Orange Firefighters Recognized For Dedication To Public Education

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Mar 162015

IMG_9895During the 75th Orange Volunteer Fire Association’s Annual Dinner, several firefighters were presented with Community Service Awards. 

Under the direction of Public Education Committee Chairman Lisa Kaplan the following members were recognized for their commitment to the department’s public education program.

These members have dedicated countless hours to the program;

Firefighter Leo Moran

Firefighter George Geane

Firefighter Cristen Chetlen

Recognition to other firefighters who have committed to the program.

Be A Part Of Something BIG On Saturday — It’s Basket Brigade Time Again

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Nov 222013

BB 2012 VolunteersFor the past three years I have been involved with something called the Thanksgiving Basket Brigade. I heard about it from one of the organizers, Orange resident Glen Ketchian, who is currently a member of the Orange Board of Finance and found my part in it to be so rewarding that I cannot help but encourage others to join in and volunteer.

Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops, High School Students looking for community service credits and anyone else who would just like to feel great by helping others for a day should consider coming out on November 23 at 9 a.m.

This year, as in the past few, our New Haven Region Basket Brigade will take place at Champs Direct Printing & Mailing, 75 Cascade Boulevard, Milford, CT 06460 — just over the Orange Town Line off Marsh Hill Road. For information and to volunteer, please e-mail John Sottery: basket-brigade@enginuityplm.com

Folks with SUVs, pick-up trucks or other large vehicles and a dependable GPS are always needed to hand-deliver the baskets to the families — Believe me THIS is the heartwarming part.


Here is a letter from organizer Victor Frazao:

Every year since 1993, on the weekend before Thanksgiving, volunteers have gathered to put together and deliver baskets with a complete Thanksgiving dinner to families in need in the greater New Haven and Bridgeport areas.

Since 1994 we have hand delivered over 120 Tons of food and fed more than 20,000 people!

Help us make a difference and join us on Saturday, November 23rd for a special day of giving, fun & friendship. As usual, we will assemble and deliver, complete Thanksgiving dinners to the homes of families in need.

This is an event for all ages. Come with family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. Invite them to come out and be part of our magical Thanksgiving Basket Brigade assembly line.

Our biggest challenge is raising the money to feed these families, so this year we are asking every volunteer to bring a small cash donation.

A $30 donation feeds an entire family. A $300 donation will feed 10 families! Any amount is truly appreciated.

Our Typical Thanksgiving baskets include: 

  • Turkey
  • Stuffing
  • Potatoes
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Lots of Vegetables
  • Apple or Pumpkin Pie
  • Juice
  • Books
  • Personal Care Products (donated by leading companies)
  • Toys
  • Other goodies!

More information to follow…


Victor Frazao


Originally Published on: Oct 31, 2013 @ 17:28

For Amity Students: Community Service Graduation Incentive

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Sep 062013

communityservicelogoAmity High School offers a community service graduation incentive for all students.  Students who complete and document 25 hours of community service per year will receive recognition on their diploma and transcript upon graduation.

Students may use volunteer sites that they are already involved with, or may seek new ideas through Amity’s Career Center. For more information about the community service graduation incentive, see the student handbook.

Community stakeholders involved with a program that would benefit from volunteer hours/work may contact the Career Center at (203) 397-4836 or careerservices@reg5.k12.ct.us.

The Career Center is looking for community service opportunities to post on the Volunteer Board.

Become A Leader In Orange: Apply for the Senior Leadership Program Now

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Jul 062012

The Senior Resource Directory is a valuable handbook for every household.

Each year the Orange Community Services Department in conjunction with the Leadership Center at the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Senior Leadership Program, a six month program for Orange residents over the age of 55, which began in 2006.

The Senior Center is now accepting applications for the Class of 2013, from which 15 residents will be chosen to participate.

The class will meet one Wednesday a month from September 2012 through May 2013, and take part in leadership workshops with topics including community history and development, environment, education, community policing, communications and the media, the arts, Connecticut State government, town government, and regional issues. The program culminates in a group community service project that benefits the town. Graduation will take place in June.

The program is funded by the Orange Senior Center and $100 tuition for the 9-months of activities is paid by each participant.

Past graduates rave about their experiences there. This is a wonderful program and each class leaves its mark on the town with great community projects like the Handyman Skills Bank and the Senior Resource Directory.

To apply, call 203-891-4784.