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First News Summer 2010

Volunteers For Change

   Are you interested in becoming more active in your community? Do you miss the "let's work together" spirit that seemed so common in the "old days"? Are you a parent who would like your child or teen to get involved in giving back? If so, there's a new organization in Southern Colorado that aims to help fill some of the gaps. Just over a year old now, the Sangre de Cristo Volunteers for Change (VFC) has vowed to find a way for you to participate in your community even if you only have an hour or two to give each month.

   The VFC, as they're popularly known, began in February 2009 when a group of friends and acquaintances decided they'd work together to make life even better in Southern Colorado. Founder Susan Kalman was getting a haircut in a La Veta shop when another patron overheard her talking about this group and offered to help file the paper work necessary to become a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The Volunteers for Change took off from there and hasn't looked back since.

   Believing that members of a community are best suited to create positive change in their own locale, VFC members have taken on an amazing variety of activities in rural Pueblo County, Huerfano County, and Custer County. A partial list of projects includes the Walsenburg Community Garden, a free Southern Colorado ride board, fire mitigation, cleaning highways, recycling cardboard and batteries, tutoring music and reading at area schools, visiting and gardening with veterans, supporting school art and library projects, collecting and distributing food monthly, and organizing visits to Mission:Wolf. A number of members (known as Knit Wits) do needlework for vets and the needy.

   Volunteering helps your community, but it also helps you. Experience the heartwarming joys of working with kids, distributing food, and supporting a good cause. You can be proud of your community, its people, and yourself, and have a great time doing so. Give VFC a try a bit of time can result in huge rewards! Susan invites you to call her at (719) 676-4493 or (719) 250-6097, or email The Volunteers for Change website is


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