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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:

Grants available to get youth outside

The Western Colorado Community Foundation has announced a new funding opportunity to increase youth participation in organized outdoor activities. The Community Grants for Youth Outside is now open, and the deadline to apply is April 3. This funding opportunity is available to organizations that serve within the eight counties of Delta, Eagle, Garfield, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, San Juan County and Rio Blanco. Grants funding targets projects that directly help youth, ages 12-18 years, address stress and anxiety through organized outdoor activities. Focus areas include increasing outdoor opportunities for at-risk and low-income youth, engaging community members in mentoring youth through outdoor activities and support for team building and youth leadership initiatives. Current research shows a range of benefits for youth through outdoor experiences. The goal of these grants is to fund projects that help more youth participate in outdoor recreation in order to decrease excessive screen time and social isolation and increase confidence, resilience and well-being. For more information, or to apply, visit

Wild and Scenic Film Fest has been postponed

The Middle Colorado Watershed Council (MCWC) will premier the Wild and Scenic Film Fest at the Glenwood Vaudeville Theater on April 2 and at the Ute Theater in Rifle on April 4. The fest will feature Glenwood-born Zak Podmore, whose book, “Confluence: Navigating the Personal & Political on Rivers of the New West,” documents a source-to-sea float of the Colorado River and many other western riverways.



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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