Ten representatives of local organizations joined members of Mountain View Homemakers in a meal and celebration on Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Extension Building at the fairgrounds.
The occasion included distribution of money raised in the club’s annual July auction and items made at the Homemaker’s workday in September.
Eight organizations received checks for $500 each: Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program, the Dr. Mary Fisher Medical Foundation, Hospice and Mercy Health Foundation, Humane Society of Pagosa Springs, Pagosa Outreach Connection, Pagosa Pregnancy Support Center, Pagosa Springs Youth Center and Senior Services Home Delivered Meals. A check was also given to Archuleta County Education Center to help support the babysitting workshops — a long-standing obligation of the Homemakers — and another was given to the Ruby Sisson Memorial Library as thanks for storing the club’s scrapbooks.
Also presented at the same meeting were sturdy drawstring bags with beautiful patchwork quilts that Social Services and Archuleta County Victim Assistance can give to children who must be removed from their current environment. The Pregnancy Support Center was given fleece blankets and receiving blankets in addition to its check. Pine Ridge Extended Care received comfort pillows and pillowcases for use by residents with injuries or bed sores. Pillows and pillow covers were also given to the Hospice Team in addition to a check.
Mountain View Homemakers is a 49-year-old gathering of women who meet each month at the Extension Building at the fairgrounds. Most meetings include an informational program. Two or three meetings each year are celebrations. The July meeting features a big auction, open to men as well as women. There are no dues. Every woman is welcomed. Visitors are not expected to bring a covered dish for the lunch, but their second visit makes them a member, so they can do so at that time.