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Maybell volunteers to be celebrated

Town of 84 hopes to recruit more help

Ryan Sheridan

Maybell on Saturday will celebrate its volunteers and hope to bolster their numbers with a potluck dinner sponsored by the Maybell Volunteer Ambulance.

The dinner begins at 4 p.m. at the Maybell library. There will be booths where people can learn more about the Maybell Fire Department, Maybell Volunteer Ambulance, Maybell Women’s Club, the Parent Advisory Committee, 4-H, the Interdenominational Church, the Maybell Sewer Board and the Maybell Park Advisory Board.

There will also be drawings for prizes, free blood pressure

exams by the Maybell

Volunteer Ambulance and a fire department drill, weather permitting.

“We’re having an appreciation day for all the volunteers that donate so much of their time, and having a recruitment drive to get more volunteers,” Maybell resident Karen Burley said. “We have so many services that are volunteer driven, and now we have so few volunteers we’re in danger of losing some of them.

“It’s a community-wide potluck dinner the food will be fabulous. We’re hoping for a good turnout so we have lots of our community dishes and so much food everybody will just roll back home.”

Burley works in Craig for Moffat County Social Services as an eligibility technician for Medicaid for disabled and elderly residents. On top of that, Burley is also the president of the Maybell Volunteer Ambulance, a member the Maybell Sewer Board and treasurer for the Maybell Park Advisory Board. The wearing of many hats is common in Maybell, and over time most volunteers wear all the hats at some time, Burley said.

“That’s what happens in a town of 84 residents have to wear all those hats or they don’t have any services,” she said. “In Maybell you’ll find that many of the volunteers have been involved in all the services at one point or another. You just try to figure out which ones are the most important to you and make them the priority.”

The Maybell Women’s Club will be seeking to make more residents aware of what the club does in hopes of gaining more volunteers, said Women’s Club President Lois Stoffle.

“We want to show more community members how we’re involved, and have the opportunity to let residents who perhaps don’t know about us learn what our mission is,” she said. “We’re looking to get more ladies in the community involved.”

The Maybell Women’s Club hosts speakers from the Visiting Nurse Association and the Master Gardener series, prepares funeral meals, organizes the annual Maybell play and donates time and money to the Maybell library, Stoffle said.

Both Burley and Stoffle stressed the event’s importance concerning recruitment because volunteers are becoming harder to find.

“The Maybell Ambulance and fire department are all volunteer and they are not paid at all, even when they go on calls,” Burley said. “We need daytime EMTs because we need to have two EMTs on duty every day, but with only 10 volunteers it’s hard to get those shifts covered. If the economy says you need to work outside of Maybell, that’s what you do.”

“All the services need people from the vicinity, and we’re trying to find those who can help with this event.”


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