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Community Open House Big Success in Connecting Volunteers

Jan 24, 2024 01:39PM ● By MaryAnne Povey, photos by Jayden Velasquez
Jake’s Journey Home representatives speak with potential volunteers. 

ORANGEVALE, CA (MPG) - Despite the January drizzle, the Orangevale/Fair Oaks community organizations and service groups showcased their unwavering spirit during the annual Community Open House 2024. With an impressive turnout of 34 clubs, groups, and organizations, the 4th annual event provided a unique opportunity for residents to connect with their neighbors, explore numerous booths, and learn about the participating organizations.

Brad Squires, the event organizer, shared his thoughts, saying, “This annual event serves as our ‘one-stop shop’ for those looking to get more involved. It's always awesome to unite our volunteers who contribute to the greatness of our town and provide others with the chance to participate.”

One of the highlights of the day was the epic door prize raffle, featuring items generously donated by each group, giving one fortunate participant a memorable surprise.

This year’s participants included: the Orangevale Chamber, Orangevale History Project, HART of Orangevale and Fair Oaks, OV Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club of OV and Fair Oaks, Helping Hands OV, Orangevale Woman’s Club, Orangevale-Fair Oaks Food Bank, Big Day of Service, Orangevale Teen Council, Orangevale Grange, Orangevale Community Garden, Orangevale Farm & Garden Club, OV Recreation & Parks District, Options For Youth, Friends of the Library, Orangevale Library, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Just Serve, Orangevale Live, Food Bank Farm, Disconnect to Reconnect, Stars and Stripes Rescue, Jake’s Journey Home, Orangevale Rocks, Redeemer Covenant Church, Sacramento Blankets for Sacramento Kids, Divine Savior Church, Assemblyman Josh Hoover, ABLED County of Sacramento Department of Personnel Services, American River Girls Softball Casa Roble FFA, and Althea Canines.

For anyone interested in plugging in immediately, the Big Day of Service is looking for volunteers. The planning is already in full swing, with the next project meeting scheduled for February 21 at 5:30 PM. This year's goal is to tackle an impressive 50 projects throughout the Orangevale/Fair Oaks area, and they need 1500 dedicated volunteers! It's a wonderful chance to get involved and make a significant impact on our community. For more details, please visit

Orangevale Live

Orangevale Live representatives pose for a photo.