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Volunteers Needed for Community Health Assessment Survey

Every four years Healthy Carolinians of Orange County and the Orange County Health Department conduct a community health assessment (CHA). Regular assessment of Orange County’s health enables public health officials to monitor trends in health status and determine priorities among health issues. The overall goal of the CHA is to address health disparities and identify needs of populations who are most disadvantaged.

In May and June teams of volunteers wearing orange Healthy Carolinians t-shirts will go door-to-door to survey randomly selected census blocks. The survey takes about 30 minutes to complete. Volunteers are needed throughout Orange County to gather community input.

Individuals are asked to volunteer for four-hour shifts that will include one hour of just-in-time training and three hours for door-to-door surveying. Individuals are allowed to volunteer for multiple shifts, if their time permits. All volunteers must be 18 years of age or older.

The volunteer sign-up link:

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Sportsplex to host Safe Kids Day on May 11

The Orange County Sportsplex will host Safe Kids Day on Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to Noon. Safe Kids Day focuses on water safety, fire safety, home safety and sports safety. We will have interactive games and tables provided by our local law enforcement, fire safety and public health partners and organizations and businesses within the community.

The family friendly event will many free activities, including Ice Skating, Touch a Truck, Fire Safety House, Popcorn and Snowcones, Bike Rodeo Course and Helmet Giveaway, Child ID and Solar Bracelet Making, Balloon Animals, Face Painting, Temporary Tattoos, Obstacle Course with Inflatable, Vendor Fair, Sports Clinics, UNC Wellness Sports Safety and Hydration, Water Safety activities, and Sportsplex giveaways.

Additionally, the Sportsplex will be waiving the initiation fee on all new memberships.
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Orange County Criminal Justice Resource Department Director Caitlin Fenhagen, third from left, and Ted Dorsi, fourth from left, were honored for their efforts by Justice Initiatives, a non-profit based in Charlotte. From left: Orange/Chatham Justice Initiatives Board President Hathaway Pendergrass, Judge Allen Baddour, Fenhagen, Dorsi, Bar President Fran Muse and Superior Court Trial Coordinator Jamie Richardson.

Orange County honored at Justice Initiatives Event

Justice Initiatives is a North Carolina non-profit based in Charlotte that supports court education and engagement with the community. For 13 years, Justice Initiatives has honored an individual with the “Raise the Bar” Award for significant and notable contributions to the advancement of the local court system.

The mission of Justice Initiatives is to educate the community about the court system and to advocate, support, and advance its needs and interests. This year, Justice Initiatives chose Ted Dorsi with Pretrial Release Services for the individual award and recognized the Orange County Criminal Justice Resources Department (CJRD) with its first organizational award.

"Ted is so deserving of this recognition as he works tirelessly to support and assess individuals that are booked in the Detention Center and supervise those who are released to Pretrial Services," said Caitlin Fenhagen, Orange County Criminal Justice Resources Department Director. "The partnership he has with the Sheriff’s Office and judicial officials is critical to his success and the work of the CJRD."

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Animal Services schedules low-cost rabies clinic, family fun fest on May 18

Orange County Animal Services will hold a Low-Cost Rabies Clinic on Saturday, May 18, from 2 - 5 p.m., at Fairview Park (195 Torain Street, Hillsborough). The clinic will include arts & crafts, Animal Control Show & Tell, Spay/Neuter Program information, an "Ask A Trainer" booth, an "Ask A Veterinarian" booth, and more fun for the whole family!

One-year and three-year rabies vaccinations will be available as will microchips. Please bring a previous rabies certificate (from your veterinarian) if you want to get the three-year rabies vaccine for your pet! A rabies tag alone is not sufficient. Call (919) 932-4965 for more information.
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