Info for Parents

"SoCal Volunteers United" in OC
"SoCal Volunteers United" in OC
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A few members asked about volunteer opportunities for kids. I'm not a parent nor a knowledgeable expert, but I'll try to share the little I know.


The OC Food Bank in Garden Grove is family-friendly. On weekdays and Saturday mornings, they pack food boxes.

This is one of the few places that allow small/young children to volunteer.

Kids can do simple tasks like folding boxes, pushing empty boxes, and picking up discarded cardboard and plastic off the floor while adults and older kids do the more physical tasks.

Saturdays have two shifts:

8:30am - 10:30am

11:00am - 1:00pm


The warehouse at Second Harvest Food Bank in Irvine requires kids at least 14 years of age, but their farm allows younger children to help.

They also have something inside their warehouse called Izzy's Corner:

Another volunteer opportunity involving harvesting and gleaning is with Loaves and Fishes. Their website is not the easiest to navigate, but they have events on some Saturdays at the Great Park of OC in Irvine. Based on their photos, kids can help with gleaning vegetables.

I could be wrong, but a food pantry in Irvine, South County Outreach, might allow kids to help on the third Saturday afternoon of each month. Look for "Sort food in the food pantry" at the bottom of


For anyone in/near Long Beach, check the group calendar, and click on "Lunch for Homeless & Community (Long Beach)"

That weekly lunch allows older kids to help with chopping vegetables and fruit.

The bottom of that event page has more links to volunteering in LB.

Here are a few more:


For anyone in/near South Bay:


If any parents are looking for group activities with other parents and kids, consider joining OneOC:

Another group facilitates kid-friendly volunteer projects, but they might require $ for membership:

Lion's Heart -

NCL facilitates mothers and daughters volunteering together, which also requires $ for membership:

National Charity League -

Boys Scouts and Girls Scouts are another option.

If you haven't yet, consider checking with school administrators and teachers too.


Most beach and park clean-ups allow children.

Orange County Coastkeeper

1st Saturday each month
9:00am - 11:00am
Calafia Beach in San Clemente

2nd Saturday each month
9:00am - 11:00am
Huntington State Beach, Lifeguard Tower #2 (near Magnolia St)

Surfrider: Huntington Beach / Seal Beach Chapter

Various Saturdays each month
8:00am - 12:00pm
Various locations

Surfrider: Newport Beach Chapter

1st Saturday of each month
9:00am - 11:00am
Newport Beach (Prospect St & Ocean Front Blvd)

Additional clean-ups - (

Newport Bay Conservancy

Various days
Various locations

Save Our Beach

3rd Saturday each month
9:00am - 12:00pm
15 First Street, Seal Beach, 90740 (

Coastal Angels

Various Saturday each month
Various locations

More in the Long Beach area

Heal the Bay

Various days
Various locations in South Bay & Westside (

Bolsa Chica Conservancy

2nd Sunday & Last Saturday each month
9:00am - 12:00pm
3842 Warner Ave, Huntington Beach, 92649

OC Parks

Various days
Various locations


Various days
UCI, Irvine

Huntington Beach Tree Society


Another group that harvests excess fruit is The Harvest Club. I could be wrong, but I think they allow kids over the age of 8 to help.

They collect fruit from homes throughout Orange County.

This is similar to the other harvesting group in the Long Beach area.


On the first Saturday morning of each month, kids can help with packing food in Garden Grove with Grandma's House of Hope.





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