Eagle Valley Community Foundation

A nonprofit organization

$74,914 raised by 196 donors

75% complete

$100,000 Goal

Eagle Valley Community Foundation (EVCF) is a convener, inspiring collective action to local challenges, always keeping our ear to the ground, filling in gaps in service, and providing responsive solutions to the greatest and most emerging needs of Eagle Valley community members. EVCF provides access to programs and resources that support wellness, healthier food and other essential needs in our community while embracing individual dignity and a commitment to inclusivity, quality and sustainability. Current areas of focus include addressing food insecurity through healthy food access (The Community Market); early childhood care and learning; health and wellness resources and referrals (MIRA); nonprofit leadership capacity building development; and building community leadership among people of color (Elevar Social Venture Fund). Through each of these EVCF current core focus areas the lens of equity, inclusiveness, building economic power, and leveling the field for all community members is at the center of our work. All programs are tailored to the culture, neighborhood and needs of the community with a focus on building the strengths of each family and individual we serve.

Your generosity powers passionate people and the sustained positive impact we can make together. Please visit us at www.eaglevalleycf.org.


“Don’t ever forget to have joy in whatever you do. Follow your gut, follow your instinct, but you have to be happy on the way, you have to feel joy,” she said. “If it doesn’t make you happy — start exploring. Embrace it, and I hope you understand, it will take you to other places. Now, Valsecia serves as the executive director of the Eagle Valley Community Foundation, serving as an advocate for the health and well-being of local families and children. Her journey, she said, was one driven by curiosity and a passion to learn, despite any challenges or barriers she faced along the way."  https://www.vaildaily.com/news/colorado-mountain-college-graduates-look-to-the-future/

“We are so grateful to Mike and Sue Rushmore for being change-makers in our community and creating sustainable and responsive solutions to meet the greatest needs of our community,” Valsecia said. https://www.vaildaily.com/news/eagle-valley-community-foundation-names-new-board-chair-three-new-members/

Melina Valsecia told the Vail Daily, "Instead of food assistance, food pantries like The Community Market are providing income assistance for residents who are struggling to make ends meet. By cutting down on their weekly food costs, it allows them to cover other expenses like rent, gas, electric and utility bills — or unforeseen medical expenses." https://www.vaildaily.com/news/eagle-valley/as-inflation-spikes-the-community-market-continues-to-feed-an-ongoing-need/

"Use at The Community Market skyrocketed with the pandemic. Valsecia said before COVID-19, the market would serve about 1,800 people per week. During the pandemic’s peak, that number went to about 3,800 people per week. At the moment, about 2,700 people came in for food during Christmas week," Valsecia told the Vail Daily in January. https://www.vaildaily.com/news/eagle-valley/eagle-county-charities-hard-at-work-to-meet-a-lot-of-need/

“Most all of the people I help need some type of therapy, whether it’s physical or mental, because those people that don’t want to live outside have something else going on. You have these people who really want to have a life they desire, but they don’t know how to get to it because they keep making mistakes, so we start from ground zero. I start with ‘Did you make your bed this morning?’ — and that’s in a tent. Because if you can make your bed, you’re willing to get out of it,” Pam Cessna, street outreach engagement specialist with the Mobile Intercultural Resource Alliance (MIRA) and Eagle Valley Community Foundation, told the Vail Daily. https://www.vaildaily.com/news/a-new-approach-to-supporting-the-homeless-in-eagle-county/

"The MIRA Bus will team up with local service providers to offer a variety of health care services, resources and referrals to residents at no cost to them," as reported by the Vail Daily. https://www.vaildaily.com/news/mira-bus-to-host-health-and-wellness-fair-in-edwards/

“The highest demand is for fresh food, because those things can be prohibitively expensive, as compared to food with preservatives or canned food. When people donate funds, we’re able to directly respond to what our customers want and need,” Rita Mary Hennigan told the Vail Daily earlier this month. https: //www.vaildaily.com/news/community-market-sees-300-increase-in-visitors-during-covid-19-invites-community-to-contribute-via-donation/

"This is about lifting people up and creating equality in the food system. We believe that healthy food access is a human right," Liken said to the Vail Daily in August.  https://www.vaildaily.com/entertainment/community-market-in-gypsum-creates-equality-through-fresh-produce-strong-communities-and-sustainability/


Eagle Valley Community Foundation (EVCF) provides access to programs and resources that support wellness, healthier food and other essential needs in our community while embracing individual dignity and a commitment to sustainability and quality. We have three objectives that support the continuous development of a healthy community:

Understanding: We partner with people and institutions to develop a deep understanding of the needs within our community.

Resources: We bridge the gap between the philanthropic components of the community and the programs that address the basic needs of Eagle County residents, and developing resources to manage the most critical local programs.

Impact: We seek to have a significant positive impact on the lives of the underserved members of our local community through direct action, working to reduce inequality and working to be a part of the solution through action and advocacy.

Background Statement

Eagle Valley Community Foundation

The Vision: EVCF seeks to develop a community network that works together to build trust, hope and wellness for all.

The Pillars: As our community grows and our areas of focus expand, our theory of change continues to be based on creating community solutions within each of these pillars: healthy food access while embracing sustainability and quality; health and wellness resources and referrals; and community capacity building.

The Impact: We work within the community to ensure that all local families, regardless of background, have access to services including healthy food, basic healthcare, early childhood education, and leadership development. Access to these foundational resources will support the continued development of a healthy, resilient and thriving community.

Organization Data


Organization name

Eagle Valley Community Foundation

other names

EVCF, Our Community Foundation

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)



Community Improvement & Capacity Building


56 Edwards Village Blvd Suite 206-2
Edwards, CO 81632


PO Box 1580
Vail, CO 81658


The Community Market Gypsum - 760 Lindbergh Drive - #7
Gypsum, CO 81637


The Community Market Edwards - 429 Edwards Access Road – #A202
Edwards, CO 81632

Service areas

Eagle County, CO, US







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