The Spirit of Volunteerism Awards

The Spirit of Volunteerism Awards is the largest and longest running volunteer recognition event that provides communities the opportunity to recognize individual and groups for outstanding and innovative volunteer service.

Join us virtually on Thursday, April 29, 2021 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm for our 45th Annual Virtual Celebration – it’s FREE!

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SOV Video Voting Challenge

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The theme of this year’s Spirit of Volunteerism Awards is “Extraordinary Circumstances, Everyday Heroes”. In addition to honoring extraordinary volunteers, we are conducting our first ever SOV Video Voting Challenge!

Vote for your favorite volunteer superhero by “liking” their video here on YouTube. Voting concludes on Earth Day (Thursday, April 22 at 11:59 pm PDT). 

The winner of each award category will be announced on April 29, 2021 during our event. All nominees will be honored before and during the event in front of a large virtual audience.

Award Categories are:

RESCUE AWARD – honorees are recognized for their dedication to making the world safe from COVID-19 by helping in extraordinary ways to support community health, safety, and wellbeing.

WORK AWARD – honorees are recognized for their support of economic and workforce development, sharing resources, time, talent and for their investment in the non-profit community and capacity building.

ENRICH AWARD – honorees serve organizations that keep life enriching art and culture alive, support youth services and/or address a broad range of educational and development needs.

GROW AWARD – honorees serve organizations that strive to protect our environment, wildlife, and animals.

PROTECT AWARD – honorees serve organizations that support our public services, law enforcement, firefighters, veterans, and senior services.

LIVE AWARD – honorees serve organizations that support hunger, homelessness, and family services to vulnerable members of our community.

The honoree’s blogs are now live. Please take the time to read and leave comments for our extraordinary volunteer heroes to let them know how much they are appreciated. View Honoree’s Blogs

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Earth Day 2021

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This year, the Spirit of Volunteerism kicks off with Earth Day!

Earth Day is one of OneOC’s four National Days of Service and celebrated around the world. While projects may focus on preserving and beautifying Orange County’s environment, this is another opportunity for the community to take action and support our nonprofit partners. Individuals, families, groups, and organizations can easily participate in this national initiative!

COVID-19 has devastated families and small businesses. Many have become reliant on local nonprofits or the kindness of neighbors during this time. The volunteer efforts of individuals, companies, and nonprofits can make all the difference in the world to an OC family or business.

For Nonprofits

OneOC will promote essential on-site and virtual service projects addressing critical needs in our community including environmental protection.

On-site service projects must follow all safety guidelines recommended by the CDC. Virtual projects should not only engage volunteers of all ages, but also allow participants to support our local communities.

Participate by posting your projects HERE!

For Volunteers

Join us to celebrate Earth Day by supporting nonprofits on-site and virtual volunteer opportunities, or with a Charitable Giving Card! Choose which way you would like to give back this Day of Service!

Find Volunteer Opportunities

Purchase a Charitable Giving Card for your favorite nonprofit