OC Working Together was formed out of the need to focus resources and address the most pressing social issues in the Orange County community. It is a partnership of the University of California, Irvine (UCI), Orange County United Way, as well as local nonprofits and elected officials. The upcoming summit on Thursday, October 1, at the Newkirk Alumni Center features keynote speaker Erin Gruwell of Freedom Writers Foundation, along with Project Hope Alliance CEO Jennifer Friend, who has joined the steering committee heading up the housing topic.
Summit attendees will discuss the key focal areas of OC Working Together, and come up with workable solutions that can be implemented going forward. The areas of focus include the prevention of family violence, forging partnerships for education, the promotion of healthy lifestyles, improving financial stability, and reducing homelessness.
Said issues all have a negative impact on Orange County, but they can be reversed through joint initiatives like OC Working Together, which offers an opportunity for stakeholders to collaborate in making the change that will ensure a better community for the next generation. The aim is for partners to integrate research into identifying solutions for social issues. These research findings will then be used to enhance collaborations already taking place among members, and also provide the basis for new ones. The group also has plans to set 10-year goals to determine the strategies needed to better serve the community.
Project Hope Alliance is happy to partner with OC Working Together, as we recognize that ending homelessness in Orange County is a united undertaking.
The main event kicks off at 8:30 a.m., followed by a hosted reception from 5-6 p.m.