According to the Corporation for National & Community Service, in 2016, more than 7,000 SeniorCorps and AmeriCorps members provided services to 1,112 sites in Colorado.
Six AmeriCorp VISTA volunteers currently provide services in the North Fork area. Four of them, including Beata Ramz and Shane Sobotka with Solar Energy International (SEI), Deirdre Morrison with Elsewhere Studios, and Arianna Sherman with the Community Opioid Response Program, came before the Paonia town board last week. They were there to request support for local AmeriCorps volunteers in recognition of the April 3 as National Day of Service. They requested that the town state its support on the AmeriCorps website.
April 3 marked the sixth annual national recognition day, which was designated in honor of AmeriCorps members and SeniorCorps volunteers through recognition events, proclamations, and social media presence.
The six local VISTA members celebrated National Day of Service by volunteering with A Little Help Paonia to provide spring cleaning, yard work and other basic services to its elderly members.
"We hope that you support AmeriCorps work and the service that we're providing in the county," said Ramza, who worked the past year with SEI's economic revitalization team and with local high schools to include solar technical training to high school students. The program provides students with entry-level knowledge to enter the growing solar energy industry.
"We really appreciate the support," said Ramza.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.