LIFT-UP celebrates 25 years on September 25 |

LIFT-UP celebrates 25 years on September 25

Nonprofit SpotlightKay VasilakisGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

“A lot of the people we help are just struggling on a regular basis, but every now and then we get the opportunity to do something that helps a person or family turn the corner to a better future,” said LIFT-UP Executive Director Mike Powell. “That is way cool.” For 25 years, LIFT-UP has provided the people of Garfield County with opportunities to help their neighbors. It works with Catholic Charities, Salvation Army and the Garfield County Department of Human Services, as well as churches, schools and hospitals, to meet the needs of those less fortunate in Garfield County. It works with the first three agencies when something comes up that is either not offered by any other organization, or the need is too big for one agency to handle. Situations arise when families have multiple needs, and the cooperating agencies work together as a team, with each organization helping in a unique way. With churches, schools and hospitals, LIFT-UP is usually called directly with a request for assistance.

Contributors can participate in the LIFT-UP mail-out campaign every year during the holidays, or make an online donation at its Web site. Putting LIFT-UP in your will or purchasing a life insurance policy with LIFT-UP as the beneficiary are also great ways to donate. Besides monetary donations, LIFT-UP’s thrift stores in Rifle and Parachute sell clothing and household items, which are a source of revenue to fund the organization’s charitable work. Because of the new thrift store in Rifle, LIFT-UP was able to fund $12,000 for prescription assistance this year.LIFT-UP wants the public to know it is not connected in any way with the Defiance Thrift Store.Although the official anniversary is Sept. 25, LIFT-UP celebrated Sept. 15 with a building dedication and open house at their new facility in Rifle, and a thrift store fashion show fundraiser was held at Rifle Middle School.Powell is in need of Angel Tree coordinators for Carbondale and New Castle. Coordinators are given much latitude on how they run the Angel Tree program in their communities. So if you have the drive and energy to coordinate this program in either of these communities, please call Powell at 625-4496. Without your help, disadvantaged children 12 and under may not receive anything for Christmas.

“Everybody in the valley seems to be struggling with volunteers, and we are no different,” said Powell. “We really need more volunteers. We rely on them completely to dispense the services offered by LIFT-UP.”Kay Vasilakis’ “Nonprofit Spotlight” column runs every other Wednesday. She is the Garfield County Human Services Commission media coordinator. To contact her, call 384-9118 or e-mail

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