Partnering Agencies

Impact area: Education
Account Name Program Name
Early Childhood Network Early Learning Ventures - Eagle County
Early Childhood Partners Coaching and Consulting; Parenting Classes
Education Foundation of Eagle County, Inc. Wild West Days
Family Learning Center
Girls on the Run Eagle County Girls on the Run Program
Junior Achievement - Rocky Mountain, Inc. Eagle County Junior Achievement Programs
Small Champions of Colorado
SOS Outreach Eagle County Year-Round SOS Program
The Literacy Project Eyeglasses
Vail Jazz Jazz Goes to School
Vail Valley Foundation VPAC Stars
Vail Valley Foundation Youth Foundation
Walking Mountains Girls in STEM
Youth Entity
Impact area: Health
Account Name Program Name
Alpine Legal Services
A Way Out, Inc.
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Horticultural Therapy for Eagle County senior citizens
Bravo Colorado at Vail-Beaver Creek Free Concert for Seniors
Can Do Multiple Sclerosis 2016 Vertical Express Adaptive Program - Vail, CO
Eagle River Youth Coalition Substance Abuse
Eagle River Youth Coalition Survey
Hospice of the Valley
Mountain Family Health Centers Care Access Pool (CAP)
Mountain Valley Developmental Services
Red Ribbon Project Youth Skills Program
Response: Help for Victims of Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
River Bridge Regional Center Eagle County Education and Outreach
Speak Up Reach Out
Starting Hearts
The Literacy Project Raising a Reader
The Samaritan Center of The Rockies, Inc. Client Subsidy Fund
Income Stability
Account Name Program Name
Bright Future Foundation for Eagle County Freedom Ranch Safehouse/Buddy Mentor Program
CASA of the Continental Divide
Catholic Charities, Western Slope Emergency Assistance & Community Integration Services
Eagle Valley Family Assistance Fund
Food Bank of the Rockies
Habitat for Humanity, Vail Valley 20th anniversary 4 home blitz build - all roofing materials
Vail Valley Charitable Fund Eagle County Smiles Program and Direct Aid Grant Program
Vail Valley Salvation Army



Basic Needs
Vail Valley Salvation Army

The Vail Salvation Army’s overall goal is to stabilize living conditions by providing food, shelter and housing, utility assistance and basic needs for families and individuals who are temporarily unable to provide for themselves. The Vail Valley Salvation Army strives to provide emergency aid while at the same time promoting collaboration with other help agencies in an effort to promote self-sufficiency. Year-round programs include Food Pantry that provides food and nutrition to low-income families, Emergency Assistance covering housing, utilities, medical dental, Rx, school supplies, clothing and household supplies, Emergency Transportation assistance in the form of gasoline vouchers, hotel accommodations, auto repair, food and bus tickets to stranded motorists and Medical Equipment Lending Program where individuals can borrow items such as wheelchairs, toilet risers and walkers. Also, Emergency Shelters are provided for road closures and emergency situations. Eagle County Smiles is another Community Partnership initiative that Vail Valley Salvation Army helped to initiate.

For more information go to www.salvationarmyvail.org


Bright Future Foundation

BFF is Eagle County's only domestic violence and sexual assault agency. Core programs include: 24/7 crisis hotline (English & Spanish), safehouse/emergency shelter, transitional housing, advocacy, psychological services, legal representation, financial literacy, youth advocacy and mentorship, and outreach prevention/education. BFF is dedicated to the prevention of interpersonal violence, including child abuse, teen dating violence, domestic abuse, and sexual assault and to empower individuals and families affected by domestic violence and abuse to lead safe, productive lives through prevention services, advocacy, crisis intervention and recovery services. They endeavour to break the generational cycle of violence by delivering services that provide immediate relief to families in need. BFF provides proactive and culturally sensitive programs that create sustainable emotional, behavioural, and community change.

For more information go to www.brightfuturefoundation-ec.org


CASA

CASA provides Court-Appointed Special Advocates to assist children in the Eagle county legal system and to ensure a safe, permanent home for every child who has been abused, neglected or involved with foster care. Each year CASA of the Continental Divide recruits and screens volunteer advocates, then provides comprehensive training programs to educate the volunteers about child abuse and neglect. They learn about the roles of the Department of Human Services, the judicial system, and many of the community resources available to children and families involved in these cases. The volunteers, or CASAs, appointed by the Court, generally work on one case at a time. They provide factual, unbiased information to the Court about the child's situation, enabling the Court to make more informed decisions in the best interest of the child.

For more information go to: http://www.mtncasa.org


It is the mission of the Eagle Valley FamiLy Assistance Fund to provide constructive financial assistance, not otherwise available, for low-to-moderate income families in Eagle County to either overcome economic hardship or continuing to be productive and self-sufficient community members. The Eagle Valley Family Assistance Fund intends to address the financial needs of working families and individuals who are unable to receive assistance from traditional methods and systems of economic assistance. These families or individuals do not qualify for, or do not choose to receive public assistance, and at the same time do not qualify for commercial loans.EVFAF provides a supervised no-interest loan from our revolving fund. Loan repayments are individually structured according to each clients' ability to repay. The EVFAF hosts the Sweet Shot Golf Tournament annually to add to the revolving fund and to replenish it for any defaults. Since 1993, EVFAF has provided financial assistance in the form of loans to over 200 low-income individuals and families in Eagle County. On average, 20 loans per year at a dollar amount of $4,000 per loan request is extended. Generally, the loan applicants/recipients have had financial setbacks of face unmet financial hardships. Others have opportunities to or need to better their employment and/or living situation creating more stability but need financial assistance, not otherwise available, to get over the next hurdle.

For more information go to: http://www.evfaf.net/


Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Eagle County brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since it was founded in 1995, Habitat has built 48 homes locally and renovated one serving 49 families and over 150 children. They are the only organization in Eagle County creating affordable home ownership opportunities for low income families. The research is clear: decent, affordable housing provides stability that can positively impact the health and education of a family. Owning a home rekindles hope and roots families in our community. Habitat is building in the Gypsum neighborhood known as Stratton Flats. They have completed six homes at Stratton Flats and have six more under construction. The Habitat ReStore collects donated furniture, appliances and reusable building materials and sells these items to the community at a deep discount. All proceeds go to building affordable housing for hard working families in need. The store also diverts approximately 300 tons of materials each year from the Eagle County landfill.

For more information go to: http://www.habitatvailvalley.org



Vail Valley Charitable Fund

The Vail Valley Charitable Fund assists Eagle County residents who are burdened financially due to a medical crisis. Through a comprehensive application process, the Vail Valley Charitable Fund awards direct-aid grants to people who live and work in Eagle County who are in need due to medical crisis. These one-time grants are usually less that $5000, and may help an individual or family with medical or non-medical necessities. Typically, the Board prefers to use the grants to pay identified bills directly, such as mortgages, utilities and medical expenses to individuals who have exhibited personal responsibility but have fallen on hard times despite best efforts to protect themselves with health insurance, disability insurance, and other measures. Through direct grants and assistance with local fundraising efforts, the VVCF has helped more than 1,200 individuals and families by distributing more than $6 million since it was founded in 1996.

For more information go to http://www.vvcf.org


Health Care
Speak Up Reach Out

The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Eagle Valley is a group of individuals throughout Eagle County who are dedicated to providing suicide prevention education and resources for those in need. The suicide rate in Eagle County is nearly twice that of the United States rate since 2000. Their goals include reducing the number of suicides in Eagle County, providing educational resources in our schools and community organizations, and to provide a comprehensive site for community resources. They have provide ASIST, safeTALK, QPR, and SOS (Signs of Suicide) training to over 550 adults and 2,000 students, since September 2009.

For more information go to http://www.speakupreachout.org


Eagle County Smiles

Eagle County Smiles is a program of the Vail Valley Charitable Fund that offers low cost dental care to local children without access to these services. Over 200 children are served by the program and can get their teeth cleaned and fixed with a $25 co-pay. Eagle County Smiles depends upon the collaboration of dozens of community partners including nurses, doctors, dental care providers, public agencies, and non-profit leaders. The program's goal is to help any child who needs it, whether it's a simple teeth-cleaning or something more serious.

For more information go to http://www.vvcf.org/Eagle_County_Smiles.html


River Bridge Regional Center

River Bridge provides a comprehensive "one stop" response to child abuse and neglect. A specially trained Victim Advocate serves as each child's guide and safety net during this most vulnerable time, keeping them fully informed about the process, resources, and ensuring their needs are met along the way. A bilingual Mental Health Therapist provides individual and family counselling for the abused child and their non-offending family members. Mental health assistance may also include preparation for court testimony, as well as a parent support group. River Bridge also provides classes for parents to help prevent sexual abuse, mental health treatment strategies specific to survivors of trauma and workshops on the dynamics of child abuse for community members and school personnel.

For more information go to http://www.riverbridgerc.org



Samaritan Center of The Rockies

The Samaritan Counselling Center provides professional counselling, as well as educational and consultation resources for individuals, families and individuals covering a range of issues including addiction, adolescence, grief, criminal justice and post traumatic stress disorder. The Samaritan Counseling Center was founded in 1997 and since that time has provided over 13,000 hours of counseling, education and consultation resources for our community. Fees are also among the lowest in the region. For those who are unable to meet the fee structure, they offer scholarship opportunities. They turn away no one who is in need.

For more information go to http://www.samaritan-vail.org



Mountain Family Health Centers

Mountain Family Health Centers is on an important Mission: To provide high quality, integrated primary, behavioral, and dental health care in the communities we serve, with special consideration for the medically under served, regardless of ability to pay. Mountain Family Health Centers is proud to be the primary care, dental, and behavioral health provider to over 13,000 rural residents living in or near the Colorado Rockies. With four (soon to be five) sites spread over 150 miles, MFHC providers, care teams and support staff are dedicated to delivering high quality care, as evidenced by National Committee for Quality Assurance Level 3 Patient-Centered-Medical-Home recognition and state-of-the-art health information technology. After the Gold RushMountain Family Health Centers (MFHC) was born in 1978 in Black Hawk, a town founded during the Gold Rush and located at over 8,000 feet in elevation in the Colorado Rockies, 40 miles west of Denver. For years, the residents of the quiet, semi-deserted town and surrounding region had been served by a family doctor whose office was in his home. He would treat anyone knocking on his door, any time of the day or night. He even delivered babies in his own bedroom, and used his dresser drawer as a crib for the newborn. His fees were whatever the patient felt like paying.

For more information go to: http://www.mountainfamily.org/our-clinics/edwards-co/


Mountain Valley Developmental Services

Mountain Valley Developmental Services provides a comprehensive array of services to children and adults with developmental disabilities. These services include providing individuals 18 years or older a place to live as well as training in areas which promote independence and self-sufficiency, community participation and social interaction with staff and peers in a community setting, opportunities to work in a variety of settings located throughout the community, serve as a medical liaison to scheduling regular doctor's appointments and follow-up care and assistance to families with children who are demonstrating a developmental delay or require significant medical or behavior support.

For more information go to http://www.mtnvalley.org



Red Ribbon Project

Red Ribbon Project is Eagle County’s only HIV/AIDS organization. They are dedicated to promoting HIV/AIDS awareness, education, prevention and support. Services include emotional support to individuals who are HIV positive, referrals and assistance around issues like housing, financial assistance, mental health, substance abuse, public benefits, food assistance, insurance, employment and education. They speak with 1,200 Eagle County middle and high school students via a curriculum of 14 classes, addressing not just HIV, but related subjects including self-esteem and peer pressure, addiction and depression, all relevant to helping kids to make healthy choices and to preventing them from becoming infected not just with HIV but other STDs. They also provide free HIV testing 4 times/year.

For more information go to http://www.redribbonproject.org



Can Do MS

Since 1984, Can Do MS, formerly The Jimmie Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis, has been at the forefront of promoting the culture and belief that everyone living with MS has the power to live full lives. Our organization honors the legacy and beliefs of founder Jimmie Heuga, a pioneer in the MS care management field who was diagnosed with MS in 1970. At the time of his diagnosis, and in line with conventional medical wisdom of the time, Jimmie was advised to avoid physical activity to manage his condition and preserve his health. Being the high-caliber athlete and rebelling against his prescribed sedentary lifestyle, Jimmie began developing his own program of exercise, nutrition and mental motivation to improve his physical condition and outlook on life with MS.

For more information go to: http://www.mscando.org/can-do-ms-history/


The Literacy Project - Eyeglass Program

As part of a Middle School Tutoring Program, sponsored by The Literacy Project in Eagle County Schools, one volunteer recognized a need to supply reading glasses to students to improve their ability to succeed in school. Students who cannot afford eyeglasses are identified and able to get the appropriate eyeglass prescription at no cost.

For more information go to http://www.literacyprojecteaglecounty.org



Betty Ford Alpine Gardens - Senior Therapy Programs

The senior horticultural therapy programs at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens is designed to further a deep connection to nature with a landscape that will stimulate and strengthen mental, emotional, and physical balance of our community seniors. The gardens support senior participants with activities both active and passive in nature. Spending time in the garden provides stress relief, one of the many benefits of horticultural therapy.

For more information go to: http://bettyfordalpinegardens.org/education/horticultural-therapy/



Starting Hearts

Starting Hearts is dedicated to saving the lives of Sudden Cardiac Arrest victims (SCA) through free Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) training and access programs. Founder, Lynn Blake is a SCA survivor and resident of the Vail Valley, who attributes her saved life to CPR and early defibrillation. She now travels around in “The Heart Rod,” a decommissioned transit bus converted CPR/AED classroom on wheels, teaching people how to save lives.

For more information go to: http://startinghearts.org/about/


Education
Small Champions

Small Champions is a grass roots charitable foundation providing programs for young Eagle county children with such diverse disabilities as Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, blindness and autism. Small Champions provides programs for physically and multi-disabled children 5 years and above as long as they remain enrolled in the Eagle County School System. Designed for children from Eagle County, Small Champions strives to introduce a wide variety of sports to each of its participants. Programs include skiing and snowboarding, swimming, horseback riding, rock climbing and golf.

For more information go to http://www.smallchampions.com


VPAC Stars

The STARS (Support The Arts Reaching Students) series of performances is offered to promote artistic, educational and cultural enrichment to local students with in-school workshops and daytime shows at the theatre. Study guides are distributed to teachers in advance of each performance to stimulate discussion and enhance the learning experience. Each year, the Vilar Performing Arts Center provides free transportation and tickets to more than 6,000 Eagle County students to expose them to the thrill of live performing arts.

For more information go to www.vilarpac.org - click on Education-Star Series


Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement provides 27 unique experiential learning programs for young people in the areas of personal finance, entrepreneurship and workforce readiness, all delivered by a business or community volunteer. Beginning with kindergarten, the program continues through the 12th grade, providing eye-opening realizations about how our economy works, how to find and keep a job, make good personal economic choices, and the role that business plays in our lives. During the 2012/13 school year, approximately 1,900 students from Eagle County will participate in JA programs. JA expects to impact approximately 2,000 K-12 Eagle County students during the 2013/14 school year.

For more information go to http://www.jacolorado.org/eagle-county-schools-served-by-ja


Early Childhood Network

At Early Childhood Network, we strive to connect families with child care options that work for them by providing FREE, personalized referrals to licensed child care providers. We also aim to improve the quality of care that is provided in our region through advocacy, training, coaching and collaboration with other community agencies. The Early Childhood Network is a non-profit organization that promotes the availability of quality, affordable early childhood education, and provides access to childcare information and resources for Eagle counties. Our purpose is to offer individual quality-improvement coaching and assessment to childcare center staff and in-home providers, and to provide families with free referrals to licensed childcare facilities while educating them on the importance of understanding quality childcare indicators. We assist with finding licensed child care (day care) or Preschools for families in Garfield, Pitkin and Eagle Counties at no cost. Before you look for a nanny, long term babysitter or other non-licensed care.

For more information go to: http://www.earlychildhoodnet.org/


Early Childhood Partners

ECP provides high quality early childhood experiences for all children and families by educating, cultivating and integrating all who care for young children by supporting families and early learning environments in our community so that every child can thrive. Early Childhood Partners (ECP) is a group of professionals who specialize in the early years of child development when support has the biggest impact on lifelong success. Our goal is to increase quality in all early childhood environments with a focus on improving social and emotional skills in children, teachers, caregivers, and families. Highly qualified and experienced in the area of early childhood, the ECP team is able to bring the most current information on what is considered best practice for children birth to 8 years old. ECP can provide support to programs working with children with persistent challenging behaviors, striving to assure that all children are successful. If a child passed a developmental screening and does not qualify for special education services, additional support may still be needed to help a child with persistent challenging behaviors achieve success in school. If you have such a child, please call ECP to schedule a meeting; we may be able to provide you with strategies that can help.

For more information go to: http://www.earlychildhoodpartnerscolorado.org/


Family Learning Center

The Family Learning Center offers affordable quality child care for working families in a safe and nurturing environment. They have nine classrooms that serve children aged eight weeks to six years as well as a kitchen where breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack are prepared for class participants. All tuition is charged below actual cost to be affordable for young families, with income-based Tuition Scholarships available.

For more information go to http://www.flcedwards.org


Walking Mountains - Girls in Science

Girls in Science is an after school program that nurtures and inspires an interest in science for girls in the 3rd through 5th grade. The program was developed to address a national trend of girls falling academically behind in science by their middle and high school years. The program was piloted in 2007 and is now offered in five Eagle County Schools: Avon Elementary, June Creek Elementary, Edwards Elementary, Brush Creek Elementary and Gypsum Elementary. The Girls in Science program curriculum is designed to connect the study of science to real-life situations. Activities are hands-on, inquiry-driven, and fun. It is the one Walking Mountains program that expands beyond the natural sciences to cover all science disciplines. Students work in cooperative learning groups during activities and then share their observations and new knowledge with all program participants. The program also offers an opportunity to high school students to serve as role models and mentors by volunteering their time to teach and assist. High school volunteers are students who excel in science in their own academic studies and intend on pursuing collegiate studies and careers in the sciences.

For more information go to http://www.walkingmountains.org/page.aspx?pid=310



SOS Outreach

SOS Outreach is a youth development non-profit that builds character and self-esteem in underserved youth through programs that offer an outdoor adventure and leadership development curriculum. The goal of SOS Outreach's programs is to increase resiliency in at-risk youth. Each of the SOS programs offers a value-based leadership curriculum that enhances the experiences for students by promoting self-respect, positive relationships, social skills, and positive values all while participating in an outdoor adventure sport. During program days students discuss and discover the meaning of the SOS Five Core Values, while learning a new sport like snowboarding, hiking, paddle boarding, or backpacking with positive adult role models.

For more information go to http://www.sosoutreach.org



The Literacy Project - Raising A Reader

This creative “rotating book bag” creates a home-school connection that engages parents as full partners in their child’s development. Through these shared story experiences children develop a love of reading critical to school success. RAR's program is carefully designed to help families develop, practice, and sustain the habit of reading together ("book cuddling"). The Literacy implementers- 13 Eagle County preschools, Early Head Start and our family literacy program- rotate a set of bright red bags filled with award-winning children's books into the homes of participating families on a weekly basis. RAR coordinators train program implementers in interactive "read-aloud" techniques that stimulate early brain development and language acquisition.

For more information go to http://www.literacyprojecteaglecounty.org/Our_Programs.html


Eagle River Youth Coalition

The Eagle River Youth Coalition (ERYC) was founded in 2001 through a collaborative vision of Leadership Vail Valley, the Eagle CARES Survey team, and Eagle County to provide cohesion among youth service providers. ERYC was charged with overseeing data assessment to ensure the community had an honest measure of youth behaviors and perceptions and a way to analyze effectiveness and gaps in youth services. Through partnerships with local, state and federal governments as well as youth program providers, ERYC provides substance abuse prevention, suicide prevention and intervention, and parent outreach efforts throughout the Eagle River Valley.

For more information go to http://www.eagleyouth.org



Vail Jazz - Jazz Goes to School

Jazz Goes to School takes the basics of jazz education into every 4th and 5th grade classroom in Eagle County. With over 1,100 students participating from the 16 elementary schools, The Vail Jazz Foundation is exposing a whole new group of youngsters to the origins and history of jazz as well as the elements of modern jazz bands. Jazz Goes to School is formatted as a sequential series of four 45-minute lessons that are presented during the course of the school year. The curriculum combines musical performances with elementary discussions of the origin and history of jazz, an art form steeped in American history, geography and diversity. Each lesson plan is different and uses up to 5 educators/musicians to demonstrate various instruments and musical styles. The program wraps up with an authentic jazz concert with the Jazz Goes to School Sextet presented at the magnificent Vilar Performing Arts Center.

For more information go to http://www.vailjazz.org/education/jazzschool.html


Wild West Day


Wild West Day is an annual PTA/PTO fund raising event to raise money for the nine local elementary schools here in Eagle County. The PTA/PTO’s from each school applies the money that is raised to wish lists from classrooms, teachers, and administrators. Supplies, assemblies, field trips, increased technology, books, and large equipment are just a few of the items purchased for schools with WWD money. The Eagle County School District RE 50J covers 2,500 square miles of mountain terrain in the central Colorado Rockies. The District serves communities varying from the international ski resorts of Vail and Beaver Creek to the small towns of Minturn, Edwards, Eagle and Gypsum. Year-round residents believe that “Eagle County is not only a place to make a living; it’s a place to make a life.” They enjoy a family environment that gets a “Rocky Mountain High” from a close and caring community. That’s what makes the Wild West Day possible.

http://www.wildwestday.org/


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