Hometown Hero: Building for a better community

"People don't wanna talk about poverty, people don't wanna talk about child abuse, people don't wanna talk about homeless children."

Wayne Bland at Urban Peak / Christina Dawidowicz - FOX21 News
Wayne Bland at Urban Peak / Christina Dawidowicz - FOX21 News

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — FOX21 highlights one man for his community service in Colorado Springs.

It’s because of his dedication to better the lives of those around him, that he was chosen as a hometown hero.

“People don’t wanna talk about poverty, people don’t wanna talk about child abuse, people don’t wanna talk about homeless children, said Wayne Bland, chairman of the board of Urban Peak and a leader in other various non-profits.

Bland hopes to start a conversation.

“Without volunteers like Wayne, our community would not be as inclusive as it is becoming,” said Norman Peterson, a friend of Bland.

Peterson and his wife Lynn have been long time friends of Bland.

After seeing improvements he made to the Colorado Springs community, they knew he deserved recognition.

“I mean, I was just impressed. We were just impressed that he jumped right in,” said Lynn Peterson.

According to the Petersons, Bland has worked with a number of non-profits, from CASA, Urban Peak, and the Center for Nonprofit Excellence.

Bland has a passion for helping children and teens reach their goals for a better future.

“There’s a lot of work to do and unfortunately, there’s too much need,” Bland said .

Lynn tells FOX21 Bland has a special relationship with the public that stands out from other community leaders.

“He was just down in the trenches, you know he and his wife, Pam, were here cooking, and talking with the kids,” Lynn said.

Bland thanks his small town up-bringing for sparking the urge to help.

“It wasn’t just writing a check or serving on a board, it was actually rolling up your sleeves and getting involved,” Bland said.

While Bland says there are thousands of people working to build a better community, he hopes his new title helps to bring attention to areas of concern.

“We don’t do it for any kind of award you know, I think we do things just ’cause it’s the right thing to do,” Bland said.

Hometown heroes will get their awards March 18th at the Antler’s Hilton in Colorado Springs.

For tickets and information on how to become a Red Cross volunteer, just head to redcross.org.

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