The annual Adopt-a-Family fundraising drive hosted by Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) kicks off next week, and both employees and students have a chance to win big prizes.
EOPS will hold an opportunity drawing benefitting the Adopt-a-Family program from Oct. 2 until Nov. 16. All proceeds from the drawing will go directly toward helping low income and single parent families during the holiday season.
"These single parents are full time students at OCC who are choosing to better their lives and the lives of their children with the attainment of an education," says EOPS/CARE specialist Tracy Heffelman. "We raise money to purchase food, supplies and gifts for these students and their children. In addition, some of the families are personally adopted by individuals, organizations, and other groups on and off campus."
The top prize in the opportunity drawing this year is a $500 Visa gift card. Second prize is two park-hopper tickets to Disneyland ($330 value) and a $50 restaurant gift card. Third prize is a 2-hour Duffy boat ride($200 value) and a $100 restaurant gift card, and fourth prize is a round of golf for two at The Ranch in Laguna Beach and brunch at the Hilton Waterfront Hotel in Huntington Beach.
Additional prizes include gift cards to various restaurants and retail stores, event tickets to amusement parks, museums and movies, and more.
The cost of tickets is $3 for one ticket, $5 for two tickets, $10 for five tickets, and $20 for 15 tickets. The drawing will be held on Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. in front of Watson Hall.
OCC's Adopt-a-Family program provides support to students during the holiday season who are part of Cooperative Agencies and Resources for Education (CARE). CARE is an extension of EOPS and offers additional counseling and support to students who are single parents receiving aid from the county.
EOPS/CARE also is accepting cash and check donations, which can be dropped off in the EOPS office, 4th floor, Watson Hall.
Faculty and staff are encouraged to adopt a family this year. Each family completes a wish form, including information about family members. Donors participate anonymously.
For more information call Tracy Heffelman in the the EOPS office at (714) 432-5173.