Routt County’s Day of Caring pairs volunteers with nonprofits
May 16, 2011
How to help
There are a limited number of volunteer opportunities remaining for the United Way Day of Caring. Call United Way Executive Director Kelly Stanford at 970-879-5605 for more information.
Steamboat Springs — During the annual Routt County United Way Day of Caring on Wednesday, volunteers will help Horizons Specialized Services by cleaning its cars and doing yard work.
Horizons Volunteer Coordinator Rebecca Hanson said without that help, employees would be tasked with those responsibilities, which would take away from their efforts to work with their developmentally disabled clients. She said Horizons' 10-vehicle fleet lets employees meet with clients in Routt, Grand, Jackson, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties and to get those clients to and from activities.
"Every year, we usually have a least a couple of groups who come over and help us," Hanson said. "It's very, very important, especially with our vehicles because they get so much use. Our staff, we don't have time to clean out our vehicles."
In addition to the vehicle cleaning, Hanson said the volunteers will start a garden that the four clients who live in the home can maintain this summer.
About 130 volunteers have signed up to work on 22 projects at 18 sites in the county for the Day of Caring, United Way Executive Director Kelly Stanford said. She said there still are some volunteer opportunities available for event, now in its 15th year.
"This is an effort that tries to give nonprofit organizations an opportunity to get their projects done and volunteers an opportunity to have fun during a day throughout the community," she said. "In addition to nonprofit organizations, we also do help some individual clients of nonprofits who may have some needs.
"We try to help those folks out as well if those projects come to us."
Stanford said volunteers work from 8 a.m. to noon. She said volunteer projects will take place rain or shine. And afterward, Stanford said, the Ski Town Lion's Club will provide a free lunch at Olympian Hall.
The Day of Caring also is a good reminder that volunteer opportunities exist regularly in the community, Stanford said. She said the United Way's Volunteer Coordination Center pairs volunteers with local nonprofits in need. She said it could provide volunteer opportunities for people who are unable to participate in the Day of Caring.
Stanford said the United Way's mission is to promote volunteerism. She said the Day of Caring provides an opportunity for people to come together to volunteer.
"It's fun, it feels good to give back, and it really has an impact on the community," she said.
To reach Jack Weinstein, call 970-871-4203 or email jweinstein@SteamboatToday.com
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