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Getting back to work

The recent death of Cara Russell was a shock to us all. Her time here was way too short and we will truly miss her. Everyone is invited to her memorial service July 23, 2 PM, at Arvada United Methodist Church. A reception will follow. For those of you wishing to make a donation, you can contribute to the Cara Russell Memorial Fund. If you are struggling with the recent tragedy, a list of resources available for counseling and support are provided below.

Cara was just beginning to inspire and energize us with her enthusiasm for learning the recycling industry and steady dedication to getting work done. With those thoughts in mind, it’s time for us to start getting back to work. Committee and council meetings resumed this week, and you’ll be receiving emails soon asking for input on Colorado Product Stewardship Council activities, asking for ideas for possible webinar topics and providing information on how to host a tour of your facility — and why now is a good time to do it.

If you’re looking for additional ways to be more involved, there are several current opportunities:

  • Volunteers are needed for the Poster Contest Committee. We’re taking the winning posters and an adorable video from one of the winners and we’re making a video for America Recycles Day. Join the committee and add your creativity to the design process.
  • Miss the Summit already and want to help plan the next big CAFR event? Join the Annual Meeting Committee and help select lightning round abstracts and develop other aspects of the event. This year we’re returning to the American Mountaineering Center in Golden on October 19.
  • Interested in guiding the organization? Board of Directors elections are coming up and candidates are needed.

To get involved with any CAFR activities, contact Amy at amy@cafr.org/970-372-5615.

The Board of Directors will meet next week on July 21 at The Alliance Center in Denver and will discuss plans to hire a an interim executive director and eventually begin the search for a new full-time executive director. CAFR members are invited a happy hour from 4 PM to 6 PM following the meeting. It will be a nice opportunity talk with friends and be reminded of everything we have to be thankful for. Look for more details soon.

In the mean time, we’ll keep Cara in our thoughts and extend our love and prayers to her family. During the past couple of weeks especially, I have been extremely grateful for the care and support of CAFR members and the thoughtful and considerate action of the Board of Directors. We are all fortunate to be part of this community.


Amy Randell
CAFR Executive Assistant


Resources available for counseling and support:

Denver Police Department – Crisis Intervention Response Unit
Clinician Kristin O’Gowan (cell: 720-227-5692)

The Denver Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Response Unit was part of the initial response to the Alliance Center following Cara’s death. Kristin has been involved with providing support services to individuals affected by this tragic situation and remains available to members of CAFR.

Denver Police Department – Victim Assistance Unit (720-913-6035)
The Victim Assistance Unit was part of the initial response and ongoing support related to Cara’s death. In addition to being part of the Denver Police Department we are also a part of the Denver Victim Services Network (www.victimservicesnetwork.org) which supports a “No Wrong Door” mission and philosophy with respect to those affected by crime. We can assist in providing additional resources and support to those directly and indirectly affected by Cara’s death.

Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners (RMCP)
This free, statewide, 24/7, year-round, community-based system of crisis intervention services offers skilled, hope-filled care to individuals and families in crisis. If you’re struggling with a mental or emotional problem, getting into trouble with drugs or alcohol, having family or relationship problems, or problems at work or school, call 844.493.TALK (8255).

The Center for Trauma & Resilience
Provides an immediate response to a client’s call for help. All services are confidential and provided by counselors and supervised student interns. 24-Hour Hotline: Emotional support and emergency assistance – 303-894-8000. Click hereto be taken to the frequently asked questions page.

Mental Health Center of Denver – Wellshire Behavioral Services
Wellshire Behavioral Services provides mental health therapy and psychiatric medications for children and adults. Call today at 303-504-6565 to find out if Wellshire Behavioral Services is appropriate for your needs.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, July 13th, 2016.