Concordia Cares builds relationships with local Orange County organizations. We believe in building sustainable programs that will make an indelible impact on the community. Below you’ll find a list of the organizations with which we’re proud to be affiliated.
- OC Rescue Mission Village of Hope
Concordia students, faculty, and staff from the School of Education provide homework help for Village of Hope children four days per week during the school year. The American Chemical Society Student Chapter facilitates weekly science lessons and experiments. Concordia Athletics also hosts summer camps for Village of Hope children on our Irvine campus.
- Habitat for Humanity of Orange County
Twice a year Concordia Cares volunteers with Habitat for Humanity to give
OC families affordable housing choices.
- Illumination Foundation
The Illumination Foundation was founded in 2007 to break the cycle of
Homelessness in Orange County. Concordia Cares volunteers help with
community clean-ups and other projects at the Foundation’s Children’s
Resource Center in Stanton, CA.
- The Jessie Rees Foundation
Jessie Rees lived in Rancho Santa Margarita until cancer took her life at
the age of 12. Before she died, she commissioned her friends and families
to create “Joy Jars” to bring hope to children battling life-threatening
illnesses. Concordia students go to the Foundation’s “Joy Factory” to pack
toys into Jars for children all over the world.
- Newport Bay Conservancy
Volunteers meet in the Newport Back Bay monthly for ROOTS day. During this
time, they assist with clean up and replant native species to sustain the
delicate Back Bay ecosystem.
- OC Rescue Mission: Chili
Volunteers meet the Rescue Mission’s Chili Van monthly at the Civic Center
in Santa Ana to serve meals to the homeless.
- Orangewood Children’s Foundation
Concordia Cares volunteers assist with various programs to support foster
youth and their families.
- Ronald McDonald House
Small groups from Concordia visit the Orange County Ronald McDonald House
monthly to cook and serve a meal for the families living there. Volunteers
also eat with the residents, giving our students a chance to connect with
families from all over Southern California.
If your local organization is interested in building a relationship with Concordia Cares, please fill out the Organization Interest Form