The Oscars of RSVP |

The Oscars of RSVP

Kay Vasilakis

The seniors of the High Country RSVP take volunteering to a much higher level, performing hundreds of hours of volunteer service per year. Approximately 250 people will attend the High Country RSVP Volunteer Recognition banquet from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at the Riverside Middle School cafeteria in New Castle. The event honors 25 RSVP volunteers who were nominated for the Lappala Award, someone who has done extraordinary volunteer work, and three others honored for lifetime hours of volunteering. Financial support is needed for the purchase of gift certificates for the winning volunteers. Please call Cheryl Cain at 947-8462 if you can help. They give so much of themselves and deserve all the recognition they can get.

Seniors who still need help with Medicare Part D are encouraged to call CMC Senior Programs/RSVP to place an appointment for assistance. Senior Programs provides seniors with personal assistance to find the plan that best meets their prescription needs. Seniors must enroll in a plan by May 15. There is a penalty attached to the plans if the deadline is not met, and there may be issues with getting prescriptions. The only reasons for not enrolling are if seniors have a plan with PERA, with the Veteran’s Administration, are a retired federal employee, or have health insurance through Pacificare Horizons, Kaiser Permanente, or Humana. Please call 945-9117 for an appointment.

Two roundtable workshops entitled, “Labor Laws & Civil Rights – the Truths, Myths, & Legends” are being presented Tuesday, April 25. Guest speakers Joe Herrera and John Sandoval are with the State of Colorado. Del Cranford is with the U.S. Department of Labor. Joe Herrera will take the lead and will lend his sense of humor to this formidable subject. The workshops are for anyone interested in and/or needing labor law information, and will cover youth and adult situations such as exempt versus nonexempt employees, hourly and overtime pay rules, W-2s versus 1099s, child labor laws by age groups, and have a question and answer session. The morning session is from 8:30-11 a.m. at the Re-2 Learning Opportunities Center, and the afternoon session is from 1-3 p.m. at the CMC Blake Avenue campus in Glenwood.

Literacy Outreach is looking for volunteer tutors to help people 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.Volunteer information sessions will be held in Glenwood Springs from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, April 24, at Colorado Mountain College; in Rifle from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, and from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, at the Rifle Branch Library; and in Silt from 6:30-7:30 p.m. May 3 at the Silt Branch Library.These informal, brief presentations will provide details about Literacy Outreach’s volunteer tutoring program and allow for questions. Volunteer training will be held May 8, 10 and 15. Please RSVP to Literacy Outreach at 945-5282.Kay Vasilakis’ “Nonprofit Spotlight” appears every other Wednesday. She is the media coordinator for the Garfield County Human Services Commission. To contact her, all 945-8515, ext. 513, or by e-mail at

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