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Community Organizations

The communities that make up the Orange School District are vibrant and engaged places to live, work, shop and play. Orange Community Education & Recreation is happy to play an integral part of this environment and grateful for the support and relationships we maintain in the community.

Please explore the district's community resources and service organizations below.

Community Organizations 

Boy Scouts of America - Troop 309
It is the mission of the Boy Scouts to serve others by helping to instill values in young people, prepare them to make ethical choices during their lifetime and help them achieve their full potential. The values are based on those found in the Boy Scout Oath and Law. Meetings are Monday evenings 7-8:30 p.m. at Garfield Memorial Church. For more information, call Paul Imm at 216-292-3842.

Girl Scouts of America
The Girl Scouts mission is to provide a value-based program for girls to help them become confident, resourceful, responsible young women. Emphasis is in five areas: the world of people, the world of well being, today and tomorrow, world of the arts, and world of the outdoors. Meetings are biweekly or as determined. Activities include crafts, songs, annual world friendship event, family events, camping, hiking and field trips. Contact Joan Samsel 216-481-1313X273.

The Federation of Orange Communities
The Federation of Orange Communities is an inter-agency council formed in 1975. The Federation represents all local business, religious, governmental, educational, civic and service organizations. The Federation is a coordinating link and communication center designed to provide exchanges of information, programming and cooperative efforts. If you would like to get involved in the community but do not know how, please call Karen Erlenbach, Chairperson, 216-292-4575.

Jewish Family Services Association
JFSA is a full service mental health agency offering individual, couple, family and group counseling for children and adults. Specialized services are also available to help with chemical dependency, family violence, divorce, planning for the needs of the elderly, the mentally disabled and those with mental retardation and developmental disabilities. A divorce mediation service is available to help couples without costly litigation. The Career Center offers career search services and, through a training and placement program (TAPP), provides vocational services for people with disabilities. For information, visit

Lander Circle Kiwanis Club
The Kiwanis Club, a community service organization, benefits many school and community projects. Working with students through the Builder's Clubs on the Orange Campus, and sponsoring Orange Schools Teacher-of -the-Year awards and Kiwanis Student of the Month honors. Funds are raised through the Annual Rummage Sale in July on the Orange campus. Meetings are Monday, 6:30 p.m., Garfield Memorial Church. Officers change in October. New members welcome. For more information, visit or contact Garfield Church, 216-831-1566.

Moreland Hills Historical Society
The community of "Orange" originally included Pepper Pike, Moreland Hills and today's Orange Village. Our Historical Society welcomes members and input from all communities. Our principal focus is the early life of our 20th President, James Abram Garfield. We welcome visitors to Garfield's 1830's replica log cabin Saturdays, June through September from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Group tours can be scheduled and self-guided walks to the birth site can be enjoyed anytime during daylight hours. For information, contact the Moreland Hills Historical Society through the Village Hall at 440-248-1188 or visit our web-site through the Moreland Hills Village site at

New Directions
The mission of New Directions is to provide quality life-changing treatment to chemically dependent adolescents and their families who are also dealing with emotional, behavioral and psychiatric problems. We provide a complete continuum of care: assessment, gender specific residential, intensive outpatient, and home-based treatment. For more information, visit

Cuyahoga County Public Library - Orange Branch
Cuyahoga County Public Library is at the center of community life by providing an environment where reading, lifelong learning and civic engagement thrive. The Orange Branch provides direct library services and resources to the communities of Orange, Pepper Pike, Moreland Hills, Hunting Valley, and Woodmere.  For more information, call the Orange Branch Library at 216-831-4282 or visit Julie Liedtke, Branch Manager

Orange Area Service Committee
The Orange Area Service Committee (OASC) directs gifts and services of individuals and community organizations to provide emergency assistance and coordinates programs and assistance for families in the Orange School District. Modest scholarships are available upon application. For further information, donations or assistance, please call 216-831-8600 x7500.

Pepper Pike Civic League
The Civic League is a nonpartisan fact-finding group whose objectives are to collect and disseminate information relative to local and state government and to induce citizens to take an active interest in affairs of government. Meetings are the fourth Wednesday of the month. For more information, contact Larry Wymer, Chairman at 216-831-1551 or visit

Orange Senior Center Advisory Council
The Senior Adult Advisory Council works in an advisory capacity with the Coordinator of the Senior Center. Meetings are the 4th Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. at the Senior Center and are open to all senior center members. For more information, call the Senior Center at 216-831-8601 X 5700. 

Chagrin Valley Welcome Club
The Chagrin Valley Welcome Club, formerly Welcome Wagon, is a nonprofit organization whose main purpose is to help newcomers in the area become acquainted and make new friends. We hold luncheon meetings or excursions monthly. We have many other activities. For more information please call Kathy Finley at 440-247-3340.
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