ConnectOC Blog

Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 6/15/2015 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

When I was invited by the Orange County Register to become a contributing columnist for the Faith & Values section in March 2013, I couldn’t have imagined a better match with the work we had just begun through ConnectOC— the Orange County Community Foundation’s leadership initiative to inform residents about both our greatest needs as a community, and the exemplary work of local nonprofits working to move the needle.

Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 6/1/2015 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Music is a birthright. It is this passionate belief of Carl St. Clair, Pacific Symphony’s Music Director, that has driven the organization’s outreach to Orange County educators, parents and students through its Class Act program for the past 20 years. 

Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 5/18/2015 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

If you met Katherine Taylor you would see a vibrant and creative muralist and fine artist. What you wouldn’t see is the rare disorder that causes her impaired immune system to produce fewer antibodies than she needs to fight off bacteria and viruses.

Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 5/4/2015 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

There was a time when most Americans lived in small towns and the ties that bound them together were strong. When illness or tragedy struck, neighbors would rally to one another’s aid without a second thought — whether to leave food on a doorstep, join a barn-raising or shelter an orphaned child.

Posted by: Shelley Hoss on 4/20/2015 | [PRC_COMMENTCOUNT] Comments

Among Orange County's many treasures, the exemplary network of local nonprofit organizations may be our most valuable asset. But fulfilling a charitable mission year after year is like running a marathon that never ends. To be successful, nonprofits must have the right team behind them. They have to hit “mile markers” to demonstrate their progress. They fuel their efforts with the time, talent and treasure of their donors and board leaders. And a large crew of volunteers cheers them on, running by their side every step of the way. 

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