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About Westcliff

Social Responsibility

Who We Are

We are warriors who care and understand that volunteer work offers an opportunity for our staff, faculty, and communities to engage in activities that affect the common good of society. Through our community work, we gain valuable skills, understanding, and enhance the communities that we reside within.

The Social Responsibility Committee is a diverse group of individuals throughout the university that collaborate with neighboring community representatives and organizations. SRC exists to advance positive relations and to maintain consistent communication between the university and its communities. As a part of giving back, Westcliff is offering scholarships to designated non-profit partners and their communities in need. The SRC meets at least quarterly with attendance from the president and senior leadership once a year. Upcoming Committee Meetings are monthly on the second week of the month.

Be the change in the world you’d like to see, be a Warrior that Cares!

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Ways to Get Involved

Upcoming Events

Special Forces Sport’s Day – Tuesday, March 21st, 2023

  • Special Forces Sports Day is a free carnival-style event in which individual school districts will join us at a local Irvine field* as students with disabilities are invited to play for the day in an inclusive environment with our athletes. Students, Staff, Faculty, and Alumni can register to volunteer here.

*Volunteers will be contacted with the event address following registration.

Previous Events

Second Harvest DonationsApril to May 2022

Innovation High School Backpack & Donation Event 

Second Harvest Walk to Feed OC Sunday, September 11th, 2022 – View Instagram Recap

  • Second Harvest Walk to Feed OC will take place during Hunger Action Month, this inaugural event will bring together people from all “walks” of life to help raise awareness about nutrition and food insecurity in Orange County. 

Limitless Dance Party Event for Unlimited Possibilities  – Saturday, October 1st, 2022 

  • Westcliff is honored to partner with Unlimited Possibilities as a participating sponsor at the Limitless Gala & Concert. Event proceeds will raise vital funds for continued innovation in treatment and care for children and families with disabilities cared for at Unlimited Possibilities. 

Volunteer Initiative – September and October 2022

Laura’s House 10th Annual Hope Golf TournamentMonday, November 7th, 2022

Year-End Giving Appeal for Laura’s House On-Campus November to December 31st, 2022

Unlimited Possibilities

UCP-OC provides specialized care for more than 5,300 children and families each year. They are one of the only organizations in Orange County delivering comprehensive support for children with disabilities and their families. As such, the services they offer are critical to closing developmental gaps and empowering families to care for their child’s special needs.

Laura’s House

Laura’s House provides unduplicated domestic violence-related services to the 915,000 residents of Orange County, California and beyond. Annually, Laura’s House provides direct services to more than 3400 victims and their families through a 24-hour crisis hotline, emergency shelter, transitional housing, food and clothing, counseling, case management, legal advocacy services and education and prevention programs for youth. 

Second Harvest Food Bank

Second Harvest Food Bank is a purpose-driven organization that provides food for all who need it with a concentrated focus on vulnerable populations—children, working families, college students and seniors. They purchase nutritious food and shelf-stable items—and grow a portion of our own produce—for distribution through the Partner Network, which provides food at more than 250 locations throughout Orange County. This vital network includes houses of worship, school and college pantries, afterschool programs, Permanent School Pantries, senior centers, transitional housing facilities, soup kitchens and shelters for the unhoused.

Special Forces Sports Foundation

Special Forces Sports connects special needs students and high school athletes to create engaging and rewarding experiences. Nothing But Nets is an after-school sports experience in partnership with club sports organizations to bring inclusive sports programming to communities. ​Special Forces Sports Days are free carnival-style events in partnership with individual school districts where students with special needs from all over the district are invited to play for the day in an inclusive environment.​

Special Olympics Southern California

Special Olympics Southern California provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community.

Mission Academy 

Mission Academy uses a Personalized Learning charter school model that allows the learning program to be tailored to each student’s individual needs and interests. As a tuition-free, public charter school, Mission Academy provides a rigorous and personalized curriculum in a highly interactive learning environment for students in grades 6 through 12. Students engage in a variety of virtual workbooks, course discussion boards, blogs and other multimedia instruction, while receiving one-on-one attention from a highly-qualified staff of teachers and advisors. All coursework is completed online and students can enroll at any time. At Mission Academy, students are able to earn a fully-accredited high school diploma that is transferable to a community college, university, the military, as well as prepare them to go directly into the workforce.

Innovation High School

The mission of Orange County Innovation High School is to engage students in learning, who are no longer enrolled in a traditional classroom program or who prefer a personalized learning education. Orange County Innovation High School’s goal is to successfully prepare students for work or college readiness through the integrated personalized program of job readiness coursework and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act partnerships. Orange County Innovation High School believes that students must be ready to work with others from diverse backgrounds, adapt to changes and lead others through transformational processes. 

Women in Tech

Women in Tech® is an international non-profit organization on a mission to promote girls’ and women’s empowerment around the world. They are a Global Movement with chapters in 6 continents and create impact through action to build skills and confidence, setting women up for success. The organization focuses on 4 primary areas that are a call for action: Education, Business, Social Inclusion, and Advocacy. The aim is to educate, equip and empower women and girls with the necessary skills and confidence to succeed in STEM careers.

Race for a Cure

supported in part by WU Athletics Games and Meets

It’s time to show our Warrior spirit and support a cause! Westcliff University Athletics will be hosting Pink Games during the month of October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Donations can be made during select games and will go directly towards ACS’s efforts to end cancer as we know it today through their research and education programs.

Pink Games (Breast Cancer Awareness)

  • October 2nd, 2022 – Men’s/Women’s Soccer
  • October 15th, 2022 – Women’s Volleyball
  • October 27th, 2022 – Men’s Water Polo