Happy Martin Luther King Day: National Day of Service

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In 1994, Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, designating the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service.

Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.”  It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national and community problems.

There are many opportunities for service in Irvine.

Click here to see our City of Irvine website special section on volunteer opportunities.

Among the many Irvine organizations that need volunteer service are: the Irvine Animal Care Center, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Farm + Food Lab at the Great Park, Irvine Fine Arts Center, the Irvine Global Village Festival, Heritage and Aviation Exhibition-Orange County Great Park, High School Youth Action Team, Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee, Irvine Disaster Emergency Communications (IDEC), Meals on Wheels, Senior Center, and the Turtle Rock Nature Center and Irvine Open Space Preserve.

Volunteering is a wonderful way to give back to our community and directly help those in need.

In addition, Irvine Gives is a comprehensive online resource to help locate the giving opportunities you seek.

If you want to donate time, money or materials, clicking on Irvine Gives is a great place to start.

Thank you for your service to our community!

Come to Irvine’s Emergency Communications Field Day!


The Irvine Disaster Emergency Communications (IDEC) organization will demonstrate its ability to respond to major emergencies by participating in this year’s annual “Communications Field Day” on Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29, 2014, at Rattlesnake Reservoir in Irvine.

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Melissa Fox touring Irvine’s Mobile Communications Center

IDEC is a volunteer organization of licensed Amateur Radio operators supporting the City of Irvine’s emergency preparedness plan and general public safety by providing a flexible, technical resource which is skilled in disaster response functions and emergency communications.

On Communications Field Day, IDEC’s amateur radio operators (also known as “HAMS”) will set up and operate a field command and communications center using only emergency generators and solar power.

Communications Field Day will also feature many activities and demonstrations of emergency operations and radio technology.

The public is invited to come to see and learn about amateur radio, solar power, packet radio, antennas and repeaters.

Bring a picnic lunch – there are numerous picnic tables on site!

Learn about HAM radio volunteer opportunities in Irvine!

Tour the IDEC and City of Irvine State-of-the-Art Communications Vehicles – including Irvine’s “Mobile Comm”!

Talk with HAM radio operators around the world!

Emergency Preparedness Demonstrations from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM!

IDEC Field Day is a free, fun event for the whole family!

What: Irvine Disaster Emergency Communications (IDEC) Communications Field Day

When: Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29, 2014. 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Where: Rattlesnake Reservoir, 4705 Portola Pkwy, Irvine, CA (Between Jeffrey Road and Portola Hills. Follow the road next to Fire Station 55).

Cost: Free!

Sponsored by Irvine Disaster Emergency Communications (IDEC) and the Irvine Police Department.

For more information on Communications Field Day: email IDECFieldDay@gmail.com

Click here for more information on IDEC.

IDEC website: http://www.n6ipd.org/

See you there!