Eagle County nonprofits are participating in statewide philanthropic event
Editor’s note: The Vail Daily is running profiles of local nonprofits that are participating in Colorado Gives Day on Dec. 9. Colorado Gives Day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Colorado through online giving. And for the first time ever, it features a $1 million incentive fund created by the partners. Donate online at ColoradoGives.org or schedule your donation in advance.
Eagle Valley Humane Society
The Eagle Valley Humane Society was established in 1974 to help animals in Eagle County. This year they celebrated 40 years of helping thousands of animals through their different programs. They do much more than take in dogs and cats that need new homes. To name a few other programs, the Humane Society offers free spay or neutering to low-income families, they assist with animal cruelty and neglect investigations with their Bureau of Animal Protection Agents, they provide dog obedience training to adopted dogs and they are the unit coordinator for the Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps-West (the state animal disaster team). The mission of the Eagle Valley Humane Society is the prevention of cruelty to animals, the enforcement of animal cruelty laws, the relief of suffering among animals, the promotion of humane education, the facilitation of the adoption of homeless animals that are seeking forever homes, spreading community awareness of animal issues and the prevention of pet overpopulation through spay and neuter programs.
Family Learning Center
In March 2000, the Family Learning Center was founded to provide an exceptional early childhood education experience for working families in Eagle County. Their mission is to work in partnership with the community as a non-denominational, not-for-profit organization to serve children and families in the Eagle River Valley by providing affordable, high-quality early childhood learning programs using developmentally appropriate practices in a safe, healthy and nurturing environment.
The Family Learning Center’s year round program serves children from the ages of 8 weeks to 6 years old. Their caring, certified teachers bring expertise and experience to each of their classrooms. The Creative Curriculum implemented by the Family Learning Center creates an atmosphere in which children feel safe, emotionally secure and have a sense of belonging. This curriculum helps children acquire social competence and the skills they need to succeed as learners.
The Family Learning Center is unique in that they are the only pre-school in the Vail Valley that has a full size kitchen and a healthy food program that serves each child a nutritious breakfast, lunch and snack — a huge benefit to working families. The Family Learning Center also offers support by providing a sliding scale tuition option for families in need. The Family Learning Center collaborates with various partners in the community, including Early HeadStart, Eagle County School District’s Colorado Preschool Program, Early Childhood Partners and Colorado Child Care Assistance Program.
The Family Learning Center has a direct, positive impact on our children’s future by increasing cognitive and social emotional skills and sets our children up for success when they enter elementary school as kindergartners. Invest in the future success of the Vail Valley by assuring all children have access to a great start in learning and in life.
Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley
Founded in 1995, Habitat for Humanity Vail Valley has served 49 families, to date, housing and improving the lives of more than 175 children. They currently have secured land on which to build into 2016 and have raised enough funds to build 40 homes internationally.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the organization. They help make Habitat homes affordable for families. Each year, more than 850 volunteers work on Habitat homes and at the Habitat ReStore, contributing nearly 11,000 volunteer hours. They welcome people from all walks of life to join them in building affordable homes with local families.
Raising much-needed funds for their affiliate, the Habitat ReStore in Eagle continues to grow year after year. When you buy a couch or some tile, when you donate leftover building supplies from a remodel, another nail is hammered in for a family who needs a hand up owning a home.
The families they partner with to build homes are the fiber of the Vail Valley community. They work in our schools, our hospitals, local businesses and resorts. Through their diverse achievements, they strengthen our community.
A shelter is about more than four walls and a roof — a safe, affordable home changes lives.