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COVID-19 Help Team

Mountain View Church has formed a COVID-19 Help Team. If you live in the Glenwood Springs area, are over 65 years or older and need a hand, the church is offering to help out during these difficult days. They can pick up and deliver groceries, run errands, shovel snow, etc. Their goal is to help minimize at-risk residents’ exposure to COVID-19. The team knows to practice social distancing and to volunteer only when healthy. Email and the MVC office administrator, Mary Jean, will coordinate getting help requested, as volunteers are available. To know more about the organization sponsoring the help team go to:

LIFT-UP volunteer sign up required

To volunteer at one of LIFT-UP’s drive-thru pantries, anyone interested must call 970-456-2804 to register prior to going to the site. If the desired site is full, your name and contact information will be placed on a list. It is important for everyone to continue to maintain social distancing practices, so LIFT-UP can allow only the required number of volunteers. Arrive to the shift by 1:30 p.m. and check in with the site manager. Those who have not pre-registered will not be able to volunteer and will ultimately slow down the food distribution process, so they will not be able to stay during distribution. Visit the website or the LIFT-UP Facebook page for ongoing updates. Financial donations are needed and can be made on the website as well.

LET THEM ROAR Songwriting Series

Award-winning Carbondale band LET THEM ROAR presents a six-part songwriting series through the Garfield County Libraries and the Summer Reading Challenge. Over six weeks the music workshops will explore musical concepts, songwriting tools and immersive activities designed to build confidence as a songwriter and as a performer. Each session will build upon the last allowing participants to grow their ideas into song. The series concludes with a virtual showcase by workshop participants featuring their original pieces and sharing their stories. This free songwriting series runs for six consecutive Thursdays from June 18 through July 23. All sessions go from –7:30 p.m. and are hosted virtually via Zoom. Participation in the whole series is suggested though not required. Register early to reserve your place by visiting and clicking the link under “Events for Adults.”

Free legal clinic at your Basalt Regional Library

Despite the COVID-19 closures of libraries across Colorado, the Virtual Pro Se Clinic (VPC) legal clinics will still be held as scheduled from 4–5 p.m. Thursday July 9. As a work-around, instead of clinic patrons coming in-person to the library, the volunteer attorney will call each clinic patron’s telephone directly, during the clinic hours, using the phone number provided. Contact the Basalt Library by email at to be added to the sign-up sheet. Space is limited.



High Country RSVP seeks volunteers

High Country RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) is looking for volunteers age 55 and older to serve with one of 45 different nonprofit organizations in Garfield County. The mission of RSVP is to enrich the lives of individuals age 55 and older through meaningful volunteer opportunities that use their skills, abilities and life experiences in service to their communities. RSVP is a national Senior Corps organization and has been sponsored by Colorado Mountain College, serving Garfield County, for more than 40 years. Each year, volunteers collectively serve over 20,000 hours with local organizations and impact and enrich the lives of Garfield County residents. For more information, contact Mary Moon at 970-947-8462 or

Autism Support Group

This group is for all parents of children with autism or “on the spectrum” kids. Participants meet at the Silt Library and discuss issues that arise, share funny stories, and help with questions the doctors just can’t answer. Call or stop by the library to learn about upcoming dates or schedule a special session. For more information call the library at 970-876-5500.

High Country RSVP Seeks Volunteers for American Red Cross

In light of this summer’s increased wildfire activity, organizations like the American Red Cross of Colorado need additional volunteers in order to serve the community with disaster preparedness and response services. This will ensure that if ever there is an emergency, there will always be trained individuals nearby, ready to use their Red Cross skills to save lives.

High Country RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) is looking for volunteers age 55 and older to serve with the American Red Cross of Colorado in Garfield County. There are numerous ways to volunteer with the organization, and training will be provided. For more information, contact Mary Moon, RSVP volunteer manager, at 970-947-8462 or

LIFT-UP needs volunteers

Both English-speaking and bilingual volunteers are needed for a variety of LIFT-UP programs. Volunteer opportunities include:

Extended table: If you are part of a group interesting in serving and helping others or like to cook, this program is for you. LIFT-UP is looking for groups to pick a day to plan, prepare and serve the meal at Extended Table in Glenwood Springs.

Meal monkey: Be a part of the team that provides lunches to school kids on Fridays. Students, 18 and under, are served sack lunches on Fridays (since there is no school in the Re-2 school district on Fridays). Donations of snacks, funding and time are all needed.

Volunteer for veggies: Help UpRoot Colorado reduce food loss and food insecurity by helping harvest and redistribute fresh fruits and vegetables to our local pantries.

For more information, contact Renee Horton at (970) 625-4496 or email 

Parents of Addicted Loved Ones

Parents of Addicted Loved Ones (PAL) is a support group of parents helping parents that meets from 6-7:30 p.m. every Thursday at River Center, 126 N. Fourth St. in New Castle, to offer education and support, at no charge, for parents who are dealing with a son or daughter suffering from addiction. PAL can also help spouses who feel they have to parent their addicted partner. PAL is open to all sober family members and friends who are 18 years and older.

For more information visit or call Diane Pfaff at 970-379-5299.

Frontier Museum seeks volunteers

Volunteers make it possible to keep the doors of the Frontier Museum open. Anyone interested in volunteering and learning about Glenwood Spring’s history can pick up a free history book. Those who like to talk with people make wonderful volunteers. For information call 970-945-4448 or email

Symphony in the Valley

Symphony in the Valley, a volunteer organization comprising local musicians making music for the communities here in the valley, is looking for musicians of all ages who play an orchestra instrument. High school students are welcome with a teacher’s recommendation. Contact Symphony in the Valley via the Contact Us page at

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