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Community Engagement and Service LearningREACH – Beyond the Classroom™

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REACH – Beyond the Classroom™

Engaging the local and global community is an integral part of our identity. Keeping the needs of others in focus helps shape a connected, compassionate student body and elevates our students to a higher standard of service. Through partnering with a variety of organizations – such as Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County, Free Wheelchair Mission, and Doctors Without Borders - Stanbridge REACH - Beyond the Classroom™ volunteers time, raises funds, promotes awareness, and works to meet the needs of people in our community and around the world.

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Video: Giving Back to the Community: Students Restore Local Environment Stanbridge Student Volunteers Restore Upper Newport Bay

Giving Back to the Community: Students Restore Local Environment Stanbridge Student Volunteers Restore Upper Newport Bay

Video: Giving Back to the Community: Students Distribute Food to the Hungry

Giving Back to the Community: Students Distribute Food to the Hungry

REACH – By the Numbers

275,000 lbs+

Food donated to the hungry.

Stanbridge College co-founded the Free Pantry Organization. Each month, student, faculty, and staff volunteers meet to help sort and distribute fresh produce and groceries to over 250 homeless and low-income residents of Orange County.

$120,000+

Raised to feed and assist the homeless.

In partnership with Lighthouse Outreach Ministries, volunteers gather monthly to prepare and serve a warm meal to over 250 homeless and low-income guests.

$8,423

Raised to help provide medical services to the uninsured.

Stanbridge works to support the Orange County Free Medical and Dental Clinic in partnership with Lestonnac Free Clinic. The clinic typically hosts 300 homeless, low-income earners, and uninsured people, providing them with free medical, dental, and physical therapy services.

$8,120

Raised to help homeless pets.

Stanbridge students raised money to help care for the homeless, neglected, and abused animals at the Irvine Animal Care Center, National Cat Protection Society, and in the Orange County community.

$2,000

Raised for autism awareness and research.

In celebration of Occupational Therapy Month and Autism Awareness Month in April, Stanbridge College students fundraised to walk in the Orange County Walk Now for Autism. This event is designed to raise awareness and acceptance of autism in the community.

Discover Stanbridge

For several years, Stanbridge College volunteers have prepared and served meals to over 250 homeless guests every third and fourth Saturday of the month in Costa Mesa.

For several years, Stanbridge College volunteers have prepared and served meals to over 250 homeless guests every third and fourth Saturday of the month in Costa Mesa.

REACH volunteers prepare a fresh and nutritious meal to be served to homeless and low-income guests at Lighthouse Church.

REACH volunteers prepare a fresh and nutritious meal to be served to homeless and low-income guests at Lighthouse Church.

REACH volunteers enjoy working together to make a difference for their local community.

REACH volunteers enjoy working together to make a difference for their local community.

Our volunteers make sure to treat every guest at Lighthouse Church with respect, kindness, and courtesy.

Our volunteers make sure to treat every guest at Lighthouse Church with respect, kindness, and courtesy.

Stanbridge College co-founded the Free Pantry Organization, a non-profit organization that provides a free source of nutritious food to low-income families and the homeless.

Stanbridge College co-founded the Free Pantry Organization, a non-profit organization that provides a free source of nutritious food to low-income families and the homeless.

Volunteers donate their time to help sort, bag, and distribute free groceries to the community.

Volunteers donate their time to help sort, bag, and distribute free groceries to the community.

Volunteering with the Free Pantry Organization is a popular event, and students enjoy giving back to their community.

Volunteering with the Free Pantry Organization is a popular event, and students enjoy giving back to their community.

Students prepare to distribute free, fresh produce to the underprivileged as part of the Free Pantry Organization.

Students prepare to distribute free, fresh produce to the underprivileged as part of the Free Pantry Organization.

Every Christmas, Stanbridge College provides gifts to those in need, including items such as sleeping bags, fleece blankets, warm socks, and rain ponchos.

Every Christmas, Stanbridge College provides gifts to those in need, including items such as sleeping bags, fleece blankets, warm socks, and rain ponchos.

Stanbridge College REACH partners with OC Parks at Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve for a monthly habitat restoration project.

Stanbridge College REACH partners with OC Parks at Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve for a monthly habitat restoration project.

Students help to preserve dozens of species, including important plant communities and several rare and/or endangered birds.

Students help to preserve dozens of species, including important plant communities and several rare and/or endangered birds.

Stanbridge volunteers enjoy spending a day outside, preserving an ecosystem for future generations.

Stanbridge volunteers enjoy spending a day outside, preserving an ecosystem for future generations.

Nursing, Hemodialysis, and PTA students volunteer at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Senior Residence, where they take blood pressure and vital signs for the residents.

Nursing, Hemodialysis, and PTA students volunteer at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Senior Residence, where they take blood pressure and vital signs for the residents.

Nursing students volunteered at the Orange County Health Agency's Public Health Preparedness program, administering flu shots to the public.

Nursing students volunteered at the Orange County Health Agency's Public Health Preparedness program, administering flu shots to the public.

Nursing students run practice drills for public health emergencies with the Orange County Medical Corps.

Nursing students run practice drills for public health emergencies with the Orange County Medical Corps.

PTA students practice their skills under supervision at the Orange County Free Medical clinic.

PTA students practice their skills under supervision at the Orange County Free Medical clinic.

The Hoag Hospital Bloodmobile frequently visits the Stanbridge campus, encouraging all who are able to donate.

The Hoag Hospital Bloodmobile frequently visits the Stanbridge campus, encouraging all who are able to donate.

Stanbridge students fundraise for the Orange County Kidney Walk and support the National Kidney Foundation.

Stanbridge students fundraise for the Orange County Kidney Walk and support the National Kidney Foundation.

REACH volunteers at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s hold Promise Flowers, symbols of their commitment to fight the disease.

REACH volunteers at the Walk to End Alzheimer’s hold Promise Flowers, symbols of their commitment to fight the disease.

Occupational Therapy students mentor young adults with autism on the safety basics of public transportation, as part of their partnership with the Life College program.

Occupational Therapy students mentor young adults with autism on the safety basics of public transportation, as part of their partnership with the Life College program.

Veterinary Technology students host a bake sale fundraiser to benefit the National Cat Protection Society in Orange County.

Veterinary Technology students host a bake sale fundraiser to benefit the National Cat Protection Society in Orange County.

Student, faculty, and staff volunteers raised several thousand dollars and participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Student, faculty, and staff volunteers raised several thousand dollars and participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Upcoming Events

February 14th, 2016 from 9:00am to 12:00pm

Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve Habitat Restoration

Date: Sunday, February 14, 2016 Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Location: Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center - 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Every 2nd Sunday of the month, volunteers are needed at the Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve to help with habitat restoration projects that can include planting, weeding and watering.

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February 20th, 2016 from 1:00pm to 5:30pm

Serving Dinner to OC Homeless in Costa Mesa

Date: Saturday, February 20, 2016 Time: 1:00p.m. - 5:30p.m. Location: Lighthouse Outreach Ministries - 1885 Anaheim Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Volunteers are needed to help prepare and serve a warm meal to homeless and low-income residents of Orange County.

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February 27th, 2016 from 12:00pm to 12:00pm

Sorting and Distributing Food with the Free Pantry Organization

Date: Saturday, February 27, 2016 Time: 12:00p.m.-3:30p.m. Location: Someone Cares Soup Kitchen: 720 W. 19th St. Costa Mesa, CA 92627

Volunteers are needed to help sort and distribute groceries and fresh produce to over 250 homeless and low-income residents of Orange County.

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Partners

American Red Cross

American Red Cross

American Red Cross Biomedical Services plays a critical role in our nation’s health care system. It is the largest single supplier of blood and blood products in the United States, collecting and processing more than 40 percent of the blood supply and distributing it to some 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.

Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's)

Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's)

Children’s Hospital of Orange County is dedicated to providing the highest quality, family-centered primary and specialty care to children.

Convoy of Hope

Convoy of Hope

Since 1994, Convoy of Hope has served more than 48 million people throughout the world through international children’s feeding initiatives, community outreaches, disaster response, and partner resourcing.

County of Orange

County of Orange

Stanbridge College nursing students have partnered with Orange County to assist with Free Clinic flu shots and Disaster Preparedness Exercises. One of the missions of Orange County is to enhance the emergency preparedness and response capabilities of the public through advanced registration, organization, and training of volunteer health professionals.

Doctors Without Borders

Doctors Without Borders

Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) provides free medical care including primary healthcare, surgery, and treatment for malnutrition. They are also supporting displaced people through distribution of relief items. They are the sole provider of medical care for over 130,000 people are currently are treating 6,400 children for malnutrition.

Free Pantry Organization

Free Pantry Organization

Stanbridge is a co-founding partner of the Free Pantry Organization, a non-profit organization that provides a free source of nutritious food to low-income families and the homeless.

Free Wheelchair Mission

Free Wheelchair Mission

Founded in 2001, Free Wheelchair Mission is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to providing wheelchairs for the impoverished disabled in developing nations.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization founded on the conviction that every man, woman, and child should have a decent, safe, and affordable place to live.

Irvine Animal Care Center

Irvine Animal Care Center

The Irvine Animal Care Center (IACC) is a progressive and innovative municipal animal shelter that continually strives to strengthen the human-animal bond and improve the welfare of animals by promoting their humane care and treatment.

Mariners Outreach

Mariners Outreach

Outreach Ministries is a local outreach ministry of Mariners Church in Irvine, California that dedicated its service to the poor and less fortunate in Orange County and around the world.

Mary's Kitchen

Mary's Kitchen

Mary’s Kitchen is an all-volunteer operation that provides food and services to the homeless of Orange County.

Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps mission is to alleviate suffering, poverty, and oppression by helping people build secure, productive, and just communities.

Mercy House

Mercy House

Mercy House has developed a Continuum of Care to provide homeless prevention, emergency services, transitional and permanent housing with supportive services to homeless men, women, and children living in Orange County and the City of Ontario.

Orange County Animal Shelter

Orange County Animal Shelter

The Orange County Animal Care Center provides temporary shelter and medical care for "lost," owned, or stray animals and opportunities for adoption of these animals.

Orangewood Children’s Foundation

Orangewood Children’s Foundation

Orangewood Children’s Foundation is dedicated to providing innovative services for abused and neglected children and at-risk families, to end the cycle of child abuse one life at a time. The Academy provides a residential high school that educates over 300 at-risk and foster teens.

Project Hope School

Project Hope School

Project Hope School is a non-profit school that provides the basic needs of life and learning to Orange County’s homeless children in grades K – 8th.

Rebuilding Together Orange County

Rebuilding Together Orange County

Rebuilding Together Orange County (RTOC) builds partnerships within the OC community to rebuild owner-occupied homes, shelters, and non-profit facilities for low-income residents, particularly the elderly or those with disabilities, so they may live independently, in warmth and safety.

Second Harvest Food Bank Orange County

Second Harvest Food Bank Orange County

Second Harvest Food Bank is working to eliminate hunger in Orange County. Through a network of nearly 500 local member nonprofits, the Food Bank distributes over 16 million pounds of nutritious food to our neighbors in need every year.

ShelterBox

ShelterBox

ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter to people affected by disaster worldwide. ShelterBox responds immediately following natural and other disasters by delivering boxes of aid to those in need.

Someone Cares Soup Kitchen

Someone Cares Soup Kitchen

Someone Cares Soup Kitchen provides a daily nutritious meal to the homeless, unemployed, senior citizens, the mentally and physically challenged, and children in need.

Toys for Tots

Toys for Tots

The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.

Veterans First Orange County

Veterans First Orange County

For over 40 years, Veterans First has been the only community-based, non-profit in the Orange County. area to provide housing and essential services to our homeless and at-risk veterans and their families as well as to the families of our deployed military.

World Vision

World Vision

World Vision is a humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

President’s Volunteer Service Award

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About the Award

About the Award

Stanbridge College is a Certifying Organization for the President's Volunteer Service Award. This award is a Presidential Honor that recognizes valuable contributions of volunteers nationwide, who are serving others through current activities or lifetime service. As a Certifying Organization, Stanbridge College can identify eligible recipients, verify their service hours, and distribute the Award to outstanding volunteers.

To qualify, volunteers simply submit a record of their service hours to Stanbridge College, the school will verify the service and distribute the award.

Additionally, eligible volunteer service hours are not limited to those performed on behalf of Stanbridge College. Service hours can be accumulated through work on a variety of projects throughout the year. The only requirement is that the hours be completed within 12 months and be logged using the system. Recipients can qualify for a new Award each year.

Register

Register

  1. Go to www.presidentialserviceawards.gov and click on Track Your Hours.
  2. Complete the registration form by entering a user name, password, and your first and last name. Then, click the Create My Record of Service button. Make sure you click the checkbox confirming you are 14 years or older.
  3. Click on the Profile tab. In the Record of Service Key field, enter Stanbridge College's key code: SBL- 43481. Then, click Update Profile.
Log Your Hours

Log Your Hours

  1. If you served at a Stanbridge College event, we will log your hours for you. If you performed service outside of a Stanbridge College event, follow the next steps for logging your hours.
  2. Log in to the President's Volunteer Service Award website at www.presidentialserviceawards.gov.
  3. Click on the My Service Tab, then click the Create New Record button.
  4. Complete the Create a New Service Activity form.
Report Your Eligibility

Report Your Eligibility

If you have completed the minimum number of hours required for a particular award, please contact media@stanbridge.edu.

Note: Applicants' service hours must be confirmed by a registered Certifying Organization (Stanbridge College).

Awards Levels

Awards Levels

Gold Award

Adults: 500 or more hours
Young Adults: 250 or more hours
Children: 100 or more hours
Groups: 1000 or more hours

Silver Award

Adults: 250 - 499 hours
Young Adults: 175 - 249 hours
Children: 75 - 99 hours
Groups: 500 - 999 hours

Bronze Award

Adults: 100 - 249 hours
Young Adults: 100 - 174 hours
Children: 50 - 74 hours
Groups: 200 - 499 hours

Adults: Ages 26 & Up - Young Adults: Ages 15-25 - Children: Ages 14 & Younger - Groups: 2 or More People

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