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In 1984, a group of Orange County community members founded Families Forward after realizing they shared the same vision. Their goal: to help support local families in financial crisis with housing, food assistance, and other services that could help them achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. Along with 28 transitional homes to help families dealing with the loss of their homes or eviction from their apartments, Families Forward runs a food pantry that supports more than 7,000 people each year, career workshops, counseling services, and seasonal programs for children. The transitional housing program has helped more than four out of five families served successfully transition from crisis to stability. Once a family's financial status and living situation stabilize, they can return to being independent, productive community residents, which helps kids from such households experience a safe, happy, and secure childhood—accomplishing Families Forward's number-one priority of protecting children.

9221 Irvine Blvd
Irvine,
CA
US

When The Charity Bomb’s staff purchases pink-, purple-, and blue-dyed cornstarch in bulk, they aren’t preparing to thicken the world’s biggest pan of tie-dyed gravy. Instead, they’re preparing for one of their festive 5K color runs, where runners are greeted at the finish line with cheers and handfuls of colorful powder. Each run, including the organization’s nighttime glow-in-the-dark run for sleep-runners, concludes with a party and benefits charities such as Boy Scout of America. ​

4621 Santiago Canyon Rd.
Silverado,
CA
US

Established: 2011

Reservations/Appointments: Recommended

Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours

4678 Barranca Parkway
Irvine,
CA
US

With hundreds of locations across the country, Right Dental Group represents a collection of oral-health-care professionals who deliver a variety of quality dental services. The collective places an emphasis on relationship building—meaning patients can confess their most egregious toffee-apple trespasses while receiving a teeth scrubbing delivered with precision and understanding. Each of the dentists is prescreened for a consistent record of excellence and the ability to efficiently locate a cavity in a toothstack.

27725 Santa Margarita Pkwy
Mission Viejo,
CA
US

Owned and operated by the Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America, The Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center lays out 210 scenic acres of character-building outdoor adventures. Thrill seekers get a half-hour taste of the wild blue yonder, whizzing across gulfs on high-strung ziplines, just like early Western settlers. Depending on the size of the party, all pseudo-fliers will have multiple chances on the course. Offered daily from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., these swift sojourns provide an excellent chance to conquer fears and bond with fellow sky walkers. Participants should be sure to wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes, spinning bowties optional.

2 Irvine Park Rd
Orange,
CA
US

Few things are as satisfying as hearing the swish of a ball hitting a soccer net, except for giving someone else the opportunity to experience that joy. Pass It Forward embodies this ethic with its "buy a ball, donate a ball" program. With every purchase of the organization's eco-friendly, match-quality soccer balls, a similar ball finds its way to an underserved child or community. These balls go around the world, to children in Africa and other underserved areas, and to under-funded clubs in the US. Once properly equipped and on the field, youth can build camaraderie, endurance, teamwork, leadership, and a sense of cultural identity and pride.

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18 Saltillo
Rancho Santa Margarita,
CA
US