WOODLAND PARK • A ministry that started in 1997 within the garages of Pete Tysdal and the late Greg Schilling continues to assist Teller County residents warmth their properties in the course of the winter.
“Greg had anyone come and lower the useless timber down and I went up in my ATV and pulled them out,” Tysdal mentioned. The 2 delivered the hearth wooden to folks in want.
Tysdal and Schilling, who based Assist the Needy, expanded this system and ultimately attracted donations of logs from the Cripple Creek & Victor Mining Co.
For years, the volunteers, members of the Knights of Columbus at Our Girl of the Woods Catholic Church, chopped and picked up wooden donated by Teller County landowners. “We use splitters and lower the wooden up with chain saws,” Tysdal mentioned. “And we ship the wooden.”
In what grew to become a Saturday ritual, the group benefited from assist supplied by Coalition for the Higher South Platte and Colorado State Forest Service. Foxworth Galbraith and Tractor Provide provided reductions on supplies.
More often than not, landowners carry logs to the yard at Northeast Teller County Hearth Safety District in Woodland Park. In any other case, the boys collect the donations from properties of the donors.
Recipients study this system by means of Neighborhood Partnership Household Useful resource Middle and Assist the Needy/Hope Lives Right here, the brand new title for the group. “We did eight masses Monday and Tuesday of this week,” Tysdal mentioned. “It’s an excellent feeling.”
The statistics inform the story. From January to December of 2019, 48 volunteers delivered wooden to 202 properties. Up to now this yr, volunteers contributed 3,236 volunteer hours to this system, in comparison with 1,385 hours final yr.
In 2018, the group shaped its personal nonprofit, Pete’s Place, a group firewood ministry of the OMG. “It stands for the ‘Previous Males’s Group,’” Tysdal mentioned.
The nonprofit group’s wooden yard/security director is Danny Keuhlen, and the wooden yard/supply director is Barry Mellen.
To make a tax-deductible donation, mail checks to The OMG, P.O. field 5925, Woodland Park, CO 80866.