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- Ellece King Murphy obituary
- LIFE IN EVERGREEN: Evergreen's reliance on nonprofits dates way back
- Container gardening topic for Conifer Historical Society
- Winners of the barrel contest announced
- LWV: The Impact of Changing Demographics on Education
- Celebration of life for Mike Weiker announced
- Seeking employers in need of employees
- Nature photographers invited to submit works
- Learn CPR and how to use an AED
- Opportunities to volunteer outdoors
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Pictured above: Cheryl Lydyard (DAR Regent), Caitlin Lydyard (DAR Community Service Award Chair) and Dave Montesi. Photo by Andy Lydyard
The Mountain Rendezvous Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently presented its Community Service award to Dave Montesi, "a member of our community who has made outstanding contributions through volunteer work and has made a true impact," according to Caitlin Lydyard during the presentation. The award was accompanied by a contribution from Mountain Rendezvous Chapter to EPAD for his volunteer work with Evergreen Fire Rescue in keeping the community safe.
Dave, a paramedic with Fire Rescue for the past 18 years, has also been a firefighter in the community since 1997. He's also served as a dispatcher. In 2002 Dave began the effort to put Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) throughout Evergreen – equipment to easily help with defibrillation in patients whose hearts have stopped beating.
Dave created an organization called Evergreen Public Accessed Defibrillation, otherwise known as EPAD, whose mission is to facilitate easy access to an AED. Since its inception, the organization has planked more than 50 AEDs throughout Evergreen in places where the public gathers. Dave also teaches CPR classes.
Recently, I took part in preparations for the Nonprofit Module of the Leadership Evergreen class of 2017, putting together the following piece, which was read to the class in my absence. I thought I'd share it with readers who haven't been around long enough to understand the roles nonprofits play in our community.
A Brief History of Nonprofits in Evergreen
Nonprofits have played an integral part in the development of the Evergreen community, as people gathered together to meet critical needs as they arose.
Every effort costs money, and in the absence of a local government, which might have funded some of these needs with tax dollars and personnel, citizens had to pool together their own funds and provide free manpower.
In time, many of these groups officially applied for nonprofit status to make their donations tax deductible and to reduce the costs of doing business by getting preferable rates or, at a minimum, not having to pay taxes.
The Mountain Parks Protective Assn. – formed in 1925 when summer cabins were so popular – provided a service by year-round residents who patrolled unoccupied buildings (often on horseback). It also inspected and treated trees for beetle infestation.
Our volunteer Fire Dept. formed after the fire in 1926 that nearly wiped out Main Street. – locals had formed a bucket brigade while a tanker truck came up from Denver.
Saying our Evergreen community has changed in subtle ways over time is Susan Grannell's understated comment about the place she's called home since 1976. Indeed, then Evergreen was a quieter and gentler version of our current proffered identity as a bedroom community of Denver.
Susan, who moved here from San Antonio at the invitation of a friend already living in Evergreen, had no interest in becoming a commuter, not to mention that she had no automobile at the time. Within walking distance of her home she had the essentials to her livelihood: the Super Foods grocery, Blue Spruce Records and a taffy and popcorn shop – all on Main Street. When she wanted to venture further than central Evergreen, “hitchhiking was the accepted option,” she recalled.
Susan quickly found work as a part-time waitress at the Post House on Main Street, and her circle of friends began to grow. The Post House served as a community gathering place and a clearinghouse for day laborers. “Young men would bring their tool belts and sit at the coffee counter in the café until a prospective employer hired them for a day’s work or a longer-term engagement,” she fondly relates.