LONGMONT — Mayor Julia Pirnack declared March 7 to 11 as Nonprofit Week at the Sixth Annual St. Vrain Community Council’s Nonprofit Day Celebration and Breakfast on Tuesday morning.
The celebration, held at the Radisson Conference Center, also honored local nonprofits and individuals.
Representatives of 35 nonprofits attended the breakfast, in addition to some city, county and business representatives, for a total of about 120 people.
Pirnack called the nonprofits the “heart of Longmont and the surrounding areas” for their service to those in need.
“You are the strength of our social fabric,” the mayor told the attendees.
The 2005 Kim DePree Service Excellence Award went to Vi Doerrfeld of the Retired Seniors and Volunteers Program for her 20 years of service.
Doerrfeld, 82, commutes three times a week from Pinewood Springs to run RSVP’s Carry-Out Caravan program, which organizes volunteers to deliver weekly groceries to homebound seniors at no charge.
The 2005 Nonprofit of the Year was awarded to The OUR Center for its emergency food service and hospitality center.
Executive director Edwina Waldrip Salazar and board president Mark Sullivan accepted the award for the OUR Center.
Guest speaker Marlene Wilson is president of Volunteer Management Associates and has 40 years of volunteer service with area nonprofits.
She spoke about the recent economic obstacles and increases in demands nonprofits have encountered the last year.
“We do so much with so little for so long that we are capable of anything,” Wilson told the audience. “Somehow you make it work.”
Wilson urged nonprofits to use media, such as videos and Web sites, to “tell their stories.”
She reminded the organizations that donors and volunteers are voters, too, and they should use their political power more.
“You are miracle workers,” she said. “You are common, ordinary people willing to take on uncommon goals.”
Melanie M. Sidwell can be reached at 303-684-5274, or by e-mail at email@example.com.