Thirty-eight members of our community met in 2003 to address the critical issues of falling sales tax revenues and vacant commercial buildings with representatives from around the state of Colorado. Nine members of this original group served on a committee that evolved into Lake City DIRT. Six years and fourteen thousand volunteer hours later, where are we?
Recent travelers through Lake City called the community a “vibrant oasis that has never looked better”. Together, we’ve planted flower beds, painted storefront, installed boardwalks and started a Youth Corps … we’ve begun an open-air market, hosted a Wine & Music Festival and other events, and created a “buzz” about our community … we’ve offered business loans, invited teleworkers to relocate, and provided professional development trainings … we’ve brought in more than $180,000 in outside grant funding, and sold ornaments & aprons. But perhaps the most important gift Lake City DIRT gives its residents & visitors is an opportunity to make a difference. Whether it’s in downtown design, promotions & marketing, economic development, or through the operations of our nonprofit organization, there’s an appealing volunteer job for everyone. And while we’re working together – pulling weeds, serving wine, visiting another Main Street community, or whatever – inevitably, someone says, “you know what we could do” – and the voice of community emerges, full of ideas & energy, born of a desire to give back to this place we all love.
We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.
- Winston Churchill
Lake City DIRT relies on the financial support of individuals, businesses, and local government. We leverage your donations through volunteer labor and active grant-writing & funds-seeking. Community – thank you
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