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.)
Routt County Together is a cohesive effort of agencies, community members, other organizations, and donors working together to help one another.
The new multi-faceted program, Routt County Together will address different needs throughout the year.
Routt County Together's first event will be the Holiday Exchange Market. The Market, which is by invite only, will serve families and individuals identified by health and human service agencies in Routt County.
The Market aims to provide 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 2017 Holiday Exchange Market was successfully able to serve over 211 families, equaling 929 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:
* 39% School Readiness/Early Childhood Education for our children
* 33% Youth Success/At-risk youth
* 7% Healthy & Crisis Services
* 21% Financial Stability
Trained staff and volunteers measure program investments against quality standards, make on-site visits, study issues and make investment decisions.
2017 PROGRAM INVESTMENT SUMMARY:
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION $103,689
-Tutoring & School Readiness, Integrated Community $14,500
-Newborn Network, Family Development Center $4,000
-Early Childhood Care and Education Tuition Assistance Program, "First Impressions" of Routt County $80,189
-Extended Day Preschool, Hayden Valley Preschool $5,000
YOUTH SUCCESS $88,520
-Club Buddies, Boys & Girls Club of Steamboat Springs, $10,000
-Reading on Ranches Camp Scholarship Program, Book Trails, Inc. $2,500
-Elementary In-School Service, Mind Springs Health $8,000
-Teen Council, Grand Futures Prevention Coalition $2,000
-Youth Resiliency, Northwest Colorado Health $10,000
-Community Based Mentoring Program, Partners in Routt County $10,500
-School Based Mentoring, Partners in Routt County $4,000
-Teen Health Project, Planned Parenthood $4,000
-Youth Corps, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps $7,500
-Oak Creek School Age Child Care Center, South Routt Recreation Association $11,000
-After school programs and summer camp, Totally Kids, Inc. $11,000
-The Hub, Hayden Youth Connection $2,000
-Social Cognition Therapy Program, Yampa Valley Autism $3,500
-South Routt Parent Empowerment Program, Routt County Youth Service Coalition $1,000
-Hayden After Prom, Hayden School District $500
-South Routt After Prom, South Routt School District $500
-Steamboat After Prom, Steamboat Springs School District $500
FINANCIAL STABILITY $18,000
-Senior Nutrition Program, Routt County Council on Aging $7,500
-Routt to Work, Department of Human Services - LiftUp of Routt County - Routt County United Way Collaboration $10,000
-Girls to Women Conference, New Frontiers for Girls and Women
HEALTH & CRISIS $56,500
-Outreach & Shelter Services for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence, Advocates Building Peaceful Communities $14,000
-Emergency Assistance and Food Bank Programs, LiftUp of Routt County $11,000
-Crisis transportation services, Mind Springs Health $12,000
-Home Health, Northwest Colorado Health $5,000
-Integrated Oral Health Services, Northwest Colorado Health $4,000
-Clients in need, Planned Parenthood $5,000
-It Takes Courage, Reaching Everyone Preventing Suicide $5,000
-Choose When, Northwest Colorado Health $500
Young Adults (20-25 years)
In 2011, Routt County United Way, along with Lift-Up of Routt County and the Routt County Department of Human Services, launched the Routt To Work initiative to give local families the resources they need to escape poverty.
Several times each year, Routt To Work offers a 17-session, 10-week class, "Step It Up" to about a dozen people. The class teaches:
* financial literacy
* resource availability
* independence from public assistance.
In addition, the initiative offers annual community training opportunities to help everyone in Routt County better understand the challenges and experiences of the working poor in our community and how we can come together to offer networking and moral support for people working hard to become financial stable.
In the past five years, 70 people have graduated from the Routt to Work program and are on their working on the plans they developed in class.
Since its inception, 70 people have graduated from the Routt to Work program. Within 36 months of graduation, we found 75% of Bridges graduates completed 50% of their immediate and near term goals.
Lift Up of Routt County had a 24% decrease in number of total clients served from 2010 to 2013. Most areas such as food bank, assistance for non-local residents, emergency healthcare needs, thrift store and salvation army all had a decrease in need.
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 in 2016.
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 2015-2017. It is available at http://www.routtcountyunitedway.org/human-resource-coalition/
The HRC works well together and with United Way. There is mutual respect and support that furthers the initiatives in Routt County.
Reduction in number of youths consuming alcohol. United Way programs reach 57% of the youth in Routt County. 96 scholarships for pre-school were issued for low income and at-risk children. 38 Households have graduated from the Bridges out of Poverty program in the last three years. These are some of the success from the past 3-year countywide Health and Human Service Plan for Routt County.