Editor's note: The Vail Daily is running a series of articles on nonprofits that are participating in Colorado Gives Day, Dec. 4.
Yes, there is a United Way right here in Eagle County. The founding board developed a mission, over 15 years ago, to raise funds to support the fledgling no-profits of the valley. Since 1995, $2 million has been raised and granted directly, each year, to a wide range of agencies serving our small community.
How can you ensure that your donated dollars to our community are well spent? How do you know where the greatest need is? The United Way of Eagle River Valley Board of Directors will do the "heavy-lifting" to find the best home for your kind gifts through a rigorous grant review process and diligent results accounting. These grants that come with no additional marketing or administrative burdens can be funneled directly into programs that deliver real results. With just one part-time staff member, an all-volunteer board and some in-kind services donated by local businesses, the group is able to keep administrative costs low, therefore granting as much raised as possible.
Instead of duplicating services, they are supporting the work done by agencies already established in three areas of need: Helping families meet basic needs, improving access to health care and youth and education programs.
The following agencies received grants from United Way of Eagle this past year:
Helping families meet basic needs: Bright Future Foundation, Catholic Charities, CASA, Habitat for Humanity, Vail Valley Salvation Army, Swift Eagle Charitable Foundation and Vail Valley Charitable Fund.
Making health care accessible: Eagle Care Medical Clinic, Colorado West Regional Mental Health, Eagle County Smiles, Mountain Valley Developmental, Red Ribbon Project and Samaritan Center.
Supporting youth programs and education: Eagle River Youth Coalition, Family Learning Center, Literacy Project, Gifted Education Team, Bravo Music Matters - School Piano, Girl Scouts of Colorado, SOS, Berry Creek Middle School, Betty Ford Alpine Garden, Junior Achievement of Rocky Mountains, Think First of VVMC, Vail Jazz/Jazz Goes to School, Vail Symposium, Walking Mountains, Wild West Days and the Youth Foundation.
"We are a no-frills, hard working, analytical board that simply raises money and loves to give it away," said Tracy Tutag, board president.