Our Future Summit

February 12, 2009

A Roundtable of Non-Profit Organizations in Summit County

Moderator Lee Zimmerman


68 Attendees

Lee Zimmerman, Executive Director of Summit Foundation (Moderator)

Community and civic work is a legacy and tradition in Summit County.

Our county is unique in that there are many community based grass-roots organizations. The county did not depend or wait for national organizations to come in and start non-profits; they were started and evolved by people who live here. Non-profits include a process of awareness of the organization and needs in the community, recruitment, and retention of volunteers.

Joel Cochran, Summit County Emergency Management

Works with County & other organizations like the American Red Cross on emergency preparedness. Need for volunteers in a crisis, yet it sometimes puts them in a position to be criticized after the fact. Joel is the equivalent of the “Summit County FEMA”.

Dawn Banas, Summit School District, Climate Coordinator Assistant

Nanci Morris, IB Coordinator at elementary, middle, and high schools

Need for single day or longer-term volunteers. High School Ambassador program involves meet and greet at the front door of the high school. Other opportunities include: the media center, Golden Fleece program in the middle school keeping adults in the hallways & cafeteria, single-day events like upcoming February Courage Retreat for middle school and Respect Retreat for 10th grade. Service through action.

Michael Langlois, Summit Foundation Director of Events & Marketing

Four major events per year include Duck Races, Parade of Homes, Mountain Arts, and Golf Tournament. Foundation awards funds to non-profits. Dependent on volunteers to work at annual special events.

Jaime Harmon, Family & Intercultural Rsrce Ctr. (FIRC), Development & Volunteer Mgr.

As one of the largest volunteer organizations in Summit County, program includes home visits, client support, fund-raising, outreach, food bank, and thrift store openings. A strong need exists for long-term volunteers.

Debbie Devine, Colorado Mountain College (CMC)

New Dean (CEO) is implementing an initiative to use college students to volunteer within the community. Community service would add to their education. 

Jennifer Schappert, Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center (BOEC)

Primarily winter sports. Adaptive ski and snowboarding, providing outdoor experiences to wounded soldiers and people with disabilities. Need volunteers to assist on the mountains, assist with lessons, and accompany students. Program combines disability with ability.

Peggy Hiller, Summit County Detox Center

Mental health and substance abuse services, including Reins for Change (equine program). Located in MOB, program through CO West Mental Health. They are a mental health triage open 365 days, 24/7. Need for people to serve as part of a Citizen Advisory Group and with those they serve. Training provided.

Kathy Reed, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA of the Continental Divide)

Trained volunteers are court advocates in abuse and neglect cases in the 5th Judicial District of Colorado. They investigate and make recommendations. Strong need exists for one year continuous commitment (or the life of a case).

Bo Tomlyn, Summit Working All Together

Working to make Summit County a better place to live. Would like to implement SWAT, Summit Working All Together, as a fund-raiser for non-profit organizations in the County. Would like to see Summit go off the grid with green technology. SWATs Happening.

Stacey Berry, Bristlecone

Provides in-home skilled service as well as meal-delivery, companionship, and caregiver respite. Volunteers essential. In old hospital bldg/School Rd.

 Jen Santry-Kirkpatrick, High Country Conservation

Train volunteers quarterly. Program includes recycling, composting, and education. HCC operates certified recycling centers and implements a certification program for volunteers. Involved in the regional useable bag challenge.

Jerry and Janie James, Summit Medical Center

Volunteers vital to Summit Medical Center as guides, receptionists, and friendly faces. Six month continuous commitment preferred. Janie suggests some kind of Volunteer Job Fair to appeal to the community…a method of attracting and keeping volunteers.

John Taylor, American Red Cross

Red Cross involved with health & safety; volunteers teach, train for disaster action teams, help with shelters, and initiate ambassador program. Volunteers participate in plans for potential county disasters (ie. pine beetle kill/forest fire).

Guff Van Vooren and Maggie Gaddis, Friends of the Dillon Ranger District (FDRD), Executive Director and Volunteer Coordinator

Forest Steward Program includes weed pulls, fuel reduction, cone collection, trail maintenance, fencing, Adopt-a-Trail program. Team-building opportunities. FDRD prints annual calendar/schedule of forest health programs.

Currie Craven, Friends of Eagles Nest Wilderness

Advocate and educate. Stewardship and outreach program. Contribute money to the Forest Service. Formed out of a need in 1994. Volunteers work in groups of 15 or less to ensure preservation of wilderness areas.

Theresa Bisio, SOS Regional Program Coordinator

Snow-sport organization, building self-esteem and providing mentors. Beginning a summer program: hiking, camping, and outdoor play in Summit County. Emphasis is on youth 8-18 years old. Long-term volunteers vital.

Jordan Bailey, Mountain Mentors

Long term commitment needed to mentor youth. Serves ages 6-16 years; in real need of volunteers, particularly men, to positively influence youth in a one-on-one relationship. Eight hours/month would provide consistency to a child.

Brad Esser, Town of Dillon Marketing & Events Assistant

Town of Dillon would like to expand partnership with non-profits to benefit both parties. Example would be face painting at a town event to benefit the non-profit and provide a service to the Town.

Christy Nelson, RSVP Volunteer Coordinator at Summit County Comm. & Senior Center

Federally funded National Community & Service Recruitment Program of volunteers (ages 55+) to make a difference in existing programs in a community. Over 250 volunteers in 2008 volunteered in 42 different Summit County non-profits. Need for more volunteer sites. Also, a need exists in the county to provide a volunteer coordinator for those under 55 years of age.

Claudia Wiley, Open Space and Trails

Involved in reforestation projects, wildflower sowing, trails, Adopt-a-Trail program, noxious weed pulls. County has 14,000 acres of open space. Dependent on volunteers to help maintain trails and open space.

Shirley Willis, Summit Choral Society, Our Future Summit, Forest Health Task Force

Advocated participation in Summit Choral Society concerts; group provides an entertainment benefit to the county. 

Sally Beerup, League for Animals & People of the Summit (LAPS)

Annual fundraising events use volunteers: Dog Terra, Canine 4K, Pet Photos with Santa, Let’s Go Boating. Provides $40 vouchers for spay/neutering. Work to limit pet population. Forming plans for a Dog Park in Summit. Needs volunteers and fund-raisers.

Eileen Davies, Frisco Town Council,  LAPS

Town uses volunteers to help with special events on Main Street like Music on Main and 4th of July. One day or hours.

Katie Duggin, Advocates for Victims of Assault

Advocates handle a 24-hour hotline taking crisis calls. Volunteers answer the phone during non-office hours and weekends. 40 hours of training over 6 weeks. Office help needed as well.

Marcia Kaufman, Breckenridge Music Festival

Always in need of volunteer ushers. Volunteers wanted to serve on the Applause Board.

Duck White-Petteruti, Domus Pacis Family Respite

Volunteers participate in many ways: baking cookies, providing meals, offering transportation,  & general assist in Summit County activities for families who are impacted by cancer. Volunteers needed to provide their vacant 2nd homes for weeklong respite vacations.

Sandy Greenhut, Arts for the Summit (represents 23 local organizations)

The arts are in need of fund-raising and volunteers to promote the arts. Notebooks provided annually to Welcome Centers, hotel, concierge services, and businesses. Mission is to cooperate and collaborate. Fund-raising needed.

Kathie Kralik, Summit County 4-H

4-H served 212 kids and employed 42 adult volunteer leaders last year. Teach life skills to youth; presently have 26 clubs. Need adults to volunteer to teach their skills and/or provide assistance in clubs.

Liz Wickert, Summit County Rotary

Deborah Hage, Summit County Rotary, Lord of the Mountains

Have immediate need for volunteers to help with a new program, serving free weekly community dinners at the Elks Club in Silverthorne.

Alex Miller, Managing Editor; Rory Moulton, Community Editor, Summit Daily News

Lists non-profits and volunteer opportunities on website. Same will be published on Fridays in print edition. Can update one’s own organization. Contact paper to list a special event under Community Notes. On-going volunteer needs can be published “forever”.

Sharon Russell, Executive Director of Summit Chamber of Commerce

Sent word that she offers to list volunteer opportunities on Chamber website.

Other possible websites to promote volunteer opportunities in Summit:

The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, Our Great Life, Summit School District (blog)

Future Needs of Summit County Organizations Using Volunteer Services

Awareness and recruitment are essential.

How can organizations network?

How can community educate citizens of how and where they can volunteer?

A possible Volunteer Job Fair?


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