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Volunteer New Castle has a home

Kay Vasilakis
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
New Castle News

In 2007, Lee Price and a small group of volunteers started the process of taking an old church in New Castle – that had been empty for a number of years – and making it into the River Center, a place where local nonprofits can network and share office space.

It wasn’t easy. The building required extensive renovation, including new wiring and plumbing, and they are still working on the basement. “This building was a labor of love,” said Price.

In the beginning, he started talking to community members to find out what the needs and issues were. As they formulated the plan, he wanted there to be no debt associated with the project. All the work has been done by volunteers, and others donated money for materials. Charlie Ringer of the New Castle Lions Club said, “To realize Lee and Janna have come through with this building is a wonderful thing.”

Now, 22 New Castle area nonprofits are affiliated with the River Center. Classes in Spanish and ESL are offered at the River Center to bridge cultural differences and build relationships. Youth for Christ middle school students meet at the facility after school on Fridays.

In addition to LIFT-UP, Volunteer New Castle and River Churches offices, the facility has a 24/7 prayer room, a conference room, a meeting room and a kitchen.

“We have so many people who want to give,” said Price. “The more we begin to serve, we create a better community. We have great people willing to offer their time, talents and passion to make a better place.”

“I’m amazed at how many people are looking for volunteer opportunities,” Price continued. “New Castle is getting new people all the time. Contact us and we will help you find a special place. Where do you think you would fit to best use your special talents?”

To contact Price, the River Center and Volunteer New Castle, call 274-8500.

Congratulations to the following for winning the municipal election: Frank Breslin, mayor; Art Riddile, councilor; Bruce Leland, councilor; and Greg Russi, councilor.

Sorry pals, the town will not be providing the annual spring cleanup this year, due to budget constraints.

The New Castle Library, and all Garfield County Public Libraries, will be closed Friday, April 30 for a staff work day.

Thanks to all my “peeps” who generously gave of their time and helped me move last Sunday.

The second annual Mother’s Day High Tea will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 9, at Patti’s Main Street Coffee House in beautiful downtown New Castle. Reservations only, please call 984-9115. The cost will be $20 per person.

Patti’s got a surprise up her sleeve for the occasion!

– Kay Vasilakis’ “New Castle News” column appears every other Thursday in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent. For possible mention of a positive local news item or event, please e-mail kvasilakis2222@gmail.com or call 618-6689.

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