Since 2010, The Elite OC Young Professionals Society has donated over $135,000 and 23,000 + items to local nonprofit organizations.
In 2019, The Elite OC is introducing more ways to give back and get involved! Below you will find some of the charities we are partnering up with this year. Please visit their sites below to find out ways you can become more involved.
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's disease. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange CoastThe Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast provides a positive, healthy learning environment for children, and it's what they've done locally since 1941. With each year that passes, the Club curriculum takes progressively longer strides toward strengthening the academic aptitude, the physical fitness, the health awareness, and the career ambitions of its members, preparing them to graduate high school and become productive citizens.
Breast Cancer Angels
Breast Cancer Angels helps to address the ancillary needs of those who are currently in treatment for breast cancer. We help to provide people with food, supplies, gas, other day-to-day items, pro-bono legal services and much more.
CIELO surrounds entrepreneurs with a network that cultivates ideas and promising ventures. By surrounding visionaries with a community of entrepreneurial experts dedicated to helping cultivate the skills and creativity of individuals, CIELO empowers our area’s visionaries to build solid, successful business ventures.
The mission of Forever Footprints is to ensure that families who have suffered a pregnancy or infant loss receive the best support, comfort, and resources possible. We provide over 4,000 families with direct services such as a nurse to help guide medical plans and licensed therapists who facilitate monthly support groups along with educating the medical community in best practices and improvements in the quality of care.
For over 60 years, Girls Inc. of Orange County positively changes the lives of over 5,000 girls, kindergarten to 18 years old, each year by providing year-round holistic, compensatory, and intentional programming focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math). The mission of Girls Inc. is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Health, education and independence are the three main areas that surround our program curricula.
Heritage Elementary School in Garden Grove School District has been identified as one of the lowest income schools in Orange County. It has a diverse population with about 600 low-income students; 95% of students qualify for the free lunch program. It also has the highest drop out rate in the county. The school and students lack basic resources compared to other low-income schools in the nation. In 2017, Elite OC raised $10,000 for Heritage Elementary to create a media lab for students. In 2018, we are raising money to fund the gift of 100 new laptops and a full STEM Robotics lab for the children at Heritage.
Lisa Cosenza Memorial Scholarship Fund
Lisa was very community-driven as both a student and subsequent professional. It's in this vein that we have created an ongoing charitable foundation to help the next generation of students who are looking to get their college degree. We believe that this is not only a great way to honor her, but these scholarships will also help a demographic of people who Lisa was passionate in reaching, by allowing them to achieve their personal educational goals.
Mercy House provides housing and comprehensive supportive services for a variety of homeless populations which includes families, adult men and women, mothers and their children, persons living with HIV/AIDS, individuals overcoming substance addictions, and some who are physically and mentally disabled.
A Million Thanks
A Million Thanks provides support and appreciation to our active and veteran military men and women through sending letters and granting betterment of life wishes, as well as providing higher education scholarships to their children.
Miracles For Kids
Miracles For Kids' story began in 1996, with a girl named Samantha. Without warning, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor and her dad’s friend and co-worker wanted to help. It was in this moment that Miracles for Kids was born, beginning their decades-long journey of helping families with critically-ill children. Miracles For Kids help families with food, clothing, shelter and more—so they can focus on the care their child needs.
Newport Beach Public Library Foundation
The Newport Beach Public Library Foundation funds valuable library resources and programs –– engaging the community in cultural and intellectual adventure through the sponsorship of diverse public programs and cutting-edge library enhancements.
Established in 1989 as a collaborative public-private partnership with the city of Newport Beach, California, the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation raised 2.2 million in private funds with grassroots efforts, demonstrating widespread community support for a new Central Library. In July 1994, the vision for a new Central Library was realized.
Newport / Mesa ProLiteracy
Newport/Mesa ProLiteracy is a program of the Newport Beach Public Library which provides free literacy instruction to adults who live or work in the Newport Beach area. Our dedicated volunteers have helped hundreds of people improve their English skills.
OC Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF)
The OCHTTF was founded in 2004 to protect victims, prosecute offenders and prevent further perpetration of human trafficking in Orange County. The task force is a collaboration of law enforcement, victim service providers, non-profit organizations, faith-based organizations, and the community. The purpose is to work together to protect victims, prosecute offenders, prevent further perpetration of the crime, and partnership building to help increase capacity and resources, as well as improve efficiency and efficacy.
OC Re-Entry Partnership (OCREP)
The Orange County Re-Entry Partnership (OCREP) is a linkage of over 200 agencies working together from public, community and faith-based agencies and advocates functioning together as a critical link between community resource providers and the formerly incarcerated striving to re-establish healthy, productive and rewarding lives.
Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation
The Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF) was established in 1982 to improve the care, quality of life and survival rate of children with malignant diseases. The founders included parents, doctors, friends, and business and community leaders who joined forces to translate laboratory research into immediate treatment for children with cancer. Since its inception, PCRF has raised over $29 million to fund cutting edge research that leads to medically sound treatment protocol for childhood cancers.
The Raise Foundation is dedicated to preventing and stopping the cycle of child abuse and neglect through education, advocacy, community collaboration, and comprehensive services for families and children. The nonprofit has helpful staff in 7 of the 15 family resource centers (FRCs) and provides a unique mobile FRC “Resources In Motion” (RIM) that goes into highly underserved neighborhoods to help at-risk families. The organization also hosts a Prevention & Treatment Conference each March for professionals who work with children (and this year added parent sessions) and with the help of the community, coordinates countywide awareness campaigns such as last summer’s focus on Kaitlyn’s Law.
The idea for Samueli Academy started almost 10 years ago with Susan Samueli and Sandi Jackson, two local philanthropists and members of the board of directors of Orangewood Foundation. Susan and Sandi were concerned about the low high school graduation rates among teens in Orange County, including foster care teens served by Orangewood. They decided to explore new educational opportunities for local high school students and research best practices around the country.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County
Second Harvest Food Bank reaches out to the community for donations, grants, fundraising, food drives, food rescue, harvesting and volunteers to help provide food, education and advocacy for the hungry. Second Harvest Food Bank is committed to finding innovative, sustainable ways to end hunger in Orange County.
Seneca Family of Agencies
Seneca Family of Agencies helps children and families through the most difficult times of their lives. In many cases, we are the last hope for young people who have come to see failure and discouragement as a way of life. Here at Seneca, we offer each child a simple but profound promise: You will be supported every step of the way, no matter what challenges you face. By supporting each child and family in identifying and building upon their resources and strengths, we enable them to approach the future with renewed optimism and a stronger sense of the possibilities for creating a new and different story for their lives.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
Contributions from generous foundations are a vital resource to Segerstrom Center for the Arts and affirm our mission – to add to the quality of life in our community by presenting the most significant national and international productions of music, dance and theater as well as through innovative arts education and community programs in Southern California.
UCP-OC helps children with disabilities reach their full potential by proudly providing more than 125,000 hours of direct service to 5,000 children and family members in Orange County each year. Through six comprehensive programs, caregivers, specialists and therapists actively work to improve each child's quality of life and that of the entire family. To help families, UCP-OC also provides the support and resources needed to meet the demands of everyday life and advocate for their child.
Since 1924, Orange County United Way has been improving lives and strengthening our community by mobilizing the caring power of Orange County. We focus on the building blocks for a good quality of life by ensuring people have access to a quality Education, a sustainable Income, good Health and stable Housing. By investing in Orange County’s children, families and individuals, we help them create pathways to self-sufficient futures. Through our 10-year community-wide action plan FACE 2024, United Way partners with local businesses, community organizations, government agencies and individuals to make a measurable difference.
Youth Employment Services (YES)
YES is a nonprofit based out of Orange County that aims to teach young adults ages 16-24 the skills needed to secure and maintain meaningful employment. They also offer programs that help young people improve their employability, career choices and quality of life.