Stapp Inspires Spotlight: Longmont Meals On Wheels

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Hi! This is Erin again. I wanted to go a little more in depth with Longmont Meals on Wheels. I spoke with Katie Wiser, Development Coordinator with Longmont Meals on Wheels.

Longmont Meals on Wheels, is a non-profit organization that provides elderly, people with disabilities and people returning from a hospital stay with proper, affordable nutrition in their homes and at the Senior Center. They do not have a wait list, nor is proof of income needed to have meals delivered. Meals are delivered around lunch time Monday through Friday. Home delivery accounts for about 80% of all the meals that are prepared. In 2016 they served over 107,000 meals!

Meals are prepared fresh every day by an in house chef and two assistants. The meals are nutritionally balanced and on a 90 day calendar. They are held to the same standards as a restaurant kitchen and are subject to the Boulder County Health Department. The kitchen is also equipped to handle special dietary needs as well. Low sodium, diabetes, food allergies are just a few of the special needs that they can handle.

I asked Katie some of the biggest misconceptions about Meals on Wheels. She said the biggest was the quality of food. Because they receive no government funding (federal or state) they have fewer restrictions and can offer food that isn’t institutional tasting.

Funding was the second biggest misconception Katie mentioned. While there is a national Meals on Wheels organization, each is independent. They receive no government funding. Longmont Meals on Wheels relies on local donations now and always!

I asked Katie if they had any other programs than the daily meals. I was surprised to learn that they did offer quite a few. One is called Project Homecoming. This is open to anyone who is coming home from the hospital or outpatient care. LMOW will deliver 5 free meals as people transition back from a hospital stay. They offer a free Lockbox Program to Longmont residents 65 and older, those with disabilities or who suffer from a major medical issue at any age.  They will also provide an Emergency Food bag which contains three days worth a food. A lot of these went out during the 2013 Flood. The last program Katie talked about was their Holiday Basket. This contains enough food for two people and a gift card to pick out their own protein.

My next question related back to funding. If LMOW doesn’t receive any government funding, then how do they get the funds needed to operate. Their biggest fundraiser is the Longmont Christmas Home Tour. It is the oldest and largest in the state. 4 homes are decorated for Christmas and visitors have the opportunity to purchase the decorations. Homes that are apart of the tour are announced in October, so check back for that! This year’s Home Tour will run November 30- December 2. We will post more details as the become available.

LMOW had a new fundraiser this year called Tablescapes. Different business and organizations decorated tables that were raffled off! We had a great time at this event!

Longmont Meals on Wheels is a great asset to this community and we are proud to partner with them. Thank you for all you do!

Day of Champions

Hi! This is Erin, the Digital Marketing Manager for Stapp Interstate Toyota. Last week I was able to participate in Longmont Meals on Wheels‘ (LMOW) Day of Champions. Once a year LOMW invited members of the community to join them on their delivery runs and at the Senior Center. Members of the Fire Department, Police Department, EMT, and the mayor were among those who were participating.

I was paired up with a gentleman named Rich. Rich had been delivering once a week for two years. “Although, he said with a smile, ” Starting in April, I’ll be delivering two days a week.”  We sat around and waited for his route number to be called. He already had the cold sacks of food loaded up in the car and ready to go. Before long his name was called and we were loading the hot meals into the insulated bag and we were off.  “I should really, ask for milage and gas re-embursment and a snack when I go on these drives.” Rich commented. Already his sense of humor was showing through, our first stop was a senior apartment complex a few blocks away from where we started at the Senior Center.

We get out of the car and head into the building. I have a job to do, I have the cold sacks of food. The first apartment no one was home. So we left the food in the cooler outside the door and moved on.  And that’s how our route went, some weren’t home at the time and others were.

I was deeply touched by the people we did see. Some accepted the meal, and exchanged a few pleasantries and we were on our way. Others, they wanted to talk for just a little longer. Rich was patient and kind, asking how they were doing. Several commented that they were so glad to see us and what a wonderful person Rich was. In about an hour we had delivered all our meals and were back to the Senior Center. Rich and I shook hands and we went our ways. Rich wanted to try and get a bike ride in before it got too late. I headed back to the dealership, with the thoughts of the last couple hours on my mind.

More than one person commented that this lunch we were bringing them would be their only hot meal of the day, some their only meal. Most were living by themselves and some had mobility problems that limited their ability to get around and get out. I got the feeling that in some cases the volunteers that were delivering the meals, were the only person they might see in a day.

 

As I pulled in the dealership, I had one call I needed to make before I went back to work. The phone rang a few times. The familiar “Hello” as only my grandma says greets me. I say hello and the normal brief pause while she calls my grandpa to pick up another phone. The deep chuckle of my grandpa’s voice fills my car. We talk for a bit and then it’s time to say goodbye.

As I walk up to the dealership I reflect on my day.  I’m thankful that Longmont Meals On Wheels provides such a wonderful service to the elderly, people with disabilities and those coming home from the hospital. Next month as part of Stapp Inspires we will be highlighting Longmont Meals On Wheels and the work they are doing in our community and how you can get involved.  I hope you will join us.

Transition from Scion

By now you have heard that Toyota has started the transition away from Scion.  We wanted to touch base with everyone to let you know of the changes that are happening.

First, if you currently own a Scion and still have Scion boost in effect, there has been no changes. The program is still in effect and no changes have been made. If you are needing service for your Scion, come visit us. Our technicians are factory trained to work on your Scion and parts are still available. For more information on the changes check out Scion Service Boost Information

Perhaps you were wanting to purchase or lease a Scion and think you missed your opportunity. No worries, 3 of the most popular Scion models still live on as Toyotas. The Scion iA, iM, and FR-S live on in the Toyota line as Yaris iACorolla iM, and Toyota 86. We had a little fun with one of our new 86’s and  put it through our  Stapp I25 Custom shop. Take a look!

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We had fun with Scion and met some great people along the way. We hope that you will keep us in mind the next time you are looking for service for your Scion. If you need to schedule a service appointment click here.

Stapp Inspires

Welcome to Stapp Inspires! Over the years we have had the privilege to partner with some amazing organizations in our community. Each of these organizations are unique in the purpose they serve to help make the community we live and work in a better place. We wanted to take the time and recognize these organizations and let you know why they are an inspiration to us. We hope that by hearing their stories they inspire you as well. First, we wanted to highlight St. Vrain Valley Schools. Take a peak at the video below and see how a group of Skyline Valley STEM students and the Denver Zoo partnered up to make an underwater robot. Keep checking back for more inspiring stories!

What a Year!

It’s hard to believe that we are getting ready to close out 2016 and ring in 2017. Before this year slips away we wanted to take a look back at what a year we had.

This year started off with some big news from Toyota. In February, Toyota announced that Scion would cease to exist come August. With every ending comes a new beginning and Stapp I25 Custom was born.

We turned the Scion showroom into our Stapp I25 Custom showroom. This effort was headed up by Executive Sales Manager Keegan Gleaton. The vehicles he has dreamed up as well as our customers is nothing short of amazing.

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A few of the vehicle we have customized

 

As much as things have changed, they have stayed the same. Once again this year we were proud supporters of the St. Vrain Valley School District. One of our biggest sponsorships was the new scoreboard put in at Everly-Montgomery Field, home field to Longmont High, Skyline, Silver Creek and Niwot High. scoreboard

 

We are proud of the community we live and are a part of. Giving back has always been a priority for Stapp Interstate Toyota. From Paws in the Park with the Longmont Humane Society, to Women’s Work and The Empty Bowls Project, we are proud to support these organizations that help make our community a great place to live.

We also want to thank all of our customers. We can’t express our appreciation enough. Thank you for trusting us with your vehicle in service or to make your next car purchase. We will continue to strive to meet and beat our customer’s expectations each and every time you visit us. We wish all of you a wonderful holiday season and hope to see you back soon!

 

 

The Empty Bowl Project

At Stapp Interstate Toyota we like to highlight and share information about other organizations that working to make this community an even better place to live. For the 2nd year in a Stapp Interstate Toyota is proud to partner with Carbon Valley’s Help Center.

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The Carbon Valley Help Center, is an outgrowth of the Carbon Valley Network, a group which has met for five years with the mission to share information and enhance collaboration between human service groups, faith-based organizations, the school district, municipalities, Weld County and non-profits serving the Carbon Valley.  At the Carbon Valley Network the need was identified to develop a center to begin to meet the immediate basic needs of Carbon Valley residents in crisis.

The help center has trained volunteers that meet with clients to come up with that plan of obtaining self-sufficiency. They will work with their clients to properly identify their needs, as well as skills, strengths and weakness. At these meetings, advice and informational referrals are presented to the client to help them regain confidence and start taking steps to their brighter future. If needed The Help Center also offers temporary emergency food assistance as well.

 

The biggest fundraiser for The Carbon Valley Help Center is the Empty Bowls Project. This event is held to help raise awareness of hunger and homelessness in the Carbon Valley and surrounding areas. All proceeds provide emergency food and assistance to those in needs.

The Empty Bowls Story

 Twenty-five years ago, a Michigan high school art teacher and his students were searching for a way to raise funds to support a food drive. What evolved was a class project to create ceramic bowls for a fundraising meal. Guests were served a simple meal of soup and bread, and invited to keep the bowl as a reminder of hunger in the world.

By the following year, the concept developed into Empty Bowls, a project to provide support for food banks, soup kitchens and other organizations that fight hunger. Events have been held throughout the world, and millions of dollars have been raised to combat hunger.

The Carbon Valley Help Center’s Empty Bowls Project began in 2014 as a way to raise funds to help those in need throughout the community.

 

Tickets are still available for this great event. For a $15 donation attendees are able to select a unique hand painted bowl. You will also receive a disposable bowl to enjoy a meal of soup, bread and dessert. This is truly a community event as the food you will be enjoying is donated by area restaurants and caterers.

If you are interested in attending the event it will be Saturday, November 19th 11:00am-2:00pm at Frederick High School. If you want to purchase tickets please call the Carbon Valley Help Center at (303) 833-6626. We hope to see you there!

 

What to pack when off roading

Hi! It’s Erin again. Last week we took our I25 Custom 4Runner off-roading again. We went on Greer Rd. You can get their off of Buckhorn Road. It was beautiful fall day and it looked like we missed peak color by about a week or so. Some was left, but most of the trees had dropped their leaves already. It was still beautiful, sunny and in the 60’s. Just one of those perfect fall days to get outside and enjoy Colorado. Added bonus, a few small patches of snow were in the shady areas. Our girls were thrilled to get back down to tell their friends they had seen snow.

This time I wanted to focus on what we pack when we go off roading. Keep in mind these are just suggestions, and what might work for us, might not work with your family and where you like to go. You might need additional gear depending on your trip. Always plan ahead! Always check weight limits for all your gear and make sure you get the proper gear for your vehicle. You don’t want your equipment to fail because you thought that “this should work”.  Before you go make sure that your gear is properly stored and secured.

So first things first. It might sound odd, but wear good supportive shoes. I had hiking boots on, Jeff had steel toed work boots and the girls had their running shoes. This is for a couple reasons. One, if you are the driver you don’t want your footwear sliding around. If you are the passenger, you might need to get out to ground guide and you want your feet protected. You never know when you might find a cool trail head you want to go explore. If your vehicle should become disabled, you may have to walk to find help. Many of the places we go have no cell service. In the summer we will throw water shoes/sandals in case we find a creek and the girls want to splash around. We also have a couple pair of work gloves in the 4Runner to protect our hands as well.

Right up there is food and water. We hope nothing ever happens while we are out on the trail, but it’s better to have stuff than not have it. We always have a case of water and two boxes of granola in the back. We back additional food such as cheese, crackers, summer sausage, veggies, and fruit. We also bring our water bottles and an extra jug or two.

The next thing we take is a high jack lift. This is a good idea if you have lifted your vehicle. We have a 3″ lift on our 4Runner. The standard jack that comes with your vehicle may not be able to lift your vehicle because it is sitting higher than stock. On that note we also purchased the same sized spare tire as what is on the vehicle. If you put over sized tires on your vehicle this is something that you might want to consider. If you would ever need to use the spare, it would not match. This could lead to damage to the transfer case and other components of the vehicle.

 

If you should have to change a tire out on the trail, having a wheel chock could be helpful. A wheel chock is a sturdy piece of material that will help prevent accidental movement when the vehicle is jacked up. We have a piece of wood cut at an angle, but you can purchase one as well. dscn2702

Recovery Equipment

This next group of equipment is in case you roll or need to get yourself or a buddy out unstuck and going again. We have a tow rope, D-Ring Receiver Hitch, Quick Link and Tow Hook. Again, make sure you have checked the weight limits for all your equipment to make sure it can handle your vehicle. Please further research how to use this equipment before you head out on the trail.  Know your personal limits to your skill set and the vehicles too. We want everyone to have fun and stay safe out there.

We also have an axe and shovel with us too. Just handy to have because you never know when you might have to dig yourself out. Look for something that is light and compact. dscn2708

We keep everything in an under the bed storage container. This keeps everything in one place and not bouncing around. We also secure everything with a cargo net. We also keep a couple blankets in the 4Runner at all times too.

Ok, this next piece of equipment is a little personal, but is super handy. When you are out on the trail, indoor plumbing just does not exist. So in the woods it is! This is our little portable “toilet”. Its a ziploc bag. In it is a roll of toilet paper, baby wipes, hand sanitizer and another ziploc bag for used toilet paper. We practice a pack in and pack out. We have two small girls and this has eased some anxiety of having to go outdoors. Just remember to stay at least 200 feet from any water source. dscn2717

The last thing we pack is a couple guide trail books. Make sure you know where you are going! Stay on the trail, don’t trespass on private property. Most of the trails have a contact to check trail conditions. Double check before you head out. This time of year, some trails may be closed for the season or closed because weather conditions have made the trail impassible. So there you have it! An over view of we take out on the trail!

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