Chaffee County Newsletter

January 2018 Newsletter: Chaffee

A Holiday Thank You!

Thanks to all who joined us on December 4th! We enjoyed celebrating the Holidays and Colorado Gives Day with you. We had over 45 members and volunteers attend our festive event. Special thanks to Naked Voices who provided beautiful holiday songs. It was just one more example of what a wonderful community we live in. 

By the end of the day, 150 donors raised $145,000 to support older adults through A Little Help! This includes what was given on the Colorado Gives Day website, our end-of-year grants, and donations that came in with people at our celebrations. Our biggest Colorado Gives Day yet wouldn’t be possible without our incredible community, and for that we are so grateful!

Volunteer Spotlight

Deborah McComb has been in Buena Vista for 5 years, but her family has been coming to visit since the early 1970s. Her mom and dad (an Aurora fireman) retired to Buena Vista in 1988. As her parents aged, Deborah, her husband, and their son decided to move from Parker to be closer to them. Deborah’s mom passed away last year and she is grateful she got to spend more time with her at the end of her life.  Deborah has worked providing massage, reflexology, and energy work. She is an ordained service minister with a certificate from SHES (Spiritual Healers and Earth Stewards Congregations).  When Deborah saw the article about A Little Help in the Chaffee County Times she called Sara and became a volunteer in August. Since then she has been very active and has even started recruiting other volunteers.  Her favorite part of volunteering is meeting new people in her community and getting to know them a little better. She thinks the biggest benefit to members receiving services is creating a human connection. We agree, and are so glad that you joined as a volunteer!

In Memory

Lauren ‘Larry’ Bussey, 85, passed away on October 15, 2018 at his home in Salida, Colorado surrounded by his loving family. Larry was born in 1933 in Northport, Michigan, graduated from Northport High School and enlisted in the Navy. He served seven years of active duty in London, England and in Norfolk, Virginia on the USS Yosemite and USS R. L. Wilson and retired after an additional 17 years in the Naval Reserves. He is survived by his wife, Eileen Rogers, his children, and grandchildren. We are thankful to have known him through A Little Help.

Welcome to the A Little Help Board – John Chase and Shannon Love!

John Chase is a Partner with Montgomery, Amatuzio, Chase, Bell, Jones, LLC. He and his family have been volunteering with A Little Help for several years and serving their neighbors through Services Saturdays and on-going needs of members. John looks forward to beginning with the A Little Help Board and helping the organization enter into 2019.

Shannon Love is a Colorado native and graduate of Metropolitan State University and the University of Denver. After receiving her MSW, Shannon worked primarily with non-profits and state health care programs serving medically underserved populations. Shannon has two boys, ages 10 and 12, and is very excited to begin on the board of A Little Help. 

New Years Goals

It is the New Year—as so many of us remember being asked “What is your Resolution for this year?” With research and thoughts about how many folks actually keep their resolutions, the question now has become, “What are some goals you have for yourself for 2019?” Not many, according to a study by author and psychologist Richard Wiseman. His research found that 52% of resolution-makers were confident that they’d achieve their goals, yet only 12% succeeded. When taking a closer look at those that achieved their resolutions, they broke them down into step-by-step goals.


1.    Get Specific: A common mistake people make is setting big, nebulous goals. For example - Rather than saying, “I want to save money,” determine how much, exactly, you want to save. What are you saving it for, and what will you do once you hit your goal?

2.    Write it Down: Write down your goals and outline the small, manageable steps you’ll need to take in order to achieve them. 

3.    Make Time: Be sure to set aside ample time for yourself to achieve your goals. For example, If you want to exercise more, plot out time in your weekly schedule for runs and time at the gym.

4.    Move Past Doubt: It’s normal to feel fear, doubt, or worry—but to make progress, it’s important to move past those negative feelings.

5.    Get a Partner: Having a group, partner, friend, family member or professional to encourage you can be a great way to keep you going.

6.    Be Still: You’re more likely to slip on your goals when you’re stressed or overwhelmed, so spend time every day to getting out of your thoughts and reconnecting with yourself. Try a breathing exercise, meditation, yoga, or just going for a walk.

Happy New Year to you and yours - set a goal and make it happen in 2019! 

The Muse, a magazine entitled “The Power of Intention: How to Keep Your Resolution for Good” Full article can be found:

Winter can be a cold and dark time for many. It is nice to turn inward and cook comfort foods. Homemade soups nourish our bodies and souls and the aroma brings comfort to our homes on these long winter nights. This is one of my favorite recipes and is easy to make. 

Creamy Herbed Potato Soup
You will need:
1 ½ cups chopped onions
1 ½ cups chopped celery
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter
3 cups of cubed red potatoes
3 cups of water
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill (1 teaspoon dried)
1 ½ tablespoon chopped fresh marjoram (½ teaspoon dried) 1 cup milk
2-4 tablespoons of cream cheese

In a soup pot, saute the onions, celery, and salt in the butter for 5 minutes on medium-high heat. Add the potatoes, water, dill, and marjoram, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the potatoes are soft, about 10 minutes.
In a blender in batches, puree the vegetable mixture with the milk and cream cheese. Return the soup to the pot and reheat.


Staying Safe This Winter

Winter walking is invigorating. The air is crisp and there’s nothing quite as beautiful as walking in fresh or falling snow. Ready to get moving outside? Here are some tips that will help you stay safe and warm when you’re walking in winter… Ease into it – Start slowly to give your muscles a chance to warm up. Walk at a moderate or slow pace – Winter roads and paths can be icy. The bigger your strides, the higher your risk of falling Bring water – Don’t assume you only need water in summertime. Dry winter air is dehydrating, and you do sweat in winter – you just don’t always realize it.


Stay safe – In low-visibility and bad road conditions, you don’t want to walk where there’s traffic. Instead, head to parks, trails or residential streets that draw very few cars. 

Aim to wear three layers – You can always peel off layers you find you don’t need once you’re warmed up. 

Accessorize – Always wear a hat, scarf or neck gaiter, and gloves or mittens. If your ears, hands or head get too cold, go inside.

Protect your eyes – Wear sunglasses to protect  your eyes from sun and snow glare.

Wear sturdy shoes – Shoes with lug soles or lightweight boots will give you extra traction on slippery surfaces.

Invest in inexpensive walking sticks –  These will help with balance and will give you a great upper body workout.

Paul's Perspective
Bring in the New Year by Giving Back to your Neighbors!

As I look back on 2018, my best memories were meeting our wonderful members in all of the beautiful locations we serve. From the smiling faces this summer at a picnic in Bonnie Brae, to the kind words from volunteers in Paonia, to getting stopped by a hello on Avenue F in Salida by one of our older adult members who recognized me from the picture in this column, to the 120 plus folks gathered at a park in Ft. Collins at our Service Saturday launch, my heart is full with beautiful memories and the realization that A Little Help is doing something simple and meaningful in the distinctive Colorado A Little Help communities. 

Each of you who have joined the A Little Help community as an older adult member, volunteer, donor, or cheerleader are making something that wasn’t happening just a few years ago in your town or neighborhood happen today and tomorrow. Your generosity and commitment to A Little Help are the reason we are connecting with older adults in your own neck of the woods. You are the way we will be able to do more where you live and in the areas we aren’t yet located. The time you spend giving rides, sharing stories about A Little Help, raking leaves, planning get-togethers, and making friendly visits to your isolated older adult neighbor is the way A Little Help happens. Thank you for being A Little Help.

My hope is that you will find new ways to commit to being A Little Help in 2019. 

We are always looking for help with so many different needs of those that live right down the street from you. Here are a few to consider, maybe your New Year’s Goal is get to know your neighbors and give back to the community you know and love:

Driving – One of the hardest parts of aging is losing your independence and that often comes when you are asked or you choose to no longer drive. Please consider helping our aging members get to a doctor’s appointment, hair appointment or just a needed grocery run. 

Friendly visits – So many members of  A Little Help love and frequently request friendly visits. This includes chatting together over a cup of coffee, playing a game, taking a little drive around the neighborhood, talking over the phone or taking a walk with the dog. All these activities brighten someones day and help fight the epidemic of social isolation. Consider volunteering to be a listening ear and a friendly face to a neighbor today!

Service Groups – There are so many fun opportunity for organization, companies, or groups of individuals coming together for one reason or another to give back to a neighbor in need. This includes raking the lawn, cleaning the windows or helping organize a closet. If you are interested in organizing a group of volunteers from your work place, church, or other organization, please contact us and we will work with you to schedule an A Little Help Service Day. 

Snow Shoveling – That white stuff really causes quite a commotion when it is on the ground. There are so many older adults near you that need a little assistance shoveling. So let us know, if you can help, and we will pair you with someone in your area.

Nextdoor Posting – In the New Year, we are going to be using Nextdoor to let folks know about opportunities with us. If you are interested in helping us get the word out on your neighborhood Nextdoor, let us know and we will get you some content. We so appreciate this word of mouth to let others know about our great services and opportunities to volunteer.

Remember to Sign into Help Connect! – the volunteer portal is your gateway to know what your neighbors are requesting. This portal is always up to date and you can sign in anytime to get connected and serve. If you are unsure of your sign-in information please contact the office and we can help you get access so you can begin serving right away. Please note: you will receive your sign-in information as the results of a successful background check are obtained by our offices.

Thank you for all you do! We so look forward to working with you in the New Year!

A Little Giving:

Donate online:
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Leave a Legacy:
Sponsor an event: 719-966-7366

Your contribution to A Little Help goes directly into programs that allow us to continue connecting neighbors across ages to enhance lives and strengthen our communities. Thank you for making this possible!