A caring community of folks wearing many hats to help one another
What is the Crestone/Baca Village?
The Crestone/Baca community is nestled beneath the magnificent Sangre de Cristo mountains in south central Colorado. The Crestone/Baca Village is a network of community members who have joined together in order to help each other in a variety of ways. Membership is free and it is easy to join.
Who can join?
Membership in the Crestone/Baca Village is open to any adult living in the Crestone/Baca community who wants to share his or her skills with other members. It is also open to adults in the community who have any particular needs that village members might be able to satisfy.
How does it work?
When you sign up to join the Crestone/Baca Village network, you will list any particular skills that you have to offer other Village members, and you will list any particular needs that you have that other members might be able to help with. This information will be placed in a special database that is accessible to Village members only (or accessible only by the Coordinator if you wish.)
Then when you need some help with something you can make direct contact with another member who has a matching skill to your need. Or if you want to help someone, you can see which other members might need your assistance. You can also contact the Coordinator who can assist you to make these connections.
Are there any obligations after joining?
It is hoped that you will become an active member once you join, but there is no obligation to participate on any level. All service is entirely voluntary, and you can decline a request for service at any time. This does mean that if you need some help at some point, there is no guarantee that service will be provided. This system of mutual assistance is predicated on the good will of a caring community.
Is it necessary to have a computer?
It helps to have access to a computer to facilitate the process of involvement, but it is not absolutely necessary. All you really need to know is the phone number to call if you want to join, have a need, or you want to help. The Crestone/Baca Village has a Central Coordinator who is ready to assist you. If you call 480-8757 (a local number) you will either talk directly to this Coordinator, or you can leave a message that will be responded to soon.
How can I get started and become a member?
All you need to do is either fill out the Membership Registration Form or you can call 480-8757 and the Coordinator will help you with this. Once you have joined you can begin reaping the benefits of the Crestone/Baca Village network by helping others and being helped when a need arises. Very simple!
What if there is a cost involved in service?
If providing a service costs money, such as for gas to drive someone, or for materials for maintenance, then it is the responsibility of the two involved to work this out between themselves. Crestone / Baca Village does not engage in providing monetary assistance to individuals.
Can I donate money to the organization?
Yes, we appreciate monetary donations to help defray operating costs and provide further service. See our Donate page for more information about where to make donations.