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Schuchardts to chair United Way campaign for Archuleta County

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Buddy and Siri Schuchardt have been chosen to lead the 2009/2010 United Way of Southwest Colorado community campaign for Archuleta County.

“We are honored to chair the county’s United Way campaign for this next year and look forward to raising community awareness for this wonderful organization,” said the Schuchardts. “United Way has been very conscientious in identifying the best local agency programs that have the largest impact on the well being of our community and they go to great lengths to raise money to fund them.”

The Schuchardts have been a part of Pagosa Springs for 14 years, first as frequent visitors, as homeowners when they purchased their vacation home seven years ago, and then as permanent residents for the last four years. “We made the decision to move from the Houston, Texas, area to Pagosa Springs so that we could enjoy life in a small town instead of an ever expanding metroplex, to enjoy the great outdoors as much as possible, and to get involved in this wonderful community,” said Siri.

Siri has been very active in several areas here in town while Buddy is still working and commuting back and forth to Houston. Siri served on the Board of Directors of The Humane Society of Pagosa Springs for two years, chairs their Chocolate Auction and Auction for the Animals, and is currently on their Advisory Council; is a past president of Pagosa Women’s Club, which raises funds to support area charities; volunteers her time and writes articles for Pagosa Mountain Hospital; serves as supplies coordinator for the annual 9 Health Fair, and makes time for line dancing and a good game of cards with her friends. Buddy is a petroleum landman and works full time in the oil and gas industry. He is a former co-chairman of the Methodist Men’s Community Breakfast program here in Pagosa Springs. Buddy and Siri have been United Way Ambassadors for the last two years.

Buddy and Siri have been married nearly 35 years and have two grown children: their son, Eric, his wife Angela, and brand new granddaughter, Kellyn Elizabeth, live in Houston, Texas, and their daughter, Katie, and her husband, Rick, live in Denver.

United Way in Archuleta County has set a goal to raise $80,000 in 2009/2010 to support 15 programs that address local needs. The United Way Council has focused on improving five problem areas in the community related to education, crisis intervention, family support, youth services, senior services and affordable housing.

Partner agencies receiving United Way funding are: Archuleta County Education Center, Seeds of Learning, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado, San Juan Basin Health Department, Southwest Conservation Corporation, Pagosa Pregnancy Support Center, Girl Scouts, Pagosa Outreach Connection, American Red Cross Southwest Colorado Chapter, Volunteers of America Colorado Branch, Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program, San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging, Habitat for Humanity, Colorado Housing, Inc. and the Southwest Colorado Mental Health Center. Our partners are seeing big increases in demand for their services, so we are attempting to raise more money than last year to help them.

Buddy and Siri ask you to join them in becoming part of the solution by supporting these agencies through United Way.

For more information about United Way in Archuleta County, call Teddy Adler Finney at 731-0484. Gifts to United Way are tax-deductible and can be mailed to Archuleta County United Way, PO 4274, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.