‘Heart for service’

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‘Heart for service’

Working for nonprofits takes skill, compassion and adaptability
Manna Soup Kitchen relies on volunteers, 700 of them whom donate more than 10,000 hours each year, to meet its mission. On Thursday, volunteers primarily from the First United Methodist Church of Durango, from left, Martha Diehl, Claudia Sprowso (not from the church), Stacy Hannigan and Marilyn Metz, prepared and served lunch. The menu included spaghetti with sauce made from scratch.
“I wish more people knew about this service” said Brian Wright, of Forest Lakes as he gets on the Road Runner bus at the Durango Transit Center. Wright rides the bus two days a week from Bayfield, and after arriving in Durango, he rides his bike to his job at the Durango Tech Center. Road Runner is a service provided by the Southern Ute Community Action Program, one of the largest nonprofits in La Plata County. SUCAP also runs the Southern Ute Head Start, the Ignacio Senior Center, The Training Advantage and several other programs.
Chris Nelson, director of Animal Services at the La Plata County Humane Society, checks out the dog population in the kennel at the society’s shelter near Walmart. The shelter helps more than 3,000 animals a year find a home as well as providing low-cost spay and neuters and other pet-owner services.
Karla Dudley, left, and Janine Bulen of the First United Methodist Church of Durango are processing fresh corn for lunch recently at Manna Soup Kitchen. More than 700 volunteers provided more than 10,000 hours of service to the soup kitchen in 2013.
Sarada Leavenworth, district director of the Volunteers of America, which operates the Durango Community Shelter, Southwest Safe House and two veterans housing programs, attends a meeting Tuesday afternoon at the shelter. She relies on frequent doses of the exercise program Zumba to carry her through the stresses of her job.
Kathy Tonnessen, center, executive director of Manna Soup Kitchen, helps inaugurate Manna’s new resource and training center in June. The center is an initiative by the soup kitchen, which, in addition to providing meals and other services to people struggling financially, will now offer training and resources to help them improve their financial situation.
Martha Diehl, from the First United Methodist Church of Durango, wears a volunteer shirt while serving lunch Thursday at the Manna Soup Kitchen. Manna’s more than 700 volunteers donated more than 10,000 hours in 2013 to help the soup kitchen prepare and serve almost 70,000 meals.
To learn more about running a nonprofit

Fort Lewis College’s Professional Nonprofit Management Certificate Program, directed by Paulette Church, former director of the Durango Education Center, includes classes for people who work for nonprofits, those who are interested in working for nonprofits, volunteers and board members. In addition to classes taught by area experts, the program also offers collaborative classes presented with the resources of the Community Resource Center and the Colorado Nonprofit Association.
Some classes offered in the fall session include the eight-class Nonprofit Management: Making a Difference; Entrepreneurial Leadership for Nonprofits taught by Terry Bacon; Community Fundraising and Making the Ask taught by Margie Deane Gray; and What You Need to Know from a Top Executive Director Panel, with Chris Cable, Sarada Leavenworth, Liz Mora and Vaughn Morris.
To learn more, visit www.fortlewis.edu/continuinged or call 247-7385.

In this series

Sunday: The big picture of the nonprofit scene.
Today: What does it take to work with the needy?
Tuesday: Who are the donors and how do they give?
Wednesday: The future of nonprofits in La Plata County.

‘Heart for service’

Manna Soup Kitchen relies on volunteers, 700 of them whom donate more than 10,000 hours each year, to meet its mission. On Thursday, volunteers primarily from the First United Methodist Church of Durango, from left, Martha Diehl, Claudia Sprowso (not from the church), Stacy Hannigan and Marilyn Metz, prepared and served lunch. The menu included spaghetti with sauce made from scratch.
“I wish more people knew about this service” said Brian Wright, of Forest Lakes as he gets on the Road Runner bus at the Durango Transit Center. Wright rides the bus two days a week from Bayfield, and after arriving in Durango, he rides his bike to his job at the Durango Tech Center. Road Runner is a service provided by the Southern Ute Community Action Program, one of the largest nonprofits in La Plata County. SUCAP also runs the Southern Ute Head Start, the Ignacio Senior Center, The Training Advantage and several other programs.
Chris Nelson, director of Animal Services at the La Plata County Humane Society, checks out the dog population in the kennel at the society’s shelter near Walmart. The shelter helps more than 3,000 animals a year find a home as well as providing low-cost spay and neuters and other pet-owner services.
Karla Dudley, left, and Janine Bulen of the First United Methodist Church of Durango are processing fresh corn for lunch recently at Manna Soup Kitchen. More than 700 volunteers provided more than 10,000 hours of service to the soup kitchen in 2013.
Sarada Leavenworth, district director of the Volunteers of America, which operates the Durango Community Shelter, Southwest Safe House and two veterans housing programs, attends a meeting Tuesday afternoon at the shelter. She relies on frequent doses of the exercise program Zumba to carry her through the stresses of her job.
Kathy Tonnessen, center, executive director of Manna Soup Kitchen, helps inaugurate Manna’s new resource and training center in June. The center is an initiative by the soup kitchen, which, in addition to providing meals and other services to people struggling financially, will now offer training and resources to help them improve their financial situation.
Martha Diehl, from the First United Methodist Church of Durango, wears a volunteer shirt while serving lunch Thursday at the Manna Soup Kitchen. Manna’s more than 700 volunteers donated more than 10,000 hours in 2013 to help the soup kitchen prepare and serve almost 70,000 meals.
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