11 Cares for the Community: Grand Junction City Employee's Association Special Report

By: Glen Mills Email
By: Glen Mills Email

Water, trash pick-up and parks and recreation are just a few of the services offered by the City of Grand Junction.

Each day hundreds of employees work behind the scenes to make it happen and outside of work many of them are extending their hands to families in need.

We take a look at how in this 11 Cares Special Report.

A lot goes into the day-to-day operations of running a city.

But behind these walls it's about a lot more.

"The city as a whole wants us to give back to the community to go back out in any way that you can," says City employee Linda Friesen.

That's where the Grand Junction City Employee's Association comes in.

"Basically what the Employee's Association is, is how can we join together and do the most good,” she says.

And doing the most good means reaching out to the less fortunate.

City workers do that in a number of ways.

Every December, through the Adopt-a-Family Program they provide food and gifts for those who would otherwise go without.

And once a year they give the shirts off their backs as part of the city's clothing drive.

They also work closely with the United Way to make sure local needs are met.

Association Chairman Kevin Vig has seen the impact these efforts can make firsthand.

One year he dressed up and played the role of Saint Nick delivering food and gifts to a local family.

"When you see these families out there that really need help, it's priceless, that's the drive,” he says.

And this year because of the current economic situation the need is even greater.

That's why the City Manager came to Adopt-a-Family Co-Chair Linda Friesen with a new challenge.

She says, "The City Manager came to us and said with the economy the way it is this year there's never been a greater need to go out and help the community.”

The result, Christmas in July.

The Employee's Association narrowed 19 applications down to three and provided the families with food, clothing and school supplies.

Because to these city employees, serving the community is much more than making sure the water is flowing when you turn the faucet on.

It just so happens the clothing drive is underway right now.

You can help out by dropping off donations at the bins set up at the parking lot next to Stocker Stadium on North Avenue.

The Clothing Giveaway is August 7 – 8 at the Lincoln Park Barn.

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