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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.

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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

http://ocfoodbank.org/volunteer

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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.

https://www.feedoc.org/get-involved/volunteer/activities

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

https://www.feedoc.org/get-involved/opportunities-for-kids

https://www.feedoc.org/get-involved/opportunities-for-kids/izzys-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.

http://loavesandfishesx10.com

https://www.facebook.com/pg/LoavesAndFishesx10

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

http://www.sco-oc.org/volunteer

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

https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/events

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:

http://www.ourcityheart.org

https://www.facebook.com/CityHeARTlove

https://cityheartblog.wordpress.com/2016/12/17/harvest-partners-lb

https://www.facebook.com/HarvestPartnersLB

http://www.facebook.com/pg/GrowingExperience/events

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For anyone in/near South Bay:

https://www.meetup.com/SoCalVolunteers/events/238658574

http://www.sharefestinc.org/workday

www.volcenter.org (http://www.volcenter.org/)

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

https://www.oneoc.org/volunteers/youth-family-volunteer-prg/family-service-team

https://oneoc.secure.force.com/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?id=a0x0G00001QXe0e

https://www.oneoc.org/volunteers/youth-family-volunteer-prg/service-learning

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

Lion's Heart - https://lionsheartservice.org

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

National Charity League - https://www.nationalcharityleague.org

Boys Scouts and Girls Scouts are another option.

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

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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)

http://www.coastkeeper.org/beach_cleanup

http://www.coastkeeper.org/san_clemente_state_beach_cleanup

http://www.coastkeeper.org/huntington_state_beach_cleanup

Surfrider: Huntington Beach / Seal Beach Chapter

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

http://hsbsurfrider.org/programs/beach-cleanups

http://hsbsurfrider.org/beachcleanups

http://hsbsurfrider.org/beach_cleanup_schedule

http://hsbsurfrider.org/help-your-harbor

Surfrider: Newport Beach Chapter

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

http://newportbeach.surfrider.org/beach-cleanups

Additional clean-ups - http://newportbeach.surfrider.org (https://newportbeach.surfrider.org)

Newport Bay Conservancy

Various days
9:00am
Various locations

http://newportbay.org/stewardship/community-based-restoration

http://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/UNBweb/restore.html

Save Our Beach

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

www.saveourbeach.org/beach-clean-ups (http://www.saveourbeach.org/beach-clean-ups/)

Coastal Angels

Various Saturday each month
9:00am
Various locations

http://www.facebook.com/coastalangels/events

http://www.facebook.com/coastalangels

More in the Long Beach area

http://www.lbsurfrider.org/programs/beach-clean-ups

http://justinrudd.com/beachcleanup.html

http://www.litterfreelb.org/community_involvement/pop_cleanup_schedule.htm

Heal the Bay

Various days
Various locations in South Bay & Westside

https://healthebay.org/take-part (https://healthebay.org/take-part/)

Bolsa Chica Conservancy

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

http://bolsachica.org/get-involved-2/volunteer

OC Parks

Various days
Various locations

www.ocparks.com/events (http://www.ocparks.com/events/)

Shadetree

Various days
UCI, Irvine

http://shadetreepartnership.org/upcoming-nursery-events (http://shadetreepartnership.org/upcoming-nursery-events/)

http://shadetreepartnership.org/faq

Huntington Beach Tree Society

http://hbtrees.org/get-involved/volunteer

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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.

http://theharvestclub.org/events

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

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

https://grandmashouseofhope.org/volunteer

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http://www.freefood.org/s/california

http://www.foodpantries.org/st/california

https://www.feedoc.org/get-help/get-food-2

http://ocfoodbank.org/csfp

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https://www.rescuemission.org/programs/chili-van

http://www.tabithasblessings.org

https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/30e0d4aaea92eaafc1-food/[masked]

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