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Summit County nonprofit news: County offers Free Falls Risk Screens for older adults

Summit County offers free Falls Risk Screens for older adults

The Alpine Area on Aging, in partnership with the Consortium for Older Adult Wellness, offers screens performed by a licensed physical therapist.

A Falls Risk Screen is designed to help older adults identify their risk of falling based on their health history, medications, vision, history of falls and performance in gait, strength and balance tests. Using this information, the screener and the participant can make an educated decision about what type of medical care and/or evidence-based community program will help reduce the risk of falling.

There are several evidence-based falls-prevention resources in Summit County, including home health, physical therapy, home safety inspections and community classes like Stepping On, N’Balance and Tai Chi. A Falls Risk Screen can help determine the best place to start. Free Falls Risk Screens take 20 minutes and participants have the option to send results to their primary care provider. To schedule an appointment, call (888) 900-2629. To refer a patient for a Falls Risk Screen or other falls prevention resources, visit the COAW referral page ( or call (888) 900-2629.

P.E.O. scholarship applications available

The Dillon Chapter of P.E.O. is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a woman either in her last two years of college, pursuing a post-graduate degree or enrolled in her final year of a vocational/technical program. Applicants must be Summit County residents or graduates of Summit School District and must demonstrate academic achievement, financial need, commitment to goals and community involvement. Email or call (970) 468-5023 for an application, due with transcripts June 6. Interviews will be held in June. P.E.O. provides educational opportunities for women by offering scholarships, grants, awards and loans.

Summit Historical Society needs volunteers

The Summit Historical Society, an all-volunteer organization, needs people to help with the many activities scheduled for the summer months. Summit Historical Society needs helpers for the Ice Cream Social in Dillon on July 19. There are many other ways to help such as setting up and taking down the tent at the Dillon Farmers Market on Fridays. Anyone who wants to become more involved in the society by serving on a committee or becoming Board members is also welcome. If you are interested in joining a vibrant, active group of individuals, call the society office at (970) 468-2207 and speak to our administrator, Christy Nelson, or contact her at

Summit Habitat for Humanity needs volunteers

It’s time to finish the Summit Habitat for Humanity House. Crews of framers have been working, and the shell of the house is complete, the roof is on, windows are in and inside work has begun. Now your help is needed, whether it’s painting the siding before it goes on the house, general carpentry work, pulling wire or doing construction cleanup. Shifts are Monday through Saturday. The first shift is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; the second shift is 1-5 p.m. Right now, Knights of Columbus are working on Thursdays. The build site is located at 72 Illinois Gulch Road at the south end of Breckenridge. To reserve your spot, please e-mail Nancy at, or call the Silverthorne ReStore at (970) 423-7445.

Backstage Theatre needs volunteers

Breckenridge Backstage Theatre welcomes volunteers. As the season changes and delightful thoughts of bikes and hikes emerge, why not also consider joining the enthusiastic live-theater supporters who assist in productions? The summertime shows promise to bring smiles, laughter, and an awakening of the creative within. For more information , please contact

4-H F-150 raffle ticket sales

Purchase your $5 raffle tickets for the 2014 4-H Foundation F-150 truck on display at Alpine Bank in Dillon, May 19-30. Support Summit County 4-H by purchasing tickets at any Alpine Bank in Summit County. Come see the actual truck May 19-30. More information at or (970) 668-4142.

Summit County Cares May Food Drive

The Summit County Cares Food Drive is going on during the month of May. Donate nonperishable items at the donation bins at City Market, Natural Grocers and the Frisco, Dillon and Silverthorne post offices. The Summit County Cares food drive benefits the local food banks. For financial donations visit

Books and bikes donations

Frisco Fun Club is collecting used children’s bikes and books to use for summer day camp for children ages 5-12. Please bring gently used and functioning items to the Frisco Day Lodge between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.; Monday-Friday, May 5-30. If you have any questions feel free to contact Sara at

CASA volunteer training

When a child is abused or neglected, a judge appoints a trained volunteer to listen to the child, report the child’s wishes and make recommendations to the court. This person is called a court-appointed special advocate, or a CASA volunteer. CASA of the Continental Divide’s trained volunteers serve children in the 5th Judicial District of Colorado (Clear Creek, Eagle, Lake, and Summit counties) and commit to finding them safe and permanent homes as soon as possible. To learn more about becoming a CASA in your county, call (970) 513-9390 or go to

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