United Way announces Eagle County grant recipients

EAGLE COUNTY — United Way of Eagle River Valley has announced the 2014 grant recipients. Over $120,000 was awarded to help fund local community-based human and health service organizations.

“This year, we reached out to 53 local charities and programs that provide services in these core areas of need,” said John Genova, president of United Way. “After a comprehensive application and interview process, grants were awarded to 30 organizations, eight of which are first time recipients.”

One of these first time recipients is the Eagle Valley Family Assistance Fund, which is a local organization that provides interest-free loans to low-to-moderate income Eagle County residents. Generally, their clients have had financial setbacks or face unmet financial hardships and do not qualify for conventional loans or assistance programs.

“One of the things that impressed us about this organization is they provide constructive financial assistance from a revolving fund enabling recipients to continue to be productive, self-sufficient community members,” said Lisa Stoffel, a United Way board member.

“The United Way grant will help us sustain Small Champions’ sports and recreation programs for children in Eagle County with disabilities,” said John Weiss, Small Champions’ coordinator. “Their donation will allow more children with cognitive and physical disabilities in Eagle County to enjoy the mountains in their own backyard.”

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The Bright Future Foundation is another organization that the United Way of Eagle River Valley is supporting.


The local agencies programs who received a United Way grant this year are Salvation Army of Vail, Small Champions, Speak Up Reach Out, VPAC Stars, CASA of Continental Divide, Bright Future Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Junior Achievement, Eagle Valley Family Assistance Fund, Eagle County Smiles, Early Childhood Network, Early Childhood Partners, River Bridge Regional Center, SOS Outreach, Family Learning Center, Walking Mountains-Girls in Science, Samaritan Center of The Rockies, Literacy Project-Raising A Reader, Vail Valley Charitable Fund, Mountain Family Health, Mountain Valley Developmental Services, Red Ribbon Project-Youth Skills Program, Can Do MS, Second Wind Fund, Literacy Project-Eyeglasses, Vail Jazz-Jazz Goes to School, Eagle River Youth Coalition-Survey Only, Betty Ford Alpine Garden HT Senior Therapy Program, Wild West Days and Starting Hearts.

For more information or to donate, visit or Facebook at UnitedWayEagle. You may also write at PO Box 4153; Edwards, CO 81632 or call Karen Lechner, executive director, at 970-926-1667.

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