LEAF is pleased to welcome our new Executive Director, Lory Barton. Lory joins LEAF with many years experience in the international and local non-profit sectors. She is delighted to serve in Lyons and the surrounding communities and looks forward to 'changing the world,' or at least our corner of it, together with the community. "In a few short weeks, I have already grown to appreciate and care for the wonderful clients, volunteers and supporters who work with LEAF. I can't wait to see where the future takes us," says Lory. If you'd like to meet with Lory, please email her, or call/text her at 720-864-4309.
Lory and her big family live nearby in Longmont.
Position Title: Executive Director of Lyons Emergency Assistance Fund (LEAF)
The mission of LEAF is to offer a human services safety net to those in need in the Greater Lyons area.
LEAF is celebrating 10 years of service to Lyons. We began in 2008 as a ministry of Lyons Community Church, when pastor Claire Drews and her congregation started a food pantry and basic needs emergency fund to help Lyons residents in need. Then the flood hit in 2013, and the need for a human services safety net became even more apparent. Soon after the flood, in July of 2014 LEAF spun off from the church to become a project of Colorado Nonprofit Development Center. We initiated flood advocacy work, continued to operate the weekly food pantry, and greatly increased our basic needs assistance program. In 2016, we were ready to graduate from under Colorado Nonprofit Development Center’s umbrella into our very own 501c3 nonprofit organization. LEAF is now a well-known charitable organization, running the weekly food pantry, holiday programs, Meals on Wheels, and basic needs and resource matching.
We are currently looking for an Executive Director to join our wonderful organization as we grow and continue to meets the needs of our community.
Position: Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is ultimately responsible for the operation of all programs, the management of all fiscal resources, the supervision of all staff and volunteers, and the provision of quality services to the community. S/he will initially develop deep knowledge of our services, core programs, partnerships and operations.
Hours and Compensation: This is a salary position requiring 30 hours per week; salary commensurate with experience.
To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to HR@leaflyons.org. We will be accepting applications until February 10th, 2019 at 5 pm. No phone calls please.
LYONS - One of Lyons Emergency Assistance Fund’s (LEAF) favorite messages this year was “Live your life in gratitude and life will give you things to be grateful for.” Here at LEAF, as we say goodbye to 2018 and welcome a new year, we couldn’t agree more.
In 2018, LEAF celebrated 10 years of service to Lyons. The group began in 2008 as a ministry of Lyons Community Church, when the Rev. Claire Drews and her congregation started a food pantry and basic needs emergency fund to help Lyons residents in need. Then the flood hit in 2013, and the need for a human services safety net became even more apparent.Soon after the flood, in July of 2014 LEAF spun off from the church to become a project of Colorado Nonprofit Development Center.
Emily Dusel was hired alongside the Rev. Emily Flemming to serve as Co-Executive Directors. The group initiated flood advocacy work, continued to operate the weekly food pantry, and greatly increased the basic needs assistance program. In 2016, LEAF was ready to graduate from under Colorado Nonprofit Development Center’s umbrella into their very own 501c3 nonprofit organization. LEAF is now a well-known charitable organization, running the weekly food pantry, holiday programs, Meals on Wheels, and basic needs and resource matching. We like to say that LEAF has grown up over the past ten years; from a ministry of Lyons Community Church, to a startup nonprofit, and finally to a strong nonprofit with community support and great programs.
Looking back on a great 2018, we are thankful for the support of our donors, volunteers, and participants. Two new board members joined LEAF in 2018 – Rebecca Major who recently moved to Lyons with her family and she has served in the military. New member Kevin Schafer is a teacher at the Lyons Middle/Senior. The partnership with LEAF and Lyons Middle/Senior has already grown since Schafer came onboard.
This holiday season the Middle/Senior hosted a household goods & hygiene items drive, delivering hundreds of items such as laundry detergent, toilet paper, soap, and toothpaste to the food pantry. Major is the Mountain Resource Liaison with OUR Center. She is helping LEAF participants meet their basic needs, and access services available county wide. Two board members, Pam Browning and Maridy Dandeneau, retired from the board in 2018 after serving over their three-year terms. We are so thankful for all of the time and energy they dedicated to LEAF.
2019 is sure to be another busy and impactful year for LEAF. Emily Dusel will be transitioning from her position as Executive Director of LEAF in the early spring. “I am so incredibly proud of the compassionate, impactful nonprofit organization LEAF has become. From its beginnings as a ministry of the Lyons Community Church ten years ago, to the charitable organization running three programs, LEAF will always have a special place my heart. With a strong board of directors and an incredible team of volunteers supporting LEAF, I know LEAF will continue to grow and change to meet the needs of Lyons residents.” Dusel plans to remain very active in the nonprofit community in Lyons by serving on boards, volunteering, and offering nonprofit consulting services. The LEAF board wishes a wonderful 2019 to all Lyons residents. “May you all find an
abundance of things to be grateful for,” said Tanya Daty, chair of LEAF.
* This article was originally published by Redstone staff Reports, Redstone Review January 16, 2019
LEAF Staff & Board of Directors listed from left: Kevin Schafer, Emily Dusel, Heather
Santesteban, Susan McCann, Tricia Marsh, Tanya Daty, & Rebecca Major. Meghan Pound is
also a board member and is not pictured above.
Colorado’s largest day of giving, Colorado Gives Day, is taking place on Tuesday, December 4, 2018. On this day, thousands of people come together to support Colorado nonprofits like ours. When you donate to LEAF, you’re helping your friends and neighbors in need right here in Lyons. Our program is the only nonprofit in Lyons providing a weekly food pantry, Meals on Wheels, and basic needs assistance. Please help us reach our goal of $5,000. Thanks to the $1 Million Incentive Fund from Community First Foundation and FirstBank, your donation goes further on Colorado Gives Day. To donate to us on Colorado Gives Day, go to https://www.coloradogives.org/LyonsEmergencyAssist…/overview on Colorado Gives Day!
Executive Director, LEAF
LYONS – For the fourth year in a row, the biggest adults only Halloween Party in Lyons, Rave to the Grave, was held on Friday October 26th at the Wildflower Pavilion at Planet Bluegrass. The party was a fundraiser hosted by Lyons Emergency Assistance Fund (LEAF).
“We are so thankful to all of the artists, musicians, party-goers, donors, clients, sponsors, and volunteers for making Rave to the Grave a huge success raising over $39,000! The money raised for LEAF will directly benefit our friends and neighbors in need,” says Tanya Daty, chair of the LEAF board of directors.
Rave to the Grave is a benefit for LEAF, whose mission is to offer a human services safety net to those in need in the Greater Lyons area. This year, partygoers had an opportunity to experience a visual tour of LEAF created by Peggy Dyer. Powerful photos greeted partygoers with messages such as “LEAF saves people’s lives”.
The profit from Rave to the Grave will really help our friends and neighbors in need, such as Betsy, a Lyons elder featured in one of LEAF’s videos. In the video, Betsy shares “Because of you I’ve been able to eat and I’ve met so many cool people. That’s really important to someone who is kind of homebound. I’ve never had this kind of kindness. I mean, it’s kindness every time you turn around”.
The music by Arthur Lee Land, gogoLab, and special guests was incredible! Along with a video DJ show by Needmore productions, wild costumes, and lots of dancing, this party was epic. Congratulations to Jay and Lori Stott for winning the costume contest as Middle Aged Ken & Barbie.
Local artist Kahlie Sue Pinello took the lead on artistic vision and decorations along with her team and wow did they deliver! This year Kahlie’s vision of Medieval Magic was brought to light with sponsor banners flogging the walkway and a magically decorated pavilion.
Jess Kutrombus, owner of HiKu Graphics, blew it out of the park with designing graphics and the poster yet again this year. We are incredibly grateful to Jess for donating her time and talents for LEAF.
Planet Bluegrass donated the venue along with the proceeds from alcohol sales directly to LEAF. This event would not have been possible without their generosity. Thank you to Craig Ferguson and all of the planet staffers that helped! Rave to the Grave sponsors covered all of the hard costs of the event, allowing every dollar raised that night to go directly to LEAF’s programs. Thank you to title sponsor Laura Levy, beer sponsor Oskar Blues, after party sponsor Pizza Bar 66, premier sponsors Headquarters Cannabis Company, Gateway Realty Group, Bud Depot, and Stonescape Steel Roofing. LEAF is also incredibly grateful for the 25 additional sponsors. The business community really stepped up to support LEAF!
LEAF serves over 100 people every week with programs including the Lyons Community Food Pantry, Basic Needs and Resource Matching, and Lyons Meals on Wheels. For more information, go to www.leaflyons.org.
P.S. Are you interested in helping those in need during the holiday season? LEAF is hosting our third annual Giving Tree program. You can pick up ornaments on the Giving Trees at the Stone Cup, the Barking Dog, or the Library starting just before Thanksgiving until all ornaments are gone – they go fast!. Also, if your children are in school at Lyons Elementary or Lyons Middle/Senior, be on the lookout for opportunities to give to the food and households goods drive coming up soon. Didn’t make it to Rave to the Grave but want to support LEAF? Colorado Gives Day is December 4th!
Announcing the 2018 Rave to the Grave sponsors. Thank you to the Lyons business community for supporting those in need!
We wanted to share a feel good moment over here at LEAF today. Meet Sutter, who decided to ask for food pantry donations instead of gifts at his birthday party. If you are in need of food, please come visit us at Lyons Community Food Pantry every Wednesday from 3:30-5 at 350 Main Street.
For more information about donating food, please visit:https://www.leaflyons.org/donate-food.html