Vail Echo Volunteer Day a success |

Vail Echo Volunteer Day a success

Paige Blankenbuehler
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Summit Daily/Paige Blankenbuehler

Vail Resorts teamed up with Keystone Science School Saturday for the Echo Volunteer Day, where 170 community members assisted in various projects.

Keystone Science School is a non-profit organization that caters to children who desire to explore nature, science and the environment around them.

Varying in difficulty levels, community members of all ages completed trail building projects, painting and staining works, clean-up, installing fences and signs and sprucing up dormitories, the dining hall and office areas.

Twice a year, Vail Resorts invites employees and their families to come out and give back to their local non-profits by helping on projects that are important to kids or the environment.

“It’s wonderful to see the entire community come together,” said John Buhler, general manager and vice president of Keystone Resort. “Volunteering is a great way to reconnect and meet community members who share the same passion for the area and local organizations.”

Ellen Reid, executive director of Keystone Science School, said that because of the help of the Echo program with assisting and completing so many of its projects, the school has saved $20,000 to $25,000 on projects planned for the long-term.

“We’re so thankful to Vail Resorts for helping us tackle projects that we hadn’t anticipated getting to for the next 3-5 years,” Reid said. “With all of the resources and volunteers here, we were able to finish all of them in one day – it’s amazing.”

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