Archuleta County United Way happenings


By Bill Hudgins

Special to The PREVIEW

United Way is pleased to announce that it has reestablished an advisory committee having the purpose of offering suggestions, ideas and direction to further promote United Way’s role in the community.

The committee comprises Rich Valdez (Archuleta County sheriff), Kyle Cox (president, Citizens Bank), Lynne Bridges (executive director, Seeds of Learning), Becky Dorian (longtime volunteer and prior committee member), Jeanne Freed (registrar, Pagosa Springs High School) and Fabian Rodriguez (student representative). We believe the diverse backgrounds and experience on this committee will be a major asset in helping United Way in reaching its goals

‘Play For The Way — The Music of Pagosa’ CD

Our long-awaited CD, “Play For The Way —The Music Of Pagosa,” has been sent for production and should be available for sale around Oct. 24. This CD features the talents of Steve Blechschmidt, George Clous, Mark DeVoti, D.C. Duncan, John Graves, Bob Hemenger, The High Rollers, The Killens, Shane Lane, Brooks Lindner, Terry Rickard, Tim Sullivan, Lisa Saunders and Debbee Tucker. A release party is being planned at Wolfe Brewing Company on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 3 to 8 p.m., with further details to be announced in The Pagosa SUN’s Oct. 27 edition.

This CD can be yours with a donation of $12 to United Way and can be purchased by going to or by email to

Dining certificates

The popular dining certificates will go on sale around Nov. 1 and may be used through May 14, 2017. These certificates make great gifts for family. friends, employees, clients, etc., or use them yourself for special occasions or just a great meal out. They may be purchased for $25, with that amount being credited to your bill. With each certificate redeemed, the restaurants donate $5 to United Way. Participating restaurants and points of sale will be announced when the certificates become available.

All proceeds from the CD and dining certificates stay in Archuleta County and help support these nonprofit organization providing essential services to our community: American Red Cross, Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program, Axis Health System, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Girl Scouts, Habitat for Humanity, Housing Solutions for the Southwest, Pagosa Outreach Connection, San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging, Seeds of Learning, Southwest Conservation Corps and Volunteers of America.

Volunteers needed

Time on your hands? Looking for a rewarding experience? United Way needs volunteers to assist in the following areas: addressing mailings; event planning; donation solicitation; and sponsor solicitation for events.

If interested, please contact Bill Hudgins at 946-1624 or