If you are looking for a way to make a difference in your community, there are many charitable activities taking place in Orange County this month. From running 5Ks to shopping, here are a few ways you can help.
Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Foundation 5K
The Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Foundation will be hosting its 7th annual Zent-A-Thon 5K Run/Walk Fundraiser on June 10th. The event is put on in an effort to assist local patients who are fighting neurological disorders. All proceeds from the event go to help fund the Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Foundation, the National Spasmodic Torticollis Association and the American Parkinson Disease Association so they can support and provide resources and education to people with movement disorders. Proceeds will also be put toward research efforts at the Parkinson’s and Movement Disorder Institute located on the campus of Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley.
The Zent-A-Thon 5K Run/Walk Fundraiser will begin at 8:30 am on June 10th and Miles Square Regional Park, which is located at 16801 Euclid Avenue in Fountain Valley. The event is put on in cooperation between the Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Foundation (PMDF) and the National Spasmodic Torticollis Association (NSTA). All participants receive lunch, including food and beverages, as well as a free t-shirt. Participants are also eligible to win raffle prizes including a JumpSport Trampoline, two “park hopper” tickets to Disneyland and two tickets to Knott’s Berry Farm. To learn more, visit the event website.
Lido Marina Village’s Shop the Block Benefit for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Lido Marina Village will be hosting its annual Shop the Block Summer Kickoff benefiting JDRF on June 10. 10 percent of all sales made during this event will go toward supporting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). The event will also include live music and fun activities, including offering the opportunity to get a Lido flash tattoo.
Lido Marina Village is located at 3434 Via Lido in Newport Beach. The fundraising event takes place from 10:00 am until 9:00 pm.
OC Rescue Mission Offers Opportunities to Make a Difference
Every first and third Saturday of the month, the Orange County Rescue Mission provides family-friendly opportunities to make a difference in the lives of residents. On the first Saturday of the month, volunteers assist with the Chili Van Outreach program. For this opportunity, volunteers meet at the Village of Hope to help load vans with hot chili, bread, coffee and juice. They then follow the Chili Van to an outreach location where they help to provide hot meals to homeless individuals.
On the third Saturday of the month, volunteers can assist with The Village of Hope Campus. Volunteers meet at the Village of Hope to assist with assembling food boxes, assembling hygiene kits, preparing and serving meals in the community kitchen and assisting in gardening and cleaning up the grounds.
The Orange County Rescue Missions “Village of Hope” is located at 1 Hope Drive in Tustin. Volunteer opportunities take place every first and third Saturday of the month between 9:00 am and noon. Children must be at least 10-years-old to volunteer on-campus and volunteers between the ages of 10 and 16 require adult supervision. To stay up-to-date on volunteer opportunities, register at the rescue mission’s website.