Bridge-A-Palooza Saturday at the Powerhouse Center

Residents and organizations in Pagosa Springs continue to be innovative in finding ways to keep the community connected, and this Saturday the connection is all about bridges — building bridges from one organization to another, and sharing programs and volunteer opportunities.

This idea began last year when the H20 board (the board that oversees the Powerhouse Center) wanted to showcase the center, located next to the Town Park fields, as a location for local nonprofits to use for fund-raisers, conferences and special events.

During the planning for this venture, the notion of bringing representatives of nonprofits together expanded to include the public, which the nonprofits serve.

Committee members Laura Ege (life coach), Cindi Galabota (Habitat for Humanity), John Vick (fatherhood advocate) and Joanne Irons (Promoting Prevention Coalition director), are proud to present Bridge-A-Palooza.

So far, nonprofits participating Saturday include United Way, Southwest Land Alliance, Seeds of Learning, Pagosa Health and Wellness Network, San Juan Health Department, Pregnancy Support Center, Pagosa Mountain Hospital, LASSO, St. Patrick’s Church, Promoting Prevention Coalition, Archuleta County Women’s Resource Center, Loaves and Fishes, The Waldorf Initiative and the Boy Scouts.

A free lunch by Loaves and Fishes will be served 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. During this time, community members who could use the services of participating nonprofits, or who wish to volunteer to assist community groups, can visit and learn more about what is available. The economic climate of Archuleta County has encouraged members of the community to reach out and share, and to support those who can use help during this time — while exploring collaborative efforts to strengthen the community. Tell your friends and neighbors to come to the Powerhouse Saturday to experience all that our community has to offer.

Friday night set-up by the organizations will enable those participating to share the needs of each of their organizations. Set-up starts at 5 p.m. and we encourage participants to bring a table and a few chairs. After a brown bag dinner, (soft drinks and dessert will be provided) a discussion of the state of the community and how we can support each other to better serve our fellow Pagosans will take place. We appreciate all those in the community who support this endeavor, including LPEA, which helped sponsor this event.

Call Laura Ege at 731-9652 to reserve a space, or with questions about Bridge-A-Palooza.