by Amy Gaw
Love Fullerton 2016 Recap
This year’s Unite for Cities Multi-Citywide Serve Day was amazing! On Saturday, over 6,500 volunteers gathered to serve their cities, loving Anaheim (700), Brea (600), Buena Park (600), Fullerton (2700), La Habra (700), and Placentia (1200). There was an estimated 100+ churches, working alongside each of the cities’ local businesses, private and public schools, organizations, and students who joined the fun!
2700 volunteers offered 8100 hours of volunteer work worth $218,000 within the city of Fullerton
80 service projects were completed
1000 + volunteers loved on 19 elementary schools, 3 Junior High schools, 3 High Schools, Fullerton College, and CSUF
13 city projects invited 350 volunteers to love our city parks and community places
17 senior centers/board and care homes were visited and cared for by their loving neighbors
150 yard signs spread throughout the city (return to OC United office)
500 local businesses supported the cause with posters in their windows
56,000 flyers handed out through the Fullerton School District
3000 Love Fullerton t-shirts were handed out compliments of our sponsors
175 gallons of paint were used on multiple sites
6 gagaball pits were installed and donated to 6 Fullerton schools
20 ladies & 25 kids from a local women’s shelter enjoyed a terrific brunch & crafts day
70 yards of mulch was delivered to 13 schools
5 local shelters/non-profit organizations received love and support
50+ volunteers gave blood and volunteered at the Donate Life Run and Walk event
80 folks loved our city homeless population and got to know our wonderful non-profits serving our vulnerable neighbors weekly
45 bikes were donated and built by CSUF to be given to teens in the foster care system
6 homes got some much-needed restoration
80 blankets made for kids attending Royal Family Kids Camp this summer
4 large lots were cleared of debris by 100 hardworking volunteers from Sunburst Academy
15 neighborhood kids enjoyed a basketball camp
Foster families enjoyed a fun-filled fair and were blessed with a $25 gift cards
30 police cars were washed and waxed with lots of love and appreciation
2000 cans of donated food went to Fullerton College food bank
Mike Lozano, Director of the BGCF teen center and the Kiwanis club made close to 1000 tasty breakfast burritos for the rally
Huge thanks to our 44 sponsors, made up of local businesses and churches, who donated to make this day possible!
Thanks to Heroes, Matador Cantina, & 7-Eleven for making it possible for us to serve lunch to over 3000 in celebration of all 6 city serve days.
OC United helped launch simultaneous serve days in five neighboring cities: Love Anaheim, Love Brea, Love Buena Park, Love Placentia, and Love La Habra for a total of over 6500 volunteers who loved North Orange County! Representatives from multiple other cities observed the day in order to join the movement in the future.