18th annual Garfield County Humanitarian Award Nominees (Volunteer Category)
Marc is a PAL mentor with YouthZone’s PAL Mentoring program, currently mentoring two boys. Marc has a family of his own in Grand Junction, but still makes time to make a difference in the boys from Glenwood Springs. He continually shows genuine concern and dedication to the young people and their families every week.
Dick and Marice worked for more than two years in the Cardiff School restoration. They are very involved with the Red Mountain Friends of Historic Preservation. Dick is vice president of the Western Colorado Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society and has been a regular volunteer and curator of the museum. He helps with maintenance, does all the bookwork, and is the resident computer guru. Marice was the executive director and worked closely with the artistic director for the Symphony in the Valley to produce its seasons of concerts. Marice was the guiding light to produce the recently installed entrance to Glenwood Springs stone signs and is a member of the city’s theater committee.
Jan has been the manager and bookkeeper for the Heart to Heart Gift Shop in Valley View Hospital for 12 years. She often dresses as a Christmas elf for the annual stocking stuffer sale, or a leprechaun on St. Patrick’s Day, making visitors and hospital patron feel welcome. In addition, Jan is also one of the hospital’s Assist volunteers. She makes herself available 24/7 for those in need, sitting with lonely or confused patients or offering rides for those who need to get home from the hospital.
Bill is involved with the Carbondale Methodist Church, the Carbondale Rotary, the Education Foundation, the Friends of the Gordon Cooper Library and coaches several baseball and football teams. Bill has contributed endless hours to the Garfield Public Library System’s campaign to become a library district. His expertise as a former town planner enabled the Library Board to successfully run the campaign, resulting in stable funding for the Garfield County Public Libraries.
Lisa has been a Girl Scout volunteer for five years, starting as a co-leader for Troop 278 in Glenwood Springs, then quickly took on Service Unit Manager, product sales manager, recruiter and Jamboree committee duties. She created, planned and ran a 4-day horse camp for older girls on the Western Slope.
Nanci is a certified veterinary technician. She became a foster parent for special needs children more than 20 years ago. She adopted her special needs son when he was 5 years old and continued to foster more children until her son was 9. She achieved her teaching certificate to offer home-schooling for children who needed more than what public schools could provide, and began volunteering for ARC, an advocacy resource center for people with disabilities in the Roaring Fork Valley.
She teaches the Veterinary Technician’s program for CMC. Since 1995, Nanci has sponsored youth through her mentoring program and career shadowing programs. She is the president and executive director of the nonprofit Pauline S. Schneegas Wildlife Foundation, which is operated on private donation and funds generated by Nanci’s educational programs alone. She provides conservation and wildlife programs for people of all ages and provides quality care for injured and orphaned wild animals, including endangered animals, specializing in bears and mountain lions.
Greg has given countless hours to the Glenwood Springs City Council and many city committees. He is a Traveler driver and goes out of his way to help the people he serves.
Sean is the volunteer coordinator for Roaring Fork Hospice, making a lot of positive difference with families going through end-of-life experiences, and puts many hours in for Mountains and Moonlight, a Hospice fundraiser. She is involved in the Frontier Historical Society’s Ghost Walk and is a columnist for Mountain Parent magazine.
Together, Sean and Greg are committed to the well-being of a blind couple, and have been known to drop everything and drive someone in need to Denver for a doctor’s appointment.
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