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It’s Good Neighbor Time!
In its continued commitment to reporting on the good news in Leadville and Lake County, Leadville Today brings readers a news round-up of some neighbors helping neighbors stories – and of course, it involves food!
The Neighbors Helping Neighbors annual food drive kicks off today, October 1 continuing throughout the month.
“The food banks have been hit very hard this year due to the COVID pandemic,” stated organizer Mabel Bogeart. The annual event is held each October before the cold weather and increased need set in with the winter months. The Neighbors Helping Neighbors is the kind of grassroots, community-based operation that can be counted on to truly “put the money where the mouths are!”
Here’s how you can participate. Donation boxes will be at Safeway, Saturdays, Pueblo Bank and Trust and Twin Lakes Inn. Money jar will be located at the all three Banks in town along with Stop and Go on Mt View, Stop and Grab, Saturdays and Elks.
After the food donations have been collected, Bogeart thoughtfully sorts the food into piles of four and distributes them to the following local banks: the Leadville Senior Center, St. George Church, First Presbyterian Church of Leadville, and Holy Family Catholic Parish.
In recent years, Bogeart has seen an increase in organizational donations, especially from residents in the southern part of the county. So keep up the good works! If you would like to contribute, contact Mabel Bogeart at email@example.com. or 719-486-0259.
“Remember,” reminds Bogeart, “What you give to others comes back to you.” Well-done, Mabel!
Cookies and Kindness
It was a sweet treat for teachers and school staff last week as Lindey Miller, Marketing Director for Summit REALTORS® sent news about a recent good deed from a neighboring county! The Great Cookie Drop took place on September 22 when REALTORS® hand delivered 915 cookies to local school districts, including Leadville.
With a focus on community advocacy to bring positivity during challenging times, The REALTORS® of Summit, Park, and Lake Counties executed a Cookie Drop for all school district staff members. Volunteers from the group delivered cookies from Mountain Top Cookie Shop in Breckenridge to every staff member at all schools in Summit, Park, and Lake Counties last week.
“Summit REALTORS® wish education staff members a safe and happy school year and want to make sure they know they are appreciated,” stated Miller. How sweet!
Community Members Sought for New Board
Earlier this week, the following information was distributed by Max Cohen of Leadville to solicit community members to serve on the newly established Leadville/Lake County Law Enforcement Community Board. The group’s mission is to “work to build trust, facilitate communication and create a healthy partnership between law enforcement and the community of Leadville/Lake County.”
They are currently seeking a diverse segment of Leadville and Lake County residents who can commit to six meetings per year with community members and law enforcement leaders. Participants commit to a one, two, or three-year term. They seek applications from community members who fulfill one or multiple of the following demographics:
- Two “At-large” community members
- Three Latinx community members
- One senior citizen
- One teenager / youth
- One resident of Twin Lakes / southern Lake County.
Additionally, the board will include a representative from the school district, a representative from Colorado Mountain College, and an owner/employee from one of the city bars. These constituencies will be contacted and asked to nominate a representative to the board. Board members will work with local law enforcement to outline the duties and scope of the group in order to meet the mission of the board. Spanish translation will be provided if needed. To apply, please submit a letter of interest to lawenforcementboard@leadville-co. gov by Friday, Oct. 9 that explains what you might bring to this board. You do not need previous law enforcement experience to participate. Your application will be considered by a panel of community members.