Lift-Up in search of director – again
For the second time in three months, Lift-Up is looking for a leader. The 20-year-old nonprofit human service organization is again running a classified newspaper ad for the position.
Last summer, longtime director Steve Carcaterra announced he was leaving his post at the nonprofit. The Lift-Up board hired Perry Bell to fill the slot in July.
Bell, a Lutheran pastor, therapist and consultant from Wisconsin, moved to Colorado in 2000. He worked as a funeral director at Farnum Holt Funeral Home in Glenwood Springs and served as deputy coroner for Garfield County before taking the Lift-Up job..
After two months, Bell resigned in early September.
According to assistant director Janelle Weidler, Lift-Up has been without a director for three weeks. She is not clear why Bell resigned.
Bell could not be reached for comment.
“What do you do?” Weidler asked metaphorically. “You just keep going.”
That’s a philosophy that Lift-Up has lived up to since the organization began.
“Lift-Up keeps happening because it meets a need,” said Lift-Up board president Sherry Herrington. “There’s a real commitment in this organization, from the volunteers, the board and the energetic staff. We’re donor-based, so we’re very grassroots.”
Weidler might consider applying for the position, but she is too busy to contemplate a move.
“Right now, we need help,” she said. “This is our crunch time, with the holidays approaching.”
Besides operating on a year-round basis, Lift-Up’s staff, board and volunteers are especially active now. The organization organizes holiday meal programs at Thanksgiving and Christmas, providing needy families and individuals with boxes of food. The organization also runs the Angel Tree giving program, which serves as a fundraiser and provides needy children with holiday gifts.
Lift-Up’s executive director is responsible for implementing the organization’s policies, and oversees five paid staff and over 400 volunteers. The director also manages five program offices and two thrift stores throughout Garfield County.
Lift-Up’s programs include food distribution, emergency access to food banks, emergency gasoline, agency and community referral, short-term emergency shelter, vouchers for clothing and household items, and a five-day-a-week soup kitchen.
Interested applicants may contact Lift-Up at P.O. Box 1213, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602, or visit http://www.liftup.org.
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