A quiet Saturday morning in Huntington Beach was quickly filled with the voices of nearly 400 volunteers as they moved in to help spruce up the Oak View neighborhood.
Organized by OneOC, volunteers from 16 different companies from Orange County and residents of the Oak View neighborhood came out to conduct a slew of beautification projects in the square-mile community.
"The secret sauce for [Saturday's] event is we have people working together as part of one community," OneOC President Dan McQuaid said. "The neighbors here are participating and they're going to work side-by-side with volunteers from companies. That just shows you that if you work together, great things can happen."
At Oak View Elementary School, volunteers from Pacific Life repainted classrooms, Disney volunteers painted murals and school mottos on handball walls while the Oak View community group El Viento planted trees.
"I found out that this was really close to where I lived. [Oak View] is kind of its own little community," said Mike Burns, a Huntington Beach resident who works in guest relations at Disneyland. "With this small town feel, even though we're in such a populated place, I thought it was it was a good idea to come and support [this community] as much as possible."