McGuiness is a member of the Beach City Service League, an Orange County philanthropic group started in Newport Beach in 2007 that shapes boys into leaders and emphasizes altruism.
Think of the girls-only National Charity League Inc., except with the other sex.
The group takes a limited number of boys from freshman to seniors and teaches them how to give back to the community through organized volunteer events, but also through encouraging them to use their own initiative to create other ways to volunteer.
Monday was an example of how the boys thought up of ways to help, city officials said.
The group of 25 or so ninth-graders contacted the Newport Beach Fire Department to ask about disaster preparedness kits, and the department gave them some direction. While many city locations have plans and kits in place, it’d be impossible for the city to supply one to each of the 80,000-plus residents, said fire department community preparedness coordinator Matt Brisbois.
That’s why joint efforts like Monday’s are so valuable, Brisbois said. The league gave 100 disaster kits to the senior center’s 100 residents, each packed with food, water, a blanket and other essentials. It also teaches the boys what they should have for their homes.
“We’ve got to get them while they’re young,” Brisbois said. “We want to create a culture of preparedness.”