At The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, we have created a legacy of extraordinary service for not only our guests, but also our local communities. Through our Community Footprints program, we are dedicated to improving the lives of others by leaving impactful imprints on our communities. The resort actively participates with enhancing the lives of community members in Laguna Beach, Dana Point, and the surrounding areas. Every imprint we leave is another step closer to transforming our world for the better.
Canine Companions Veterans Initiative
Canine Companions provides highly-trained assistance dogs to people with disabilities. Through Canine Companions Veterans Initiative, veterans with physical disabilities such as hearing loss, limb amputations and spinal cord injuries are served. Established in 1975, Canine Companions has five regional training centers across the country. Canine Companions is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. Click here to learn more about CCI.
Surfers Healing was founded by Izzy and Danielle Paskowitz. Their son, Isaiah, was diagnosed with autism at age three. Like many autistic children, he often suffered from sensory overload-- simple sensations could overwhelm him. The ocean was the one place where he seemed to find respite. A former competitive surfer, Israel hit upon an idea--with Isaiah on the front of his surfboard, and Izzy steering from the back, the two spent the day surfing together. Surfing had a profound impact on Isaiah. Izzy and Danielle decided they wanted to share this unique therapy with other autistic children. They began to host day camps at the beach where autistic children and their families could be exposed to a completely new experience of surfing. Click here to learn more about Surfers Healing.
Miracles for Kids
Miracles for Kids is a non-profit organization based in Orange County, California.
Their mission is to improve the lives of children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Click here to learn more about Miracles for Kids.
Mission San Juan Capistrano
Mission San Juan Capistrano, historic landmark and museum is the Birthplace of Orange County, was founded more than two hundred years ago as the seventh of 21 missions statewide, and one with a chapel still standing where Fr. Serra once celebrated Mass. Today it is a monument to California's multi-cultural history, embracing its Native American, Spanish, Mexican and European heritage. Originally built as a self-sufficient community by Spanish Padres and Native Americans, the Mission was a center for agriculture, industry, education and religion. The Mission Preservation Foundation Board of Directors are committed to raising funds for specialized and comprehensive preservation work to ensure Mission San Juan Capistrano remains the most significant historic site in Orange County. Click here to learn more.
The Ocean Institute is an ocean education organization located in Dana Point, California. Founded as the Marine Institute in 1977, it offers ocean science and maritime history programs for K-12 students and their teachers. Over 100,000 students and 8,000 teachers from Orange County and the surrounding counties participate yearly in immersion-style programs in the Institute's oceanfront labs and abroad. The Institute is open to the general public on weekends and visitors can see marine animals and ocean-themed exhibits. Moored at the Institute is its 70-foot marine science research vessel, the R/V Sea Explorer, used for student programs and to take visitors on trips to see marine wildlife, including whale watching. Click here to learn more about the Ocean Institute.
Operation Helping Hands
Operation Helping Hands is a non-profit organization founded by Kim Valentine and is dedicated to empowering the youth to give back by providing hygiene items and basic necessities to the homeless. OHH started in 2011 with a multipurpose goal to have local youth personally deliver essential hygiene and necessity items to the homeless. The vast majority of the overall homeless population is comprised of youth, who were in some way affiliated with foster care and /or military veterans. Donors can not only donate money to purchase the goods necessary, but are encouraged to come help on assembly day to pack backpacks full of the essential items. The day following assembly day, adults are encouraged to chaperone and supervise as the youth personally deliver the backpacks to the homeless right on the streets from city to city spanning from Los Angeles County, Orange County to San Diego County. Click here to learn more about Operation Helping Hands.
Orange County Rescue Mission
Serving the least, the last, and the lost of Orange County. The programs are designed to give comprehensive services that move homeless men, women, and children to self-sufficiency. Click here to learn more.
Second Harvest Food Bank
Feeding America is the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Second Harvest’s mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. Click here to learn more about Second Harvest.
Socks for Heroes
Facilitating awareness and forwarding socks to Marines in Afghanistan. Click here to learn more about Socks for Heroes.