Milestones

1956:

The Newport Harbor Service League forms with a purpose to train its members for effective volunteer service.

1971:

The Newport Harbor Service League joins the Association of Junior Leagues as the Junior League of Newport Harbor.

1972-1973:

The Casa Delhi community center in the Delhi barrio of Santa Ana is established to serve as an activity and volunteer placement center. Craft and language classes are provided, as well as childcare.

1973-1977:

The Assessment and Treatment Services Center (ATSC) project is initiated to work with local law enforcement agencies in the development of a diagnostic treatment and referral agency for Orange County juveniles and their families.

1976:

The Christmas Company fundraiser is established.

1977-1982:

The New Directions for Women shelter for alcoholic women is launched.

1980-1981:

The Albert Sitton Home Speakers Bureau program is launch to educate the community about Orange County dependent children.

1981:

Orangewood Challenge Grant - The Junior League contributes the proceeds from its 1980 The Christmas Company as a challenge grant to replace the overcrowded Albert Sitton Home for abused children. The result was the opening of Orangewood in 1986.

1983-1984:

Adult Day Care Center - The Junior League works in association with the Saddleback Valley YMCA to provide a day program of social services for the elderly with physical and/or mental impairments.

1983-1987:

Child Molestation Prevention Project (SEAL-Safe, Educated, Aware, Loved)- The Junior League develops the educational program about child molestation prevention for children in the Newport Mesa Unified School District.

1983-1989:

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) - The Junior League founds the program to ensure a child's right to a permanent home in a sensitive and expedient manner.

1985:

The name is changed to the Junior League of Orange County, California, Inc. (JLOCC) to reflect expansion of the organization.

1985-1989:

Discovery Museum of Orange County - The JLOCC refurbishs the Kellogg House located in Santa Ana to be consistent with features and decor of the turn of the century. In the History Comes to Life program, a personal view of the rich cultural heritage of early Orange County was provided to children in workshops featuring re-enactment of prominent local historical figures.

1985-1988:

The Irvine Chemical People - Working in association with the Irvine Police Department, the City of Irvine and the Irvine Unified School District, the Junior League develops the "Irvine Chemical People" program to provide community training and assistance in substance abuse prevention and intervention in grades K-12 in the Irvine School District.

1986-1989:

The Pediatric Enrichment Project is established to provide an enrichment program in the arts to help normalize the hospital environment for children and adolescent patients. JLOCC volunteers developed special events, art carts, and an artistic resource directory.

1987-1989:

The Human Options project is launched to implement a career development program for shelter residents and developed a booklet for shelter residents with available community resources.

1989-1993:

Child Abuse Services Team (CAST) project at Orangewood brings together the multiple social and legal entities involved in the processing of reported cases of sexual abuse of a child under one roof to lessen the trauma of the child victims.

1989-1993:

The TECH-TASK (Team of Advocates for Special Kids) program links disabled children, their families and teachers with computer technology. This technology offered the children the ability to learn, work, and communicate.

1989-1993:

"Not Guilty" with STOP-GAP- JLOCC volunteers research, develop, and produce a dramatic presentation on the effects of alcoholism on children and their families to minimize the effects of alcoholism on children of alcoholics.

1990-1995:

Homeless Outreach Program for Irvine Temporary Housing (H.O.P.) - Through the efforts of trained JLOCC and community volunteers, homeless and nearly homeless families in Orange County are guided through a comprehensive program which provided intervention directed at preventing chronic homelessness.

1993:

The JLOCC membership votes to focus its resources and attention on two areas: preventing adolescent pregnancy and child abuse.

1996-2000:

The Orangewood "On My Own" Business Mentor Program is established to assist foster children in the transition from foster care to independent living. Children attend "Independent Living" workshops and are matched with a business mentor.

1996:

Impact Orange County is established to respond to immediate needs in the community by researching and implementing "done-in-a-day" projects and events within the JLOCC focus areas.

1996-2004:

The Boys and Girls Club of Garden Grove "Awesome Destinations," a career-mentoring program, and "World is Mine," a program to discourage teen pregnancy, are established for boys and girls from eight Girls and Boys Club sites. JLOCC volunteers serve as role models, encouraging children to reach their potential.

1997-1998:

The South Orange County Family Resource Center is established in the Mission Viejo Mall as a center for families to turn to for education, referrals and support services. A Children's Library and a parenting Resource Library are also set up.

1997-2000:

JLOCC partners with Girls Inc. to implement a program for pregnancy prevention. The program includes career day at schools, role models and community projects.

1998-Present:

A Youth Scholarship program is established to financially assist youth who have participated in or are currently participating in JLOCC programs or other programs in the JLOCC's focus areas.

2005:

The JLOCC donates $10,000 to New Orlean's "Rebuilding A Better Community" fund to rebuilding of homes and schools destroyed in Hurricane Katrina.

2005:

The JLOCC changes is vision to promote and support the health, safety, and education of all individuals.

2005-Present:

JLOCC partners with Girls Inc. again on their Action for Safety program.

2006:

The Junior League of Orange County celebrates its 50th year of service to the Orange County community. The Christmas Company marks it 30th year.

2008:

Volunter Center of Orange County awards the JLOCC the Giving is Living Award.

2008:

The Junior League partners with CASA to enhance the support and resources currently provided to youth before emancipation.

2008:

The Junior League partners with Olive Crest to help further develop Kinship Support Services for foster youth.

2009:

The Junior League donates $200,000, a matched donation by the Stars and Stripes to the development of the Academy Charter High School for Foster Youth.

2009:

The Junior League partners with the Children's Hospital of Orange County to significantly expand their Reading Club in an effort to support literacy.

2009:

The Junior League partners with Crittenton on their Connect Program which promotes long-term mentoring and resources to the young women they serve.

2010:

The Junior League partners with Second Harvest Food Bank to expand their Food Bank Backpack program which serves hungry children throughout the county.  Additionally, Junior League efforts support the Adopt-A-Pantry program which helps stock the mobile pantry.

2011:

The Junior League partners with the Raise Foundation to prevent child abuse by strengthening families.

2012:

The Junior League donates an additional $300,000, another matched donation, to the opening of the Academy Charter High School.

2012:

The Junior League partners with the Blind Children's Learning Center to provide early intervention, education and services for the blind, visually impaired or deaf-blind children and their families.

2012:

The Junior League partners with the Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County and creates a lending library and teen support center.

2012:

The Junior League establishes the Human Trafficking Awareness and Education campaign to bring the issue of human trafficking to the forefront of discussion in the Orange County community.

2013:

The Junior League is a proud supporter of the opening of the Academy Charter High School, offering a transformational learning environment to community, underserved and foster teens.