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DELTA COUNTY EDITION

Volume 7, Issue 10

A Monthly Publication by A Little Help

October 2018

Happening This Week!

A Li le Breakfa Gala: Join us on Wednesday, October 3rd in Denver for a panel discussion with state leaders moderated by Reggie Rivers, remarks from Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne, and music from grammy-nominated Maxwell Hughes! We are offering pay-what-you-can ticketing for our members and volunteers. Please call 720-242-9032 or visit for more information.

Our next Service Saturday is scheduled for Saturday, November 3rd, and we need your help! Volunteers

will meet at Apple Valley Park at 8:00 a.m. for donuts, juice, and coffee. Scouts and team leaders will describe the various jobs our member have requested, and we will break up into teams. After gathering the tools we will need, each team will head out to their assigned worksite, arriving around 9:00 a.m. They will meet the member, confirm instructions, and get to work. At 12:00 p.m. we will gather for pizza, beverages, and celebration! Service Saturdays are a great time for folks to volunteer with their families. Raking leaves is so much more fun with kids! And our teen volunteers are always wonderful additions to our teams. Please register online at or by calling our office at 970-527-3482. Plan on bringing

rakes, gloves, gardening tools, and make sure to label them before coming. Save the date!

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Branch Spotlight

Our Chaffee County branch was the first branch to start doing Warm Welcome visits with our new members, and our other branches started implementing it after seeing how successful they were. Our new Chaffee County Coordinator, Sara Ward, reshaped how her branch does their Warm Welcome visits by starting to bring baskets of fresh veggies to their new members!

The photo above is from a welcome visit with new members Paul and Kathleen. Kathleen was raised in a home that always grew their own food, and later followed that tradition herself. She grew gardens and preserved her food for years, but with recent sight challenges she is no longer able to do so. Sara said, "Kathleen had some amazing recipes in her kitchen to share with me. She was so appreciative of the fresh tomatoes and said they tasted just like her mama's tomatoes."

Thanks to Sara and our community in Chaffee County for making this possible!

We're Hiring!

A Little Help is seeking a part time ? 5 to 10 hours per week ? coordinator to work with the North Fork Valley Neighborhood Team of volunteers. The successful candidate will be results-oriented, and demonstrate excellent interpersonal, organization, planning, and computer skills. Hourly wage is $12-14 commensurate with experience.

To request the full position description, please email Tanya Matthias at tanya@. Resumes may be submitted to the same email address. For additional information, please call Tanya at 970-527-3482. The deadline for applications is Friday, September 28, 2018.

A Little Help Phone Number: 970-527-3482

Volunteer Spotlight

Bill Crompton is the kind of thoughtful, empathic, joyful volunteer that undergirds A Little Help's mission. Bill has lived in Paonia with his wife, Margaret, since 2016. In addition to volunteering, he enjoys hiking and camping.

Bill's volunteer work with A Little Help and, now, with Hope West Hospice as well, is an extension of a change he made quite a while ago from working for the railroad to becoming a nurse. He was inspired by a poem by

Marge Piercy, `To Be of Use.' One line from the poem, `The pitcher cries for water to carry and a person for work that is real,' holds special meaning for him.

Bill believes that for people to ask for help is significant. He often sees the same members again and again and values the opportunity to `be there' for them in different ways over time, creating a space for them to feel comfortable asking for help and sharing how they're doing. Thank you so much for all you do, Bill!

What's Going on in Surface Creek

Service Saturday! In Surface Creek

A Little Help's kickoff event, launching A Little Help in Surface Creek, is on Saturday, October 27th. Volunteers of all ages will meet at Cedaredge Town Park located in downtown Cedaredge for coffee and donuts at 8am. We'll form teams and help out older home owners requesting assistance with yard clean up, raking, and/or outside window washing. Work should be completed by noon. All participants are invited to join us after your work is complete at the the Cedaredge Community United Methodist Church for a pizza party!

Please let your friends and family in Surface Creek know about this great opportunity to get involved either as a volunteer or as someone who wants to receive help with A Little Help.

Find more information and to sign up go to: ServiceSaturdays or call us at 970-527-3482.

Service Saturdays are a great time for folks to volunteer with their families. Raking leaves is so much more fun with kids! And our teen volunteers are always wonderful additions to our teams.

Not available on Saturday, October 27th but still want to help - No Problem! We are looking for scouts to help give us a better idea of what our volunteers may be doing at the homes on Saturday. Please give us a ring or drop us an email at office@ if interested in scouting.

Neighborhood Teams

A Little Help is going to have a table at the following fun events in Surface Creek and we could use a couple of volunteers to sit at our table and hand-out material to folks passing by, we will provide you with everything you need to know and have for that day. Please contact Tanya at 970-527-3482 or tanya@alittlehelp. org if this might be of some interest to you for an hour or two.

Cedaredge Applefest 2018

Saturday, October 6th - 9a.m. to 5p.m.

Sunday, October 7th - 10a.m. to 4p.m.

ADRC (Aging and Disability Resources for Colorado) Resource Fair

Thursday, October 25th, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Bill Heddles Recreation Center, Delta Colorado

A LITTLE NEWS Volume 7, Issue 10 A Monthly Publication

by A Little Help

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October 2018

A Little Help PO Box 1738 Paonia, CO 81428 970-527-3482

Board of Directors

Alan Walker Board Chair

Steve Davis Treasurer

Angela Lichtenberger Secretary

Mike Rengel Sean McBride, CPA Cori Keeton Pope Lori Tolle, Esq. Bob Brocker Jonathan Mueller Dr. Paul Leon Ramsey Executive Director Hilary Lenz, MPH Program Director

Mission: Connecting neighbors to help seniors thrive.

Vision: Neighbors connected across generations engaged in strong communities.

TAX ID #83-0494129

Headshot photo credit: Eliza Donley Nolte

Paul's Perspective

Our end of summer (you wouldn't know it by the temperatures outside) picnic each year at the Washington Park Boathouse is always one of our great events. One of the main reasons for the success is the great turnout to celebrate our Metro Denver volunteers. On September 18th, 80-90 folks gathered as we shared stories and presented awards to some of our favorite good neighbors.

As A Little Help grows, our Volunteers of the Year categories grow with us. You probably know that we now have a more spacious and welcoming office, which has enabled us to bring more volunteers into our space to help us in a multitude of ways. At the picnic, we gave our appreciation (and awards) to Gisselle Rovira, Earleen Hamilton, Peter Heldman, and Dawnelle O'Brien. These are folks who chip in on a weekly basis in the office answering calls, filing, entering information into our HelpConnect database, reaching out to businesses to partner with us, calling members and volunteers about upcoming events, or providing Care Calls for members from their home. We also honored Jill Wichlens who helps in a variety of ways and Eric Snyder who is in his third year as our work Program Assistant through his college work study program, and who regularly goes above and beyond as staff support and a jack of all trades. After five years designing this monthly newsletter and accepting constant last minute graphic design requests, it was past time to recognize Dean McCready for the generous contributions he makes to A Little Help. Our other highlighted Volunteers of 2018 were Jeannine Sawicki, who has been one of our best drivers and handywoman over the past couple years; Lynn Bouck, who makes regular visits to our older adult members as well as providing yard work assistance; Ginny Fischer, who has been a major volunteering force in a multitude of ways as we grow in Jefferson County; and Hal Goldberg, who uses his experience, talent, and education to gather and lead a support group for a volunteering and served members in Denver. The picnic also included shoutouts to several of our volunteers who help us on a very regular basis, but haven't been volunteering quite as long as the folks I mentioned above (this is probably a good indicator of who will get the plaques in 2019). Volunteers like Trent Novak, who has become our go-to last minute Denver driver and weed puller. Lori and Jay Blanchard, who gives us tremendous event support, pitch in for yard work, and are always ready to accept a member request. Carolyn Wiese, who is a regular driver and member visitor. Dan Lemke, who captains his neighborhood team, hosts picnics, visits isolated members, drives, and pitches in whenever he is able. Bob and Gail Inman, who are helping establish a deeper presence for A Little Help in their neighborhood, outreach, and Gail as a weekly driver. Harmony Sheehan, another work study Program Assistant who has become regular presence in our office, helping with phones, filing, and thoughtfulness.

Every year, it is increasingly difficult to single out a few volunteers. The beauty of our model is that we are led by professionals and run by a tremendous group of good neighbors volunteering to grow community and fight isolation in their neighborhoods. We are naming the program that encompasses the variety of volunteer led activities CARING and SHARING. CARING and SHARING will be the beautiful bucket (maybe I should say vase), that we put activities such as our Warm Welcome visits into. As a Warm Welcome, our Chaffee County volunteers have been bring bags of freshly picked vegetables to our new members homes after they join! Our North Fork Valley Neighbor Team has been leading thoughtful discussions on mortality in their Death Cafes. Care Calls from volunteers like Earleen, Dawnelle, and others in Chaffee and Delta, who make sure to check in with our older adult members to help them feel connected and loved. Other beautiful flowers in the CARING and SHARING vase are: Hal's support group, the book club that meets monthly at the Kirk of Bonnie Brae, Neighborhood Teams, backyard picnics, office volunteering, and Senior Tot Storytime. The beauty of this particular vase is that you can grow the next flowering activity in your own neighborhood. I am an optimist. I believe that there is no limit to the ways A Little Help's volunteers can demonstrate caring and sharing with their neighbors. What about you?

Welcome Harmony!

We are excited to welcome our new Program Assistant, Harmony Sheehan! She is a work study student currently obtaining her BA in Creative Writing at University of Colorado Denver. She also performs with local band The Milk Blossoms. Welcome, Harmony!

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PO Box 1738 Paonia, CO 81428

October 2018

SUNDAY

MONDAY

Senior Lunch

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10 a.m. ? 1 p.m.

Paonia Senior Center

Kid's Pasta Project bene ting the NFV Creative Coalition 6 p.m. Edesia Kitchen

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Senior Lunch 10 a.m.? 1 p.m. Paonia Senior Center

Mark Your Calendars ? Delta County Events

TUESDAY WEDNESDAY

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Senior Lunch 10 a.m. ? 1 p.m.

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Paonia Senior Center

Tech Cafe 2 - 4 p.m. Paonia Public Library

Service Saturday! Scout Meeting 3 p.m. Root & Vine

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Senior Lunch 10 a.m.? 12 p.m. Paonia Senior Center

Tech Cafe 2 - 4 p.m. Paonia Public Library

THURSDAY 4

FRIDAY

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Crochet Club 10 ap.m. Crawford Library Meets weekly Senior Lunch 10 a.m.? 1 p.m. Paonia Senior Center

SATURDAY 6

Flute and Piano Concert 7:30 p.m. ? 9:30 p.m. Blue Sage

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Crochet Club 10 a.m. Crawford Public Library

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Reggae Festival 1 p.m. The Creamery

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Kid's Pasta Project

bene ting the NFV

Creative Coalition

6 p.m.

Edesia Kitchen

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Senior Lunch

10 a.m.? 1 p.m.

Paonia Senior Center

Kid's Pasta Project bene ting the NFV Creative Coalition 6 p.m. Edesia Kitchen

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Senior Lunch

10 a.m.? 1 p.m.

Paonia Senior Center

Kid's Pasta Project bene ting the NFV Creative Coalition 6 p.m. Edesia Kitchen

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Senior Lunch 10 a.m. ? 1 p.m. Paonia Senior Center

Tech Cafe 2 - 4 p.m. Paonia Public Library

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Senior Lunch 10 a.m. ? 1 p.m. Paonia Senior Center

Tech Cafe 2 - 4 p.m. Paonia Public Library

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Senior Lunch 10 a.m. ? 1 p.m. Paonia Senior Center

Tech Cafe 2 - 4 p.m. Paonia Public Library

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Crochet Club 10 a.m. Crawford Public Library

Knit Crochet Club 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Paonia Public Library

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Senior Lunch 10 a.m. ? 1 p.m. Paonia Senior Center

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Crochet Club 10 a.m. Crawford Public Library

Senior Lunch 10 a.m. ? 1 p.m. Paonia Senior Center

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