by Pam Zubeck
El Paso County resident Ed Dills was presented the 2015 Jack Blackwell Award recognizing him as the El Paso County Volunteer of the Year. The award carries the name of the late Jack Blackwell, who gave countless hours of volunteer service on the Highway Advisory Commission and the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority. Presentation of the Blackwell Award culminates a Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast produced by the Citizen Outreach Group, one of more than fifty boards, commissions, committees, and task forces appointed by the Board of County Commissioners.
“He is a resident of eastern El Paso County who has spent a lot of time behind the wheel on sometimes bumpy county roads,” noted Commissioner Chair Dennis Hisey in presenting the award. “This gives him a special kind of expertise for service on our Highway Advisory Commission,” Hisey continued. “You will see him hard at work handing out toys, clothing and food during our annual Feed the Children event. You will see him planting, cultivating and harvesting on his own land so he can deliver fresh vegetables to the Springs Rescue Mission and these are just a few highlights of his many contributions.”
Before retirement, Mr. Dills worked with Coca-Cola of Colorado Springs. Coke is a valued corporate supporter of the County and has donated truck loads bottled water for wildland firefighters during our devastating wildfires as well as a variety of soft drinks to be served at various county-sponsored events.
Mr. Dills currently serves on the Board of CSU Extension, the El Paso County Highway Advisory Commission, the Citizens Outreach Group, the Community Development Advisory Board, and the Citizens Budget Oversight Committee.
Volunteer opportunities with El Paso County cover a very broad range of interests and activities. From regular clean up at the dog park to in-depth analysis of complex budget projections, county volunteers can be found giving their time, talent and labor. To learn more about volunteer opportunities with El Paso County Boards and Commissions go to: http://bcc.elpasoco.com/VolunteerBoards/Pages/default.aspx