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SPECIAL-NEEDS PARENT SUPPORT GROUP: The group meets monthly to provide support to parents/caregivers with a special-needs child. For more information, e-mail psychnuts@q.com or call 303-709-1431.

FAMILY-PLANNING CLINIC OFFERING WALK-IN HOURS: The Family Planning Clinic at Jefferson County Public Health is now offering walk-in hours to clients at its Lakewood location, 260 S. Kipling St. Walk-in hours will be from 1 to 3:30 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday. Clinic check-in time will begin at 12:30 p.m. Clients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis with no guarantee of being seen that day depending on demand. Clients may be seen for: birth control (IUDs and Nexplanons cannot be placed on the same day), pregnancy testing, emergency contraceptive and sexually transmitted infection testing. For more information, visit http://jeffco.us/public-health/ and click on “Healthy Families.”

MT. EVANS OFFERS SUPPORT GROUP FOR BEREAVED SPOUSES: Mt. Evans Home Health & Hospice offers a free monthly support group for people grieving the death of a spouse. The group, which is facilitated by Mt. Evans bereavement professionals, encourages discussion of issues unique to those who have lost a life partner. A light supper is provided. The “Grieving After the Death of a Spouse” group meets the second Thursday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mt. Evans office, 3081 Bergen Peak Drive, Evergreen. For more information, call 303-674-6400.

ECHO SEEKS VOLUNTEERS: The EChO Resale Shop Home Furnishing Store needs a variety of volunteers. Tinkering talents of all sorts are in demand to repair and refinish furniture, test electronics and help sort the huge volume of donated items. For information, call Mary at 303-670-1796 or e-mail mary@evergreenchristianoutreach.org.

ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP: Mt. Evans Home Health & Hospice, in cooperation with the Alzheimer’s Association, offers a support group for caregivers, family and friends of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias on the third Monday of every month from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The free program is designed to help caregivers cope with emotional as well as practical aspects of the disease. This group offers participants an opportunity to learn more about Alzheimer’s and provides a vital link to other caregivers and community resources. The group meets at the Mt. Evans offices at 3081 Bergen Peak Drive (just south of Lewis Ridge Road off Evergreen Parkway). For information, call Barb at 303-674-6400.

SRC SEEKS VOLUNTEERS: The Senior Resource Center is seeking volunteers to help in its Extension Services Program for adults with special needs. Volunteers would assist staff and participants with activities such as arts and crafts, cooking, exercises, community outings and much more. SRC is looking for caring and patient adults who can spend time during the week to make a difference in the lives of our extension services participants. For information about volunteer opportunities, call Sara at 303-674-2843 or e-mail sgarrou@SRCAging.org.

EVERGREEN WEIGHT WATCHERS GROUP: An Evergreen Weight Watchers group will host meetings every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. at The Place, 27888 Meadow Drive.

SRC OFFERS ADULT DAY AND RESPITE SERVICES: Seniors' Resource Center, a community-based nonprofit organization, can provide funding to help eligible seniors attend non-residential adult day and respite services programs at no or reduced cost. This aid, made possible through state and federal funding with a grant from the Denver Regional Council of Governments, helps provide a positive and safe environment for seniors with daytime activities at the Seniors' Resource Center's homelike facility in Evergreen, while enabling their caregivers to handle other responsibilities such as work or errands. The family member receiving the care must be at least 60 years of age. For more information, call 303-674-2843 or visit www.SRCAging.org.

RECREATION & PARK FOUNDATION SEEKS VOLUNTEERS: The Evergreen Recreation & Park Foundation, the charitable partner of the Evergreen Park & Recreation District, is seeking volunteers. For more information, visit www.evergreenparkfoundation.org or call 303-679-9117.

ECHO SEEKS VOLUNTEERS: Volunteers are needed for all areas at Evergreen Christian Outreach. Help is especially needed in the clothing and housewares section of our client services area as well as positions at the EChO Resale Shop. If you have three hours a week to help mountain area families in need, contact Mary at 303-670-1796.

RESTORE SEEKS DONATIONS: The Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity ReStore is filled to overflowing with used home items available for purchase with proceeds benefiting the nonprofit. It also is looking for donations of appliances, bedroom dressers and kitchen cabinets. All donations are tax-deductible. ReStore hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The ReStore is at 1232 Bergen Parkway in Evergreen, across the street from King Soopers, in the back of the new Evergreen Mercantile building. If you have any of these items, contact the ReStore at 303-674-4917.

PARKINSON'S SUPPORT GROUP: A Parkinson's support group in Evergreen and surrounding areas meets on the third Wednesday of most months from noon to 3 p.m. at Rocky Mountain Village, 1274 County Road 65 across from the Bergen RTD lot. For more information and activates planned, contact Marilyn at jplmr@comcast.net or call 303-674-7520.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Hiwan Homestead Museum is seeking tour guides and receptionists to help meet, greet and inform visitors. If you are interested in volunteering, contact the museum administrator John Steinle at 720-497-7650 or jsteinle@jeffco.us.

OUTREACH VOLUNTEERS: Evergreen Christian Outreach is perilously low on volunteers for two different locations. Help is needed at the outreach clothing and housewares distribution area to greet clients, assist with their shopping and to merchandise pre-sorted items. Volunteers are needed for three hours a day from Monday through Thursday. The EChO Resale Shop also had a great need for volunteers on Fridays and Saturdays. For more information, call 303-670-1796 or e-mail mary@echo-evergreen.org.

SENIORS’ RESOURCE CENTER VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Volunteers are needed for the Seniors’ Resource Center’s adult day program to make a difference to older adults Monday to Friday. Activities include exercises, gardening, art, crafts, baking, trivia, computer experience, fun and laughter. The SRC staff is looking for a few volunteers who are compassionate and caring with a desire to spend a few hours assisting staff with activities or assist on outings and enjoy the company of seniors. To inquire about this and other volunteer opportunities, call Sandy at 303-674-2843.

CANINE PARTNERS OF THE ROCKIES INC.: is looking for volunteers to raise puppies to become service dogs for people with disabilities. The base requirements for puppy raisers include physically and financially caring for the puppy for 18 months and attending scheduled training classes with other puppy raisers. Classes are held at our office and training facility at 651 Potomac St., Suite E, in Aurora or other places in the Denver area. There is an immediate need for a puppy raiser for at 10-month-old service dog in training. For more information, call 303-364-9040 or http://caninepartnersoftherockies.org.

DENVER HOSPICE SEEKS VOLUNTEERS: The Denver Hospice, which serves the nine-county metro area, including Jefferson County, seeks volunteer administrative support at its main office, 501 S. Cherry St. in Denver. Clerical volunteers work about four hours a week doing everything from data entry and filing to assisting with fund-raising events. Volunteers are at the heart of the Denver Hospice, a nonprofit that cares for those at end of life and offers grief support. For more information or to volunteer, call 303-398-6248 or e-mail volunteers@denverhospice.org.

MOTHERS CLOSET: The store serves those in need of maternity clothes, baby clothing and equipment. Service provided at no charge to clients. Mothers Closet is open for resale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. For more information, call 303-674-5881 or come by the shop next to The Place across from Da Kind Soup. Volunteers welcome.

CHRISTIAN YOUTH MINISTRY: The group is establishing a self-help outpost on the Navajo reservation in an area without electricity. The reservation is in immediate need of solar and photovoltaic collectors for hot water, pumps, batteries, all sizes of lumber and building materials, siding, etc. All donations are tax-deductible. Contributions also are needed for transport. For information or to make donations, call Ray at 303-674-1897.

ECHO RESALE SHOP: Because of the recent expansion of EChO Resale, there is an availability of openings for volunteers on every shift at the store. The food bank and St. Raphael’s have a need for volunteers who can work on an occasional basis as well as on a substitute basis. To volunteer, call Mary at the EChO office at 303-670-1796.

AFRICAID: AfricAid founder Ashley Shuyler announced the organization is expanding its efforts to promote awareness in African girls education by selling uhuru bracelets in two Evergreen stores. The bracelets showcases a silver charm bearing the words “Uhuru” and “AfricAid,” fits most wrists, and are available in seven colors and leather. Visit Bleachers in Bergen Park and Rock'n U Ranch, in downtown Evergreen to invest in a girls' future.

CENTER FOR THE ARTS EVERGREEN: The Center for the Arts Evergreen is looking for volunteers. Volunteer opportunities are flexible, and training is provided. Opportunities include: helping with exhibit installations, answering phones, greeting visitors, assisting with clerical duties, assisting at events, addressing invitations, helping out with mail outs and handyman activities. For more information, call 303-674-0056 or visit www.evergreenarts.org.

BLUE SPRUCE HABITAT FOR HUMANITY: Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity is growing. To build more homes for needy families in the mountains, the organization needs more home-building tools such as hammers, saws, drills, cordless tools, tape measures and squares. Donations are accepted at 28677 Buffalo Park Road, Suite 202, in Evergreen. Please call ahead. We can also pick up. Call Phil Miller at 720-877-0131.

SRC SEEKS VOLUNTEERS: The Seniors’ Resource Center is looking for people who would like to visit with a senior or disabled adult in their home to provide friendship and social interaction just one hour per week. This socialization contributes to the independence and well being of our area’s seniors. Call Chris Schaefer at 303-674-2843.

MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT: Are you a medical professional in Colorado? Colorado is looking for volunteer medical personnel such as nurses, physicians, respiratory therapists, dentists, pharmacists and mental health counselors to improve the state’s ability to respond to disasters or public health emergencies. To become a volunteer, register online at https://covolunteers.state.co.us/VolunteerMobilizer. For more information about the new volunteer registry, call 303-286-7002 or 888-260-6330.

HIWAN HOMESTEAD MUSEUM: For fun and a chance to learn some local history, the Hiwan Homestead Museum staff is seeking teen-age (13 years or older) who would like to volunteer. Positions open are guides, assisting with craft projects and helping with special events. The staff will provide complete training. To learn more or to sign-up, call Sue or Meghan at 303-674-6262. Hiwan Homestead Museum is located at 4208 S. Timbervale Drive off Meadow Drive.

CAT FOSTER HOMES: The Evergreen Animal Protective League is in desperate need of cat foster homes. EAPL provides needed medical attention and food. Foster homes can make a difference between life and death for an animal in need. For more information, call Marion at 303-420-7050 or visit www.eapl.com.

CRIME VICTIM AID: The Jefferson County sheriff's victim services unit is seeking volunteers to help assist victims of crime and trauma by providing immediate crisis intervention, referrals and support. Volunteers must be at least 21 years old, complete an application process, including background and polygraph investigation, attend 40 hours of initial training conducted evenings and weekends, attend regularly scheduled monthly information/training sessions, be on-call by pager and available to respond three consecutive days per month and have reliable transportation. For more information, contact Andi Martin at 303-271-5570.

HUMPHREY MUSEUM: If you like reading other people’s mail or peeking into their closets, the Humphrey History Park and Museum invites you to volunteer to do just that. Volunteers are needed to help with cataloging the contents of the museum. And, if you like to show off beautiful things, train to be a tour guide. For information, call 303-674-5429.

HOSPICE SEEKS DONATIONS: Anyone can participate in the Mount Evans Hospice recycling program. Businesses are eligible for regular pickups, and individuals are encouraged to drop off used cartridges and phones at the following area locations: the Mount Evans Hospice offices, the Evergreen post office, King Soopers’ Tri-R center, and the EDS Transfer station in Evergreen; Conifer Medical Center; and Project Support and the Heritage Center in Idaho Springs. Informational brochures are available, or you can register your business as a drop-off point by calling Mount Evans Hospice at 303-674-6400.

MAPC NEEDS VOLUNTEERS: Volunteers are needed for all areas of service at the Mountain Area Pregnancy Center. Training provided for peer counseling, Mothers Closet or phones/reception. Call 303-674-5881.

MOUNTAIN RESOURCE CENTER: Volunteers are needed to greet families when they visit the center and to answer the phones or keep records up to date with computer data entry. Volunteers are needed to donate one morning or afternoon a week. MRC is a nonprofit health and family service organization that serves Jefferson and Park counties. Services and programs include family advocacy, early-childhood programming, domestic violence counseling, teen programs and volunteer services. Also, the MRC Thrift and Gift Store needs volunteers for four-hour shifts once per week. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. For information, call 303-838-7552, ext. 16.

HOMELESS ANIMALS NEED HELP: Intermountain Humane Society is looking for animal lovers to volunteer and become a part of the homeless-animal shelter. Help make a change in the animal community by becoming a foster parent, a fund-raiser, adoptions counselor and much more. Any amount of time and dedication is appreciated as well as rewarding. Call Amy Ostheimer at 303-838-2668.

DRIVE SMART: Volunteers needed to help with the 15th annual Skate the Lake Winter Fest committee and to help to promote transportation safety in our communities. Skate the Lake’s special alcohol-free New Year's Eve family event is for all ages at the Evergreen Lake House. Proceeds go back into the community for year-round educational safety programs and scholarships. Meetings are two hours once a month. For more information, call Karen at 303-674-9683 or 720-935-9494.

LEADER OF THE YEAR: Leadership Evergreen is now accepting applications for Leader of the Year. If you would like to nominate someone from the Evergreen/Conifer Mountain area, please go to www.leadershipevergreen.org and fill out the nomination form.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT HABITAT RESTORE: The store is seeking volunteers to work as cashiers, moving items, cleaning and organizing, etc. Call 303-674-4917 or visit the store at 1232 Bergen Parkway.

ADULT SURVIVORS OF CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE: WINGS provides therapist facilitated peer support groups in which survivors are believed, accepted, and no longer alone. There are currently three groups meeting in Lakewood, a group on Thursday afternoons and Monday and Thursday evenings for women, and a Wednesday evening group for men. For more information, contact the WINGS office at 303-238-8660 or visit www.wingsfound.org.

THE MRC THRIFT STORE: has openings for volunteers for late nights. For information, call Jill at 303-838-7552, ext. 18.


LOVE TO KNIT? Want to help people? The Colorado Horsecare Foodbank is selling hand knit items to raise money for Colorado horse owners facing financial hardship to have feed. For more information, contact Julianna Lehman at 303-670-6762.

FREE MEDICARE COUNSELING: Health Passport and the Seniors' Resource Center are offering seniors and disabled individuals one-on-one assistance in navigating through the Medicare system. For more information, contact the Colorado State Health Insurance Program at 303-629-4940 through the St. Anthony Hospitals’ Health Passport program to talk with a local SHIP counselor, or call the Evergreen SRC to set up a Friday morning appointment with a SHIP counselor.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR HOME-BUILDING: The third annual local fund-raising event Hard Hats & High Heels is coming in 2010. Be a part of this important and dynamic community committee to build homes for locals in need. All talents are needed. Keep your resume fresh, meet local people and/or just join for the fun. Contact Heather at 303-638-0994 or e-mail ahamc@earthlink.net.

PFLAG: Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays meets the second Wednesday of the month. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., announcements at 7 p.m., program begins at 7:30. For location, call Barbara at 303-674-5014 or Doug at 303-674-7951.

TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY (TOPS): The group meets at 9 a.m. Tuesdays at Evergreen Christian Church, 27772 Iris Drive. Call Peg at 303-679-1585.

SUMMIT CANCER SOLUTIONS: Summit Cancer Solutions Inc. is a nonprofit organization that offers exercise programs in the Denver area to adult cancer survivors. Contact us at 303-409-2206, e-mail info@summitcancersolutions.org, or visit www.summitcancersolutions.org. This program is sponsored by the Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease and Pulmonary Disease Grants Program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

LUNG CANCER SUPPORT GROUP: A group offering support, education and patient advocacy for patients who are newly diagnosed with lung cancer, undergoing treatment, post-treatment and long-term survivors. Family, friends and caregivers are welcome. The group meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at Exempla Lutheran Medical Center, 8300 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge. For more information and to register for this free support group, call AnswerLine at 303-689-4595

CHRISTIAN OUTREACH NEEDS HELP: Volunteers are needed to staff the food bank at Evergreen Christian Outreach. Volunteers work a three-hour shift weekly, biweekly or on a substitute basis. The resale shop also has several shifts in need of volunteer support. Call the EChO office at 303-670-1796.

JEFFCO HUMAN SERVICES: Child-care volunteers are needed for special children and their siblings during Jefferson County Foster Parent Training held on Tuesday evenings. Child Protection Administrative Support needs volunteers to assist the Division of Child Protection with copying, filing and organizing forms and paperwork essential in maintaining case files and enhancing the efficiency of the division, Mondays and/or Fridays with flexible hours. For information, call 303-271-4689 or e-mail vevangel@jeffco.us.

HIGHER GROUND: Higher Ground Youth Coffee House is looking for young adults, high school through age 22, to be on its youth advisory board. The board meets several times during the school year on Saturday afternoons, discussing bands, promotion/advertising, special events, fund-raising and all aspects of the coffeehouse. Adult volunteers and board members are needed to work Saturday nights from 6:45 to 11:30 p.m. once every month or two. For information and to volunteer, call Linda at 303-674-8598.

RSVP: If you are a mature person, 55 or older, and are interested in advocacy and the legal system, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program offers volunteer positions as court-appointed advocates for abused and neglected children. Call Karen McClurg at 303-235-6942.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP DISABLED: The Seniors’ Resource Center serves more than seniors in our mountain community. The SRC satellite facility, called SRC Extension Services, is an activity program for developmentally disabled young adults. The facility offers volunteer opportunities for caring and compassionate volunteers who enjoy working with this population. Volunteers assist the staff with arts and crafts, sports and games, and outings to local facilities. For questions or to schedule an interview, call Sandy Mathis at 303-674-2843.

RENTAL, UTILITY AND MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE: A program at Family Tree provides one-time emergency assistance to Jefferson County families at risk of homelessness due to rent or mortgage arrearages or past-due utilities. For information about the program, call 303-467-2604. For information about Family Tree, call 303-422-2133, or visit www.thefamilytree.org.

ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP: Mount Evans Hospice & Home Health Care offers a support group from 4:30 to 6 p.m. the fourth Monday of every month. This group is for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The free program is designed to help caregivers cope with emotional as well as practical aspects of the disease. The group meets at the Mount Evans offices, 3081 Bergen Peak Drive just south of Lewis Ridge Road off Evergreen Parkway. For information, call Barb at 303-674-6400.

PEOPLE COMFORTERS: Volunteers are needed to sew lap quilts and to knit or crochet booties and blankets for various Jeffco charity organizations. People Comforters is a nonprofit group of women in the Evergreen area who meet from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Jefferson County sheriff's station on Highway 73 next to the library in Evergreen. For information, call Juel at 303-670-1274 or Glory at 303-526-2425.

ENERGY ASSISTANCE: The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program prioritizes families facing an immediate threat to their energy needs. Do you need help paying your energy bills? Has the energy company already shut off your service? Visit www.GovBenefits.gov and select “Energy Assistance” from the Benefits Quick Search menu on the home page. You can also type “LIHEAP” and the name of your state into the site search box in the upper right corner of the home page. The www.GovBenefits.gov questionnaire can help you determine eligibility for state and federal benefit programs. Take the questionnaire by clicking “Start Here.” For information, call Michael Murray at 202-693-6192 or visit www.GovBenefits.gov.

HUMAN SERVICES: Jefferson County Human Services, Mountain Resource Center and Evergreen Christian Outreach announce a partnership that will assist mountain residents by providing on-site eligibility services for food stamps, Medicaid and financial assistance. Residents now have three locations to choose from to receive these services. Jefferson County Human Services staff will be at the following locations: Mountain Resource Center, 11030 Kitty Drive, Conifer, 303-838-8031 from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesdays; Evergreen Christian Outreach, 27640 Highway 74, Evergreen, 303-670-1796 from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesdays; and Jefferson County Human Services, 900 Jefferson County Parkway, Golden, 303-271-1388 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

JEFFERSON CENTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH: Nearly one out of five families is affected by mental illness. Jefferson Center for Mental Health is the community mental health center serving Jefferson, Gilpin and Clear Creek counties. The center provides mental health services and hope to people of all ages and has expertise in numerous areas, including children and family issues, adults with serious mental illness, suicide prevention, early intervention, juvenile justice and trauma treatment. The center offers a variety of programs including outpatient counseling, day treatment services, vocational services and employee assistance programs. The center provides programs and services to foster recovery and resilience for individuals who have mental health problems. For information, visit www.jcmh.org.

DONATE CARS TO MOUNT EVANS HOSPICE: Consider donating your well-traveled car to Mount Evans Hospice through Cars Helping Charities. Donors receive a tax deduction, and Mount Evans receives a portion of the proceeds of each vehicle sale. In addition to cars, Cars Helping Charities accepts trucks, vans, fleet vehicles, boats, snowmobiles, jet skis, motorcycles, buses, trailers and RVs, regardless of condition. A clear and transferable title is required. If you have a vehicle you want to donate, call 303-423-2277, or call Mount Evans Hospice at 303-674-6400.

MILITARY SUPPORT GROUP: from Saint Frances Cabrini meets from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month in the community house. For more information, call Patti O'Keefe at 720-300-6144.

FREE SUPPORT FOR EATING DISORDERS: Be Yourself Counseling LLC will be offering free support sessions for people affected by eating disorders. Family and friends are welcome. For information, call 303-512-3665.

SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT GROUP (CONIFER): 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at the Mountain Resource Center in Conifer. Call 303-838-7552. Child care provided.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS: 8 a.m. Saturdays at the Church of the Hills Presbyterian, Buffalo Park Road and Highway 73, main floor library. Call 303-670-7101.

PHOENIX CHAPTER OF THE BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION: 2 p.m. second Sundays at Mountain Resource Center in Conifer. For victims and volunteers. Call Nancy Burnett at 303-838-6288 or 303-838-7552.

MOTHERS AND MORE: This nonprofit organization offers moms and their children play groups, mom's night out, cooking club, book club, run/walk group, game night, family events, children's activities and meals for new moms. For information or a copy of the newsletter/activity calendar in Conifer, contact Erika at 303-838-2707 or e-mail strongarmfarm@msn.com. For information about the Denver West group, call Terry at 303-596-2271 or visit www.mothersandmoredenverwest.com.

VOLUNTEERS/CHARITIES NATURE CENTER SEEKS VOLUNTEERS: The Evergreen Nature Center is recruiting for approximately 12 volunteers who can provide visitors with a welcoming atmosphere and information on the importance of the lake environment, local birds, fish and other wild animals and their habitats. Visitor assistants also perform administrative tasks related to the daily operation of the center. For information, visit www.dipper.org and click on the “Evergreen Nature Center” link.

HABITAT NEEDS VOLUNTEERS: Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity is seeking volunteers for its current project off Buffalo Park Road. No skills are needed. Build days are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. For information, call Susan at 303-674-1127, ext. 2, or visit www.bluesprucehabitat.org. Habitat 101 informational meetings held from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. the third Saturday of every month.

MOUNT EVANS HOSPICE AND HOME HEALTH CARE: As people clean out their closets, recycling stands out as a better option than the dump. If your discards include used printer cartridges, cell phones, video games and consoles, DVD movies, digital cameras, PDAs or iPods, Mount Evans Hospice will gladly take them. Mount Evans receives a cash donation from a recycling company for every item collected, and the funds support numerous programs provided by the agency including grief counseling, transportation for patients to medical appointments, respite care for family caregivers, and Camp Comfort, a bereavement camp for children. For a list of drop-off locations or to register a business as a drop-off point, call Mount Evans Hospice at 303-674-6400.

EAPL THRIFT STORE: The Evergreen Animal Protective League thrift shop is located at 26888 Meadow Drive. The shop’s hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Proceeds from the store help the league to provide care for many more pets in the mountain communities. If you have new or gently used donations, drop them by during business hours. If you would like to volunteer to help out in the store or for information, call 303-679-2504.or visit www.eapl.com.

QUILTING VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT: People Comforters of Evergreen needs volunteers for making quilts/comforters for the Jefferson County sheriff’s victim services, child advocacy programs and other victims of trauma and abuse. Volunteers receive free instruction in machine sewing, and materials and equipment are furnished for projects. Volunteers choose their own hours and/or work at home. Open from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Sheriff's Office, Highway 73 and Buffalo Park Road. Visitors are welcome. Call Juel at 303-670-1274 or Glori at 303-526-1415.