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A vote for 1A is a vote for the community

I am writing to encourage residents of Pitkin County to take the opportunity to participate in one of the most powerful aspects of being human, the ability to function in community. By voting "Yes" on 1A, the Healthy Community Fund reauthorization, residents will be supporting the existing infrastructure of 70 nonprofits that provide for the well-being of our valley from birth to senior citizens.

I would invite you to go to the website, http://www.helpingfromtheheart.org, to see the list of organizations supported. Then choose a few individual organizations to investigate further and see a sampling of what they actually provide for us all. Through work with early childhood I can see at a glance that I have been involved with at least eight of these organizations and know directly the services they provide. It would be too lengthy to mention them all but I would note Family Visitor who provides four different free programs that serve young families in our valley from prenatal to five years old. I also would mention Raising a Reader that serves more than 1,000 children in the valley with resources and support to involve parents in the essential role of reading with their children.

Check out Mountain Valley Developmental Services, Riverbridge, Youth Zone and our Family Resource Centers in Carbondale and Aspen.

We lament that there is often "nothing we can do" about the injustices we know of locally and globally. Here is an opportunity to do something that is directly effective which will change the lives of our neighbors in the valley.

Please take this opportunity to make a difference by voting "Yes" on 1A on Nov. 6.

Donna Ward

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