PBS SoCal staff came together at the Orangewood Foundation for a day of fun, vounteering, and guacamole. A long-time partner of To Foster Change, the Orangewood Foundation helps foster and community youth transition from foster care into self-sufficient adulthood. It regularly welcomes volunteers to visit and share a meal with young people in Orange County. Last month, PBS SoCal staff visited Orangewood to prepare and serve lunch, and pack hygiene bags for the youth at the drop-in center.
The drop-in center provides young people access to computers, laundry services, a kitchen, job training, and hygiene items. While half of KOCE’s staff wrapped around the table in a long assembly line packing bags, the youth visited and chatted with our staff about different career paths. The other part of our staff was busy in the kitchen, assembling a taco bar (turned nacho bar) and chatting with the youth who were using the kitchen to make and decorate a birthday cake for one of the young adults in the resource center that day.
During lunch, PBS SoCal staff learned about each young person’s story, and their path. From poets, to aspiring politicians; Pokémon experts, to students, each table boomed with excited conversation that only grew more vibrant when the whole group belted Happy Birthday to Juanita.
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