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Make a difference this weekend

JULIE SUTOR
Special to the Daily Make A Difference Day is Saturday.
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SUMMIT COUNTY – Skiing, biking, snowboarding and other outdoor activities rank high among the reasons people come to Summit County, but few events exemplify community spirit more than Make a Difference Day, which will take place on Saturday.Hundreds of volunteers will participate in the sixth annual day of service by building and maintaining trails, picking up trash in forest areas and sprucing up local schools.Last year, more than 400 volunteers gathered to offer their elbow grease to 29 nonprofits, agencies and schools.

“What was accomplished last year was amazing,” said Jeanie Ringelberg, executive director of Summit Prevention Alliance, which coordinates the event each year. “At Summit Cove Elementary School, volunteers removed two Dumpsters-worth of trash from wetlands, repaired one bridge over the wetlands and replanted five landscape planters. That’s just a sample of what people completed in one day.”Event attendees also painted a kitchen for Timberline Adult Day Care, a theatrical set for Lake Dillon Theater Company and the inside of Carriage House.”This event offers meaningful work for volunteers,” said Jake Quigley, the event’s site coordinator. “They feel good about what they accomplish in a couple of hours, and they see the effects of their efforts.”

This year, some volunteers will head to the Keystone area with members of the Summit Recycling Project (SRP) to collect trash – mostly plastic grocery bags – that has blown into aspen groves around the county landfill.”We’ll probably clean up a few acres, depending on how many people we have,” said SRP board president David November. “There are a lot of really valuable projects that get completed on Make a Difference Day that require more bodies than these organizations have.”Those willing to roll up their sleeves can check in at 8 a.m. on Saturday at the Summit Stage bus barn at the County Commons near Frisco. Participants will receive a T-shirt, light breakfast compliments of Keystone Resort, hot drinks from Starbucks and bottled water. A barbecue sponsored by the Summit County Restaurant Association and Arapahoe Cafe will follow the event to the tunes of the Summit High School Jazz Band.

The event is sponsored by Ten Mile Dental, Breckenridge Ski Resort and 1stBank.”Make a Difference Day is a great opportunity to be active in our community and to meet new people,” Ringelberg said.Julie Sutor can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or at jsutor@summitdaily.com.


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