Volunteers Serve: National Night Out Orange County

Neighbors, students, seniors promote police-community partnerships

Volunteers Serve: National Night Out Orange County

Neighbors, students, seniors promote police-community partnerships

Jamboree volunteer appreciation at affordable senior community in Mission Viejo.

As our resident services programs expand, it’s exciting to see our volunteer network grow as well  – through schools, corporate and individual volunteers. Our volunteers create both fun and meaning in their neighborhoods, bringing together residents, Jamboree staff, community partners, and even residents from surrounding neighborhoods. We’re proud to recognize some of their accomplishments. 

Seniors making a difference in Orange County 

Resident Services Coordinators at Heritage Villas recently held an appreciation event for nearly a dozen resident volunteers, who regularly manage a food bank, plan and promote activities and provide fliers, set-up, and clean-up, and provide a weekly coffee chat on Fridays as a way for residents to socialize and get to know their neighbors.

These seniors volunteers were given goodie bags that included a Jamboree coffee mug, pen and headphones, and Girl Scout “Thank-You” cookies. Overwhelmed by the gratitude of residents and staff, one mentioned that she’d worked an entire career without ever being recognized for her work. 

Volunteering for National Night Out in the OC and Sacramento

With our mission for every person to live in a healthy community, National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that’s a perfect fit for Jamboree communities. It promotes police-community partnerships to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live, and neighborhood camaraderie through opportunities for residents and neighbors to volunteer. This year, everyone who served at one of our National Night Out events was a first-time volunteer! See the faces of our residents and volunteers on our National Night Out photo album on Facebook.

At The Arbor at Woodbury in Irvine, the National Night Out event…

  • Rallied volunteers from Circle K, a volunteer key club with a chapter at Saddleback College, Foothill Ranch High School, and a handful of other individuals.
  • Irvine Mayor Steven Choi attended and took photos with Irvine Fire and Police personnel in attendance.
  • Residents and neighbors enjoyed a huge bounce house, arts and crafts, and meeting and interacting with their local first responders. The volunteers from Foothill High School were athletes working on community service hours who managed the bounce house. By all accounts, they may have had more fun playing with the kids.
  • Another volunteer was so committed to networking and the Jamboree vision that she wouldn’t give out the free gifts until she could first give people the Jamboree overview. This is an incredible example of how volunteers can be a driving force that creates community in their own neighborhoods.

At our Bonterra community…

  • Brea police officers were the heroes of National Night Out. Families and local police got to know each other and children gave hand-drawn thank-you notes to the officers.
  • Neighbors who volunteered included Allison Montalvo, Jamboree’s HR intern, and Laura Archuleta’s daughter, Haley. 

In Anaheim, nine volunteers at Monarch Pointe…

  • Created and managed a carnival theme for National Night Out, and multiple community organizations donated raffle prizes. While the Loara High School Key club helped run games and played with children, residents enjoyed talking and interacting with the Anaheim Police Department, and the most noted comment from volunteers was hearing residents talk about their gratitude for Jamboree, which underscored the significance of their role.

In the Sacramento neighborhood of Citrus Heights:

  • Volunteers at Jamboree’s Arborelle community helped provide residents with dinner, as well as face painting and cookie decorating.
  • We love that residents and our resident services coordinators came up with the unique idea to create an Arborelle community flag. Everyone tie-dyed a piece of fabric, and each piece will be sewn together into a flag, representing the parts that make up a community. When the flag is complete, it will be hung in the community center.

When you volunteer at a Jamboree event, you not only have an impact on an entire community, you also spend time with neighbors and see first hand the impact of your efforts. See how you can volunteer with seniors, families and kids in your neighborhood to make a difference in your community, including ways to volunteer at National Night Out in Orange County, the Inland Empire and Sacramento on Tuesday, October 4.

  • Jamboree residents, community partners in Anaheim, CA at National Night Out.
  • Jamboree volunteer at Bonterra, in Brea, National Night Out community event.
  • Jamboree Arbor at Woodbury, Irvine, CA, National Night Out Circle K volunteers.
  • Jamboree residents, community partners in Anaheim, CA at National Night Out.
  • Jamboree volunteer at Bonterra, in Brea, National Night Out community event.
  • Jamboree Arbor at Woodbury, Irvine, CA, National Night Out Circle K volunteers.
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