Providing Vital Support Throughout the Year
Seasonal ProgramsShare Our Selves offers seasonal programs throughout the year to assist low–income and homeless Orange County individuals and families. Our seasonal programs are primarily organized and run by volunteers and supported by community members, businesses, schools, religious organizations, and community service groups.
First in Family College Readiness ProgramEvery spring, SOS provides assistance to college-bound students from low-income families who are graduating from high school. Each student receives such items as graduation clothes, funds to cover cap and gown expenses, a family celebration dinner, and college preparation essentials. All of the students are the first person in their family to graduate from high school and attend college. Read about our 2018 First in Family College Readiness Program.
Back to School ProgramEvery August, since 1995, SOS distributes backpacks filled with school supplies to local students. A team of over 200 volunteers work together to fill each bag and organize them for distribution. Read about our 2018 Back to School Backpack Distribution.
Thanksgiving Food DistributionDuring the week of Thanksgiving, the SOS Food Pantry fills bags with Thanksgiving food items to distribute to our clients. Bags are stuffed with turkeys, chickens, and additional holiday fare. Read about our 2016 Thanksgiving Distribution.
Adopt A FamilySince 1970, SOS has been linking generous community members with families in need of extra support during the holidays. Families are referred to SOS by Santa Ana and Costa Mesa schools and organizations. Read about how we brightened the holidays for Orange County families in 2017 by clicking here. For more information, please contact Alina Pineda at 949.536.3913 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Helping Children and FamiliesIn 2017:
- Over 4,000 children received backpacks and school supplies as part of our Back to School program
- 1,350 Thanksgiving food bags were distributed
- 1,505 families with 4,745 children received food and gifts under our Adopt A Family program