OURAY – Getting acquainted in a new community is not always easy. To facilitate the process, the Ouray Chamber Resort Association and the Ouray Community Development Committee will sponsor a “Get Acquainted Open House,” featuring local organizations from throughout the county that offer membership and/or volunteer opportunities. The event will take place in the Ouray Community Center from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7.
There is no formal program for the event, and participants are invited to come, linger or go as their schedules permit. Leaders of community organizations from Ridgway to Ouray will be on hand to meet with the public and to provide information about a broad spectrum of activities, from one-time volunteer opportunities to long-term memberships.
The Ouray Visitor Center, Ridgway Visitor Center, U.S. Forest Service, Ouray County Historical Society and Museum, and Emergency Medical Services will all be on hand.
The Ouray County Players will provide information about community theater opportunities, while the Ouray Beautification Committee will be soliciting volunteers for their spring clean up. The Ouray County Arts Association will be soliciting volunteers for the Artists’ Alpine Holiday art show, and the Ouray Trails Group, which maintains hiking trails and Nordic ski trails, will also be there.
Other participants include Neighbor to Neighbor, which provides services to senior citizens; the San Juan Riding Program, which provides equestrian therapy for children and adults; Ridgway Railroad Museum; Mt. Sneffels Education Foundation; Second Chance Humane Society; B.P.O. Elks; and Chief Ouray Gun Club.
The Ouray County Performing Arts Guild, Weehawken Creative Arts, Ouray Chamber and Resort Association, and the Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce will be present to provide schedules of events, sell tickets, discuss classes available for enrollment, and discuss additional opportunities within their organizations and the community.
“Our local communities run on OCVP [Ouray County Volunteer Power], and these organizations provide much that is important to our lifestyle here,” noted Joyce Linn of the Ouray Community Development Committee. “Those who choose to participate in these activities add considerable interest to their own lives, as well as much value to the community in general… We hope new residents looking for their niche in a new community, as well as longer-term residents looking for new interests, will come take advantage of having all these knowledgeable people in the same room to learn about the rich tapestry of opportunities here.”
For more information, call Linn at 970/325-4235 or Jennifer Loshaw at 970/325-4746.