To help meet their needs, the Montrose Community Foundation is again spearheading a free, day-long event, the second annual “Help for Hard Times” at the Montrose Pavilion, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Jan. 21. Representatives will be on hand from agencies and nonprofit organizations that provide services to meet basic human needs such as food, shelter, clothing, education, mental health, finding a job, and more.
More than 50 event exhibiters will provide free screenings, advice and information on services. There will also be a drawing for $500 worth of groceries, a winter coats giveaway, energy efficiency kits, and drawings for gift cards and other prizes.
This year’s event is made possible by many sponsors, as well as a $2,000 grant from the Governor’s Energy Office, according to Montrose Community Foundation Director Melanie Hall.
Hall said last year about 1,000 people came to the first “Help for Hard Times” event. She expects at least that many will attend this year because locally, the economy hasn’t improved.
New this year will be a 20-page book, distributed for free, that includes listings of all public and nonprofit agencies, Hall said. With 5,000 copies printed, the books will also be placed at other community locations, such as the Montrose School District and the Colorado Workforce Center.
Much of the printed material at the event will be bi-lingual, and Spanish interpreters will be on hand to guide people, Hall said. Headsets will also provide Spanish translation for the five workshops scheduled throughout the day.
The first workshop, at 9 a.m., Resumé Writing and Interview Tips, will be presented by the Colorado Workforce Center. The second workshop at 10 a.m., All About Energy Savings, will included details on saving energy, gas rebates, and the USDA weatherization program. At 12:30 p.m., Cooking Matters will present a workshop titled How to Stretch Your Food Dollar, and at 1:30 p.m., the workshop by the Center for Mental Health has a prophetic title: Keeping Your Perspective When Times are Tough. The final workshop, at 2:30 p.m. by NuVista Credit Union, is titled, How to Live Within Your Means. Like the rest of the event, the workshops are free and each is followed by a question and answer session.
The Center for Mental Health will again conduct screenings for people experiencing depression or anxiety, helping connect them with counseling, if needed, Hall said, because tough economic times are very stressful for people.
“This is definitely a direct response to the challenging economic environment we’re living in,” she said. “This is our opportunity to help people connect, the perfect role for a community foundation.”
To learn more about Help for Hard Times, Hall may be reached at 970/901-6575.