Nonprofit Spotlight |

Nonprofit Spotlight

Usually, this column spotlights local nonprofits. This week, it gives readers ideas how to get involved to help several nonprofits manifest their goals.

You can make a huge difference locally by volunteering at agencies that provide much needed, and many times, unique services, to community members with complex problems.

LIFT-UP needs an energetic volunteer to step up to the plate to coordinate the holiday food distribution efforts in Carbondale. This go-getter would organize the distribution of baskets for Carbondale’s estimated 400 families. The job includes registration sheets, purchasing, bagging and delivering of food for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Client registration starts Oct. 31 and the position requires training, so call 963-8773 or 945-2005 and make a commitment. What a great way to fill your heart with the holiday spirit!

One example of a true LIFT-UP angel is John Haines. Haines provides a literal ton of potatoes for LIFT-UP’s holiday efforts, year after year. Haines picks up the potatoes from the San Luis Valley and delivers the spuds to LIFT-UP.

Bowled over by support

The Empty Bowls fund-raiser will be held from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Lucy Huntley Senior Center in the CMC Blake Center in Glenwood Springs. Proceeds support Garfield County Senior Programs. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door, and are available from any CMC Senior Programs office. For that price, attendees select a handcrafted pottery bowl made by skilled local potters, fill the bowl with a choice of fine soups contributed by local restaurants, and take the bowl home. The Walt Smith Duo will provide musical entertainment. Call 945-9115 or 625-1366 for more information.

Event organizers are asking for donations of handmade or hand-thrown food-safe glazed and fired bowls, to be finished and donated by November 3. The soup bowl donations can be received at CMC Senior Programs Office in Glenwood Springs or at the Rifle Campus ceramics studio.

Donators must let organizers know the value of donated pieces and will be asked to complete the donation form.

Fast fund raising

It’s not too late for runners and walkers to sign up for the Glenwood Canyon Shuffle Race for Literacy on Saturday. A half-marathon (13.1-mile) run and relay race and 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) run/walk will take place on the bike path in Glenwood Canyon east of Glenwood Springs. The race is the final event in the Property Shop Glenwood Charity Race Series.

The Glenwood Canyon Shuffle half-marathon begins at 9 a.m., and the 5K starts at 10. Bus transportation, provided by the Re-1 School District, will take participants from the finish line at the No Name exit of Glenwood Canyon to the race starting points. Relay teams of up to five people can participate in the half-marathon. Team sponsorships by companies and service clubs are encouraged.

Race day volunteers are needed; contact Literacy Outreach to sign up at 945-5282.

People who have participated in three of the four Property Shop Glenwood Charity Race Series events will be entered into a raffle for prizes.

The race benefits Literacy Outreach, a local nonprofit providing one-on-one tutoring for adults through professionally trained volunteers in Garfield County. The Shuffle is sponsored by the Post Independent, Alpine Bank, Schmueser Gordon Meyer, Colorado Mountain Express, Backbone Media and RMS Concrete.

Be a tutor

Literacy Outreach is also looking for tutor volunteers from Parachute to Carbondale to help people who are eager to improve their reading, writing and math or English speaking skills.

Volunteers need at least two hours of time per week to work one-on-one with an adult, the ability to read and speak English, and a desire to help someone who wants to learn.

There is a volunteer presentation at 6 p.m. Thursday at CMC’s Central Services building, at Ninth and Grand in Glenwood Springs. This informal, brief presentation will provide details about Literacy Outreach’s volunteer tutoring program. Volunteer trainings will be held at various locations on Oct. 13, 18, and 25, so R. S. V. P. to Literacy Outreach at 945-5282 by Oct. 6.

Kay Vasilakis’ column, “Nonprofit Spotlight”, appears every other Wednesday. Kay is the media coordinator for the Garfield County Human Services Commission.

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