THE SPIRIT OF GIVING The staff at Alpacka Raft wrapping presents at the new Giving Tree Headquarters in Mancos. The Giving Trees were located at P&D Grocery, Zuma Natural Foods, Dolores State Bank, Columbine Bar, Mancos Public Library, Absolute Bakery & Cafe, and Artisans of Mancos.
As 2019 comes to a close, MVR will end its 26th year as a grassroots community organization! Mancos Valley Resources was created to serve as a fiscal umbrella for our sponsored projects who utilize our non-profit and tax exempt status in order to accomplish their missions, receive charitable donations, and apply for grant opportunities.
How do our projects impact the Mancos Valley? Here is a sampling of the numbers they serve:
Chicken Creek Nordic — 3,000 – 3,500 skiers per winter
Mancos Valley Chorus – 1000 + people attend the yearly concerts
Mt. Lookout Grange – 500+ attend events throughout the year
Montezuma School to Farm Project- serves 2000+ students yearly
Raven Narratives – 1848 people attend storytelling events throughout the year
Mancos is growing and the need for our services in the community is increasing more than ever. Support MVR’s Heart of the Community Campaign and help us support our projects so they can continue to do what they do best, enrich and improve our community.
How can you donate?
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Write a check to MVR and mail it to P.O. Box 204, Mancos, CO 81328.
Alpacka Raft elves Molly Harrison, Sarah Tingey, Julieta Unsworth, and Marie John at the Giving Tree Headquarters in Mancos.
Now in its 22nd year, the Giving Tree provides gifts, food and utilities vouchers for residents in the Mancos Valley during the holiday season from Thanksgiving through Christmas. Families with hardships or facing a bleak holiday season can nominate themselves or be nominated by someone in the community.
“Every year people ask for the mostly the same thing which is warm clothes, ” said Donna Watkins, who took over the helm four years ago.
Watkins, along with her daughter Stacy, streamlined the ornament process this year, typing clothing sizes and toy requests on the back, using a database and organizing families this way. “Last year no one could read our little old lady handwriting so we got creative and it looks very nice, we’ve gotten lots of compliments, ” said Watkins. The Giving Tree helped 30 families and 81 individuals this season with the assistance of Alpacka Raft staff and the Girl Scouts who volunteered their time to wrap presents. “It was wonderful,” Watkins said. “It was the first time we have had that kind of help.”
Another first was the new Giving Tree headquarters, located off of Highway 160 at the site of the old laundromat, thanks to the generosity of owner Jim Paquin. Watkins is also thankful for the Marshall’s office who offered to deliver packages to families when the wrapping was complete as well as those who made cash donations to cover expenses. For more information on the Giving Tree, please contact Donna at 303-956-5656.
Alpacka Raft owner Sheri Tingey and husband John Baker wrap gifts.
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