The Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute (PAOI) and the Friends of Sausal Creek coordinated a one-day project to restore and rebuild a nursery at Sausal Creek. On October 18, 2008, thirty five Orthodox young adults and OCF students planted, weeded, and dug together - not as Greeks, Russians, Antiochian, Serbians, etc. - but as Orthodox Christians. Gus Abu-Dawood noted, "It was so nice to see Orthodox of different cultures come together to help our community." The volunteers had the opportunity to make some new friends and to visit with some old ones as they worked on a common goal. At the conclusion of the event, the volunteers enjoyed time together at a BBQ sponsored by the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension Young Adult League. "It was worthwhile to work with dear Orthodox friends for the sake of community. The experience was truly encouraging and fun," said Miho Ochiai.
The PAOI continues to educate, communicate, promote, and sustain the traditions, values, teachings and culture of Orthodox Christianity. The Institute is an inter-Orthodox endeavor, representing the diversity of Orthodoxy in America: Albanian, Antiochian, Bulgarian, Carpatho-Russian, Greek, OCA, Romanian, Serbian and Ukrainian. For more information go to http://orthodoxinstitute.org.