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Help Those in Need, Pick Up An Extra Item Or Two When You Shop

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Oct 042018
 

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Orange Community Services is preparing for the holidays and requests help from Orange residents.

We’ll start with the one thing everyone is familiar with, non-perishable food items. This is the time of year the shelves in the food closet begin to go bare and donations are desperately needed.

As we previously reported, Scout Troop 60724 has a collection box set up at High Plains for food pantry donations. These items will go to the Town Food Closet.

Suggested Menu for Thanksgiving Dinner Baskets

Grocery certificate for turkey and perishables ($25.00 to $50.00)

Stuffing mix

Boxed mashed potatoes or fresh potatoes

Canned sweet potatoes or fresh potatoes

Canned peas or other vegetables

Packaged roll mix or cornbread mix

Cranberry sauce

Gravy mix

Canned fruit cocktail or juice

Tea or coffee packets

Pie crust and pie filling or other dessert

Optional items:  napkins, dry milk, candles, candy, nuts, condiments, etc.

DROPOFF DATE:  Please have to Connmunity Services at High Plains by Friday, November 16th

Suggested Menu items for Christmas/Hanukkah Dinner Baskets

Grocery certificate for ham and perishables ($25.00 to $50.00)

Canned pineapple

Ham glaze

Packaged scalloped potatoes

Winter squash

Canned vegetables

Packaged roll mix

Canned fruit or fruit juice

Tea or coffee packets

Packaged cake mix or cookies

Optional items:  napkins, candy, dry milk, candles, pickles, mustard, etc.

Grocery certificate for roast beef and perishables ($25.00 to $50.00)

Boxed mashed potatoes or fresh potatoes

Beef gravy

Canned peas & carrots or other vegetables

Canned mushrooms

Packaged popover mix or roll mix

Tea or coffee packets

Packaged holiday cookies

Fruit juice

Optional items: napkins, candles, candy, nuts, dry milk, condiments, etc.

Grocery certificate for chicken and perishables ($25.00 to $50.00)

Packaged rice pilaf

Chicken gravy

Stuffing mix

Canned vegetables

Packaged roll mix

Canned fruit or juice

Holiday cookies or dessert

Optional items: napkins, candles, candy, nuts, dry milk, condiments, etc.

DROPOFF DATE:  Please have these items to Community Services by Friday, December 14th

It’s Time To Think Of Those In Need

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Oct 042018
 

Orange Community Services is preparing for the upcoming holiday season NOW, and they need your help.

A Fall Food Drive is in progress to replenish the Town Food Closet.  Community Services distributes non-perishable items to Orange residents on a monthly basis and also in emergency situations. 

You can help by donating needed items to the closet.

Here are some suggestions: dry milk, cereal, juice, canned chicken/turkey or tuna, chili, hash, rice, canned soups, canned vegetables, canned fruit, pasta, pasta sauce, macaroni & cheese, cereal, crackers, peanut butter, jelly, coffee, tea, toiletries, paper goods, tomato sauce, Ensure and any other non-perishable item that can help a resident in need.

Food baskets containing complete supplies for a meal are distributed to eligible Orange residents for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas.

Donations of grocery gift certificates to purchase chicken, turkey, ham, and non-perishables.  (Any monetary amount from $30.00 and up)

Gift cards and movie coupons for the children and teens.

Monetary donations are accepted for the Community Services Assistance Fund by check only.

Contact Denise Stein, Elderly Outreach Services at 203-891-4787 or Kimberly Callahan, Administrative Assistant Community Services at 203-891-4788.

Please make checks payable to:

Treasurer Town of Orange

Mail to:

Orange Community Services Department

High Plains Community Center

525 Orange Center Road

Orange. CT 06477

Please call the Community Services Department at 203-891-4788 if you have any questions or would just to like to help.

THEY WILL NEED TO KNOW ASAP IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP.

Orange Lions Serve Up A Beautiful Thanksgiving Dinner

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Nov 282016
 

img_2262The Orange Lions Club hosted its annual Thanksgiving Dinner at High Plains Community Center on Sunday, November 27.

More than 168 guests, plus Lions members and Boy Scouts and leaders from Troop 925 (Pack 10) who were there to help, gathered for a delicious turkey dinner with all the fixins’.

As always, Selectman Mitch Goldblatt assisted in serving with a smile and Vinnie Carr offered live musical entertainment.

Lions Harold Cavallaro (marking his 20th year as host) and Ann Carollo co-chaired the event.

Lions President Nick Bencivengo and Cavallaro agreed that this may have been the best Lions Thanksgiving Dinner on record.

“Our Motto Is We Serve, and we are delighted to have served all of you today,” Cavallaro said.

Orange to take on Cape Cod – 200 Miles or Bust — It’s Not Too Late To Donate

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May 102016
 

Dennis Marsh and Denise Stein during the 2016 Chilly Chili Run

Dennis Marsh and Denise Stein during the 2016 Chilly Chili Run

Great people have tackled great obstacles. Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the top of Mount Everest, while Robert Peary is generally credited as being first to visit the North Pole. Of course we all know that Neil Armstrong was the first to set foot on the moon.

Well, Orange is going to tackle our own insurmountable task. Denise Stein and Dennis Marsh will co-captain of the Orange Community Services Ragnar Team to run the Cape Cod race on May 13-14, 2016. Ragnar is a 200 mile relay race.

Each team is made up of 12 runners. Each runner will run 3 legs of the relay. The legs vary in distance from 3 to 12 miles.

Marsh said, “We will run all day Friday, all night long, and all day Saturday. We will not stop until we reach the end of the Cape. I want to invite you to be a part of the Orange Community Services team. We are inviting the entire community to show its support! We are looking for runners and sponsors. Proceeds raised from the Orange team will go to the Town of Orange Community Assistance Fund.”

This fund is the Town’s Emergency Fuel Bank and Food Pantry that helps residents in need. We have 3 levels of sponsorship: Gold Level for $500, Silver Level for $250, or Bronze Level $100. But let’s be honest, all dollar donations and any form of support is welcomed.

“This venture is a wonderful opportunity to spread the word about our wonderful Town of Orange. Show your support for Team Orange when we take on the Cape, 200 Miles or Bust!” Marsh said.

For further information or questions, please contact Dennis Marsh, Senior Services Coordinator at (203) 891-4784 or e-mail dmarsh@orange-ct.gov. You also may speak to Denise Stein, Elderly Outreach/Municipal Agent (203) 891-4787 or e-mail dstein@orange-ct.gov.

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Originally published on Feb. 22 @ 2:43 p.m. 

Second Publishing on: Mar 11, 2016 @ 08:37

It’s Time To Think About Others: Adopt A Family

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Dec 172015
 

Screen Shot 2015-09-19 at 10.31.47 PMA Message From Orange Community Services:

Every year the Community Services Department for the Town of Orange organizes a gift-giving event for our Resident Families and Elderly in Orange who are in need.  The identities of our recipients are kept confidential for their privacy.  We are asking Orange residents to adopt one of our families/elderly residents or to donate whatever they can to help us out this year.

The families that participate are asked to send us wish lists from their children to help our sponsors with ideas for gift giving, whether it’s a toy, clothing, and a book or gift card. We also request grocery gift cards for perishable items and decorated food baskets, containers, boxes, bags, etc. for our recipients to help them with their food needs.

We have a cutoff date of Dec. 19 for Christmas; these are for delivering your donations to our office.

If you would rather send a monetary donation you can donate to the Community Assistance Fund which covers all programs we have in our department.

Send your check to The Town of Orange Community Services Department at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange, CT  06477.

Checks are Payable to:  “Treasurer Town of Orange.”

If you would like to participate in this great cause please contact:

Kim Callahan at 203-891-4788 Monday thru Fridays 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Originally Published on: Oct 27, 2015 @ 00:32

Did You Know About The Hiking Club?

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Nov 052015
 

thDid you know that there is a hiking club in Orange? Offered through the Orange Community Services/Senior Center the hiking club becomes one with nature with a different hike each week on a 4 week rotation.

Tara Graham leads the hikes. Remember to wear hiking boots or shoes, bring a water bottle, hiking stick or trekking pole, layered clothing and wear sun protection. Call 203-891-4784 to register.

Meet in the location parking lot at 8:30 a.m.

• 1st Monday of the Month—Housatonic Overlook

• 2nd Monday of the Month—Racebrook Track

• 3rd Monday of the Month—Turkey Hill Preserve

• 4th Monday of the Month—Orange Triangle Trail

Orange Senior Health & Safety Fair on Friday

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Sep 212015
 

IMG_0326Orange Community Services will host its 14th Annual Orange Senior Health & Safety Fair at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, on September 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Local businesses and service providers are invited to participate in the annual event in the Gymnasium. Last year’s event was a tremendous success and drew more than 200 seniors from the town of Orange and surrounding communities. 

The fair is sponsored by Orange Community Services, Orange Visiting Nurse Association, Coldwell Bankers and Maplewood of Orange. All proceeds benefit the Orange Community Assistance Programs which include the Food and Fuel Banks.

The cost of a table is $80 for for-profit businesses and free to non-profit service providers with a 501(c) 3 designation. Space is limited to 30 tables so do not delay.  Participants may begin to set up their tables at 8:30 am.

We ask each vendor to contribute a raffle prize. At 11:30 am all raffle prizes will be collected and brought to the raffle location. Persons attending the Fair will be given a raffle ticket when they register.  No individual raffles will be allowed. 

To reserve a table or if there are any questions please contact us as listed below.

Dennis Marsh, Orange Senior Center 203-891-4788

Joan Cretella, Orange Community Services 203-891-4788

Denise Stein, Elderly Outreach 203-891-4788

Originally Published on: Aug 4, 2015 @ 22:31

2015 Orange Pasta Festa In New Location

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Apr 022015
 

Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 4.15.29 PMEvery year three deserving residents are honored as Living Treasures at the annual Pasta Festa Dinner.

This year, the festivities will take place at the Grassy Hill Lodge, 77 Sodom Lane, Derby on Friday, May 15 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Tickets went on sale today, April 2 at $20 per person. Tables of 8 to 10 are available. (If you wish to be seated with particular people, payment for the group must be made at the same time. Otherwise there is no guarantee that you will be seated together.)

The event includes raffle prizes, dinner and presentation of the Living Treasure Awards.

Tickets are available at the Community Services Office at High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road.

Call 203-891-4784 for more information or to donate a prize for the raffle.

 

A Thank You From Kim Callahan

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Jan 052014
 

schoolcolorsblackI am celebrating my 10th year running the Holiday Program for Orange Community Services and as usual, I am so grateful to all the wonderful people who called me to participate or just donate. Every year is better than the last.

People and businesses here in Orange are so generous to my program. This is the most rewarding part of my job working for the Town of Orange, I am so proud to be part of this and helping all who are in need during difficult times for the holidays.

I would like to personally thank: Artie Dixon (local resident/musician) who runs his Holiday Party every year asking for unwrapped toys; Mike at Center Balance in Orange whose clients for the past few years have been so amazing with taking all the children’s names and donating; Church of the Good Shepherd in Orange who took all the children’s names for their wish tree and donated food bags for the families; The Orange Arts and Crafts Guild; Orangewood Women; Coldwell Banker of Orange; Orange Preschool; Orange Community Women; various Daisy, Brownie and Girl Scout Troops; Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.

Also, the Orange Republican Women, Orange Board of Ed and the Amity PTO; the Orange Democratic Women’s groups and finally Orange residents, employees and businesses who took time out of their busy lives to participate and sponsor a family or senior in our program or gave a donation. There are so many names that it would take pages to list everyone, so I apologize if I missed anyone.

Again, thank you everyone involved in donating their time with sponsoring the families in town who are in desperate need of assistance. As always the response was amazing.

Thank you all so much!

Happy Holidays Everyone

Kimberly Callahan

Administrative Assistant

Community Services Department

Town of Orange

 

 

Don’t Wait For the Holidays: Anytime Is The Time To Donate To The Town Food Bank

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Oct 302013
 

IMG_0221This week while at the High Plains Community Center, I stopped in on the Community Services Department and checked out the Food Bank. Sadly, many of the cupboards were almost bare.

During the holidays everyone chips in and donates items for the food baskets for the less fortunate. But, after my visit, I knew that anytime is the time to donate to the Food Bank.

The Orange Community Services provided Orange Live with this list of Food Bank Needs by category.

Pasta
Boxed Pasta  (They currently have a lot of pasta)
Sauce
Noodles
Mac & Cheese

IMG_0222Beans
Kidney
Baked
Dried
Chick Peas
Cannellini

Vegetables
Green Beans
Corn
Peas
Asparagus
Potatoes
Carrots

IMG_0225Soup
Tomato
Chicken Noodle
Cream Of (any)
Soup Broth

Breakfast Food
Cereal
Oatmeal
Peanut Butter/Jam, Jelly
Coffee
Tea

Canned
Tuna
Chicken
Chili
Chef Boy R Dee
Cranberry Sauce
Fruit
Tomatoes

Toiletries
Soap
Shampoo/Conditioner
Dish Detergent
Laundry Detergent

Paper Goods
Toilet Paper
Paper Towels
Napkins

Pet Food
Cat Food Dry or Wet
Dog Food Dry or Wet

Miscellaneous
Boxed Potatoes
Bagged Rice
Boxed Rice
Stuffing

Condiments
Mayonnaise
Mustard
Ketchup

Snacks
Cookies
Crackers

Mixes
Jello
Pudding mix
Cake mix
Frosting
Pie Filling

Other Things To Consider
Toothbrushes
Toothpaste
Shaving Cream
Disposable Razors
Women’s Sanitary Needs

Grocery Store Gift Cards

You may drop off your donations at the Community Services Department at High Plains Community Center between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays. For more information, call Community Services Administrative Assistant Kim Callahan at 203-891-4788 or Outreach Worker Denise Stein at 203-891-4787.