Montrose High School’s National Honor Society were recently awarded $500 for their contributions for the Snow Bash Challenge. Pictured from left to right: Macy Webb-Alexander, Megan Lahm, Jasper Hoag, Alex Hanley, Megan Parker, Chris Haynes, Audrey Alex, Caitlin O’Meara
Although there wasn’t much snow to speak of this winter, community volunteers did their best to minimize the potential harm caused by a slick snowy walkway. Region 10 and the Aging and Disability Resources for Colorado (ADRC) created the “Snow Bash Challenge” in an effort to inspire volunteerism in the Montrose community and support those who were need of help during the winter months.
ADRC is a membership organization consisting of several agencies whose mission is to improve services for those who are not physically able to support themselves. Leveraging its extensive membership, the group created the Snow Bash Challenge as a way to provide a free service to those who physically struggle to remove snow from their properties. “This is a generation that worries about their responsibility to keep people safe while on their property, but shoveling sidewalks is just not in their best interest,” comments Eva Veitch, Director of Community Living Services at Region 10. “These are also the folks who use senior transportation and receive home delivered meals, so their outdoor safety is critical.”
After gathering donations and issuing the challenge publicly, the ADRC offered prizes for the volunteer or volunteer groups who shoveled the most snow in Montrose. The ADRC offers thanks to Volunteers of America staff member Ty Blair for organizing prize donations.
Despite the this winter’s light snow accumulation, Snow Bash volunteers contributed approximately 44 hours of shoveling service. Region 10 and ADRC estimated that volunteers helped save $880 in snow removal fees. For many seniors who are on a fixed budget, that is a lot of money. “The people who benefited from this great community project were so grateful for this important service,” Veitch continues.
The group awarded the $500 first place prize to Montrose High School’s National Honor Society for their significant contributions to the project. The money will be used to fund future NHS activities and programs. In addition to NHS, several other volunteers chipped in their time for the Snow Bash Challenge. Richard Barber representing Christ’s Kitchen was award the $150.00 second place prize. Brad and Trish Hawarny were also recognized for their contributions to the project and received a non-cash prize. “We can’t thank these volunteers enough for their willingness to help with this great project,” Veitch adds. “We are better together.”
Region 10 and the ADRC hope to make the Snow Bash Challenge an annual event.