This month I would like to challenge all of you to be a light in our community.
We live in a beautiful town. I love seeing the love that is shared in our valley. Especially around the holidays. This year Mighty Man would like to help you give back to the community by making our home a food drop off place for any canned goods you would like to donate. We will then make sure that those canned goods go to the local places that need them most. If you have any canned/non perishable foods you would like to donate please fill free to drop them off at 2256 Kingston Rd.
I would also love to encourage all of you to find other ways to give back! Here are a list of places in the Grand Valley that are always in need of donations and/or volunteers!
The American Red Cross is in need of volunteers for a number of different areas. There is no age limit. There is a volunteer opportunity for everyone!
Is being outdoors your thing? The BLM is in need of volunteers to help with trail cleanup and maintenance as well as a few other projects!
Blood Donation – Giving blood is a great thing to do, any time of year!
Colorado National Monument is another great outdoor volunteering opportunity!
Grand Valley Catholic Outreach does so much for our community and it would not be possible to do it all without the help of their volunteers. There are many different volunteer options with them too, one of them even being a story reader! How fun!
Hilltop’s Latimer House is a vital service here in the Grand Valley. They help those who are going through domestic violence and/or sexual assault. There are many ways you can donate to their cause as well including:
- Wal-Mart or grocery store gift cards ($20, $25, $30)
- Gas station gift cards for fuel
- Back packs and duffel bags
- Toiletries: Full size bottles of shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, razors, shaving cream, toilet paper rolls
- Paper towels, pillows, blankets & shower towels
- Card & board games for all ages, adult coloring books & gel pens
Homeward Bound loves to have volunteers and they are also always in need of donated items!
HopeWest does so much for our valley and they are always looking for volunteers to help out with their heirlooms, camp good grief or with patient support. You can volunteer starting at 13 years old.
Horticulture Volunteer – Main street is always overflowing with beauty. Especially during the growing season. I love visiting down town and seeing all the beautiful flowers. Did you know that you can volunteer to help maintain those beautiful flowers from May – October? That’s right! There is a local volunteer program for that too!
Mesa County Libraries loves to have volunteers come help them out. You could help out with their Summer Reading Program, shelving, discovery garden and more!
Are animals your thing? Then we recommend you give Roice Hurst Humane Society a call! There are lots of great volunteer opportunities to help our the animals in need.
St. Mary’s Hospital is a great place to volunteer. There is a variety of ways to volunteer either inside or outside of the hospital. They do ask for a minimum of 50 hours of service that can be broken up in a number or ways.
VA Hospital is another great place you can volunteer your time. They also love to accept donations of the following items.
- Hygiene items
- Paperback books
- New clothing, socks and underwear
- New packaged socks, gloves, boxers/briefs in all sizes up to 42
- Sweats/sweatshirts/t-shirts up to size 4 XL
The Victim Advocate Program is all volunteers who are filled with compassion for others. They are the helping hand for others who have been through a traumatic event. My hat is off to these amazing volunteers.
It is important to give to our community year round. Not just at the holiday’s. We truly hope that you will get involved in giving back in one way or another. If you know of any other volunteer oppurtunities in the valley please let us know. We would love to add them to the list!