Evergreen Chamber Community Fund: A new way to give back

View from Evergreen Mountain by Jacquelyn Gutc
The view from Evergreen Mountain

When FEMA officials visited my beautiful hometown of Evergreen, Colorado after our recent floods, they said that we could expect a major disaster every four years or so. Reflecting on recent blizzards, floods and fires, this sounds accurate. And the resulting devastation can be enough to prevent local families and businesses from thriving.

This is why a core group of committed Evergreen residents created the Evergreen Chamber Community Fund, a nonprofit 501c3 charitable organization designed to help businesses and families in the time of disaster.  The Fund is NOT limited to Chamber members or even Evergreen residents. It includes our entire mountain community because we ARE a community devoted to helping each other in times of trouble.

Our intent is to have the nonprofit structure in place to allow fundraisers, grants and whatever else it takes to move into action when disaster strikes. We will interview applicants and disburse the funds where appropriately needed, as well as operate programs to make sure the relief is effected. We are more than a foundation; we are an organization that can do anything from putting on a relief concert, handing out sandwiches to volunteers, applying for national grant money, to … well, you name it.

I am honored to serve alongside Susan Hammond, Kelly Breuer, Angela Ryan and Lynne Lyons in ushering this good idea to its reality — but we are only the current participants. Many individuals including the Chamber staff of past and present — Philip Levy, Dean Haave and others — worked on this endeavor.

Give me a call in order to join us in protecting Evergreen proactively with a nonprofit that is by us and for us! We do so much to take care of others and now we have another great way to take care of our own!

Running a Law Firm: It Takes a Village

Starting my own practice has been an amazing experience. In just a few months, I have experienced so many of the challenges and joys of being a business owner. The work days are long, but then again, that is a lawyer’s life, not just a business owner’s! And I am fortunate to be able to follow my passion and work in family law every day. But although I am a solo practicing attorney, I don’t do it all on my own. I have an incredible support team that includes my BNI group, accountant, bookkeeper, assistants, partners at Pickard & Ross (whose building my office is in), fellow members of the 1st Judicial District Access to Justice Program, Lutheran Church of the Cross, and even my former employer. And last, but certainly not least, the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce.

I was honored to have recently participated in a ribbon cutting with the chamber, which extended an honorary membership to my firm. As you can see in the photo, the Evergreen Chamber Ambassadors, aka “Green Vests,” were also on hand.

My connection to the chamber is strong, as I am general counsel to the Evergreen Chamber Board of Directors and assisted in the formation of the Evergreen Chamber Community Fund, which helps local businesses and individuals in times of disaster. I appreciate their support! It’s a wonderful organization to be a part of.

There are several other organizations that I volunteer my time with and are important to my success as well. I am sergeant-at-arms for the Evergreen Rotary, a grants representative on the First Judicial District Access to Justice (ATJ) Program, volunteer attorney for the statewide Virtual Clinic program and Sunday school teacher at Lutheran Church of the Cross.

So while it’s great to be proud of having my own business, I couldn’t do it without this village of support that helps me be the best family law attorney I can be, and I will continue to do everything I can to give back.
Thank you, everyone!Beth Andersen at Evergreen ribbon cutting