Definitely! Most non-profit organizations run during normal office hours (8am-5pm, Monday-Friday) and host many volunteer opportunities during those times. Also many educational or after-school programs run on weekdays in the afternoon as well. Just look through our partners below and you'll be able to find a place to serve on weekdays!
Though we can't guarantee there will be any spots left, Second Harvest Food Bank has multiple 3-hour shifts Tuesday-Saturday that you could potentially sign up for the day of (if there are openings). Laundry Love is another that takes no training or pre-orientation, but it only runs one Thursday a month. If you still need help brainstorming somewhere to serve, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by our office on the 1st floor of Scott for some extra help.