Several Westside projects in Make a Difference Month

       Seeking assistance on six projects, Silver Key Senior Services offers the greatest number of Westside volunteer opportunities during the region-wide Make a Difference Month in October.
       For the area as a whole, the United Way and the Center for Non-Profit Excellence (event co-organizers) are looking for more than 5,000 volunteers (1 percent of the population of El Paso County), according to the Make a Difference website.
       To register, go to and click on the “Sign Up” link for Make a Difference Month. Information can also be obtained at 955-0762.
       Here are the Westside projects for the rest of October, from the list on the website:
  • Garden of the Gods Trail maintenance work with the Rocky Mountain Field Institute, including construction of retaining walls, stone steps and drains, Sat, Oct. 24., Sun, Oct. 25, and Sat, Oct. 31.
  • Instruction in creative endeavors (such as jewelry, painting or writing) to disadvantaged individuals at the ADI- Pathway ACCESS Center, 875 W Moreno Ave., Wed, Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Tree trimming, dirt work in the parking lot and removal of safety fencing at the Bear Creek Dog Park with park volunteers and El Paso County Parks staff Thursday, Oct. 22 from 8 a.m. to noon.
  • Preparing garden beds, pick up litter, pruning along trails, removing mullein seed heads, and cleaning windows and exhibit room at the Bear Creek Nature Center, 245 Bear Creek Road, Oct. 23, 9 a.m. to noon.
  • Autumn cleanup at the Garden of the Gods, through the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center Saturday, Oct. 24 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Painting exterior of Silver Key Senior Services, 2250 W. Bott Ave., Saturday, Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Winterizing the homes of five seniors, through Silver Key (no date/time listed).
  • Building and painting planter boxes that made from recycled pallets to be given to seniors in our community, at Silver Key, Oct. 18-24.
  • Helping with small painting projects around different seniors' homes, through Silver Key, Oct. 11-17.
  • Cleaning up the yards of 20 seniors in the community by raking leaves, trimming bushes, and picking up debris, through Silver Key Senior Services, Oct. 11-17.
  • Helping build ramps on the outsides of seniors' homes, through Silver Key, Oct. 11-17.
  • Creating “literacy backpacks” for the Early Childhood Education program at the Community Partnership for Child Development/Head Start, 2330 Robinson St. (an ongoing project throughout the month).

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