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New Report Exposes Stark Contrast in Quality of Life for OC Residents

The Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) recently launched the ConnectOCCommunity Report, a first-of-its-kind resource providing eye-opening facts and insight into the areas of greatest need in Orange County. Key findings include:

  • 45% of Orange County students live in families making the equivalent of $40,000 or less per year for a family of four
  • A worker earning minimum wage must work 133 hours per week to afford a one-bedroom apartment
  • One in three Orange County residents lacks access to essential health care services
  • Only 55% of Orange County third-graders read at a proficient level

Moving from knowledge to action, ConnectOC provides strategies for driving real change in these areas of need. The report showcases organizations that are already moving the needle when it comes to safety net, health care and education.

In the coming months, OCCF will launch ConnectOC Nonprofit Central, making a connection to nonprofits and organizations even easier. This database is the first of its kind in Orange County and will provide a one-stop-shop where potential donors can find out more about nonprofits in Orange County and the areas of need they address.

OCCF partnered with McKinsey & Company, a global consulting leader, to compile and analyze a sweeping set of data on three critical issues: the safety net for our community’s most vulnerable (shelter, food and employment); the health and wellness of children and families; and the education of our youth.

“ConnectOC tells the story of two very different counties,” said Shelley Hoss, president of OCCF. “On one hand, Orange County is a place where people live in the lap of luxury, with beautiful homes, access to top hospitals and private school education. But on the other, many Orange County residents are struggling when it comes to the most basic necessities – food, shelter and safety.”

“We invite everyone to explore ConnectOC, learn more and engage in a conversation about the future of Orange County,” Hoss said. “It starts with each one of us, whether it’s volunteering your time or making a financial commitment to support organizations that are truly making a difference in our community.” Learn more at www.ConnectOC.org.


Posted on January 15, 2013

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