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Eagle County nonprofits are participating in statewide philanthropic event

A family receives coats at one of Catholic Charities' annual coat drives.
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Editor’s note: The Vail Daily is running profiles of local nonprofits that are participating in Colorado Gives Day, Dec. 6. 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.

Catholic Charities of the Western Slope

Veronica came to Catholic Charities looking for help paying her rent. Veronica shared she had recently left a seasonal job. When she left, her employer refused to pay her for a month’s worth of work, saying that if she tried to collect her wages he would call the police on her for harassment. Catholic Charities was able to mediate a payment plan with Veronica’s landlord, assist with a portion of her past due rent to prevent eviction, and through the Wage Theft Program help Veronica understand her options to collect the wages she’d earned. Through her work with Catholic Charities, Veronica became empowered, was able to find new employment and her family was able to remain in their apartment.

For the last 24 years, Catholic Charities has strived to empower Veronica and others to attain sustainability through compassionate services focused on meeting the complete needs of everyone they serve. Catholic Charities programs in Eagle County include:

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Emergency assistance: Providing financial aid to help prevent homelessness, stabilizes families in crisis, prevent utility shut off and more. In 2013, we helped more than 2,000 individuals.

Wage theft: In the last three years, they have helped clients recover more than $165,000 in unpaid wages.

Fair housing: Mediating landlord-tenant disputes and advocating for access to safe and fair housing practices.

• Interpretation and translation: Including training and administering a volunteer interpreter program for emergency services, which has increased the reporting of crime by Spanish-speaking victims.

• Victim’s services: Helping victims of crime access and understand the various systems available to them.

• Life skills coaching: Including in-depth budgeting classes and more.

Community integration outreach: Including internationally recognized Law Enforcement Immigrant Advisory Collaboratives, emergency preparedness, in-depth community needs assessments and working with community partners to ensure their programs meet the needs of the most vulnerable populations.

For more information on Catholic Charities, or to get involved, please call 970-949-0405.

Eagle River Watershed Council

Our local rivers, primarily the Eagle and Upper Colorado Rivers and Gore Creek, have brought people to our community for decades. They each have their own personalities, constantly changing with the seasons — from roaring in the spring to trickling in winter, covered in beautiful ice formations. But each is extremely hard working, providing a place to fish, float, navigate and watch wildlife; providing drinking water and water for our man-made snow. Quite frankly, without our rivers, our economy would stop and so would life.

Luckily, the Eagle River Watershed Council monitors the health of our rivers through its Water Quality Monitoring & Assessment Program. This program pulls together data from over a dozen entities, provides a report that is easy to understand, and consults with local decision makers regarding threats to water quality. Eagle River Watershed Council also works with local governments to develop strategies to combat negative impacts on our local waterways.

The Eagle River Watershed Council works with local groups on restoration projects that improve wildlife habitat, natural landscapes and water quality. ERWC also plays a critical role in the on-going cleanup of the Eagle Mine Superfund Site and the removal of traction sand on Vail Pass before it enters Black Gore Creek.

Eagle River Watershed Council’s free educational programs bring hands-on, place-based watershed education to learners of all ages. The Watershed Council works with our youth in the classroom and out on the river. ERWC also provides the free monthly Watershed Wednesday speaker series, which is open to the public.

For more information, call 970-827-5406 or visit http://www.erwc.org. A donation to Eagle River Watershed Council through Eagle County Gives on Dec. 9 makes your money go further, and makes it possible for the Watershed Council to be a better resource and advocate in Eagle County. We truly appreciate your support!

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