Help fund seeks donations |

Help fund seeks donations

Patricia O'Neill

They are employed, but their car is broken down and they have no way to get to work.

They can’t qualify for a loan because they don’t have enough income or collateral.

But they make too much money to qualify for government assistance.

They are proud. They don’t want a free handout, only a helping hand in a temporary time of need.

As winter again embraces us, our snow-covered valley glistens in the warmth of sun-filled, brilliant blue skies. Surrounded by such natural beauty, season after season, it is easy to forget that even paradise has problems.

Lurking just below the surface of our High Country Shangri-la are the same socio-economic realities facing the workforce of any metropolitan area: broken homes, spousal abuse, unemployment, unexpected pregnancy, illness and death, unaffordable housing, and lack of transportation.

All of this is exacerbated by the seasonal nature of our community, making it more vulnerable than most to the ups and downs of the economy.

Enter the Eagle Valley Family Assistance Fund (EVFAF), the brainchild of John and Linda Galvin, who nine years ago with Tsu Wolin Brown created a revolving fund to help people in crisis.

Through years of collective experience with the Salvation Army, the Galvins and Brown had watched as decent, hard-working families, crippled by emergencies, slipped through the bureaucratic cracks like the real life couple above.

Operating on the belief that a strong family unit is the core of our valley, they determined to make no interest – but repayable – loans and to offer counseling on self sufficiency and financial management to individuals experiencing temporary but severe economic hardship.

Application may be made on any day of the year, followed by a brief interview process in which the applicant’s needs are assessed and the terms for repayment are individually tailored. Once a loan is made, supervision is provided by an officer of FirstBank of Avon and by EVFAF volunteers who donate their time.

The only resource of its kind in the Eagle Valley, funding of EVFAF depends on contributions from its board members, proceeds from its annual golf tournament, donations from the community, and foundation grants.

All funds collected go directly into the loan pool. EVFAF has no overhead.

If you would like to make a donation to EVFAF or would like more information on the organization, call 524-1365, fax 949-9442, or write to EVFAF at Post Office Box 4711, Avon, CO 81620.

Support Local Journalism