Longtime Colorado Springs neighborhood activist Jan Doran was honored Friday by El Paso County for her years of volunteer service to the region.
Readers of Side Streets will recognize Doran as a leader of the Council of Neighbors & Organizations during a period when the umbrella group of area neighborhoods elevated its profile at the city and county levels.
Doran also has served on countless volunteer boards and organized workshops in her seeming tireless commitment to public service.
Here are comments made by El Paso County Commissioner Sallie Clark at the Friday volunteer appreciation breakfast:
“From county fair to storm water task force, it’s hard to attend an El Paso County function or participate in a serious long range discussion without hearing her name,” Clark said of Doran.
Clark then listed some of Doran’s contributions: founding member of the Citizens Outreach Group; member of the Citizens Budget Oversight Committee; the Department of Human Services Advisory Commission; the Fair & Events Complex Advisory Board; and the Pikes Peak Regional Stormwater Task Force.
“She has is truly a force for the good of this community,” Clark said. “”It’s good thing she doesn’t work by the hour because we couldn’t possibly afford to pay her for all she does to support this county and this community.”
Also honored Friday was Jim Abbott, who received the 2013 Jack L. Blackwell Award for the Outstanding County Volunteer for giving more than 3,000 volunteer hours to the Veterans Services office helping veterans and their families secure benefits.
Commissioner Amy Lathen had this to say about Abbott:
“Jim Abbott has been there in the Veterans Services office for more than five years now,” Lathen said. “Most often, Jim is the first person they meet when veterans, widows and dependents come through the door. Many have already tried to navigate a web of federal rules and procedures required to get veterans benefits and all they know for sure is that they need help. So it’s a real relief when Jim Abbot meets them at our door with warm, courteous professional and confident greeting.”
The appreciate breakfast recognized all the folks who donate their time to46 different advisory boards, commissions, task forces and working groups.