For Immediate Release: September 22, 2019

More than 100 SMUD employees volunteer to makeover Volunteers of America Mather

Led by SMUD CEO and General Manager Arlen Orchard, more than 100 SMUD employees will descend upon Volunteers of America Mather to makeover its indoor and outdoor facilities. Volunteers will build furniture for veterans’ units; improve the playgrounds, volleyball and horseshoe courts; update the garden; paint the exterior family units; plant shade trees; and, clean and landscape around the facility.



WHAT:                        SMUD volunteer project

WHEN:                       Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. 

WHERE:                     3587 Bleckely Street, Mather (Volunteers of America)           

ATTENDEES:            SMUD CEO and General Manager Arlen Orchard, board members, executive leadership and employees.

VISUALS:                   100 SMUD employees, clad in orange shirts, will be painting, digging and planting with VOA staff to complete key projects.


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

About Volunteers of America Mather

The Volunteers of America Mather is an employment and rehabilitative transitional housing program for men, women, veterans, families and foster youth in the Sacramento region. They provide housing; vocational training; mental health and substance abuse counseling; and, job training and placement. More than 1,400 veterans access their services each year. Every year, they celebrate 150 graduates of the program. 96 percent of those are able to leave homelessness for good. Since its inception in 1993, they have transitioned more than 4,500 clients out of homelessness.