Eric Myers : Give time to Red Cross
To the editor:
The American Red Cross Western Colorado Chapter is celebrating its volunteers and the work they do in the community during National Volunteer Week, April 6 through 12. We couldn’t do what we do without the tireless work of our dedicated volunteers.
Last year, our volunteers provided food, shelter, comfort and hope to 70 local families who faced home fires and other disaster situations. They trained people in lifesaving skills and assisted military members, veterans and their families. Colorado has experienced a tough couple of years, and I am grateful that so many compassionate people have volunteered their time with the Red Cross to respond to historic disasters, both right here in Western Colorado as well as helping our neighbors across the state.
We want to invite the public to sign up to volunteer and be a part of our lifesaving work. We’re looking for diverse volunteers of all ages and skill levels. Go to http://www.redcross.org/colorado to learn more about volunteering with us and how to submit a volunteer application. I want to extend my sincerest thanks to each and every Red Cross volunteer who helps us fulfill our mission 365 days a year, 24 hours a day in Western Colorado.
American Red Cross Western Colorado Chapter
Colorado treats marijuana taxes like ‘a piggy bank,’ but top lawmakers want to limit spending to two areas
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