With great pleasure and thanksgiving we announce that Dave and Janet Richardson have taken up the call to lead the 2010/2011 United Way of Southwest Colorado Community Campaign for Archuleta County.
“With United Way you give to one place and the money goes to a lot of places. It is an organization with low overhead and high effectiveness, which is why we are proud to chair the campaign this year,” says Dave. The Richardsons have a heart for children and education and believe strongly in United Way and the good that it does.
“When we were kids, our families weren’t well off,” says Janet, with a soft voice and grateful eyes, “Our heart goes out to people in need, because we know what it was like. We’ve received so much, that now it is time to give.”
Dave and Janet first visited Pagosa Springs with a group of friends the Christmas of 1984. From then on they began coming to Pagosa two times a year, once in the summer then also at Christmas time. They bought a home here in 1998 and in September of 2000 moved from 53 days of sun each year in Akron, Ohio, to 300 days of sun per year as full time residents of Pagosa Springs. When asked what they like about Pagosa,
“Everything but February,” is Dave’s quick response. Then he says with all sincerity, “Really, though, this is our kind of town. It is a generous town. That’s pretty special; you don’t see that just anywhere.”
Both Dave and Janet are very active in the Pagosa Springs community.
“I retired from just about everything that pays,” says Dave who has just finished his term as president of the Rotary Club, is active on the board of the Ed Center, helps with the Special Olympics, spends time each Friday giving high school students a chance to experience horse therapy, and serves as a Mounted Ranger in his free time. “I only join as many organizations as Janet can handle,” says Dave affectionately. It is clear they work together as a team.
The couple has two sons; one resides in Pennsylvania, the other in Texas. Dave and Janet have been married 45 years and when asked how they met, Janet responds, “He was a basketball player and I was a cheerleader,” trying to hold back a smile, “I offered him a stick of chewing gum and he took me out that night.”
United way in Archuleta County has set a goal to raise $85,000 in 2010/2011 to support programs that address local needs United Way in Archuleta County. The United Way Council has focused on improving three areas in the community related to education, healthy lifestyles, and self-reliance. The 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.& 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.
Dave and Janet have come to know Pagosa Springs as a paradise, but they realize that this is not true for all who reside in our town. They ask you to support them in working towards a paradise for all through joining in this year’s United Way campaign.
Gifts to United Way are tax-deductible and can be mailed to Archuleta County United Way, PO 4274, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147.
For more information about United Way in Archuleta County, call Teddy Adler Finney at 731-0484.