Vail Valley Voices: Honoring the quiet heroes |

Vail Valley Voices: Honoring the quiet heroes

Cheryl Thomas, Holly Kasper
Vail, CO, Colorado

This week, we we are celebrating volunteers and the impact they make on our local community, the nation and the world.

The theme for Volunteer Week 2009 is “Celebrating People in Action.” This theme captures the meaning behind this signature week, honoring the individuals who dedicate themselves to taking action and solving problems within their communities. We work to celebrate the ordinary people who accomplish extraordinary things through service.

In Eagle County, there are hundreds of volunteers giving back to our communities in their own unique ways. Every day, there are individuals of every age from local youths to seniors helping out by advocating and supporting people in crisis, providing rides to medical appointments for individuals who cannot transport themselves on their own, supporting local food and emergency-shelter programs, mentoring children, reading to children at local early-childhood centers, cleaning our local highways and river basins, gardening and helping to support local culture and art events. In fact, there are few places you can go in Eagle County where volunteers are not a crucial part of its charm and infrastructure.

Volunteers are our quiet heroes and leaders in our community, and without them, our valley would not be as special. Volunteer Services would like to share our appreciation of volunteers in Eagle County. Thank you for anything and everything that you do to make a difference.

As part of National Volunteer Week, Volunteer Services is recognizing a different exceptional volunteer in Eagle County each day of the week in the Vail Daily.

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

They provide just a few examples of local people making a difference in our community. There are many more stories like these. If you are interested in learning more about volunteerism in Eagle County, please contact Eagle County’s Volunteer Services at 970-328-8818.

Cheryl Thomas is the Rural Resort R.S.V.P. program coordinator and Holly Kasper is the Volunteer Center coordinator for Eagle County.

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