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Federal funds available for United Way of Garfield County, as the Local Board of the Emergency Food & Shelter Program, announces the availability of over $12,500 from the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA). These funds are targeted for agencies located in the Garfield County area that provide emergency-based services related to food and shelter needs. If your agency provides emergency food or shelter services in Garfield County, and you are interested in applying for the available funding, please call United Way at 625-8189 or untdway@sopris.net for information. There will be special meeting at 1:30 p.m. at Catholic Charities on Tenth and Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs on April 25 to determine the allocation of these funds.

Several families were dislocated by a recent home fire in Glenwood Springs. Donations and offers of help have been coming in, according to agencies working under Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD), but permanent housing is desperately needed. Right now the victims are in motels or on friends couches. Please call Jill Ziemann at Catholic Charities at 384-2060 or e-mail United Way of Garfield County at untdway@sopris.net if you or your organization can assist.

The Help is Here Express national bus tour will be in Glenwood Springs from 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, April 24, stopping at City Market to help uninsured Americans find programs providing prescription medicines for free or nearly free. Since its launch in April 2005, the bus tour sponsored by Americas pharmaceutical research companies has visited all 50 states and more than 1,200 cities to raise awareness about patient assistance programs. The Help is Here Express is part of the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA), a national effort that has helped more than 3.6 million patients, including more than 36,000 in Colorado. The Help is Here Express is staffed by trained specialists able to quickly help low-income, uninsured or under-insured patients access more than 475 patient assistance programs, including more than 180 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies. When the Help is Here Express moves on, patients in need can visit PPAs easy-to-use Web site http://www.PPARX.org) or call the toll-free phone number (1-888-4PPA-NOW) where trained operators field calls in more than 150 languages.For more information, contact: Shannon Csotty at 303-883-3731.



The Glenwood Springs Airport Cleanup Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 29. Any airport users should bring their own rakes, shovels, brooms, hammers and nails, paint brushes, work gloves, etc. The Airport Board will be sprucing up the FBO, taxiways and runway for the upcoming flying season. Please contact Airport Manager Dick Weinberg at 618-0776 if you would like to help.

Colorado Rocky Mountain School hosts the Crystal River Kayak Race from 10:30 a.m. through mid-afternoon Saturday, April 21, at the Crystal River Bridge adjacent to the CRMS campus. The race is one of Colorados oldest kayaking competitions, with public races in three disciplines. Spectators are invited to watch for free from the bridge. Contact Peter Benedict at pbenedict@crms.org to register or for more information on the races.



Congregations and Schools Empowered (CASE) invites you to this first time ever valley-wide meeting to address shared housing concerns. Elected officials from Aspen to Parachute will be in attendance to listen to hopes for working collaboratively to solve this most pressing issue. This public meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, April 30, at St Stephens Church, 1885 Blake Avenue in Glenwood Springs. Come out and let your voice be heard! Child care will be provided. For more information contact the CASE office at 384-2060, ext. 4.


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