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OCC Cares

What is OCC Cares?

OCC Cares is an initiative meant to connect students with resources for basic needs to positively impact their well-being and college success. It is our goal to keep our students, staff and the community as safe as possible while providing continued service during this critical time by limiting exposure to the COVID-19 virus. As a result, OCC Cares has transitioned online to help our students during these difficult times.

Did you know that Orange Coast College Students have access to free bus passes?

Click here for details and to download the OC Bus App.

OCTA  Bus Pass

To create your account, you must use your registered ORANGE COAST COLLEGE email address. Your pass will appear in the "My Ticket" section. Please note, you will be able access your free bus pass starting on Monday,  January 31. 

OCC Cares Resource Request Forms

We know that many of our students face financial, physical, emotional, and/or academic challenges. Orange Coast College cares about our students' success and well-being during these difficult times. We are here to help. Please fill out our form and our staff will connect with you.  After you submit the basic needs support form below, please check your OCC Student Email regularly for updates on your submission. 

OCC Cares 2023 Summer Resource Request Form

Meet our OCC Cares and Pirates' Cove Pantry Team

Vivien McGrath
CalFresh Outreach Specialist
Pirates' Cove Food Pantry and Resources
(714) 432-6892 ext. 26892
Steve Parker
Project Coordinator
Pirates' Cove Food Pantry and Resources
U.C.L.A. Alumni

(714) 432-0202 ext. 25813
The experience I gained from 38 years in the restaurant industry has allowed me to use that skill set to assist students in their path to success by relieving food insecurity. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be part of the O.C.C. community and directly impact the lives of so many students on a daily basis. 
Tuan Vo (He/Him/His)
OCC Cares/ Pirates' Cove Pantry/ Basic Needs Center Coordinator 
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Master's of Social Work - Our Lady of the Lake University
Psychology & Human Development B.A. - Cal State University Fullerton

(714) 432-0202 ext. 26492
I came to Orange Coast College in 2015 to work in Student Services as part of their assessment team. In 2018 I transferred to the Student Equity department as part of the OCC Cares and Pirate’s Cove Pantry team. I helped oversee the day-to-day operations of Pirate’s Cove for over three years before becoming the OCC Cares Basic Needs coordinator. I now have the pleasure of connecting students with on-and off-campus resources for basic needs such as food, housing, clothing, etc. At OCC Cares we understand that a student’s most basic needs must be met first for them to be successful in college and it is our goal to be able to provide that support to our students. 

Additional Essential Needs Resources: 

Make the most of the public resources available to you from state and county services:

  • 211OC: Dial or Text 211; OR call (888) 600-4357 toll free

  • Orange County COVID-19 Hotline: A new Orange County hotline is now available for all inquiries related to COVID-19. Call 833-426-6411 or Text OCCOVID19 to 888-777