Share Our Selves
Share Our Selves is one of the largest, most comprehensive, volunteer-based agencies providing safety net services for homeless and low-income individuals and families in Orange County. All services are free and include medical and dental care, counseling, case management, food, clothing, financial assistance, legal aid, and special holiday programs. With the help of more than 400 regular volunteers, SOS is an excellent example of service integration, cutting across multiple service systems to reduce costs, increase efficiencies and deliver the highest quality medical care. Our goal is to provide immediate and long term solutions to poverty in Orange County and to provide services for those lacking resources. In these difficult economic times, the integral safety net services that SOS provides to the community are more important than ever.
OCUUC partners with SOS several times every year. In May we celebrate Mother’s Day by collecting supplies for mothers and their babies, such as diapers, wipes, bottles, and clothing. In August we donate backpacks and school supplies, and in December we have a huge Adopt A Family for the Holidays project where we adopt families by gifting them with food and presents.
Share Our Selves and the Little Green Shopping Cart
With the challenging economy, the number of those needing the help of SOS has escalated while the donations have really dwindled. Our Little Green Shopping Cart will be a constant fixture in the Social Hall at OCUUC so, when we feel the urge or find ourselves with something we don’t need, we can donate easily. Leave your donation in the Little Green Cart and a volunteer will take it to SOS on a weekly basis! There are suggestions listed on the front of the cart or simply think of what you would need if you were only able to choose a few items to feed or care for your family. Sources of protein that don’t have to be refrigerated, or foods that little ones like to eat, are foods to consider. Toiletries are also important, such as shampoo, toothpaste, disposable razors and soap. Check the list on the cart for more ideas. Should you have any questions, send us an email (sosocuucorg) .
Our Little Green Cart is ready for your donations!
The cart provides a convenient place for you to drop off any nonperishable food items or toiletries for Share OurSelves, a local organization dedicated to help those in need. Picking up extra items while shopping is a great idea and we’d like to make it a little easier for you by having a suggested food of the month!
This August, SOS will be concentrating on Back to School Supplies so to go hand in hand, the food for the month of August will be PEANUT BUTTER! From jars to the single serve containers PB provides a healthy source of protein for growing minds!
Attached to the cart you’ll find more info and suggestions. Thank You!
Message from an SOS volunteer
When I, as an SOS volunteer, hand someone a bag of groceries, toothpaste or a razor, I am privileged to experience how a single donation brings relief and gratitude to the eyes of hard working people. A single donation can make a huge difference in a struggling family’s life. A can of tuna makes lunches or a casserole dinner. Powdered milk can provide dairy when there isn’t a working refrigerator. A razor lets a man be clean shaven for a neat appearance at a job interview. Can you imagine having to wash your hair with only water because sending your kids off to school with a peanut butter sandwich is more important than shampoo? So bring that hotel shampoo, that jar of peanut butter, that razor. That single donation really does make a difference.
Note from Judith Stamper:
For the past 13 years I have been coordinating OCUUC’s Adopt a Family for the Holidays project, along with my compatriots Jan Steury and Birdie Reed. This is a labor of love for all of us, and we thank all of you who have contributed and helped us be so successful at bring holiday joy to many families. The major work of the project takes place at church during the week before Christmas, when we collect donations, shop, wrap and pack the items for the families. While we have streamlined our operations a lot, we find it takes many hours and a lot of energy that we don’t have this year.
I will be working at SOS in their planning, as I have done for a few years, and I will be happy to consult with anyone who wants to adopt a family. I encourage you to adopt a family directly through SOS. I have lots of advice, just not time and energy to do the church part.
SOS starts their process before Thanksgiving, and I will put contact information in the Blast and on the SOS page on the church website. Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly for more information.
OCUUC Adopts Families for the Holidays
Thank you for your generosity! This is the 13th year OCUUC members and friends have adopted families, providing gifts and food they would not otherwise be able to afford.
OCUUC has been participating in this program since 1998. We receive information about local families that would not be able to celebrate the holidays because of various circumstances. We agree to donate gifts for all the family members as well as enough food for them to have a holiday meal.
Participants chose to adopt a whole family, by themselves or with others, or they chose the name of one person from the Angel Tree. This year our Angel Tree contained the names of individuals from Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) Kid’s Clinic. These are families where one of the children is fighting HIV/AIDS. We gave scrip for local grocery stores so the families can shop for their holiday meal items.
For more information, contact Judith Stamper: sosocuucorg (sosocuucorg)