Join Us In Honoring Hunger And Homelessness Awareness Week November 15-22


The Jewish Collaborative of Orang County partners with a number of organizations to help alleviate hunger and homelessness in Orange County. This month, during national Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, we are launching our Backpacks of Love campaign which will conclude on December 20th. PLEASE DONATE ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER 18th. Our goal is to purchase 100 backpacks and fill them with items needed for the unhoused of Orange County. We are partnering with Citynet and OCAJC on the Backpacks of Love project. Citynet will deliver the backpacks to individuals throughout Orange County during the week of December 21st.


Join JCoOC to reach our goal and provide 100 fill backpacks of love. The cost of a fully-supplied backpack is $55. Donate here to underwrite the purchase of one or more backpacks. The Jewish Collaborative will purchase the backpacks and items to fill the backpacks.

You are also invited to come together with us on Sunday afternoon, December 20th at 1:00pm location TBD), to assemble and fill the backpacks together in a socially-distanced outdoor area with COVID safety precautions in place. Please email us at to let us know you would like to help assemble the backpacks on 12/20.


NOVEMBER 18 at 6:00PM:
Housing Champions Advocacy 101 Online Workshop 
Are you interested in learning how to be a powerful voice in your community to help end homelessness in Mission Viejo & across OC?


Join us to explore:

  • How to find the information you need to be an effective voice for more supportive & affordable housing in your community
  • How to move supportive & affordable housing projects towards approval
  • How to avoid shouting matches & instead find/join with like-minded people to engage in positive action
  • How to deliver strong public comments at key city council & commission board hearings.

NOVEMBER 19 at 12:00pm: A series of interviews with subject matter experts to discuss different subjects related to homelessness in Orange County.


United to End Homelessness is hosting Community Chats to talk about what is “essential” to end homelessness in Orange County. Our Stability is Essential Community Chat will be on Thursday, November 19th from 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm. We’ll be going in-depth about the supportive services people experiencing homelessness need to stay stably housed.

We will be joined by David Gillanders, the Executive Director of Pathways of Hope; Karyn Hay, Housing Stabilization Coordinator for Friendship Shelter, and Dr. Shay Sorrells, the Chief Program Officer for Orangewood Foundation.

NOVEMBER 19 at 6:30PM: Housing Champions Fall-Fest Happy Hour! (Virtual)


Join fellow Housing Champions for a fun evening talking about what’s ahead for housing advocacy. Working together and making connections even during the pandemic, our advocacy will help end homelessness and housing instability in Orange County.

We’ll also have a Turkey counting contest with free prizes to add some fun to our evening!

OCAJC envisions a community where all people of faith and good will are given the opportunity to learn about critical challenges facing our most vulnerable residents so that they can decide how best to become part of the solution. Learn more here.

The United to End Homelessness initiative, empowered by United Way, is a powerful collaboration between Orange County’s top business, philanthropic, governmental, faith-based and non-profit leaders. It also depends on caring residents like you who agree that we must act now if we are to end our community’s homeless crisis. We are all working together to create long-term supportive housing to do more for those most in need. Read more here.

City Net is a team of nonprofit professionals who work to end street-level homelessness in a city or region through the coordination of community efforts and activities. In many cases, we are contracted by cities and regions to lead multi-sector homeless collaboratives, which unite city and county agencies, law enforcement, non-profit organizations, businesses, advocacy groups, concerned citizens and the faith community in a singular effort to address and end homelessness in the community. Read more here.

The mission of Family Promise is to hep families experiencing homelessness and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response. Read more here.

Families Forward is an Orange County non-profit organization committed to helping local families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Read more here.

Seeking to put love and faith into action, Habitat for Humanity of Orange County brings people together to build homes, community and hope. Read more here.

MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is a national nonprofit organization working to end hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds in the United States and Israel.

MAZON, which means “food” in Hebrew, was the first national organization to rally the American Jewish community around the issue of hunger, and remains the only national Jewish organization dedicated exclusively to that same cause.

Since its founding in 1985, MAZON has established itself as a leader in the national anti-hunger movement.

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