Difference Maker: Edgar Chairez
Humble is the first word that comes to mind when describing Edgar Chairez. He is very modest about being nominated as a "difference maker". In our opinion, his humility is one of the best things about him. Edgar does not realize the deep impact he can and does have on the community. He does not believe he is doing anything beyond just being a good person, which comes naturally to Edgar. “What motivates me is trying to make everyone around me smile,” said Edgar. His passion is to help others and make a difference in this community. Edgar encourages others to do the same, yet realizes we all have imperfections. “We will all make mistakes. When you have a good heart, you will work on it, fix it, keep moving, and keep doing the right thing.
Edgar continues to do the right thing for himself and the community that he loves. Edgar is currently a bartender at Boneyard making the best margaritas in Eagle County. In his free time, he volunteers at the Law Enforcement Immigrant Alliance (LEIA) facilitated by Catholic Charities. The agency’s goal is to share resources and information, and to build trust and collaboration with the immigrant community. Edgar jumps at any opportunity to support LEIA, including helping to plan the coat drive and rodeo.
When Sandy Schroder, a regular at Boneyard (and one of Edgar's favorite customers) first met Edgar, she saw the potential in him and knew he would be an excellent asset for the Mountain Youth We Hear U program, a prevention and intervention program aimed to build skills amongst families with middle school-aged children. When invited to be a We Hear U instructor, Edgar instantly signed on to provide direct support to local children and families.
Edgar is committed to helping Spanish-speaking families because he believes someone needs to be there for them. His former job at the Mexican Consulate in El Paso, Texas gave him the skills he needed to lead with empathy, compassion, and understanding. Edgar’s pleasant demeanor makes him approachable and easy to work with. He is outstanding at identifying problems, specifically with families, and prides himself on being able to achieve the common goal of communication to improve family life. As a We Hear U instructor, he brings a level of cultural relevancy that the program needs and can connect with vulnerable families with ease.
Edgar also leads the Aprendiendo Juntos WhatsApp Group, which is a sister program to Eat Chat Parent organized by Mountain Youth. Aprendiendo Juntos, which currently has 104 group members, is an online community of neighbors who care about their families and want to ensure that resources are available for those in need. This group also shares daily behavioral health tips, tools they can use in their homes, and educational opportunities via group discussions. Edgar is excited about the current success of the group but mentioned that as long as he can help one person, it is all worth it.
When given the opportunity to help someone, Edgar feels compelled to thank them for the opportunity because they have helped him grow as a person. Eagle County is a better place because of people like Edgar Chairez. We are very fortunate to have him as a part of the Mountain Youth team.