Colorado-bound Rogers leaving indelible mark on Utopia

Melissa Federspill

Staff writer

Claudia Rogers, a founder of Utopia Recycles and Keep Utopia Beautiful, is saying goodbye to the Utopia community as she prepares to move to Colorado.

Since 2004, she has worked within the Utopia community fostering a culture rich in volunteerism, and her work represents the potential for possibilities when a community unites for the common good.

She has been involved in programs spanning from arts in education, the Utopia Water Supply Board, meals on wheels, leading the creation of the scholarship fund for the arts and crafts guild for seniors, and many others.   

Rogers said that she has volunteered over 13,000 hours in several different capacities. Furthermore, her efforts have compelled others to participate, with upwards of 300 people volunteering for projects she has led.

Along with volunteer hours, “nearly $500,000 has come to our community because of grants, donations and awards I have applied for,” said Rogers. “This amount does not account for the estimated $100,000 or more that has been donated by residents or absentee landowners in support of the Keep Utopia Beautiful programs.”


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