Businesses and non-profits in Park County often collaborate with one another for the benefit of our community. A new collaboration between three local groups and one national group recently formed in Park County.

The Boys and Girls Club of the High Rockies currently has two AmeriCorps volunteers with a third coming to Park County in February to help staff the clubs in Fairplay and Bailey.  AmeriCorps is an independent agency of the United States government that “engages more than five million Americans in service through national service initiatives,” according to their website. The AmeriCorps mission is “To improve lives, strengthen communities and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.” Volunteers work directly with non-profit organizations to tackle the nation’s “most pressing needs.”  

 Amy Carman, Director of Boys and Girls Club of the High Rockies, describes AmeriCorp as “an urban version of Peace Corp.”  One previous AmeriCorp volunteer for Boys and Girls Club has now moved to Bailey as an employee of the club. All the year-round staff in Fairplay except one, have come from AmeriCorps volunteering.

Carman had the volunteers for this year, she needed housing for them.  

Carman was volunteering at the Platte Canyon Resale Boutique. When an organization volunteers at the Boutique, they receive a portion of the proceeds from that month while the Boutique receives assistance in running the store.

While volunteering at the Boutique, another volunteer told Carman that her church, Deer Park United Methodist Church, had an empty parsonage. Carman then worked with the church to come up with a plan to house her AmeriCorps volunteers there. These residents now help the church with snow removal and other general maintenance at the church. The housing allotment from AmeriCorps now goes to Deer Park United Methodist Church, creating an additional benefit.

Carman participates in trainings provided by AmeriCorps which benefits Boys and Girls Club.  

With each organization, Boys and Girls Club of the High Rockies, Platte Canyon Resale Boutique, Deer Park United Methodist Church and AmeriCorps working together, not only do they each benefit from their collaboration, but the citizens of Park County also benefit.

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