Support the invisible work in our community
Dear Editor:Every day I think what a gift it is to live in Pitkin County.The bounty we enjoy here is astounding, a healthy natural environment, a strong local economy, unique exciting communities and caring involved citizens.Sometimes, with our daily job demands, the rush of activities and the pressures of change all around us, it is easy to take for granted some of the simple things that are “going right” in our community.Day in and day out, a small army of professionals tend to the needs of individuals and families who are facing real challenges in their lives.Be it senior nutrition, transportation and care management, or prenatal care and family planning, communicable disease control, mental health counseling, assistance for the terminally ill, support for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, immunizations and communicable disease control, or teen interventions, our nonprofit health and human service providers are there to assist each of us and our neighbors in times of need.This almost invisible work strengthening the social fabric of our community, preventing harm, helping those who need a leg up or a shoulder to lean on must not be taken for granted. This vitally important work only happens when we all take time to care, to contribute, to help the helpers.Please vote Yes on Pitkin County question 1A on Tuesday, Nov. 7.Or, vote early starting Oct. 23 at the county clerk’s office if anything unexpected – weather, childcare, illness, work or travel – may prevent you from voting on Election Day. Thank you.Rachel E. RichardsAspen
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