Established in 2013 when 14 kids passed away from a drug overdose, a group of passionate individuals formed Community Outreach Alliance (COA Ministries) so they could provide healthy opportunities and resources for the youth and community. COA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in San Clemente, California that strives to provide free food, music outreach, and community partner resources for youth, families, military, and seniors to stay healthy and active.
We have a two-fold mission with Food Connection and COA Entertainment.
FOOD CONNECTION serves as a vehicle to share food and touches hundreds of individuals and/or families per month in our community who are struggling for food and proper nutrition. In Orange County’s San Clemente, 7.1% of persons living in poverty 1 vs. 11.1% in all of Orange County. In San Clemente, 12,049 senior citizens reside, making up 18.9% of the population; 7.2% of seniors in Orange County live below the poverty line. Weekly we serve hundreds of elderly, families, and the military. Because of our amazing sponsors we get to continue to serve the over 1,400 monthly individuals in the community. Food Connection not only provides groceries to those in need in our local community, seniors, and the military but also provides volunteer opportunities for teens and adults looking for community service to help others.
COA ENTERTAINMENT is a safe place for youth to express their musical talents, get some practice performing live and play with others on stage at Open Mic Nights. Because of incredible community sponsors/relationships, youth/young adults get to perform live in front of audiences at local events, which provides a safe and sober opportunity for youth to find their passion and stay away from drugs & alcohol. We have had over 100 COA performers in past years, approximately 60 performers in the last year, that have provided LIVE MUSIC with COA Entertainment. Also, at all events they help share about a variety of community resources from non-profits groups that COA partners with -all to promote a Healthy Lifestyle for Youth and Young Adults. The performers also help share about COA’s free food distribution.
We want to thank everyone who came out to our Fundraisers that help support our programs.
Thank you for the generous donation from San Clemente Exchange Club, Cindy Rivas, and for an Anonymous donation to help cover our rent for our Food Connection space.
We also want to thank Second Harvest for donating gift cards at our last Food Distribution.
You can see our upcoming Fundraisers by going to our Fundraisers or Events page. We appreciate your support to help keep our community outreach programs flourishing so we can help more people. Because of you we can continue to feed hundreds of families, military and seniors each week and provide an outlet for youth to perform in a safe and sober environment to help spread awareness of community partner resources.