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Pay it forward to a local nonprofit on Halloween

A relatively new local nonprofit organization is doing its part to pay it forward for the benefit of other area human service nonprofits with a free “Treat-for-Treat” event in Sayre Park on Halloween.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Unity Consensus and Moe’s Southwest Grill will be serving free food to the first 500 people who show up at the park. Costumes are encouraged.

The idea is to gather a captive audience of people to learn about the various nonprofit organizations in the community, such as Literacy Outreach, Feed My Sheep, Junior Achievement, YouthZone and others that will be on hand to provide information on how to give or volunteer, explains Unity Consensus co-founder William Rosas.

Unity Consensus was formed in 2011 by Rosas and Joel Asplund with a more global mission to enable people to make meaningful contributions to the causes they care about, especially in the arena of human suffering.

Throughout October, the organization has focused on local organizations by lining up volunteers and helping to educate people about the various efforts to ease human suffering and improve the lives of people in area communities.

“The vision is to raise awareness for the organizations that are strengthening and pushing our community forward,” Rosas said. “In order to reach this goal, Unity Consensus is leading by example.”

Efforts to date have mostly been international, including working with the local Rotary Club to arrange a team of people to help with flood relief in Thailand.

“That was the biggest project we’ve done so far,” Rosas said. Locally, the group also helped organize a fundraiser for Glenwood Springs High School Athletic Director Craig Denney who was battling a form of lymphoma.

“Our goal with this project is to focus solely on our community,” Rosas said of the Treat for Treat event and other efforts this past month.

“From teaching young adults at the newly established Two Rivers Community School through Junior Achievement, or providing food and supplies at the local homeless shelter, we are helping people in our local community daily,” he said. “While simply giving a sandwich to a hungry person, or teaching someone to read English might not seem like much to some, its effects ripple through the community and reaches out to places one would not expect.”

For more information about the group’s efforts, visit http://www.unityconsensus.org.


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