Foothills United Way

Foothills United Way is an active partner in programs that address challenges, preventing problems from spiraling out of control. We build solutions through partnership and collaboration across Boulder and Broomfield counties with local nonprofits, government, faith communities and businesses. We focus on three areas: Attainable Housing, Strengthening Families for Early Childhood Success and Community Resilience.

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Nonprofit Cultivation Center

Class

Community, Business & Industry 

Beneficiaries

General Public

Description

To support the business development and capacity building efforts of nonprofits in Boulder and Broomfield counties, the Nonprofit Cultivation Center offers services and resources to nonprofit staff and agencies. Our services include trainings that are non-duplicative and based on meaningful partnerships with other organizations, 4 peer-learning groups meeting once a month to develop and learn best practices in their field, and Consulting Services where non-profits can access reduced-fee consulting and understand their organizational needs through organizational assessments.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Our program launched in February 2011. From 2011 to 2012 training offerings more than doubled and served 500 nonprofit professionals, proving need for professional development for nonprofit staff in Boulder and Broomfield Counties.

Peer Groups launched in spring of 2011. Since 2011, two of our four Peer Groups meet our 13 person limit, and have waitlists. Peer Groups moved to a member model in 2013 and raised $5,492 in program funds. Additionally, 11 agencies have more than one staff member attending a Peer Group to bring the best practices and innovative solutions to their organization.

Consulting Services offers no-cost organizational assessments to Boulder/Broomfield nonprofits. To date, 22 agencies completed an organizational assessment showing a deep rooted commitment to effectively building capacity through understanding successes and areas for focused growth.

Recommended Consulting Partners apply to partner with our program to offer reduced-fee consulting to nonprofits that have completed an organizational assessment. This demonstrates community commitment to capacity building through matching the best experts to nonprofits. Currently we have vetted and accepted fifteen Consulting Partners.

Personal Investment Enterprise (PIE)

Class

Community Development 

Beneficiaries

Crime/ Abuse Victims
Ethnic/Racial Minorities - General
Families
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Single Parents

Description

The Personal Investment Enterprise Program (PIE) is a partnership with Foothills United Way as fiscal agent and Boulder County Community Action Programs (CAP) as program manager. The PIE Program provides tools that empower low-income residents to save and build assets to strengthen their economic stability for the purpose of home ownership, micro-enterprise development and post-secondary education. Qualifying individuals open Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) that are matched savings accounts. These accounts are designed to encourage low-income people to save regularly and acquire assets. Within the PIE program, the IDA account is accompanied by financial education, asset-specific education, and financial counseling. Matching funds are held in a separate account from the saver's IDA. The match is made at the time of asset purchase, and paid directly to the appropriate third party vendor. Participant savings accounts are matched by the program at a 4:1 ratio. For every dollar a participant saves, PIE matches the participant $4-up to $4,000.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The Personal Investment Enterprise program has seen 213 individuals and/or households complete asset purchases in the program since 2001. This equates to over $161,000 saved by participants. 78 participants have purchased a home, 85 have pursued higher education, and 50 have developed or strengthened their business.

There are currently 56 participants who are attending financial literacy classes and actively saving money toward a financially secure future. 10 participants are saving to start a new business, 17 are saving for higher education and 29 individuals are saving for home ownership.

Here is a story of one new homeowner from the PIE program:

Dave and Nicole dreamed of having a better place to live for their family, including their 3 year-old, Colton, and the new baby they were expecting. Their rented apartment was not a good fit as it was too small, moldy and needed repair. In addition, their rent was due to increase. When Dave attended a financial education class, he learned of the Personal Investment Enterprise (PIE) program that offered an Individual Development Account (IDA), a matched savings account that would help them save for a home. Dave says: "If you think it's too good to be true, check twice." And that is exactly what the Platt family did.

Nicole and Dave met with a housing counselor to learn more about the program and to investigate to see if it wasn't a scam. Learning that PIE was legitimate, they started saving and made some sacrifices to be able to attend the required financial education classes. As Dave works nights, he gave up some sleep and his son's first birthday to attend classes. The Platts saved beyond the required $750 to have $1,080 of their own funds to use for their closing costs. This was matched with $3,000 to help with their home purchase. Nicole says that they have been "armed with tools" to get their credit in good condition for the purchase of their home. They have learned how to be careful with their money, as well as the value of credit and how to be a responsible credit card holder.

Today, Dave and Nicole are appreciative of the opportunity to have a beautiful home in a quiet neighborhood where their sons Colton and baby Evan have a great place to grow up. The Platts have a savings account where they continue to save on a monthly basis.

Boulder Mountain Resources

Class

Community Development 

Beneficiaries

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizen
Families
General Public
Mentally/Emotionally Disabled
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent

Description

With the lessons learned during the long-term recovery of the Fourmile Canyon Fire, the Boulder Mountain Resources program is continuing to offer support to the mountain communities west of Boulder. This program not only focuses on facilitating the creation of community based emergency preparedness programs, but also strives to bridge the gaps between available human services and those who need them. Our program is designed to diminish the barriers that keep mountain residents from accessing already available human services as well as collaborate with local agencies and nonprofits to align the services needed.

Boulder Mountain Resources has responded to the need of our mountain communities post Flood of September 2013. We are working closely with each of the impacted mountain communities as we begin the long term recovery process.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In partnership with Nederland Mayor's Task Force on Housing and Human Services, we have published the first version of the "Where To Get Help Guide." This guide has not only been physically placed in each Peak to Peak Mountain Community but can also be found online at: http://nederlandco.org/helpful-links/.

In addition, all of the current initiatives for Boulder Mountain Resources can be found at www.bouldermountainresources.org.

Boulder County Housing and Human Services has agreed to have an enrollment technician present in Nederland one half day a month to help alleviate barriers for those needing eligibility programs like SNAP, Medicaid, Emergency Cash Assistance etc. Their first visit was quite successful with 12 new inquiries and 4 actual enrollments. Public computer kiosks have been placed in Jamestown and Nederland to provide a physical location for residents to apply for benefits online. We are currently working to expand this service to more than one day a month as well as including new Colorado Health Benefit Exchange information to help residents transition to the new health care requirements mandatory in January 2014.

Three of the five Peak to Peak mountain communities have completed and tested their emergency preparedness plan. An amateur radio network called the Mountain Emergency Radio Network (MERN) has been created to fulfill the need to reliably communication with the Boulder County Office of Emergency Management in the event of an emergency. To date we have over 60 trained FCC licensed MERN members across the Peak to Peak corridor.

Nearly two months after flood of September 2013, we have realized many successes! The Mountain Emergency Radio Network was deployed in our rural communities and was credited with aiding rescues and communications in many of the small mountain communities west of Boulder. Boulder Mountain Resources is very active in the long term recovery planning. We work closely with hired resource coordinators in three of the hardest hit areas.

This hundred year flood has changed the scope of our work for years to come as we stay dedicated to the recovery of each of these mountain communities!

Volunteer Connection

Class

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years)
General Public
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

Volunteer Connection promotes and supports volunteerism throughout Boulder & Broomfield counties. Our work strengthens communities by connecting volunteers with rewarding opportunities and supporting organizations through effectively engaging volunteers to meet community needs.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We are proud to report our many successes. Boulder County ranks 4th in volunteer rate among the Top 75 mid-size cities with 47.1% of its population volunteering compared to the average national volunteer rate of 26.6%.

In addition, we engaged over 1200 volunteers in our annual day of service, Day of Caring, in 2012 and had over 1400 connections made to volunteer opportunities utilizing our newly-launched technology platform in 2012.

Other successes include supporting the 259 nonprofit/service organizations that utilize the technology platform we provide to recruit and manage volunteers, building capacity within their organizations. We've also trained 26 nonprofit/service professionals in our Excellence in Volunteer Management Training Series this year.

Volunteer Connection is also a proud member of the Colorado Volunteer Center Network (CVCN). We collaborate with other Volunteer Centers across the state of Colorado and CVCN is the State of Colorado's lead agency for the management of Spontaneous Unaffiliated Volunteers in response to disasters - as outlined in the State's Emergency Operations Plan (EOP).

CVCN is available upon request to assist in establishing a volunteer management system that will help capture and process offers from spontaneous unaffiliated volunteers and match their skills with agencies in need of assistance. This may include technical guidance, coordinating volunteer offers via web database tool, and set-up, oversight and management of a Volunteer Reception Center (VRC).

To date, we have supported numerous state disasters, most recently the Flood in 2013, Fourmile Canyon Wildfire in 2010, and the Waldo Canyon & High Park Wildfires in 2012.

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