Shopping for School Supplies. Over 100 Chaffee County youth were able to “shop” for school supplies that were generously donated by members of the Chaffee County Board of Realtors, attendees to AVHR scrimmages, two sororities, local citizens responding to radio and print ads, and county staff. In addition, four Ark Valley Roller Girls were on hand to help distribute notebooks, backpacks, art supplies and more to local families.
Twenty-six fabulous local ladies, including nine Ark Valley High Roller girls turned out for the first ever Chaffee County Women Build Day on August 27, 2011. The weather was (mostly) gorgeous, the paint flowing, the donated lunch hearty, and the laughs and camaraderie copious. We hope the owners of the Johnson Village Habitat for Humanity home are loving their new digs!
Our home-turf bout and win against the Rocky Mountain Roller Girl Kill Scouts let us donate $512.05 to Chaffee County Mentors. CCM is a hugely active and dedicated program in our community and “committed to strengthening our community by connecting our young people to purpose and self-worth through positive one on one mentoring relationships”. Adult mentors are matched with referred youth and serve as positive role models, supporters, and advocates.
The Boys & Girls Club received $851.65 from our November Zombies vs. Vampires Home Team Bout. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Chaffee County was established in late 2005 in Salida for elementary and middle school age youth as a result of a merger of two existing programs and an identified need throughout the County for after school programs. A site was added in Buena Vista in 2007 to address the need for after school programs, especially among the elementary school children.
We also had a special half-time Thriller Dance show led by B&G Club members who practiced for weeks to show us their moves!
AVHR was able to present the Chaffee People’s Clinic with $559.53 to further support their efforts to provide health care services to uninsured persons across Chaffee County. Clinic sites in both Salida and Buena Vista offer care for acute illness and ongoing health problems, and work to to educate and increase public and patient awareness of preventative care, available healthcare services, and resources.
Roller derby is about athleticism, camaraderie, and having a blast while pursuing a win and nothing in our community exemplifies that more than the boys and girls that are ripping it up on the Salida High School Mountain Bike Racing Team. In their second Colorado league season, the Salida Biking Team is beating out much larger programs across the state, such as Boulder and Fort Collins. AVHR felt privileged to be able to donate $500.00 to this rising league of athletes. For pics and great write-up of their most recent awesomeness, go here.
This is also the second season that AVHR has sponsored a Holiday Derby Family, a family that resides in Chaffee County and has a need for additional support during the holiday season. The derby family is recommended to AVHR by the Department of Health and Human Services. The children write letters to Santa and the AVHR derby ladies purchase as many items as possible and include a food basket for the entire family.
When delivering the gift, the High Rollers explain that
Santa knows how fast we are on our skates and asked us to help out this year.
Holiday families also receive a pizza from Moonlight Pizza and treats on St. Valentine’s Day.