The Vail Valley Charitable Fund provides assistance to individuals and families who live and/or work in The Vail Valley who are facing a financial hardship due to a medical crisis or long-term illness.
In 1995, a young local woman named Cindy was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. She was married and had a young child. Despite aggressive treatment, Cindy's condition became terminal. Not only was her illness and treatment taking a toll on her family emotionally, the financial strain from missed wages, deductibles, co-pays, child care, and transportation was mounting. A group of Cindy's friends got together to hold a fundraiser for the family's behalf, hoping that some additional funds might help them through their most trying time. Most importantly, Cindy's friends hoped that she and her family could spend their remaining time focusing on each other rather than on bills. After Cindy passed away, this same group of friends began thinking, "What if someone else is in Cindy's shoes, but doesn't have the friends and family in this area to help out when they need it most?" The Vail Valley Charitable Fund (VVCF) was created in 1996 to provide assistance to individuals who live and work in The Vail Valley who are experiencing a financial hardship due to a medical crisis or long-term illness.
"We are very happy and grateful with all the people who supported us in all the aspects that made possible the accomplishment of our goal, "Wheels for Joshua". This event taught me that there are still many generous people who have a heart of gold. We are very fortunate to have found them. I would like to thank each of them for their cooperation. A million thanks."
Monica Casillas, mom of Joshua, Grant and Fundraiser Beneficiary.
"To the Vail Valley Charitable Fund,
My family and I would like to express our gratitude for your generous aid in our time of need. We are truly appreciative of your assistance with our financial need when it is needed more than ever. Your altruistic organization deserves the utmost respect and praise for the donation you have gifted us.
Due to incredible challenges our family has endured the past few years, we have encountered a financial struggle. Each and every paycheck holds more value than what is written, making paying bills exponentially more difficult, especially being the only working adult in my family. The payment for my mother-in-law's cancer treatment, in particular, placed a tremendous financial burden on my family and I. My son's knee surgery remained unpaid for years due to the incredible stress that our family had been put under from events prior, but thanks to the Vail Valley Charitable Fund, we no longer have to worry about that bill hanging over our heads. The timing of your grant is impeccable and truly appreciated. Our thanks is never ending for your organization and what it stands for. What you have done is more than a monetary value, it is a weight lifted off our family's shoulders.
From my family, we would like to say thank you so much for your generosity and assistance. This couldn't have come at a better time, and we are truly thankful for this blessing. The Vail Valley Charitable Fund will forever have our respect and thanks, and there are not enough words to express how grateful we are.
Thank you so much."
Maria and Family
"Thank you is not enough.
On February 23rd 2017 this valley came out to support me in my upcoming journey of a lifetime. I was headed to Mexico for a hematopoietic stem cell transplant to rid my body of Multiple Sclerosis. The enthusiasm from people was really incredible. This was all thanks to the Vail Valley Charitable Fund.
VVCF accepted my application for an extended grant to help me raise the funds I would need to have this procedure in Mexico. I had an awesome team of friends who came together to help with a fundraising event but it was the VVCF who really made it all come together.
The guidance of Michelle, Kipp and Lauren was invaluable and I don't think we could have pulled it off without them. The experience and connections they have is unmatched and there would be no way we could have reached so many people without their help.
This valley is truly special and the Vail Valley Charitable Fund makes it even more so. Facing medical decisions and the financial burdens associated can be debilitating. An organization like the VVCF is very unique in that they help people face these challenges with hope and some help financially. Words can't express how indebted I am to the VVCF, thank you for believing in me and giving me the chance of a new lease on life. I am forever grateful."
Carol Carlson , Grant and Fundraiser Beneficiary
"The help and assistance of the Vail Valley Charitable Fund is all but impossible to describe. Being in the throes of a life-altering event is surreal at the very least. Through it all, knowing that work was being done for the Caring for Kailyn Benefit was a beacon of hope somewhere out into the future. It was an indication that things might get better. The event itself was a manifestation of love, care and support."
- Mitchell Forsberg, Principal at Gypsum Elementary School, Grant & Fundraiser Beneficiary
"We are so blessed to live in such a caring & compassionate community. The stress of a sick child is overwhelming and compounding that stress with the financial burden of excessive medical costs and unpaid time off at work is devastating. We are so grateful to the Vail Valley Charitable Fund for helping alleviate some of those immediate costs and letting our family focus on the health and well being of our children. When our newborn son was airlifted to ICU for a second time after his emergency heart surgery we knew we had great financial challenges ahead. We look forward to the opportunity to give back to this organization volunteering with our children. The VVCF is truly making a difference for our local families. When it seems like the odds are against you, it really restores your faith to have someone give you a helping hand."
- Brooke & Brett Gagnon, Grant & Fundraiser Beneficiary
"My husband Ben and I are so thankful for all the help you have offered us going through the hardest time of our life. Losing our little baby son Ben gave us so much heartache, but with all your love and care it made it a little easier. God has blessed us with a new miracle. We are expecting a little girl in December, her name will be Gracelyn Anne. Thanks for making this possible."
- Michaela and Ben Christie, Grant Recipient
"I have lived in Vail since 1976, met my husband here and our son was born here. We have been a part of this community for a long time, but until my husband died of metastatic prostate cancer in November 2012, I truly didn't realize how much this community and the VVCF care about assisting and supporting Eagle County residents in need. Through The Vail Valley Charitable Fund, a fundraising benefit was held for my son and myself with the support and donations from community minded individuals and businesses. I cannot thank VVCF enough! Please Give from the Heart so that others in need are assisted."
- Cindy and Colby Lefebvre, Grant and Fundraiser Beneficiary
"On January 22, 2013 I was on my way to work on Vail Mountain and had a bicycle accident which resulted in me breaking my femur. I have medical insurance, but no disability insurance and my injury prevented me from working a s a ski patrolman. The financial help I received from the Vail Valley Charitable Fund made it possible for me to support my family and myself during my recovery and eventual return to work. Thank you for all you do for people like myself and other members of the community."
- Jeff (Rabbit) Rodeen, Grant and Fundraiser Beneficiary