Routt County United Way was started in 1982 in Routt County to be the focal point for all health and human service agencies. Chip Ravenscroft, a former city council member, looked for ways that the health and human service agencies could be more impactful in our community. He looked at the United Way model and brought the organization to Routt County.
In 2023 Moffat County United Way and Routt County United Way merged to become United Way of the Yampa Valley.
We believe all citizens deserve to have the building blocks for a good quality life. We know that quality of life relies on three building blocks - education, financial stability and health. These are the building blocks of our lives and of our community.
All three building blocks are critical. Remove any one, and the other two topple. Build them all up, and we have a strong foundation for collective success.
That's what it means to focus on the big picture, and that's what makes us about lasting solutions.
LEADING THE HEALTH & HUMAN RESOURCE COMMUNITY
Throughout the years, UWYV has led the Human Resource Coalition, a member group of health and human service agencies in Routt County. As a leader of the HRC, UWYV works to get block funding from the city and county, avoid duplicate services and collaborates on a countywide Health and Human Service Plan.
The Human Resources Coalition is a model for other counties and other states. We have received calls from as far away as Oregon asking about how our coalition operates.
Through our involvement in the HRC and our distribution of grants to local health and human service agencies and programs, UWYV stays focused on advancing the common good in these core areas:
Education - Giving children a strong start and providing youth a safe and nurturing environment after school and during the summer
Income - Stabilizing Families
Health - Improving mental health access