Checking in with Marian Maggi

by: Marian Maggi

The stay-at-home orders came just after I visited some of my siblings in Mesa, AZ. I felt so grateful to be able to see my brothers and sisters. We’ve scattered across the country so the times we do spend together feel more exciting.  It’s so easy to put off getting together, thinking that we’re too busy, but this virus has shown me that it’s important to seize the day! When the orders came it was hard for me to slow down (I’m a person who likes to be on-the-go) and actually “stay-at-home”. But now that we are over a month in, I’ve got more of a routine going, and have been able to learn things I’ve been putting off for years! I’ve been knitting socks and slippers while watching entirely too much TV… but I’ve also picked up the piano. After a few days of Zooming with my family, PEO, and working, I realized I needed something else to pass the time. I looked at the beautiful piano that’s been in my husband’s family since 1914-- the piano that he learned on, the piano my kids learned on-- and I figured it was my turn. I downloaded an amazing app --SimplyPiano--and now I’m all set! It’s been a great way to start my mornings, and to break up my afternoons. And in the afternoons that aren't too hot I work on my garden. I’ve attached a few photos of my new raised beds!

Our Lives Outside of Real Estate

By: Marian Maggi

I’m proud to drive and serve on the Board for RAFT (Rural Alternatives for Transportation)

In 2013 Ruth Fletcher-Carter, a woman who grew up in Berthoud and came back after retirement, was made aware of a need that wasn’t being met in our community, and garnered support from her many friends and acquaintances to make RAFT a reality. RAFT provides a donation-only transportation service for seniors over 60, developmentally disabled, and persons who are unable to drive temporarily for medical reasons.  Raft  is working to fulfill a much-needed resource in the Berthoud community, due to the ever-increasing demand from seniors and developmentally disabled.

Transportation is a valuable resource that most of us take for granted as we hop into our cars and drive wherever and whenever we want or need to. But if you’re on a fixed income or unable to drive and don’t have family or friends who can take you to work or medical appointments or even just shopping or to a hair appointment, a trip can be a very costly hit to your limited budget.

If you’re aware of someone who could use RAFT’s service or if you have a flexible schedule and can choose to volunteer 1 or 2 hours per week, consider calling the RAFT office, 970-532-0808. I have found driving for RAFT to be a very satisfying way to volunteer. Getting to know our riders and other drivers has been especially rewarding.

For more information visit our website, berthoud