Local Service Programs

To serve the underprivileged by addressing their medical and educational needs.

ANNUAL COMMUNITY HEALTH FAIR

This is one of our local community programs that provides general consultation and education. Many patients who come to our health fair cannot afford insurance, and typically live under the poverty line. We hope to bridge this gap of health access by providing services that are typically needed for the patrons we serve. Once a year, M.E.M.O. collaborates with Vietnamese Physician Association of Southern California (VPASC), Lestonnac Free Clinic, Vietnamese Cancer Society, and CalOptima to host a health fair where health and trained students tend to people of the local Orange County community. This year, the health fair took place at the Rose Center Theater in Westminster and provided care for approximately 2,000 patients.

PROJECT S.H.U.E. TEACHING GARDEN

In collaboration with an after school program called Project S.H.U.E (Safety, Health, Understanding, and Education), M.E.M.O. teaches at-risk 1st and 2nd graders about conscientious eating and the importance of physical activity at the Westminster Civic Center. We hope to accomplish this through our Teaching Garden Project, which aims to promote sustainability and healthier food alternatives through teaching the children how to grow a garden. In addition to the Teaching Garden Project, we have various themes of activities each time we go. For example, we did a Digestion Theme where we taught the kids about how food travels in the body through a mini experiment. All the activities we do with the kids are interactive because we want to help make sure they learn and retain the material through a fun way. 

ILLUMINATION FOUNDATION CENTER

Illumination Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3), provides targeted, interdisciplinary services for the most vulnerable homeless adults and children in order to break the cycle of homelessness. More than 55,000 people are homeless in Southern California each year – 32,000 children are part of that number.The Illumination Foundation gives families hope each day they are in our program. They receive stable housing, health care services, mental health counseling, case management and life-saving basics such as food and clothing. At UCI MEMO, we have been lucky to be able to partner with Illumination Foundation with two of their programs: Children’s Resource Center and the Recuperative Center.

IF: CHILDREN'S RESOURCE CENTER

At the Children's Resource Center, we get to come and host an activity day with the kids at the center. 45 children who are living in transition and at-risk of homelessness are served every day in an after school setting. We will provide the children with an “enrichment activity” for the last hour of programming.  We do a variety of activities related to health, nutrition, and exercise. We want to encourage the kids to have fun and be outside while learning. Some activities we have done are Dental Hygiene Day, Nutrition Day, and Exercise Day. 

IF: RECUPERATIVE CENTER

In Orange County and Los Angeles, the non-profit Illumination Foundation run Recuperative Care Centers. They offer a clean place for homeless people to recover from the hospital after an injury or illness. These patients are typically strong enough to leave the hospital but not strong enough to go back on the streets. As UCI MEMObers, we get to come here and do fun relaxing activities with the patients and also offer care packages that we have been able to make as a club.

OC FOOD BANK

Interested in serving our future by uniting the community to end hunger? Here at the OC Food Bank, we get to help pack food boxes, organize cans and many more. These food boxes will be given out to those who do not have access to healthy food. Did you know that 1 in 5 children in OC are hungry every day and 35% of those being fed by OC Food Bank are children! Let us join together and package as many boxes of food as possible! 

SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK

At 2nd Harvest Food Bank in Irvine, we help out at the Food Distribution Center. This is where volunteers will work together to sort, package, and distribute enough food to feed 250,000 men, women, and children each month. We hope that through volunteering at the 2nd Harvest Food Bank we are able to serve the local community and promote sustainability! Together we are creating a future in which no one goes hungry ever.

SOMEONE CARES SOUP KITCHEN

Interested in serving our future by uniting the community to end hunger? Here at the OC Food Bank, we get to help pack food boxes, organize cans and many more. These food boxes will be given out to those who do not have access to healthy food. Did you know that 1 in 5 children in OC are hungry every day and 35% of those being fed by OC Food Bank are children! Let us join together and package as many boxes of food as possible! 

MARY'S KITCHEN

Interested in serving our future by uniting the community to end hunger? Mary’s Kitchen is a volunteer organization whose aim is to provide compassionate care for the less fortunate of Orange County, California. All services are conducted in a manner, which preserves dignity. We get to help them prep for breakfast for the community.