As part of the Department of Veterans Affairs ongoing implementation of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, the VA has developed a comprehensive toolkit for veterans and employers about the VOW to Hire Heroes Act and the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program. Find more information about the programs and application procedures at www.benefits.va.gov/VOW or call the VA National Call Center at 1-800-827-1000.
A new website also has been designed to help military veterans find jobs in the transportation industry. According to a news release, the site allows former members of the armed forces to enter their specific military work experience and see how it translates to civilian jobs in five categories: aviation pilot, aviation maintenance technician, air traffic controller, commercial motor vehicle driver and emergency medical services. Job seekers can find what training and certification is needed for civilian jobs, determine what career fits best with their backgrounds and search for available jobs in their field. Learn more at www.dot.gov/veteranstransportationcareers.
Steamboat Springs, Oak Creek offer tree drop-offs
Christmas trees can be dropped off in the northeast corner of the Howelsen Ice Arena parking lot in Steamboat Springs through January. Trees must have all tinsels, lights, nails and decorations removed. Wreathes cannot be dropped off. The resulting mulch will be given to residents and used in city parks. Call Parks Supervisor Ernie Jenkins at 970-879-4300 with questions.
Oak Creek and South Routt residents can drop off their tinsel-free trees above the sheds at the community garden and ice rink parking area off Nancy Crawford Boulevard. Call Mary Alice Page-Allen at 970-736-2422 with questions.
Mainstreet Steamboat seeks program, event volunteers
Mainstreet Steamboat Springs is in need of volunteers to help create programs and events that will benefit downtown businesses and the community. Volunteers are asked to work two to four hours per month. Specifically, volunteers are needed for the Promotion Committee, which plans special events, retail events and branding. Those who are interested are asked to call Tracy Barnett at 970-846-1800.
Steamboat Springs Optimist Club looking for members
The nonprofit Steamboat Springs Optimist Club is in need of members. In addition to the Pumpkin Festival, the club puts on the annual Fishing Derby and Pancake Breakfast; the annual Bike Rodeo, during which Steamboat Springs Police Department officers teach children about bike safety; and the Literacy Bug reading program for Steamboat fifth-graders. The group also runs the Teen of the Month club — which recognizes area high school students for their contributions to school, church and the community — and awards a $1,500 Teen of the Year scholarship.
For more information, call President Mark Lynch at 970-819-5137 or past presidents Rob MacCarthy at 970-879-5283 or Ron Wendler at 970-846-7500.
Cultural integration group seeking bilingual volunteers
Integrated Community is seeking bilingual volunteers to assist the organization with its resource and referral program on Mondays and Wednesdays. Volunteers must speak Spanish, enjoy helping the immigrant community, and be respectful and mature. Training is provided. Call Sheila at 970-871-4599.
Newborn Network offering resources to county families
Newborn Network is a support system dedicated to providing parenting and resource information to all families who live in Routt County and have children as old as 3. Newborn Network’s free services include weekly networking and education groups, parenting education home visits, a lending library of parenting topics and a series of gift bags. Parents of a child as old as 3 can call 970-879-0977 for more information about support services.
Residents encouraged to get involved in Spare the Air
Community educators, businesses and residents are encouraged to get involved with the Spare the Air anti-idling education campaign. The goal of the program is to encourage drivers to turn off idling vehicles after 30 seconds unless traffic safety demands otherwise, according to a news release. Educators are provided with support materials, and Spare the Air signs are available for $11. More information is available at www.yvsc.org under the “Programs” tab or by contacting Suzie Romig at 970-367-1950 or mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.