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April 4, 2017
Mark a Homeless Gear volunteer is happy to fill in wherever the need is greatest, but he has a knack for fixing bicycles, and he noticed that-despite the fact that a large percentage of Murphy Center clients, or "guests," relied on bicycles as a primary form of transportation-no one was repairing bicycles at the Murphy Center.
In January 2016, Mark gathered some tools and arrived at the Murphy Center, ready to repair some bicycles. It was hard to predict how popular or needed the service would be and, indeed, it took a few weeks to gain traction. By the end of the year, Mark and a growing team of volunteers had created and grown a fully functioning program that, to this day, positively impacts the lives of hundreds of individuals and families.
In 2016, the Bike Repair program conducted 51 bike-repair sessions at the Murphy Center and participated in several external events, repaired over 300 bikes, contributed 352 hours of volunteer service, purchased and retrofitted a mobile, bike-repair trailer, built strong collaborations with Bike Fort Collins and the Fort Collins Bike Coop and, in short, became essential to the fabric of the Murphy Center.
In 2017, Mark and his team plan to continue the Friday-afternoon bike-repair clinics, provide additional, monthly clinics at alternate locations, partner with Bike Fort Collins to provide bike-repair outreach to Poudre Valley Trailer Park and other locations, recruit and train more volunteer mechanics and-perhaps most excitingly-create an apprenticeship program through which individuals-in-need could learn bike-repair skills and (depending on pending funding requests) receive payment for their services.
Jan and Larry are dedicated volunteers at Crossroads Ministry of Estes Park. Their selfless dedication to this community has inspired the nomination. Jan volunteers at the front desk two days a week, and performs an enormous amount of administrative report keeping for Crossroads. Larry drives down the Fort Collins every Tuesday to pick up Crossroads food order from the Food Bank for Larimer County. They are wonderful to work with and a treasure to this community!
It takes 125 volunteers to run Crossroads, each month. With a staff of only four, we depend on our volunteers. Jan and Larry Kilgore are as dependable as they come. Because of their dedication, we are able to help feed 1 in 12 in the Estes Valley. Jan is our "Director of First Impressions" at Crossroads. She greets clients, staff and other volunteers with a lovely smile, a kind word, and knowledge of how Crossroads can help those in need in the Estes Valley. Her meticulous record keeping of a plethora of information, allows us to apply for grants with success. Larry gets up early every Tuesday, drives down Hwy 36 up to North Fort Collins and picks up food, not only for Crossroads, but also picks up the Estes Park Schools Backpacks for Kids. In wind, snow, rain and sunshine, Larry helps keep our pantry stocked. His smile and willingness to do whatever it takes, is a huge blessing.
These two are a treasure. Their smiles, souls and hearts are a blessing to so many in this community. Not to mention, Jan is on the board, and volunteers at Elizabeth Guild, a local non profit thrift store. Larry helps with Lyons Habitat for Humanity. They are long time volunteers, avid bicyclists, and show love and kindness wherever they go.
Bob volunteers at the Poudre Valley Hospital Emergency Department and has since March, 2006 and served to date 6000 hours. He is dedicated, loyal, cheerful, dependable and compassionate. Bob absolutely loves being a volunteer at Poudre Valley Hospital and from our office, to the staff and volunteers in the Emergency Room; we could not do it without Bob. I am truly inspired by his loyalty towards our organization and his willingness to always help.
Bob is a valued member of the Emergency Room Team! Volunteers in the Emergency Room must be able to communicate effectively, be organized, take initiative, take direction from staff, and work well as a team member. However, exceptional training is the backbone of a great volunteer program. Bob is our team leader volunteer for training. Bob not only assures that he trains all the new student volunteers in the Emergency Room program, but he also developed the training guide. Bob has always demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in this role.
I think volunteering at any organization is a journey of the heart. You volunteer because that organization speaks to you in a way that you decide to give your time and passion. Robert Ingersoll stated, "We rise by lifting others”. Bob lifts us all by his compassion, caring, loving spirit, but most of all, his eternal dedication to UCHealth and Poudre Valley Hospital. We are so lucky to have such amazing volunteers in our community such as Bob, who make a difference by their presence, and most importantly, a difference in the lives of others.
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