EAGLE COUNTY — The United Way of Eagle River Valley completed its annual grant review process and awarded $109,000 to 30 local nonprofit groups.
“Thanks to our generous donors, we have been able to grant more money this year than in each of the past five years” said Gretchen Babcock, executive director. “We hope to continue this upward trend and make an even bigger impact on these valuable programs.”
The local chapter of United Way was founded in Eagle County in 1996 and has raised and distributed nearly $2 million to agencies who help meet families’ basic needs, improve access to health care or provide needed youth and education programs. The all-volunteer board and one part time director raise funds to provide grants to many local nonprofits. United Way does not duplicate services, but rather supports the work already being done by these groups.
Board member John Genova, likens United Way to a “mutual fund of giving” as the 2013 grants will reach thousands in Eagle County. Just as investors require results, the board requires detailed reporting toward the end of each program.
“We have a commitment to our donors that their gifts are well placed,” said board member Karah Maloley. “Accountability is important and donors need to trust that their dollars are making a difference.”
The following groups received funding this year:
Bright Future Foundation; CASA of Continental Divide; Catholic Charities; Eagle Care Clinic of Vail Valley Medical Center; Eagle River Youth Coalition; Family Learning Center; Gifted Education Team; Girl Scouts of Colorado; Habitat for Humanity; Hospice of The Valley; Junior Achievement; The Literacy Project; Mountain Valley Developmental Services; Red Ribbon Project; River Bridge Regional Center; Salvation Army of Vail; Samaritan Center of The Rockies; Small Champions SOS; Speak Up Reach Out; Swift Eagle Foundation; Think First of Vail Valley Medical Center; Vail Jazz — Jazz Goes to School; Vail Leadership — Exploring Potential; Vail Valley Charitable Fund; Vilar Performing Arts Center Stars; Betty Ford Alpine Gardens — Local School Environmental Program; Eagle County Smiles; Walking Mountains — Girls in Science; Youth Foundation — Family Connect Day.