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By Nadia Werby
Special to The PREVIEW
Chimney Rock Interpretive Association (CRIA) recently received a donation check from Exxon Mobil as part of its support of employees/annuitants who participate in local volunteer activities.
Since 2006, Exxon Mobil has contributed $7,500 to CRIA through their Volunteer Involvement Program. Corporate support of CRIA volunteers helps CRIA pay its expenses in protecting and maintaining Chimney Rock National Monument in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, Pagosa Ranger District.
CRIA is a nonprofit organization that encourages members of the community to become volunteers and join in the excitement of volunteering at Chimney Rock National Monument.
Without CRIA and the volunteers, there would not be any interpretive tours at Chimney Rock. Now is the time to get involved and help maintain and protect the Chimney Rock site. Volunteers can select from a variety of fun opportunities, including interpretative guides, mesa hosts and visitor center hosts. This year, there will be a new volunteer position available: kiva interpretive host. The kiva interpretive host will be in charge of greeting visitors on the Great Kiva Trail and giving short explanations of the pit house, kiva and stone circle, as well as answering questions.
CRIA will be holding an open house at the Quality Resort on March 28 and the volunteer training will be held on April 25 and 26. If you are interested in becoming a Chimney Rock volunteer, please call 731-7133 or visit our website at www.chimneyrockco.org.