|Posted on December 11, 2012 at 12:30 AM|
The ROC Report #7
December 17, 2012
Just wanted to share a wonderful experience I had last week. Kim called in sick with flu and so that left me to organize the assembly of and delivery of the 227 Totes of Food. Three of my regular volunteers were going to be gone and one, who showed up, had had a heart condition and was put on oxygen this week. We had 227 totes to pack, load into containers, get up the stairs, into trucks and have delivered by 11 AM. By 10:15 I realized we weren’t going to make it so I called in the fire department. I explained what we were doing and they were happy to send an engine company and a pickup and 4 firefighters in them. They helped get the food up the stairs. We loaded the engine and the pickup and my station wagon and each of us went to a different school. They all got delivered in time.
I’m surely grateful for the help of the Rifle Fire Department. I prayed that morning on the way to the food bank for God to provide the volunteers. Just didn’t know it would be the Rifle Fire Department! They said that they would be happy to help again. Just call them. “It’s what we do” they said.
I shamelessly ask for your support as we come to the close of this year. The ROC depends upon its volunteers and contributors. How very much the gifts of those who have already contributed have meant to all of us at The ROC and how much they have helped those in need! Thank you.
If you would like to contribute, or are thinking about it, here is a summary of what we do in the community:
Angel Tree: Children in Rifle and Parachute who, otherwise, will not be getting a Christmas gift, receive a $10-$20 gift from individuals who retrieve an “Angel” from the tree at selected business in town. More requests for gifts come in than are donated and so we need to buy gifts to make up the difference. Cash contributions to Angel Tree will provide gifts for those children.
Emergency Assistance: Throughout the year, due to lack of work, families find themselves in financial trouble and are unable to make their rent or utilities. Some need gas money to get to work or to medical appointments. Those who ask for assistance are interviewed to determine if and how we can help. There is always a need for these finds.
Latino Integration: Latinos make up a large segment of our community. They are seen by some to be a drain on community resources. But if you talk with them, they really want to be a part of helping the community. This program enlists Latinos in a volunteer program where they can participate in helping others. Through volunteering, Latino leadership will be identified and encouraged to enlist others to get involved in a positive way in the community. English classes will be provided for any who want to learn the language. This is key to successful integration in the community.
Seniors Assistance: Seniors living alone are in danger of being forgotten. Our Seniors program provides opportunity for them to become volunteers so they can feel themselves useful to our community. Volunteers from this team will regularly check on the welfare of our seniors and provide assistance when needed all year long.
School Programs, Totes of Hope: Re-2 reports that many of the children in K-JrHi who qualify for the Free/Reduced Lunch Program are not getting enough to eat at home on the weekends. Teachers see hunger pains, lethargy, headaches, etc. because of this. The Totes of Hope provides food for these children to take home on the weekends for their parents to supplement their weekend. Presently 227 students are benefiting from this in the Rifle elementary school.
General operating: Funds are always needed to keep the doors open, pay office expenses, printing, travel, etc. Donations for General Operating are always welcome.
Reach-Out Colorado, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. EIN#: 45-5370178. All gifts are tax deductable. You may designate a particular program you want to support or help with General Operation. Either way, make your checks payable to: Reach-Out Colorado, Inc. (or The ROC) PO Box 1222, Rifle, CO 81650.
Have a very Merry Christmas everyone!
Director, The ROC