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How the SmileMakers Guild Helps

Did you know more than 14,000 older and disabled adults reside in assisted living situations in Orange County with no families or friends to share the holidays?

Imagine the sorrow of spending the holidays alone...

The SmileMakers Guild provides an opportunity to bring smiles and holiday cheer to some of the most venerable and vulnerable members of our community. The Guild works year-round to bring cheer to Orange County Seniors with the: Holiday Project, Angel Gift Project, and An Evening of Comedy.

Holiday Project

Each year the Holiday Project wraps and delivers holiday gifts to approximately 2,700 Orange County seniors who have no close family or friends and are living alone or in residential care facilities

To accomplish this mission, the Guild works diligently throughout the year for an early December delivery schedule. Gifts are donated from businesses and individuals through the Angel Gift Project, supplemented with our annual Evening of Comedy fundraising event.

Volunteers are needed to:

  • Assist with organizing and scheduling
  • Solicit underwriting/sponsorships/donations
  • Assemble gift boxes and wrap gifts
  • Manage gift storeroom
  • Deliver gifts to residential facilities

Angel Gift Project

This project provides "Angel Tags" to businesses and community organizations around Orange County, asking employers, employees, and clients to adopt the tags and purchase the gift requested.

Volunteers are needed to:

  • Solicit new Angel Gift sponsors
  • Call on former sponsors to repeat sponsorship
  • Deliver Angel tags/promotional material to sponsors
  • Pick up gifts from sponsors
  • Adopt Angel Tags

An Evening of Comedy Fundraising Event

In order to ensure thousands of OC seniors and disabled adults living alone receive a gift during the holidays, the Guild holds an annual Evening of Comedy to raise money for additional gifts.

Volunteers are needed to:

  • Prepare event invitations and program
  • Solicit advertising for event program/sponsor ads in event program
  • Solicit sponsors/underwriters for printing, venue, table favors, and entertainment
  • Solicit silent auction items/provide silent auction items
  • Solicit raffle items/provide raffle items
  • Sell tickets/buy tickets
  • Solicit/manage vendors (% of sales to SmileMakers)
  • Contract/manage entertainment and venue

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