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April is busy for local nonprofits

Kay Vasilakis
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

In concert with Child Abuse Prevention Month, Childhelp River Bridge Center, the Glenwood Springs Victim Assistance Law Enforcement Board, two important events will be held in April.

The next production of “Until Someone Wakes Up,” a prevention and education play about gender roles, sexual violence and healing, will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 16, at Glenwood Springs High School. A pie reception provided by Village Inn will follow the show.

The Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Center has brought the theatrical performance to school districts and the public in an effort to end sexual violence.

The cast of “Until Someone Wakes Up” is composed of mostly teens and college students, approaching the difficult issues with sensitivity, realism and humor.

The script was originally written by Carolyn Levy and students at Macalester College in 1992. The script is based on interviews with actual survivors and perpetrators of sexual violence, and all the stories are true.

The play informs audiences about the realities and impact of sexual violence. It is highly likely we all know someone who has been affected. Research has shown that in Colorado, one in four women and one in 17 men have experienced a completed or attempted sexual assault. Fifty-four percent of all forcible rapes happen to females between the ages of 11 and 24; 60 percent of all rapes are date rapes; and 78 percent of teens who are sexually assaulted do not tell a parent.

The play features the importance of open and honest communication, the possibility of hope and healing, and how someone can help a friend who has been sexually assaulted.

“Surviving Sexual Molestation” by John Warnick will be held 7 p.m. Monday, April 19, at Glenwood Springs High School. Warnick carried a secret for many years. He finally confronted the molester, and now shares the effects of his victimization and what he has done to overcome the results of the crime.

National Citizenship Day will be celebrated from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at Glenwood Springs Middle School, 120 Soccer Field Road.

The event is a free citizenship workshop for lawful eligible permanent residents to apply for U.S. citizenship.

Organizers are looking for volunteers from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., especially bilingual speakers. Contact Sally Brands at kmlj@rof.net or call 379-8040.

Applicants fill out N-400 forms, make copies of applicants’ documents and help people throughout the day to explain the process and answer questions. Training will be provided in the morning from 8-10 a.m. for those who have not been trained. Lunch will be provided for the volunteers.

Remember the Garfield County Humanitarian Service Awards will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, April 12, at The Hotel Colorado. This wonderful event is sponsored by the Garfield County commissioners and the Garfield County Human Services Commission.

All nominees will be individually honored for their outstanding community service. You will be blown away by the quality of these Garfield County citizens and how many good works are being done every day.

Nominees are the guests of the evening and do not pay for their meals. All other attendees must pre-pay for their dinners by calling The Family Visitor Programs at 945-1234, ext. 17, by April 7. The cost of each dinner is $20. The event is not a fundraiser for the Human Services Commission or any of its agencies or the Garfield County commissioners.

You will leave the event with a true feeling of hope for the future. Don’t we all need that?

Kay Vasilakis’ “Nonprofit Spotlight” column appears every other Wednesday in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. She is an active member of the Garfield County Human Services Commission. For possible mention of a local nonprofit special event or news item, e-mail kvasilakis2222@ gmail.com or call 618-6689.

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