updated 6/6/2011 3:18:16 PM ET 2011-06-06T19:18:16

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., June 6, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Junior League of Orange County, Calif. (JLOCC) recently donated four computers to Crittenton Services for Children & Families as part of its annual commitment to the organization. In the last year, JLOCC members dedicated over 300 volunteer hours and gave $6,000 in monetary aid to the organization.

JLOCC President Denise Scott, Projects Director Megan Lester, and Project Chair Jennifer Martin presented the computers to Crittenton Chairman of the Board Mike Oates, Sr., and President and CEO Joyce Capelle. Crittenton Director of Development Marilyn Salzman noted that "This is a wonderful gift for the kids, and it will assist them in mastering independent living skills and preparing for future jobs." 

JLOCC Project Chair Jennifer Martin adds, "Our committee has enjoyed spending time with the young women living in Crittenton's residential facilities. We hope to serve as positive role models while putting a smile on their faces. The computers are meant to become tools that will help them succeed." JLOCC members' twice-monthly visits are designed to foster long-term relationships on a personal level with young women in need of healthy interaction with trust-worthy adults.

Crittenton Services for Children & Families has served children and adolescents since 1966. Its mission is to help heal the wounds of abuse and neglect, to strengthen families -- whether birth, foster or adoptive -- and to help troubled adolescents reach their full potential.  

The Crittenton facilities in Fullerton provide a variety of treatment services that include early substance abuse prevention, sexual abuse treatment, anger management and assertion skills programs, and a variety of recreational options. The campus consists of four residential cottages, a counseling center, media center (set up for arts, crafts, music, and computer labs), and an on-grounds park complete with a vegetable garden, sensory garden, and play equipment. It provides a rich and varied program of recreational activity, art, music, and sports.  

JLOCC's members actively support the community through collaboration with other Orange County nonprofit organizations. This year the JLOCC's efforts are directed on behalf of the community in conjunction with groups including the Second Harvest Food Bank Backpack Program, Crittenton Services Connect Program, Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) Reading Program, Olive Crest Kinship Support Services Program, The Raise Foundation Resources in Motion Program, and the League's Bear Hugs and Bear Necessities Program. The JLOCC members also conduct done-in-a-day volunteer projects through Impact Orange County.

About the Junior League of Orange County, California, Inc.

The Junior League of Orange County, California, Inc., is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. JLOCC has helped found organizations such as Orangewood Children's Home and the Volunteer Center of Orange County, now known as OneOC. As a solely educational and charitable organization, the JLOCC's trained volunteers actively support the community through collaboration with organizations that promote and support the health, safety and education of all individuals in Orange County. A 501(c)(3) organization, the JLOCC reaches out to women of all races, religions, and national origins. Originally founded in 1956 as the Newport Harbor Service League, the JLOCC is a member organization of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. To learn more about the JLOCC, call (949) 261-0823 or visit www.jlocc.org

CONTACT: Susan Ballou
         (949) 477-3070 susanballou@att.net

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