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Make a Difference Day is Saturday in Eagle County

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Eagle County, CO Colorado
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EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” Eagle County, Colorado residents are encouraged to get involved in their community on Saturday, which is National Make A Difference Day.

On Saturday, residents can donate food or time to the town of Vail’s “Make a Difference Day” food drive that supports local crisis and food programs for the holidays. Residents also can volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and help build low-income homes.

Locals also can volunteer to clean up a local park, support a neighbor who may need help, mentor youth, help local seniors or work with animals.

Eagle County Volunteer Services’ goal is to support individuals who volunteer, whether they are just getting started or have been involved for many years. The agency pairs nonprofit organizations with individuals and other groups who want to volunteer. Currently, there are more than 500 volunteers registered with Volunteer Services and 90 programs with which it collaborates. Local volunteers include people who donate time on a yearly, monthly, weekly or daily basis.

Becky, a local resident, is one of these volunteers. She became involved with Volunteer Services in May and is anxious to share her reasons for getting involved in volunteering:

“When I was living in California with my parents, we had a neighbor with Alzheimer’s who my mother befriended. Whenever there was a problem or a question, our neighbor would call my mother, and she would go help.

“I asked her why she gave so much of her free time to a woman she barely knew, and she replied, ‘Because she needs help and I hope that if my mother needs help someone would do the same for her.’ I thought that was the best possible answer.

“So I moved out here and happened to come across a small ad in the newspaper regarding the need for volunteers to help with the elderly. I instantly thought of my mother and thought that if there was an elderly person in Eagle County who I could help, then maybe someone would do it for my grandmother, whom I am very close to.

“I have been visiting with an elderly woman for approximately eight weeks now. At first it was like any relationship; you’re getting to know one another and it’s a little fragile. Now I can walk in and see her smile. She sits right down and we don’t waste any time getting to business.

“I read to her from the Vail Daily, because she is blind, and we discuss what’s going on. I just found out that she loves peaches, so we’re going to bake a peach cobbler sometime. I would highly encourage everyone to do the same because you won’t just be making a difference in someone else’s life, you’ll also be making a difference in your own.”

Volunteer Services would like to thank all Eagle County residents who finds the time to do something for others and encourage them to continue.

Call (970)328-1352 or e-mail for more information.

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