Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking
The Day of Caring is one special day in the spring where community members join hands to help local nonprofits complete projects that they otherwise would not have the time, money, or manpower to complete on their own. After the volunteer hours are complete we celebrate all of our participants with a lunch at Olympian Hall where we also recognize the Adult and Youth Volunteers of the Year.
Organizing the Day of Caring helps us foster the tight-knit feeling that makes the Yampa Valley so special while giving strength to those organizations that are integral to our community.
The 2019 Day of Caring saw 246 volunteers lend a hand despite a snowy, wet morning. Participant groups included local employees, families, students and teachers, and faith-based groups who joined together to help support their community, many of whom return to participate year-after-year. These generous community members helped save 24 local nonprofits a total of approximately $18,500.
Every year since 1998 the Routt County United Way has organized a Community Thanksgiving Dinner where all are welcome to sit down to a warm meal, a hot drink, and lots of family and friends to share in the Holiday season.
The event is could not be what it is without the countless volunteers that dedicate their time to prep work, serving food and beverages, and cleaning, businesses that donate time, money, and other resources, and our neighbors who come to share in giving thanks during a time of year that can be difficult for many.
The 2018 Community Thanksgiving Dinner was fueled by 125 volunteers and about $2,500 in donations that allowed us to serve 870 plates of food. Often our returning volunteers come back to us with family members and friends who they recruited knowing how much fun and how rewarding the experience is to be a part of.
Children (4-12 years)
Infants/Young Children (birth - 3 years)
Dolly Parton Imagination Library is an Early Childhood Literacy Program that send one free book per month directly to the home of children from age birth to five years old. Any child under the age of five who lives in Routt County can register to receive books through the Imagination Library.
This program promotes Early Childhood Education by removing barriers of having access to books in the home for all children in our community. Having access to books in the home and reading with family member are top proven indicators of early academic success.
Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) assessment reports that nearly 40% of children in Routt County are not prepared for kindergarten in literacy and reading. One of our program goals will be to compare DIBELS scores for future years to see impact on kindergarten readiness. Our goal is to enroll as many of the 1,350 children currently under the age of five to receive books as possible.
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
The Holiday Exchange Market serves families and individuals identified by health and human service agencies in Routt County by providing basic needs in terms of winter clothing, holiday food cards and toys for children.
But, rather than one-way giving, the goal of Routt County Together's Holiday Exchange Market will be to bring together the entire community in sharing, so that all families can enjoy quality holiday gifts and meals no matter what their financial means. And all families can take pleasure in donating something to a common cause.
The program works by everyone involved donating something: volunteer time, winter clothing, food cards, money or toys.
Gift recipients are invited to participate by either volunteering somewhere in the community for 2 hours or making a $10 donation to the market. There are many volunteer opportunities in our town or the recipient may choose to help at the market. If a family member cannot volunteer for 2 hours, the family can donate $10 to the market.
This way, everyone who participates also gives something to make it a success.
Individuals, churches, organizations and businesses donate all the winter clothing, money, food cards and/or toys to the Holiday Exchange Market.
The Holiday Exchange Market serves dozens of low-income families through in-kind donations, fundraising, and volunteers. Our 2018 Holiday Exchange Market was successfully able to serve over 197 families, equaling 850 individuals with winter clothing, toys for their children and food gift cards.
Routt County United Way supports health and human service agencies and programs throughout Routt County by distributing more that $265K in grants each year.
Through grants to our partners and United Way programs, your contribution impacts Routt County in four goal areas:
* School Readiness/Early Childhood Education
* Youth Success/At-risk youth
* Healthy & Crisis Services
* Financial Stability
Trained staff and volunteers measure program investments against quality standards, make on-site visits, study issues and make investment decisions.
2019 PROGRAM INVESTMENT SUMMARY:
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION $98,000
-Newborn Network, Parents as Teachers, Family Development Center $6,000
-Early Childhood Care and Education Tuition Assistance Program, "First Impressions" of Routt County $69,500
-Tuition Support, Parent Engagement, Hayden Valley Preschool $10,000
-Youth Tutoring Services, Integrated Community $10,000
-Books in the Home, Imagination Library $2,500
YOUTH SUCCESS $86,665
-Bully Free, Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs, $10,000
-Reading on Ranches Camp Scholarship Program, Book Trails, Inc. $2,500
-Youth Summit, Grand Futures Prevention Coalition $3,500
-Food Security, LiftUp of Routt County $7,000
-Elementary In-School Service, Mind Springs Health $5,000
-Community Based Mentoring Program, Partners in Routt County $13,000
-Youth Resiliency, Mind Springs Health $6,665
-Teen Health Project, Planned Parenthood $2,000
-Youth Counseling, Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide $2,000
-Youth Corps, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps $10,000
-Oak Creek School Age Child Care Center, South Routt Recreation Association $11,500
-After school programs and summer camp, Totally Kids, Inc. $11,500
-Hayden After Prom, Hayden School District $500
-Financial Education, Junior Achievement $500
-Parent Summit Connection, Routt County Youth Service Coalition $1,000
FINANCIAL STABILITY $24,750
-Transportation Program, Routt County Council on Aging $6,000
-Routt to Work, Department of Human Services - LiftUp of Routt County - Routt County United Way Collaboration $9,000
-The Haven Senior Living Facility $1,750
-Emergency Assistance, LiftUp of Routt County $7,000
-Fatherhood Program $500
-Financial Education, Junior Achievement $500
HEALTH & CRISIS $66,550
-Social Change Advocacy Program, Advocates of Routt County $16,000
-Elementary School services, Crisis transportation services, Mind Springs Health $19,000
-Health services, Planned Parenthood $8,000
-Hospice, Home Health, Oral Health services, Northwest Colorado Health $12,550
-It Takes Courage, Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide $4,000
-24/7 Crisis Translation, Integrated Community $5,000
-ADA compliant door openers, South Routt Medical Center $1,500
-Steamboat Community Assistance Fund $500
People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities
Young Adults (20-25 years)
2-1-1 serves aconnection point for community resources. The number connects callers to a team of professionals is trained to perform problem assessments and service navigation from every day concerns through major life-changing events.
Their goal is to connect callers with available resources in Routt County to help them in whatever situation they are facing.
Callers can get information regarding:
* aging services
* child care
* crisis hotlines
* disaster recovery
* donation referrals
* food, housing and utility assistance
* health and medical needs
* legal assistance
2-1-1 was able to connect 119 people with services in 2015, it's first full year. It was able to surpass those numbers every year since.
Routt County United Way provides leadership support to run the Human Resource Coalition, a network for health and human service professionals that work collectively to address community problems.
In addition, United Way provides leadership on behalf of the HRC to work with Routt County and the City of Steamboat Springs in allocating public funds to where they are most needed.
The HRC recently updated their county health and human service plan for 2018-2020. It is available at http://www.routtcountyunitedway.org/human-resource-coalition/
The HRC works well together and with the United Way. There is mutual respect and support that furthers the initiatives in Routt County.