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Recommended for anyone new to this group or volunteering for the first time:
Q: Why can't I just show up? If I sign up here on Meetup, why do I have to also sign up with another person or register on another site?
A: I don't want anyone to show up to find out the event is canceled/rescheduled or they have so many volunteers that room isn't available for you.
Registering with them will save you a spot with them and they can provide you with the address, parking info, instructions, and updates.
Scroll down for more info on how to register with them.
This event is with another group, Progression Athletics International (PAI):
They "use athletics as a platform to positively influence at-risk youth in our community and around the world by teaching life skills, accountability, leadership, the importance of education, healthy lifestyle choices, and cultural diversity."
"The foundation of PAI is our sports clinics that we use to engage youth and build positive relationships with those who participate. They are comprised of a free two-hour clinic for the at-risk youth we serve, where we bring in volunteers from the local community who encourage the children to participate in the activities."
"People often ask if you need to be an expert to come out and work with the kids. You DO NOT need to be an expert, you just need to have a passion to help at-risk youth!"
If anyone wants to help, sign up on their Eventbrite page - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/progression-athletics-orangewood-children-and-family-center-event-registration-20678398647
Redundant Reiteration: Signing up here on Meetup is insufficient. Signing up with PAI is necessary.
Orangewood Children's Home does NOT allow anyone/everyone who just shows up to volunteer. Therefore, registering directly with them (PAI) should allow them to give you further info on when to arrive, what to help with, and be cleared for entry into the shelter.
If anyone participates in the physical activity/sport, consider wearing appropriate clothes & shoes and maybe bring water and/or snacks.
Examples of the sports they play are basketball, dodgeball, football, soccer, and volleyball.
Depending on the sport/activity...they might play inside the gym, or outside, such as on the grass field.
For future dates, check out their calendar. Look for "Sports Clinic Orangewood Children and Family Center" - http://progressionathletics.org/calendar
Questions can be answered by contacting them:
"...Orangewood Children's Home [aka Orangewood Children and Family Center] is Orange County's only emergency shelter for neglected and sexually, physically or emotionally abused children. The Home provides refuge each year for over 1,000 children who have been removed from their caretakers by police officers or child protective services workers and placed into protective custody."
Using phones inside the shelter (beyond the lobby) is prohibited.
The children at this shelter are in protective custody and therefore, taking photos of the kids is not allowed. They are strict about their safety & privacy.
btw, if you see Orangewood staff members use their phone, it's because they are allowed to. A few volunteers have taken out their phones, and it's not my rule, but it's the shelter's rule. Volunteers can't use their phones in the presence of the kids. If staff members see you with your phone out, they might ask you to leave. If anyone really needs to check their phone, go to a restroom and away from the kids, check your phone. Again, this is their rule for all volunteers, and not my rule. Thanks.
Orangewood's rule is all volunteers must be 18+.
Some apps/maps and navigation devices have been inaccurate for this location, and a few people have gotten lost before. For GPS, add "The" for the street name - "The City Drive"
This address/location can be tricky.
The first five photos might help - http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.460501867393195
The shelter is near the 5, 57, and 22 freeways. When driving on The City Drive, if you see UCI Medical Center (hospital), Carl's Jr, El Torito, or TGI Fridays, then you're close.
If driving north on The City Drive, the shopping center "The Outlets" and Krispy Kreme will be on the left.
Turn right on Justice Center Way (Style Street).
If driving south on The City Drive, the shopping center "The Outlets" and Krispy Kreme will be on the right.
Turn left on Justice Center Way (Style Street).
To repeat, when on The City Drive, turn on a small street (Justice Center Way / Style Street), heading east, away from Krispy Kreme and the shopping mall.
A stop sign should appear.
Turn right at the intersection and immediately enter the parking lot with trees. (Avoid the parking lot surrounded by a fence that doesn't have trees).
After parking, enter Orangewood, sign in at the front desk, and inform a staff member (behind the window) you're part of a group called PAI that is scheduled to visit. No need to say "Meetup group"...they probably won't know what Meetup is or what you're talking about.
Check the counter to the left. They might have a clipboard with a sign-in sheet, name tags, and a parking permit for your vehicle's dashboard.
After putting a parking permit in your vehicle, return to the lobby, have a seat, and look for people wearing grey shirts with "PAI" in front.
Their grey shirts look like - https://www.instagram.com/progressionathletics
Restrooms are available in the lobby (east hallway).