Nonprofit Spotlight |

Nonprofit Spotlight

In conjunction with the Volvo for Life Awards, a nationwide grassroots campaign to discover, recognize and reward everyday heroes, the Roaring Fork Volvo dealership is conducting Volvo Drive for Life Days, a weekend-long effort Oct. 9-11, to raise funds for local nonprofits. This year’s recipient is Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley.Roaring Fork Volvo is at 115 Sixth St. in Glenwood Springs and is owned by Centre of the Rockies Inc. When you visit Roaring Fork Volvo and test drive any 2004 or 2005 Volvo, the dealership will make a $10 donation to the local Habitat for Humanity.”Volvo Drive for Life Days marries the Volvo for Life Awards’ commitment to promoting the values of conscience, care and character in communities across American with our business of creating some of the safest, best-quality and most environmentally friendly vehicles on earth,” said Vic Doolan, chief executive officer of Volvo Cars of North America.While visiting the dealership, you’ll also have the opportunity to help fight childhood cancer by purchasing refreshments at Alex’s Lemonade Stand, which donates all proceeds from sales to pediatric cancer research.Despite her own battle with a rare form of pediatric cancer, Alexandra Scott, a little girl from Philadelphia, had a dream to raise $1 million for cancer research with her lemonade stand. She had already raised $700,000 when she passed away on Aug. 1. In her memory, Volvo is helping her family reach her goal at every participating Volvo dealership.You may also enter a sweepstakes to win a new 2004 Volvo S40 or all new Volvo V50. No purchase is necessary.•••••The Garfield County Human Services Commission and the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association are combining their resources to offer an Interactive Candidates Forum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, in the Glenwood Springs City Council Chambers at Glenwood Springs City Hall.From 10-11:30 a.m., the Human Services portion of the meeting will be interacting with Garfield County commissioner candidates, including incumbent John Martin, Greg Jeung, incumbent Larry McCown and Keith Lambert.There will be a break for complimentary refreshments at 11:30 a.m., and the Chamber Resort portion will continue from noon until 2 p.m. The Chamber’s portion will include county commissioners from noon to 12:20 p.m., District 61 representative candidates Dale Reed, Kathleen Curry and Becky Rippy from 12:20-12:40 p.m., state Senate District 8 candidates incumbent Jack Taylor and challenger Jay Fetcher from 12:40-1 p.m., 3rd Congressional District candidates Greg Walcher and John Salazar, and rounding up the event will be a 20-minute session on Glenwood Springs ballot issues.The public is encouraged to attend this meeting and participate in asking questions of the candidates. The candidates will also have the opportunity to pose questions to the audience.Kay Vasilakis’ column “Nonprofit Spotlight” appears every other Wednesday. For news tips and inspirations, please call 984-2308.Mission: To eliminate poverty housingWhat is it? People of all walks of life working together to build homes in partnership with needy familiesHow are families selected?: Selection based on income, current living conditions, willingness to partner with the local affiliate, ability to make mortgage payments, and ability to perform 300 hours of “sweat equity.”Established locally in 2000Contact Ray Limoges at 384-0455

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