Save the Date!

The Orange County Conservation Corps is having our 1st Annual Innovation in Environmental Stewardship Awards.

Sunday November 8, 2015

@ The Heritage Museum of Orange County

This year we’re honoring:

Disneyland Resorts


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For their contributions to the Adopt-a-Channel program.

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What is the Adopt A Channel Program?

OC Public Works operates and maintains more than 350 miles of regional flood control channels in Orange County. These channels provide a vital service protecting life and property by conveying stormwater runoff to prevent flooding of nearby communities. Along with controlling stormwater runoff, these channels also collect trash and debris and are subject to graffiti.
The main objectives of the Adopt A Channel Program are to improve the physical appearance of these channels and to increase awareness and commitment to keep our channels, creeks, bays and ocean clean. Adoption provides community stewardship for these important resources and, in return, Adopters are recognized for their contributions through signage and other means.

Come join us for a BBQ and auction to benefit the OCCC!
For more information call Jennifer Matas at (714) 956-6222 ext. 301

Now Enrolling for Fall 2015 Semester!

Are you 18 – 25 years old and need to finish your high school diploma?

Call the Orange County Conservation Corps Charter School and change your life today!
714-956-6222 Ext. 211 or 234

  • Earn a real high school diploma
  • Quality instruction from certified teachers
  • Math and Reading skills building
  • Direct instruction
  • Online learning component available
  • Parenting & personal finance classes


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The Courageous, Hard Working, Dedicated Class of 2015

Class of 2015

Ninety-seven young men and women peered up at the stage of historic Plummer Auditorium as the Honorable Joe T. Perez, a Superior Court Judge for Orange County, demanded a second time, “Do you have courage?” Under their blue mortar boards, their eyes closed in relief as he continued, “Of course you do!”

Indeed, they do, along with hard work and dedication, qualities Judge Perez also pointed out in his commencement address. These graduates, the largest graduating class of the Orange County Conservation Corps to date, made the decision to return to high school after dropping out. They committed to completing their diplomas when it would have been easier to continue working or raising children without coursework. Now, they stand as examples to their children, their siblings,
their cousins and the children in their neighborhood.

Jesica VenegasAs Valedictorian Jesica Venegas said, “Every time I see my children and how well they are doing in school, I tell myself that if I want them to become someone in life, I have to start with myself.”

Judge Perez told the graduates about a courageous young man who went to Logan Elementary School, a segregated “Mexican school” in Santa Ana, in 1938 and went on to become Orange County’s first Latino lawyer, Municipal Court Judge, then Superior Court Judge. Not long after him came Frances Munoz, the first Latina judge in the United States, also from Orange County. That young man is Judge Perez’s father, Judge James O. Perez. “He would tell you: use [courage, hard work, and dedication] to continue your education,” said Judge Perez to the graduates. “Each one of you possesses these traits – I promise you that – and that you can use these things to do great things. Do not stop your education.”

Mayra Lopez, named a Corpsmember of the Year, intends to follow that advice by attending Santa Ana College this fall, then transferring to UCI to study criminal justice. “People say that once I get my diploma, it’s the end of my education, but for me, it’s just the beginning,” Lopez said.Grad photos


Thank You!!


Thank you for taking part in i♥oc Giving Day!

Together we raised more than $1,800,000 for all 347 participating nonprofits across Orange County. The spirit of philanthropy is alive and well in Orange County!

We are grateful to our community partners and sponsors as well as to all of you who participated by making a donation or helping spread the word about i♥oc . We deeply appreciate the many ways you have shown your love for Orange County and our exemplary nonprofits especially OCCC.

Thank you again for joining us in this is this first-ever county-wide giving day.

We look forward to seeing you next year!

If you would still like to support OCCC please click one of the icons on the left under Support the Corps.


iheartoc1There’s less than two hours left to donate to OCCC for i♥oc Giving Day. Go to and show your love. It just may be your gift that helps us win one of the final bonus prize donations!


Last 20 hours to participate!



We’re in our last 20 hours of giving! We have until noon tomorrow (April 22) to collect as many donations as possible and be eligible for bonus donations from the OC Community Foundation.

So far we have received 4 donations for a total of $200!  Thank you to those who have given!
i♥oc is Orange County’s first-ever county-wide day of giving! Powered by the Orange County Community Foundation, our goal is to raise $2 million for OC nonprofits (like OCCC) in just 30 hours. With 347 participating nonprofits, you are sure to find one (search for Orange County Conservation Corps) that matches your passion. Every dollar donated from 6 a.m. April 21 to noon April 22 will generate additional bonus funds provided by the Community Foundation and our generous i♥oc sponsors.

Help us continue making Orange County a better place for all of us!


iHeartOC – Help raise money for OC nonprofits!

iheartoc1The Orange County Community Foundation is super-charging local giving by hosting Orange County’s first-ever iheartOC Giving Day on April 21-22, 2015. Support the OCCC and give where your heart lives!

To help us out click on the picture above or go to and do a search for Orange County Conservation Corps.

Check out this video:


Help OCCC receive up to 2 million dollars in free advertising!


It just takes three easy steps:

1. Register to Vote
2. Select Orange County Conservation Corps as your charity.
3. Come back every day in March to vote again

Vote daily through March 31

Go Here:

The Golden Envelope Program allows members of the community to vote for their favorite participating charities to earn a share of up to $2 million in free advertising in the Orange County Register newspaper. This allows local nonprofit organizations to share their stories and raise awareness for their causes. Voting goes through March 31, 2015.

Join us for a roundtable discussion about finding a job.

On Friday, February 27 from 11:45am – 12:45pm, the Young Invincibles will host the California Jobs Tour at the OCCC Charter School.  The goal of the YI is to obtain feedback from youth participating in programs like the OCCC regarding their experiences in finding a job, keeping a job, and all of the obstacles they have faced in the process.  Their organization will use the feedback to help make policy changes and push for continued support at all levels of government for programs like OCCC.  The format will be a roundtable discussion for our youth to express their experiences with the job market and it will be facilitated by Young Invincibles.  We are seeking approximately 20 Corpsmembers, charter school students and grant participants to be part of this roundtable discussion.  You do not have to be attending the charter school to participate.  See flyer below for more information:


The OCCC is Hiring!

You heard that correct, the Corps is hiring 25 – 30 new corpsmembers right now! Don’t wait!

Work Crew

We have several work crews working throughout Orange County that need help making our county a better place.
Come in to our office at 1548 East Walnut Ave in Fullerton to fill out an application. Our office is open Monday through Thursday from 8AM to 5PM and from 8AM to Noon on Fridays.