Goodwill volunteers spiff up OCC twice a week

       A crew of workers has recently been cleaning up sidewalk debris in Old Colorado City.
       They are volunteers with disabilities who work for Goodwill Industries.
       Seeking ways to help out through Goodwill's Community Participation Program, the volunteers previously this summer began tidying the yard areas outside the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) once a week and announced they were open for new locations where they could be of service.
       Recently arranged with the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) merchants group, the Goodwill cleanup area is between 23rd and 28th streets along West Colorado Avenue.
       Goodwill's headquarters, including its production area, are in the 2300 block. The workers “cherish” Old Colorado City and want it to look good in the future, according to Becky McCain, case worker from Goodwill Industries.
       She usually takes her crew out between 9:15 and 10:30 a.m. Mondays and Fridays, but times may vary based on special events.
       “Our intent is to help keep Old Colorado City tidy before and after weekend events,” she said.
       The weather also is a factor, she pointed out.
       Charles Irwin, OCCA president, said the merchants are “grateful” for the cleanup help. “It truly is an inspiration and heart-warming to all.”
       For more information call McCain at 635-4483 x1254 or go to

Westside Pioneer/press release