Lisa McCorry for Durango City Council
My lived experience makes me want to run. We struggled to raise a family and find good jobs here. I worked two or three hourly-wage jobs on top of parenting three children – all Medicaid babies, nourished in their early childhood on food stamps, WIC and generous offerings from the Durango Food Bank. We worked long hours, doing the ships-passing-in-the-night parenting, and putting the kids in Boys and Girls Club afterschool and summer programs on scholarship. Those community supports made all the difference. I’ve worked in many sectors of the labor force: The Palace Restaurant, Doubletree Banquets and Catering, Durangourmet Catering, Durango School District 9-R substitute and cafeteria cook, Purgatory Resort Bears Den Childcare and Kids Ski and Ride school. More recently as director of children’s and youth ministry and adult education at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, I set the direction of programming in the organization. I currently work full time in our family landscaping business.
I volunteered in every school the kids attended from Durango Early Learning Center through Durango High School, including Park Elementary and Escalante. I am really missing those opportunities to volunteer during the pandemic and grieving the loss of spectating the kids athletics and activities.
I am passionate about social services. These programs don’t keep people down, they help to lift people up. They augment where basic needs are missing and sustain members of the community that would otherwise not have access to financial stability. These services allowed us to be here today, for myself and my spouse to be of service personally and professionally in this community for almost 20 years. The false narratives around community support services are misguided. This is me. These are my neighbors, living and working here, contributing to this community, helping it run and function.
I bring socio-economic diversity to the Council. I understand the struggles of the working class not only in Durango, but across the nation. You can trust me to be true to myself and true to you.
Community Engagement Throughout the Years
- La Plata SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) Member
- 9-R School Board Culture and Equity Engagement Subcommittee
- DHS Prejudice Elimination Action Team (P.E.A.T.)
- Healing Racism Team Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
- Diversity Dialogues Planning Team
- Embracing Diversity Initiative
- Thrive! Living Wage Coalition Steering Committee
- Heartbeat of Durango Facilitator (support for suicide loss)
- Suicide Awareness and Prevention
- Youth Chaplain, Unitarian Universalist Association
- Celebrating Healthy Communities Coalition
- Girls on the Run (GOTR) Coach