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The ROC Report #5

Posted on October 7, 2012 at 11:40 AM

The ROC Report #5

October 7, 2012

The big project this month was painting a blind, elderly ladies house in Rifle. On Sunday morning, Sept. 9, six volunteers from Alpine Bank, one from Crossroads Assisted Living, Kim, Jeanne and I spent a total of 45 volunteer hours painting her house (see the pictures posted) We started 8:00 and were don’t by 2:00. Daylight Donuts in Rifle donated snacks. City Market gave us 3 cases of water. Sherry Warn (from Crossroads) brought a beautiful fruit plate. We painted the house white with green trim around the windows and doors. One crew spent the morning pulling weeds throughout the yard, cleaning up dead branches in bushes in the front and back. Jeanne bought a pot of yellow mums donated by Plant Maintenance for the front porch. Mike McKibben, editor of the Rifle Citizen Telegram, came and took pictures and interviewed volunteers and Carol and did a front page article about the project that week. The place looked gleaming and beautiful when we were done and everyone had a good time. They are eager to get to work on the next project when we get one! Thank you, everyone, for your good work and fun attitude.

The client was very grateful for what we had done. Though she is legally blind she came out to take a look and she could see the difference: bright white and green trim! She loved the flowers.

I returned on Monday to scrape the windows and haul some of the bags of weeds off to the Crossroads dumpster.

On Sept. 11 we held a volunteer fair at the Rifle Library and signed up 29 new volunteers who want to help in some way. On Sept. 13 City Market, our local grocery, offered us cart loads of decorations they were changing out. They set us up in front of their store and Kim, Janice and I spent the day talking with people, selling the decorations and signing up 6 ore volunteers. We raised $290 for the Totes of Hope as well through the sale and donations given! Thank you, City Market!

This month we also bought bus tickets for two couples who needed to get to work and medical appointments in Glenwood Springs. We also transported her to The Salvation Army where she got help for a utility bill. Another family, traveling from WA to TX towing a large travel trailer, had unexpected auto repairs along the way using up their money and needed gas. Thanks to the generosity of two of our volunteers we were able to get them 20 gallons of gas ($80 worth) and an overnight at an RV park in the area.

The rest of September was busy with preparation getting the Totes of Hope geared up to begin in October. Kim and I visited all the elementary school principals and counselors. The School District, principals and counselors all had meetings to determine how they would decide who would get the weekend food. This was a difficult undertaking since there are over 600 in the elementary who qualify but we only had 200 totes available. The teachers sent home notices about the program to qualifying families who needed to return the note acknowledging that they wanted to participate in receiving the food. As it turned out by Wednesday afternoon before the Totes were to be delivered to the schools on Thursday morning, there were 90 families who responded. So we delivered 90 totes of food the first week. The counselors are sure that there will be more by next week as the notes come back in and they will keep inquiring for more. At any rate, Kim and I were very excited to finally get the program up and running! Children and their families are finally getting the food.

I’ve posted some pictures of projects and activities so check them out. Pray for The ROC, its volunteers and its Board. Thank you to our supporters!

Dave

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