Doing dirty work for free

  Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado is looking for people to do their dirty work - shoveling, that is, and hoeing, digging, planting and hammering. Since 1984, Outdoor Colorado has been enlisting individuals, families, children and adults to plant gardens and mend trails on Colorado's public lands. The group hosts 10 to 12 projects throughout the year, ranging from constructing a new access trail around Maroon Lake near Aspen to planting trees and shrubs along the Sand Creek Greenway in Denver. It runs the Volunteer Clearinghouse that connects volunteers with opportunities to help other organizations such, as the Division of Wildlife and the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative. Outdoor Colorado will offer workshops Oct. 16-18 to train agencies how to manage their volunteer programs through the Extending Your Reach program. For more information, or a copy of their catalog Hands on Colorado: Volunteer Opportunities, contact Volunteers for Outdoors Colorado, 600 S. Marion Parkway, Denver, CO 80209-2597; 303/715-1010 or 800/925-2220; or visit their Web site: www.voc.org.


*Jennifer Chergo


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