We work for Newport-Mesa educational success !

Supporting teachers and students for over 40 years, with grants to encourage and recognize vision, creativity and innovation in the classroom -enriching educational experiences.


By becoming a volunteer and working with and for teachers and students in our school district - you can make a meaningful contribution to our community. We have a variety of programs for volunteers of all levels, from inexperienced to professional.

Volunteer Information

How Can You Help?

There are a number of ways you can join us in the effort to make a difference in a child’s educational experience.

1. Become a supporter of the Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation.

The Board meets once a month on the second Thursday of each month at 8:00AM in our office at 2045 Meyer Pl., Rm121, Costa Mesa, 92627.  All supporters are welcome. We have activities all year long; raising money, preparing and sending out the grant applications, and conducting a membership drive annually. In January we gear up to bestow the grants in February of each year. The Board and member volunteers, arrange for the grants to be read and rated, organize a wonderful annual banquet and present an average of 100+ grants to teachers each year, most years totaling $100,000. Some of us can donate money, some donate time, some collect and donate products for the annual Silent Auction at the banquet, and everybody contributes ideas. The Board is a positive group of people with the common interest of making our schools even better for our students. If you are interested in joining the Newpor- Mesa Schools Foundation and/or its Board, call Pat Courter at (714)349-5016.

2. Volunteer to read grants in November.

Sixty-five to seventy community members read the grants each November and gather to rank and rate them. Each volunteer reader usually reads twenty or so grants, and every grant is read by at least six different people. The Board Members do not participate in the scoring and rating of the grants. If you are interested in being a reader, call (949) 438-3540 and leave your name and contact info.

3.Work on individual projects.

We spend time stapling, collating, mailing, organizing notebooks for our readers and writing thank you notes. Our banquet is a wonderful event and help is always welcome in its organization. We always need extra hands at infrequent times during the year. If you are interested in being contacted to help, call (949) 438-3540 and leave your name and contact information.

4. Fundraising.

Make a donation yourself. Then join our fundraising committee. We contact individuals, foundations, local businesses, student’s parents and write grants to obtain our goal amount for grants each year of $100,000. We would love to have your help. Interested? Call our offices and leave your contact information (949)438-3540.


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