Giving Back is on His “Radar”

Like the M.A.S.H. T.V. show character who inspired his nickname, Montrose volunteer Brent “Radar” Carlile likes to help out where he sees a need. Above, the Warrior Resource Center in Montrose is one of several organizations where Radar volunteers on a regular basis.

Like the M.A.S.H. T.V. show character who inspired his nickname, Montrose volunteer Brent “Radar” Carlile likes to help out where he sees a need. Above, the Warrior Resource Center in Montrose is one of several organizations where Radar volunteers on a regular basis.

By Liesl Greathouse

REGIONAL-(April 15, 2014)  -Montrose local Brent (Radar) Carlile believes in the power of helping others.  From Welcome Home Montrose to Serenity House, to the Oak Grove Elementary School and Second Chance Humane Society, Radar gets around and is building up a reputation for having a kind heart and helping hands.

At Oak Grove Elementary School, where his youngest child Karsun attends, Radar has been helping out since last Fall as part of WATCH D.O.G.S., directing traffic, making sure that no one goes in or out of the school that is not supposed to, and trying to put a smile on kid’s faces and make them feel wanted at the school.  Radar especially tries to help with the traffic.  “There have been some accidents in the parking lot,” he explained.  “Parents get in a rush and I feel obligated to make kids feel safe.”

Radar initially heard about the program from a paper that was sent home from the school.  “We are dads for a day to kids who don’t have one and we help them out,” Radar explained.  “I love the kids and making them smile.  They make me want to do it more.”

At Welcome Home Montrose, Radar does anything he can for them.  “If they need help moving stuff to storage, picking up donations or helping a veteran move, I do it,” he said.  “I also take care of their electronics.  Whenever they need help, they call me and I come.”

Radar has been helping there ever since the organization started.  “I was never able to get into the service, so I feel that since I could not get in, I’ll help my country by helping veterans out,” he explained.

Serenity House is a rehabilitation center for alcoholics, helping give them a new start in life.  Radar knows the man who started the organization and has been involved since the very beginning, which was about three years ago.

Radar helps by donating things such as TVs, couches, cups, beds, and a recliner, as well as helping them get rid of their unwanted items.  If someone is going to move out, but does not have a car, Radar will help them move their stuff from storage.  He has also helped one person get work.  “It helps him out, gets him out in life and helps him to find that there is more to life than alcohol,” Radar said.  “The best part is the appreciation you get from a person.  They really do value your help.”

At the Second Chance Humane Society Thrift Shop in Ridgeway, Radar helps with moving large purchases for customers as well as taking care of the shop’s recycling.  He will process the electronics to get them scrapped and then will give 50 percent of the money back to the organization.  “It’s what I do,” he said.  “It fills a hole, and not a landfill, so they do not have to worry about it.”

Radar enjoys helping there because of how great the people are to work with.  “Everyone is so nice and polite and it helps out animals,” he explained.  “A lot of animals need loving.”

He also helps out at local ranches, with anything he can do for them.  “It’s a lot of fun,” he said.

In addition to offering labor help, Radar and his family help others by giving away things to anyone they can help: bikes for people to use for work, stoves, couches, a car, and even a wheelchair.  If he does not have something a person needs, he will do his very best to help that person find it.  “I feel good when I give things away,” he explained.  “It’s leaving a legacy.”

Why does Radar do it all?  “Because I enjoy it,” he said.  “It makes me feel good to help someone.  They really appreciate it.”

Radar has this advice for anyone interested in volunteering: “Just do it and don’t think about it.  It will make you feel good.”

For people interested in getting involved with some of the local organizations above, Radar encourages it.  However, WATCH D.O.G.S. are only available for men at the school their child attends.  If someone is interested in bringing WATCH D.O.G.S. to their own school, they can visit their website for more information.

For the other organizations, Radar said, “Just go down there and talk with them.  Say ‘I’ll help you with this…’”

Radar never asked to be where he is now, it’s just that if he sees someone who needs help, he will help them.  “There’s that saying that if you have a job you love so much, you never work a day in your life,” he said.  “I would like to see more people helping other people.  I believe that if more people helped each other out, the world would not be the way it is now.”

For more information on:

The WATCH D.O.G.S., visit  http://www.fathers.com/content/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=21&Itemid=60

Welcome Home Montrose, call 970-765-2210

Serenity House, call 970-240-8985 or 970-417-4738

The Second Chance Humane Society Thrift Shop, call 970-626-3233