It is that time of year again and we are asking local businesses, civic organizations, places of worship, Town Departments and residents to help us with our annual Holiday Basket and Adopt a Family program for our families, children, individuals and elderly in need.
For our Holiday Basket Program, we ask you to put together a decorated food basket for a Holiday meal and also provide grocery store gift cards to purchase perishable items to go along with the baskets. For our Adopt a Family we ask if you would donate various items consisting of gift cards and gifts for children, individuals and elderly in need. Participants in the Adopt a Family program provide a wish list that we provide to the sponsor.
Monetary donations are also much appreciated which are applied towards our Community Assistance Programs that include the Food and Fuel Banks. These programs are maintained solely by donations. Checks can be made payable to “Treasurer Town of Orange”.
We are asking for you to volunteer again this year to participate in our Holiday Programs to help our residents in need to enjoy their holidays.
Below you will find a reference menu that includes a list of ideas for the food baskets. We also ask that the gifts be wrapped and labeled. Please join us in making this another successful year of giving.
Drop off deadline for Thanksgiving is Friday, November 22, 2019
Drop off deadline for Christmas/Hanukkah is December 18, 2019
You may contact us at any time at (203) 891-4788 between the hours of 8:30 am until 4:30 pm with any questions about our programs. Thank you for supporting our Holiday programs.
Every year just before the holidays, the Orange Community Services Department asks for residents’ assistance that will allow them to help families and individuals in need.
Here are some ways for you to help in your community
- 1. Food Drives to replenish our Food Bank. We distribute non-perishable items to Orange residents on a monthly basis and also in an emergency situation. Some suggestions: dry milk, cereal, juice, canned chicken/turkey or tuna, chili, hash, rice, canned soups, canned fruit, pasta, pasta sauce, macaroni & cheese, cereal, crackers, peanut butter, jelly, coffee, tea, toiletries, paper goods, and any other non-perishable item that can help a resident in need.
- 2. Food baskets containing complete supplies for a meal are distributed to eligible Orange residents for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, and Christmas.
- 3. Donations of grocery gift cards to purchase chicken, turkey, ham, and non-perishables. (Any monetary amount from $30.00 and up)
- 4. Store gift cards for eligible residents and/or children participating in our adopt a family program.
- 5. Monetary donations are accepted for our Community Assistance Programs which funds our Food Bank, Fuel Assistance and Holiday Programs. By check only.
Administrative Assistant Community Services
Please make checks payable to:
Treasurer Town of Orange
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.
WE WILL NEED TO KNOW ASAP IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP US
PROCEDURES FOR SPONSORS WHO WOULD LIKE TO ADOPT A FAMILY OR SENIOR RESIDENT FOR THE HOLIDAY GIFT GIVING:
We will give you a list of the children with their gender and ages from the family.
If needed will get a wish list from the children for your use.
Prepare a basket with items from the menu and a gift card roughly $30.00 for perishables if you’re donating a food basket.
Have the gift items, toys, etc. wrapped with the first name on the gift
Bring in items the week before the holiday for distribution
There is no limit given to sponsors on spending, we leave that up to you.
You can adopt as many families as you would like to.
Everything is kept private; we do not give out the family’s names.
These are residents of Orange who are part of our Holiday Program through Community Services Outreach Dept.
We also help out senior residents who are in need for the holidays.
DUE DATE FOR DROP OFF WILL BE NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 18TH FOR CHRISTMAS, THIS WILL GIVE US TIME TO CONTACT RESIDENT OR FAMILIES
Any questions you may contact:
Kimberly Callahan, Administrative Assistant
Town Of Orange Community Services Department at (203) 891-4788
Grocery Gift Card for Turkey, Ham, Chicken, or Roast Beef and perishables ($25.00 to $50.00)
Boxed Mashed Potatoes
Canned Sweet Potatoes
Fresh Sweet Potatoes
Tea or Coffee
Any other kind of dessert
THANKSGIVING DROPOFF DATE: Please have to us by 11/22/19
CHRISTMAS/HANNUKAH DROPOFF DATE: Please have to us by 12/18/19
Community Services is looking for local businesses and service providers for the 18th Annual Orange Senior Health and Safety Fair on Friday, September 27, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the High Plains Community Center Gym, 525 Orange Center Road, Orange.
Early bird registration by August 5, 2019, is $85, after that, the fee is $90 a table for businesses and free to nonprofit providers with a 501(c)3 designation. Final registration is due by September 13. The event is free to the public.
All proceeds from this event will go to the Community Assistance Fund. All of our programs, activities, events, and offerings are self-generated solely from fees and donations.
For more information or to reserve a table please contact Joan Cretella, Dennis Marsh or Denise Stein at Community Services 203-891-4788
We ask your support to maintain these vital programs
Joan Cretella Director of Orange Community Services
This holiday season, Highway foreman Donny Foyer and his 13-man crew, along with a few extra guests decided to do something special during their holiday party.
Many residents may not know this, but not everyone in Orange is rolling in the dough. Some families are struggling for a variety of reasons. Any number of children may not get presents at Christmas — Yes, in Orange.
The goal at the Highway Department was to fill a payloader with new, unwrapped toys that would be brought to the Orange Community Services Department for distribution to less fortunate children.
The toy collection, as you can see from the photograph, was a success.
Great Job OHD, Merry Christmas to all of you and your families.
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 or 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 will have cutoff dates of November 17th for Thanksgiving and December 15th for Christmas; these are for delivering your donations to our office.
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.
The band performed under the Gazebo beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Everyone seemed to enjoy the music as they sang along with their favorite Fab Four songs.
The Orange Community Services offers one final concert on Sept. 7.
The bands are brought to you by Orange Community Services and the Orange Economic Development Corporation through the generous donations of several sponsors.
The concerts all are family friendly and free to everyone.
Come out on July 13, for 60’s “Satisfaction” at 6:30 p.m. Visit the Farmers’ Market first, open from 3:30 p.m. to 7 pm.
The third concert will be “Fools on the Hill” on August 10 with a rain date of August 17. “Fools on the Hill” is a Beatles Tribute band that is sure to please.
For the fourth concert, Dennis Marsh is working on an 80’s Band to perform on Sept 7. More details will be released when the plans are finalized.
The Orange Community Services will celebrate Orange volunteers and everything they do at the High Plains Community Center on Monday, April 24, from 1-3 p.m. with a Volunteer Recognition Party.
All volunteers are invited for a special party to receive a well-deserved thank you for all they do.
Dessert and thank you from 1:30-2 p.m.
T-Bone will entertain from 2-3 p.m.
To RSVP call (203) 891-4784.
The Orange Lions Club began the tradition of a Thanksgiving Dinner for seniors.
The Lions extended this invitation to all Orange Residents on the Sunday after Thanksgiving in 1989. It met with some resistance in the beginning but the Club prevailed and this will be their 28th dinner.
The town of Orange graciously allows the Lions to use their kitchen facilities at High Plains Community Center. To see the gym transformed into a decorated dining room with many of their guests enjoying themselves is a sight to behold. This has become one of the highlights of the holiday season. While it requires volunteers and a good amount of effort, the Lions truly enjoy cooking together and serving this meal. It is one of their favorite undertakings.
In order to have enough food for everyone, the Lions asked that anyone wanting to attend register with Orange Community Services the week prior to the event. If you don’t make it this year, don’t worry, the Lions will be back with the 29th annual dinner next November.
Reservations are necessary.