For Immediate Release: September 13, 2018

More than 100 SMUD Cares volunteers makeover Sacramento Children’s Home Crisis Nursery

Today, led by SMUD CEO Arlen Orchard, more than 100 SMUD employees descended upon the Sacramento Children’s Home Crisis Nursery to makeover its indoor and outdoor facilities. Volunteers turned an overgrown field into a play area complete with a nature trail, sand boxes and picnic tables. They revamped the playground, installed new landscaping, and painted and decorated the interior rooms as part of its employee giving campaign.

“It’s a great day to be out here giving back to the community,” said SMUD CEO Arlen Orchard. “I am so proud that our employees share the value of volunteerism and are committed to improving our community. I can’t think of a better way than to make improvements that will benefit children and families for years to come.”

The Sacramento Children’s Home Crisis Nursery provides emergency childcare to children ages 0 to 5 and wrap-around services to support families in need. They serve more than 1,000 children throughout the year.

“We’re grateful that SMUD Cares understands the importance of a peaceful and playful respite for families in crisis. Their work will help ease the transition for children who we care for,” said Todd Koolakian, Director of Philanthropy for the Sacramento Children’s Home Crisis Nursery.

SMUD’s day-of-service kicks off the SMUD Cares employee giving and volunteer program where more than 750 employees donate time and money toward local nonprofits.

In 2017, SMUD Cares volunteers donated nearly 18,000 hours and nearly $500,000 to local nonprofits. This year, SMUD Cares volunteers are on pace to match or exceed those totals with projects such as this one.

SMUD Cares supports a wide variety of nonprofits through community service, payroll deductions and other fundraising efforts. Last year, SMUD Cares arranged and supported over 90 volunteer efforts and coordinated employee service on 121 local nonprofit boards. 

SMUD Cares is just one part of SMUD’s larger corporate citizenship program, which includes all the ways SMUD gives back to the community it serves. As a community-owned utility, SMUD is committed to supporting the Sacramento region through increasing corporate giving, encouraging employee volunteerism, supporting education and promoting economic development. For information about SMUD’s role in the community, visit

About SMUD

As the nation’s sixth-largest community-owned, not-for-profit, electric service provider, SMUD has been providing low-cost, reliable electricity for more than 70 years to Sacramento County and small adjoining portions of Placer and Yolo Counties. SMUD is a recognized industry leader and award winner for its innovative energy efficiency programs, renewable power technologies, and for its sustainable solutions for a healthier environment. SMUD’s power mix is about 50 percent non-carbon emitting. For more information, about SMUD, visit


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